Man alive, thwap, haven't you been paying any attention at all for the past six years?About a week and a half ago there was a very articulate condemnation of Canadians' apathy and ignorance in the face of harper and the whole right-wing assault on everything. Dana might even have written it! I really can't argue that it is highly depressing that in the face of torturing peasants in Afghanistan, in the face of the destruction of Haiti, in the face of decades of rising homelessness, household debt, insecure unemployment, environmental destruction, increasing income inequality, police violence, racism, and now the self-implosion of the world financial system that has costed Canadians hundreds of billions of dollars, stephen harper was able to inch forward in the polls.
This is maybe the eleventyth time you or someone else has predicted that Harper is toast and every single time his polling numbers either remain the same or they rise.
Whatever you're smoking I want some.
It's depressing that the likeliest candidate to replace harper is an out-of-touch, arrogant, elitist prick who buys into the neo-liberal snake-oil as big as harper and Flaherty do.
But I see the role of the blog-o-sphere as presenting views of the world that haven't entered into the mainstream consciousness but with time can affect it (the way DailyKos and MoveOn and CommonDreams, and the great flag-ship Znet did to some effect in the USA). And part of my little job with my dozen or so daily readers is to contribute to the criticism of the harpercons and other neo-con, neo-lib, always-stupids, and to speak positively about our chances.
And I really do believe that harper is easily defeat-able. Go through this blog and you'll see several entries where I express the opinion that harper will be defeated if only somebody stands up to him.
What we need is more left-wingers shooting their mouths off. In the 1960s and 1970s it was left-wingers who shot their mouths off. They criticized imperialist wars, environmental destruction, patriarchy, and racism and for a while the right-wingers were cowed into silence. Then they recovered. An economic crisis ("stagflation") supposedly discredited left-liberalism's Keynesian economics and (try to wrap your heads around this one folks) supposedly vindicated the theories that were discredited by the Great Depression in the 1930s (and which appear now to be set for a second discrediting today).
Then we had Thatcher and Reagan and the whole Archie Bunker counterattack. And look at the sad, sordid results. Epic failure. Epic stupidity. The rise of racism and the election of "Tea-Bag" politicians who call for the elimination of laws against child labour!
The fact that even in the USA, where corporate mainstream news/propaganda, FAUXNews, Rush Limbaugh, etc., ... sixty percent of Americans back the Wisconsin strikers against the corporate stooge Governor Walker. Canada has not been as debased by right-wing shit-headerry as has the USA. The numbers would be even higher here.
What we need (as Montreal Simon is forever saying) is the courage to stand up to bullies.