Thursday, May 22, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Great Warrior Leader Delusion
It's scary enough that the wonky nerd Stephen Harper should see himself as a Great Warrior Leader, a strategic genius on a par with Napoleon.
Or that he is both an avid student of Stalin AND an ardent believer in The Rapture.
Who is presently trying to trigger a superpower confrontation in Ukraine, by among other things comparing Putin to Hitler.
And apparently hypnotizing Prince Charles into believing the same thing.
Just to win votes in Canada.
But what makes all of this even more deeply disturbing, is that the Orwellian monster Stephen Harper is actually trying to rewrite this country's history.
As Ottawa prepares to mark the centennial of Canada's participation in the First World War, one of the country's top historians is slamming Stephen Harper's government for its focus on "militarism and monarchism."
Frenette's article is the latest salvo from Canadian academics and artists who have complained the Harper government has rejected the symbols of Canada's story that Liberal governments of the last 50 years celebrated. No more bragging about peacekeeping, the Maple Leaf flag, the CBC, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and multiculturalism.
Because that historian is right. And it really needs to be said: this country may have a proud military record, but it was built by our genius for compromise, not by the slaughter of war.
That's not bad that's good. And so are symbols like the Maple Leaf flag, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and our noble peacekeeping traditions. Which are all much much more Canadian than Harper's chicken hawk fantasies, which only make us look like goons on and off the ice, and shame us in the eyes of the world.
But then as that other professor Tom Flanagan, Great Leader's one-time Dr Strangelove points out, all this chicken hawk behaviour is just a reflection of Stephen Harper's approach to politics.
In the age of the permanent campaign.
“Just as chronic warfare produces a garrison state, permanent campaigning has caused the Conservative party to merge with the campaign team, producing a garrison party. The party today is today, for all intents and purposes, a campaign organization focused on being ready for and winning the next election, whenever it may come,” Flanagan writes.
He really can't help himself, the screaming voices in his head tell him that politics is WAR.
And what all of this tells me is that one, we should be ready for an election that may come sooner rather than later. Because a man who believes politics is war, will strike when the time is right, not when a fixed election date tells him he can.
And two, as I said the other night, all progressives need to understand exactly what's at stake in the next election.
“If the Liberals under Justin Trudeau do not win in 2015, the centre-left parties will have to become more realistic about the Conservative nightmare they face – a well-funded, cohesive party of the centre-right (sic), commanding about 40 per cent of the popular vote. In Canada’s first-past-the –post electoral system, such a party wins every time against three underfunded, bickering opponents, running against each other to determine who will become the official opposition.
There may have to be a merger or an electoral coalition or one or more of these parties may have to go out of business if the centre left can ever hope to win again.”
And make sure we don't defeat ourselves, by putting our parties before our poor suffering country.
For the 60-plus per cent of Canadian voters who are neither Conservative nor conservative, it’s a deeply sobering thought. Flanagan’s frank and incontestable analysis – and warning – should finally propel the three feuding centre-left parties - and Canadian voters – into action before it’s too late.
Let's get our act together, put as much pressure on Great Leader and hope the war ends like this...
With Harper resigning or being carried off in a straitjacket.
But if he doesn't resign let it end like this:
With Great Warrior Leader in a bunker screaming incoherently.
Dr Strangelove on his feet.
And the Con regime going up in smoke...
Yup. Get ready for the Final Battle for Canada, which could come as soon as next Spring or even earlier if the battle over the Northern Gateway pipeline makes for a very hot summer.
And if it is to be a war, let's attack the foul Con regime harder than we ever have before.
Let's show them no mercy. Let's take no prisoners.
Let's send this chicken hawk maniac back to the ghastly hell he came from...
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