Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Final Humiliation of the Con Clown Dean Del Mastro
The news hit me like a blast from the past. A very dark past. A past I sometimes wish I could forget.
But there was Dean Del Mastro, who once somehow managed to be Stephen Harper's favourite Con enforcer AND his point man on ethics, on his way to jail. Again.
To complete his sentence for electoral fraud.
And I have to admit I was shaken.
For who can forget the last time he clinked and clanked his way to the Big House?
Well I watched that video about a thousand times, and laughed so much I almost died !!!
Who can forget, as Stephen Maher reminds us, how the Deaner fought the law over and over again?
Who can forget what that means for Canadian democracy?
Del Mastro is now waiting in the chow line with other inmates, likely at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont., a testament to the fact that Canada is a nation of laws, and the powerful, if they are sufficiently dim-witted or bull-headed, can be made to pay for their crimes.
Or the moral of the story.
It’s as ugly a story as we have seen in Canadian politics in recent memory, but it has a good moral. There is a limit, a firm limit, on how far bologna will take a man.
Because let's face it eh? Del Mastro was always full of baloney...
He was the author of his own misfortune.
He could have avoided his jail cell if he had been prepared to respect the law, either by following it or, when he was caught, acknowledging that he had broken it and saying he was sorry.
His failure to respect the law says something about an occupational hazard of high political office: the mistaken belief that with enough spin you can manage anything.
And he was a ghastly bully who served his depraved master well...
Until he made a fatal mistake.
In the House, Del Mastro specialized in partisan bluster, smearing his government’s critics at the prime minister’s bidding, an unusually thuggish attack dog, but part of a long tradition in Canadian politics.
He erred, though, in believing that the partisan nonsense that works in the House of Commons would work in a court of law.
By first breaking the law, then clumsily trying to deny he had...
And then lying like a thief.
He could have just come clean with Elections Canada and made a deal, which might have interrupted his political career, but he would not gone to jail. Instead, he used his role as Harper’s parliamentary secretary to attack investigators, witnesses and journalists, in the House of Commons and on TV, and lied, over and over again.
Only to end up revealing his appalling judgement once again, by questioning the judgement of the judge...
Which in my opinion should have cost him a lot more than just three more weeks in jail.
But then I also thought that Del Mastro's depraved master should have joined him in the Big House, for all his crimes against Canada...
So what do I know? Except that there is no justice.
But at least the ghastly Deaner's trial and tribulations did remind Canadians of the complete contempt the Harper government had for the rule of law.
Which is a good thing, because sometimes I think that too many Canadians have forgotten the horror of the Con regime.
Sometimes I think that those who can forget a nightmare like that one are condemned to repeat it.
And that it could happen again, if this creepy Harper clone ever becomes prime minister...
But right now I think I'll just take some time to celebrate Dean del Mastro's return to the Big House, in my usual quiet way.
By playing the same song I played the day he was convicted.
I don't want to go overboard, because that beefy bully is not worth it eh?
But any day a Con goes to jail, is a day worth celebrating...