Seems like I had a “Peter Whittle Moment”. A couple of weeks ago, Peter, who authors Polemic and Paradox, said he was taking a little break. That was about the same time that a news tsunami hit Newfoundland, so Peter’s leave was cancelled.
Similar thing for me as I’ve watched the bullshit tsunami in Ottawa over the last few days. Honestly, I didn’t think I could be surprised by how Stephen Harper will change the rules or make up new ones to suit his own unquenchable thirst for power (prorogation anyone?) but the recent state of affairs takes the cake.
Harper has destroyed any illusion of “honourable” that used to be attached to Canadian Prime Ministers. He has demonstrated time and again that he will hang onto power at any cost. Harper used to flout himself as an evangelical Christian. Clearly, he’s left that illusion behind as well because anyone who has read Christian scripture could tell him he’s become one of the money changers in the Temple. Any on the Christian right who still support Harper need to examine his record.
Globe & Mail columnist Jeff Simpson wrote an excellent piece entitled “What if Stephen Harper’s previous views were used against him?” Click here to read it. In the article, Simpson catalogs Harper’s history and uses the same approach as the Harperites do in their current attack ads. He concludes with this comment, “as we’ve so often seen, a sense of decency can’t be expected of the Conservatives’ attack machine.”
I’m not even sure the concept of decency and the Harperites exist in the same universe. Scoundrels, cheats and liars would seem a more appropriate label.