Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The Nightmare Campaign and My Day of Rage
I was going to write a post about young Canadians and the campaign to get them to vote. But like so many of them I was just too tired, after attacking the punching bag at the gym like I wanted to kill it.
I had to, I was that angry.
For this this was the day when the horror of this campaign finally sank in, and made me explode with rage. Rage at the bigotry of the Cons, or at other bloggers for seeming to surrender.
Because I just can't believe to what monstrous place Stephen Harper has taken us.
Or how low we have fallen.
Who is this maniac leader?
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says his government would consider banning public servants from wearing the niqab, but rejects the suggestion that recent assaults against Muslim women should stifle debate about the issue.
Who would kick his bigot game up a notch, shrug off the fires of hatred he has ignited, and then claim it's only an issue because the opposition parties made it one.
Even though everybody knows that Harper's twisted Australian hitman Lynton Crosby deliberately set out to turn that trivial issue into a massive wedge issue.
And has managed to turn this campaign into something the CBC's Neil Macdonald compares to The Twilight Zone.
If this election was indeed a movie, we would probably now be watching monochrome images of bewildered Canadians clutching their children while some sinister, shifting shape takes form in the near distance – foreign eyes staring malevolently from beneath slit veils or religious zealots mutilating their helpless daughters and forcing them into marital servitude.
I can think of no better narration than Rod Serling's dire intonation at the beginning of each Twilight Zone episode: "It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge."
And Harper knows it too, knows that he's playing the dirty game. You can see it in his eyes...
He knows he's peddling political porn like a pervert, but he just can't help himself.
He needs this ghastly, totalitarian cabaret...
Even though it couldn't be more of a farce.
Just out of curiosity, I called the RCMP's media relations department to ask about this new task force and what sort of barbaric cultural practices would merit a call to the Mounties. The officer who answered said that if, say, an honour killing is taking place next door, it'd be best to dial 911 and tell the local police.
Otherwise, the force said in an email about 20 minutes later: "It would be inappropriate for the RCMP to comment on a political announcement."
And is only designed to divide Canadians, and distract them from Harper's ghastly record of corruption and incompetence.
And the real barbaric practices of his monstrous Harperland.
It’s barbaric that almost half of the population of Nunavut cannot access healthy food. High food prices over the long term mean that Inuit children are experiencing stunted growth, with 22 per cent of Inuit families reporting chronic hunger. Northern food insecurity is a real threat with frightening consequences and, thus far, zero airtime on the campaign trail.
Which couldn't be more disgusting or depressing.
And the good news? Harper's bigot game is still getting him nowhere.
In fact it may even be backfiring, as more and more Canadians join the Anyone But Conservative movement to try to save the country from him and his Cons.
And in that regard this song couldn't be more symbolic.
It comes from two bands at each end of the country. It's called Land You Love. It includes a plea to avoid another " tragic Harper government."
It ends with a sign that reads "Anything But Conservatives."
And it's just another example of how many young people are getting involved in this campaign like they never have before. Which is what I was going to tell you in the post I was too tired to write.
Isn't that amazing?
It's all coming together.
This Twilight Zone nightmare is almost over.
And this monster's days are numbered...
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