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The trend toward pro-Harpo comments is worrying this little lefty…

Lately, I have noticed a troubling trend in the comments on stories that cover political issues on the CBC website.

Take today’s article, for instance on how the ReformCons have built a nearly 10 point lead over the Grits according to the latest (and evil – according to the Cons) EKOS poll.

Rightly or wrongly, there has always been a perception that CBC readers were a little or a lot to the left on the political spectrum. Indeed, this is exactly what the DeceptiCons propaganda machine has been churning out in the wake of that whole Frank Graves (non) controversy.

So, I have gotten used to seeing commentators leaning to the left – condemning Harpy for this or that… and these types of anti-government comments have been given the “thumbs-up” by those who bother to register their agreement or dislike of that particular comment…but this is changing.

More and more I have been noticing that the pro-Con thumbs up are outnumbering the thumbs-down.

Take this for instance:

The widening gap between Conservative and Liberal support shown in this graph is a direct result of Canadians realizing one party actually has a direction and a plan, and the other is a complete mess.

So whether you agree with the Conservatives or not, I’d rather vote for a right wing Conservative, or a left wing NDP / Green party that actually has a purpose of one sort or another, than a flip-flopping middleman joke party that borrows ideas from the left and right and calls them their own.

Sitting on the fence and being useless – the Liberal Party of Canada

Or this:
I see many disgruntled Liberals on this board who rather than face the fact that they made a mistake will try everything in their power to discredit others who have a realistic vision for Canada.

The party in power has done a very good job in pulling the country out of the recent slump much to the displeasure of the Liberals who would sooner see the country sink under their leadership than to support a government that has done very well on the world wide economic level.

193 agree and 121 disagree.
The same is happening over at the G&M, for instance, take this anti-robot comment:
Time for Canadians to awaken to the Theo-Con INCOMPETENTS at our door…TIME TO SINK OR SWIM!!…the sooner we can go to the polls to rid ourselves of our present SAY ANYTHING DO NOTHING CON GOVERNMENT the better…ELECTION NOW!!…Canada and Canadians can no longer afford their INCOMPETENCE on every file,every issue…their(CON)attack on rights and agencies built up over the 50 years…


This is at 358 against and 223 for…
The Grits better start looking at what is going wrong here. The Harperites have been flopping around from mini-scandal to mini-scandal. Abortion rights are back in the news. There are questions about the Cons’ connections to right-wingnut evangelicals.. and STILL Iggy cannot make any hay?
Scary news for we on the left… Why won’t the Libs and Dippers face reality and see that we are in for many, many years of right-wing, dogmatic rule if they don’t put their differences aside and unite under one banner???!!!


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  1. trashee says:

    Naw. You’ve gone hippy. I can tell.
    But seriously – I agree with you. I cannot recall a time when polarization over «fill in the blank» has been more pronounced.
    I blame Michael Jackson.

  2. Ken says:

    I’m just getting tired of extreme points of view these days. Whether it’s about politics or the economy or finances or the environment or religion/faith… It seems that far too many people are not willing to at least listen to the other POVs.

    Tolerance is at all-time low these days, I think. That breeds closed-mindedness and contempt.

  3. trashee says:

    You sir, are starting to sound like some kinda pinko, commie, hippy, dope-smoking, gun hatin’, Trudeau-lover with all that “why can’t we just love one another” stuff!
    Welcome aboard!

  4. Ken says:

    @Evolving Squid
    I’m with you. A shift too far to the right would be just as bad as a shift too far to the left – where, IMO, we’ve been for the last 30+ years since P.E.T came into office.

    A generation later, and the shift, hopefully seems to be centreing itself. We need less polar opposites in this country: less Right vs Left, less West vs East, less French vs English, less Private Sector vs Public Sector…

    If we could get rid of alot of those opposites and just treat everyone EQUALLY, then life would be so much simpler.

  5. They can shift right if they want, but they have to be careful. There’s a lot more centre-right people like me than there are ultra-right religious douchebags. If they shift too far, they’re going to lose support.

    The “anything but cons” comment should have got mostly thumbs down from anyone who thinks. A large part of the problem in Canada is that far too many idiots take a “anything but …” approach to voting instead of looking at what they want.

  6. trashee says:

    Possibly, Ken.
    Though I think it may be more of an expression of the divide between urban/rural and east/west.
    Rural and western folks are becoming a lot more vocal than they used to be – as are christians and other “believers”.
    History has shown that in times of economic or social turmoil peeps turns to the base “fight or “flight” instincts and that is what I think is happening here.

  7. Ken says:

    Maybe they’re just getting more vocal. Maybe there’s a right-shift occuring in Canada.

  8. XUP says:

    Grits? Do they still exist? Where? How? Do they have a leader? Has he stated any position? Plan? Idea? Philosophy? Thoughts? Anything? Anything at all?? I really think all the other political parties have disbanded and have joined a holy order of reclusive nuns or something.

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