Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Unfair Elections Act and the Madness of Stephen Harper

I never can decide which famous story Harperland reminds me of the most.

The Emperor's New Clothes or Lord of the Flies.

Or answer the questions historians will ask.

Did he really think he could get away with it? Why were so many so silent for so long? Or fail to understand the nature of the monster?

But I'm glad to see that even Andrew Coyne now understands that maybe the Unfair Elections Act is just CRAZY. 

The most disturbing expression of this government’s relativism is what one might call its relativization of knowledge. That it could casually dismiss the unanimous expert opposition to the bill, without bothering to offer a rebuttal, shows contempt not just for those involved but for the whole concept of expertise. Experts can sometimes get it wrong, of course, even where they are agreed. But the insinuation here is that they are wrong because they are experts, of which their very unanimity is further proof. 

That way lies madness, as we saw in the long-form census “debate.” It takes us into a partisan Bizarro World, where the more indefensible the policy is, the more it must be correct — for the more universal the expert dissent it arouses, the more this is taken as evidence, not that the policy is crazy, but of a kind of academic class hatred of the Harper government. That’s one possible explanation, certainly. The other is that it’s crazy.

But if it is a Bizarro World, and that bill is crazy, where does he think that madness comes from?

Surely not from Pierre Poilievre? 

For he is just his master's pathetic little stooge.

Especially now that we know that the Unfair Elections Act is Stephen Harper's way of exacting revenge on Elections Canada. 

A product of the twisted mind of a man as vindictive as the first Harper, who I wrote about FIVE years ago but could never forget.

He had risen to the post of justice of the peace by the time a judicial inquiry found him guilty of, as one historian put it, "violent and oppressive measures" - vindictive to a point beyond all reason.

Because even back then it sounded so FAMILIAR.

A man who would go on to gut the census for no sane reason, and muzzle scientists.

Or burn books...

As casually as he would torch the planet.

A man his old collaborator Tom Flanagan describes like this in his new book.

“He can be suspicious, secretive, and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia, at other times falling into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions,” Mr. Flanagan writes. “I feared, as I still do, that he might some day bring himself down Nixon-style by pushing too hard against the network of rules constraining authority in a constitutional government.”

For think about it. What does all of that say about Stephen Harper's diseased mind, and the dark place to which he might lead us?

And why has it taken so long for for so many Canadians to understand that there is something terribly wrong with Stephen Harper. That the mad king has no clothes, and may be losing his marbles. 

Or understand the real nature of the monster.

Like Simon in Lord of the Flies does...

Before he is murdered for telling the truth, in a jungle full of degraded savages who don't want to hear it.

Like so many in this foul Harperland.

And is this enough to sound the warning about the threat to our democracy?

Because I'm not sure it is. Maybe a voice of reason can move some. And this is a start. 

But it's not nearly enough. It won't move those who still don't understand how the Unfair Elections Act could affect their lives.

It won't move the young because it's not visual enough. 

And it won't shake up this aging complacent country because it doesn't sufficiently illustrate the nature of the threat.

Or the evil madness of Stephen Harper...

Tomorrow if I have time I'll try to make a short video to show what I mean.

But tonight because I'm beat I'll leave you with this simple illustration.

Or we will do more to fight that foul Con regime, and defend our democracy.

And the Canada we want to live in...

And dream of a better future like I was doing today.

Or we will wake up one day in a very dark place...

In a country his madness destroyed.

And our living nightmare...

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the salamander said...

.. Simon .. I regret to inform you there is one 'expert' that has surfaced, or rather, slithered ashore to defend the Fair Elections Act - - and he joins the mewling MP Complicits of The Harper Party, Poilievre, Calandra, Novak, Butt, Byrne, Van Loan.. and outsiders like Anders, A. Hamilton, Wright, Duffy et al that one supposes also feel this toxic Act is 'terrific' ...

Anonymous said...

Tom Flanagan just reinforces what I already knew about Dear Leader. He is not fit to govern, he's nuts, crazy, toys in the attic, bars in the windows, over the rainbow, bats in the belfry, certifiably insane. All this explains his non-existent judgement and the lengths he would go to to exact his revenge on anyone who dares to cross him.
I can't help but feel there is so much more going on in regards to JF's death and why he retired so suddenly. The truth is out there, let's hope someone has the guts to speak it.

Anonymous said...

EVERYONE needs to read this.

Simon said...

hi know I actually read that Levant column, and I've been trying to make up for those two wasted minutes ever since. The man is a joke. He accuses the MSM of being the "Media Party" when nobody is more biased or more of a freak than he is. Anybody who tries to defend that foul bill is either totally corrupted or absolutely nuts...

Simon said...

hi anon...yes I have to admit I'm very grateful Strangelove Flanagan is sharing his recollections of Stephen Harper with us. I've always known Lord Harper was a clinical psychopath but only an accompanying personality disorder could explain his bizarre behaviour. Why it's taken so many so long to understand that he's not playing with a full deck is simply beyond belief. As for Flaherty, his departure was more acrimonious than reported, and may have contributed to his premature death. So harper's crocodile tears are disgusting to behold...

Simon said...

hi anon...well I wouldn't go so far as to say that, or I might have to hold up my swollen head with both hands, but I thought it did need to be said. Harper is the kind of person who never should have been given any power over others. And where he might take us in his last desperate convulsions is frightening to imagine..

Anonymous said...

The guy is bat shit fucking crazy... Think of some of his antics....Who would ever think "Hey! When I'm in Israel, I'm going to sing Hey Jude to the Jews!"

Anonymous said...

Thank you Simon!