Monday, August 25, 2014
Stephen Harper's Dismal and Dangerous Black and White World
I spent the weekend trying to forget, at least for a few hours, all the horrible things that are happening in this world.
By biking along the waterfront, and shooting things like this bunch of wilting but still beautiful flowers...
But even they reminded me of all those missing and murdered aboriginal women...
And made me wonder again how Stephen Harper could dismiss that veritable holocaust as mere acts of random violence.
Or dismiss the brutal death of 15-year-old Tania Fontaine as more of the same, or just another random crime rather than the latest victim of a sociological catastrophe...
Did he really think he could get away with it? Is he totally devoid of empathy? Was he trying to pleasure his rabid racist base? Does he really hate women THAT much?
And I have to believe that yes, it's all of the above.
And as Tim Harper points out, it's also a product of his black and white world, where governing means never saying sorry. Or never asking WHY?
In Stephen Harper’s world, one does not publicly ask why. To seek root causes is a sign of weakness. To launch an inquiry, to bring decision-makers and experts together, is seen as an invitation for opponents to strike or a forum to extort money from the federal government or a waste of time when talk turns his black-and-white world grey.
There is no nuance in the prime minister’s world. There are bad guys and good guys and there is no public questioning about how we got where we are.
And his crass motivation couldn't be more shameful.
The epidemic of missing and murdered women in Canada is a “sociological phenomenon” and the betting here is that Harper knows that. That makes his refusal to call an inquiry more disturbing because he is refusing to deal with a national shame for purely political reasons.
But that's the political monster he is. And what bothers me is that some in the MSM seem to be building him up as some kind of world statesman.
And he's clearly planning to use that myth, in the next election...
Even though his black and white view of the world is both absurd and dangerous. And has led us to one disaster after the other.
From the tragedy in Afghanistan, to the horror of his position on Gaza, to his refusal to allow wounded Palestinian children into Canada.
And now the debacle in LIBYA.
Libya has lurched ever closer to fragmentation and civil war this weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, Tripoli, proclaimed their own government, and presented the world with yet another crisis.
For who can forget how loud a cheerleader he was for that war, or how many bombs we dropped on that country? So we could deliver it into the hands of the Islamists.
Or for that matter, who can forget that if Harper had been Prime Minister instead of Jean Chretien, he would have led us cheerfully into the bloody swamp of Iraq.
So to see Stephen Harper trying to pose as a Great Leader on the world stage or wherever...
Is deeply disturbing to say the least.
But the good news is that his aggressive black and white approach to foreign policy may or not help him win votes, but it won't help him at home.
From an article in today's Hill Times, which I can't link to because it's behind a paywall:
The downward slope of Conservative party fortunes has continued in political polls this summer and experts say the party’s relentlessly combative approach has alienated middle-ground voters and has whittled support down to only a hardcore loyal base, which won’t be enough to hold onto a majority government.
The Conservatives maintain a constant “war machine attitude where they’re always on the attack no matter what happens,” said Keith Beardsley, president of Cenco Public Affairs and a former deputy chief of staff for issues management to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.). the approach is “deeply ingrained” and it’s turning off all but the party’s core base, he said. “It’s never-ending and I think the public just tires of that after a while.”
It will actually hurt his chances of winning over more moderate voters, and at the very least cost him any chance of holding on to his precious majority.
So even if the Liberals or the NDP don't win the next election, which I'm sure one of them will. They can form a coalition government and bring him down at the earliest. opportunity.
Yup. It isn't a black and white world...
It's more beautiful than that...
But isn't it great to know that Harper's black and white view of the world prevented him from saving himself?
And that in the end, his ghastly nature caught up with him.
And his own monsters did destroy him...
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