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Why NOT to vote for Stephen Harper – #1

As promised, I will be posting regular thoughts on why giving the Harperites a second mandate – and likely a majority – is a very bad idea for Canada. I will not endorse one alternative over another – but will make the case for ABH – Anyone But Harper.

These will be in no particular order of importance.

#1 Politics of fear

In continuing with the “hard on crime” theme and the need for a solid leader for the troops in Afghanistan, Harper is following the Karl Rove strategy of using fear to win support.

I remember bookmarking this page a few years ago and I think that it applies equally now as it did then:

Stephen Harper knows a good trick when he sees it: the fear tactic. It has worked wonders for George Bush for five years – with yellow alerts, hints of danger and the passing of new draconian laws that convince many Americans that such laws are really necessary.

Harper is doing the same thing with a string of new laws to “fight crime.” This kind of politics is truly despicable not just for deliberately misleading people about how much crime there is in Canada and providing false solutions but for consciously and strategically trying to corrupt the political culture.

As we have witnessed for years in the US, a country afraid of its own shadow is a country that ignores the many far more important issues of everyday life: economic security, health care, the environment, energy costs, the collapse of American public schools, the erosion of pensions, child care, etc.

Keep them scared – and you can keep them distracted.

Unfortunately, the politics of fear works. It worked for the Republicans when a bumbling fool was RE-elected as president. And it may work this time in Canada unless the other parties can somehow counter this message.

I found this Facebook group – and if you share these options, join up and let our opinions be heard!

Next time – the politics of fear and the invention of the “crime” issue.


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  1. trashee says:

    It’s all based on the premise that the electorate isn’t really paying close attention – and it’s a pretty solid premise!
    The CPC know where there be issues and where there ain’t… and they know that the toys on the lawn will convey the “everyman” image throughout the campaign but denying the Greens a place in the debate will only be in the news briefly.
    They have LOTS of money and have spent it wisely on some pretty good (if not slimy) strategists – likely “borrowed” from the Republicans.

  2. Devon says:

    What bothers me is the amount of people taht get sucked into the gimmicks and BS. I mean that ridiculous photo op he had at a “real” family’s house in BC yesterday? Give me a break.

    Then he has the gaul to stand up and say that he won’t go to a debate if the Greens are there because he thinks the May might support Dion down the road.

    If he gets elected I am convinced Canadians are going the same way as the Americans: believing whatever the establishment tells them rahter than looking at what is really going on.

  3. trashee says:

    As reported on the CBC :

    Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it would be unfair to allow May to join the other leaders on the national stage because she is too closely tied to the Liberals.

    “Ms. May is basically presenting the same positions as Mr. Dion and she supports Mr. Dion as Liberal leader,” Harper said while campaigning in Richmond, B.C. “I don’t think that’s fair to the other parties.”

    Harper added he suspects May will officially endorse Dion by the end of the campaign.

    So – once again Stevie is bastardizing and holding contempt for the democratic process.

    Sad that this joker is still around – but emphasizing why we must ensure that he does NOT gain full control.

  4. I am appalled, but not surprised, that would be leaders of Canada are too small minded and afraid to include Ms. May in the National Debate. Harper talks but every time he walks his true colors ooze.

    Beware Of The Neocons

    Beware of the Neocons

    Play for full power,

    Canadian Conservatives

    Come calling this hour,

    Steeped in deception

    Like Satin in satin,

    Smiling and praying

    An unknown Latin,

    Google Leo Strauss

    The NCC led by Harper,

    Think for yourself

    I know you are sharper.

    Stephen Nesbitt ©


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