Friday, May 01, 2015
The Strange Harperland Spring and the Propaganda Challenge
It's been eerily quiet down by the waterfront where I live. It still doesn't feel like Spring.
People seem strangely subdued. And although I am looking forward to all the good things warm weather brings, I can't shake the feeling that something awful is about to happen.
And polls like this one don't help.
Federal Conservatives have cracked open an eight-point lead over Liberals on the heels of a pre-election budget that balanced the books for the first time in seven years, a new poll suggests.
And, according to numbers from Abacus Data, more Canadians are starting to believe Stephen Harper will be re-elected in the next federal election, despite many feeling it’s time for a change.
Not just because of the numbers which could be right or wrong. Or the suggestion that many Canadians have bought their porky budget hook, line, and sinker.
“The budget measures, supported by extensive advertising about tax relief and spending on jobs and training programs has created a situation where the Conservative economic approach is very prominent, and for many people, appealing as well,” states Abacus.
Or consumed it...
But also because it suggests that many Canadians are throwing in the towel and resigning themselves to four more years of Stephen Harper.
Even though he is leading this country to economic catastrophe, leading us into unnecessary wars, and trying to turn Canada into a police state...
Which would be the ultimate act of political insanity. And couldn't be more depressing.
But then as I was saying the other day, what do we expect when we allow the Cons to bombard us with a billion dollars worth of porky ads? And don't return fire, with at least a volley of YouTube videos.
Short videos that would expose the Con economic record as nothing but a sham. Point out that that the only place Stephen Harper is creating jobs is Mexico.
You could hear jaws dropping onto factory floors right across Ontario’s auto belt last week. Export Development Canada (EDC) announced a loan of €400-million (about $530-million) to Volkswagen. The money was not to lure the company – which this year may rank as the world’s largest auto maker – to Canada.
On the contrary, we’re helping finance Volkswagen’s growth 4,000 kilometres away, with expanded factories in Mexico and Tennessee, and a new plant in Mexico.
Expose him as a Con artist posing as a Great Economist Leader...
And just as importantly offer up a better vision of the future. Because people need hope. And the lack of hope is killing us, and threatening to kill our country.
And the good news?
Resistance to the porky action ads is mounting.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says it’s needed to make the public aware of Ottawa’s programs. But the government ad blitzes, which have cost an estimated $750 million since Harper took power, are fuelling an increasingly fierce pushback from those who see the messaging as too pro-Conservative.
And this new Tom Mulcair video is definitely a step in the right direction...
So we can do it, we just need to make more videos like that one.
We need to counter their sunny propaganda with messages like this one...
Because unless we can start stripping the Cons of their phony credentials now, their giant propaganda machine will use them to brainwash the population, and we'll be playing catch up all the way to the election.
But as I said we can do it. And I'm still confident that we can defeat the Cons.
In fact, as I walked home this evening, even in my subdued state I took this giant V sign in the sky to be a good omen...
(Click pic to enlarge)
If we don't give up. If we fight them smarter and harder than ever.
We will end this Harperland nightmare.
And we will be victorious...
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