Thursday, June 14, 2012 — Our arrogant, arrogant, ARROGANT Conservative Party

Here in Cana­da, Con­ser­v­a­tive Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harp­er is joy­ful­ly ram­ming through a mas­sive omnibus bill (C-38). The spe­cif­ic con­tent of the bill is not the real issue, it is the arro­gant con­tempt for democ­ra­cy, for Cana­di­an tra­di­tions, and the Cana­di­an peo­ple, that is inher­ent in such a huge, catch-all omnibus bill. Such things have long been seen in the Amer­i­can sys­tem, but they are for­eign to our par­lia­men­tary tra­di­tions. But Harper’s con­tempt for Cana­da and Cana­di­ans is already well attest­ed, so it should come as no sur­prise.  Harp­er is by a long shot the most arro­gant per­son to hold high office in Cana­da in this gen­er­a­tion, and his Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty is arro­gance incar­nate. One need only talk to any Con­ser­v­a­tive MP or par­ty func­tionary to quick­ly glean how far above us low­ly serfs these lordlings see them­selves, and the deri­sive con­tempt they hold for us, as they pur­sue their divine ide­o­log­i­cal mis­sion. For Harper’s Con­ser­vatism is an ide­o­log­i­cal zealotry that is close­ly akin to Com­mu­nism, where moral­i­ty, free­dom, and human decen­cy are dis­pos­able, trumped by the demands of crack­pot eco­nom­ic nos­trums and dialec­tic mys­ti­cism.

The oppo­si­tion is actu­al­ly not fight­ing it. It is mere­ly going through rit­u­al motions. The stunt of mov­ing for 800 amend­ments can­not accom­plish any­thing, and Harp­er can eas­i­ly por­tray it as mere fil­i­bus­ter­ing to a gullible Cana­di­an pub­lic. The items in the bill that the oppo­si­tion par­ties have focused on are, pre­dictably, not the ones that mat­ter. I’m most fright­ened by Harper’s desire to build a Com­mu­nist-style gulag of pris­ons ― and not just because of its poten­tial bonan­za of waste and cor­rup­tion ― but the oppo­si­tion has bare­ly raised the issue. The same goes for the ide­o­log­i­cal­ly-dri­ven scale-up of the “war” against mar­i­jua­na smok­ers. Instead, they focus on triv­ia. The Cana­di­an pub­lic is nev­er allowed to grasp the pro­found­ly anti-Cana­di­an nature of Harper’s ide­o­log­i­cal dri­ve. He is nev­er called to account for his insuf­fer­able arro­gance. We need some gen­uine, prin­ci­pled oppo­si­tion to this kind of arro­gant despo­tism.

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