Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Look Somewhere Else


Stephen Harper talks tough. But when things get tough, Harper hides. Andrew Mitrovica writes:

The prime minister, simply put, is a nasty piece of work. His every act and statement is a product of a petty, parochial political calculus; the quaint notion of ‘nation-building’ isn’t part of his lexicon. And like any unrepentant bully, Harper prefers adversaries who can’t fight back — hence his venomous attack on Radio-Canada journalists.

When people fight back, he heads for cover:

You probably saw this iPolitics report — about how the PM quietly invoked parliamentary privilege to escape being grilled by lawyers representing the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Not exactly the stuff of profiles-in-courage, is it?
The NCCM sued Harper and his freshly departed PR guy, Jason MacDonald, for libel after MacDonald appeared on Sun News Network to slime the NCCM by insisting it “has documented ties to a terrorist organization … Hamas.”

Anyway, the NCCM argues that MacDonald’s attack had his boss’s implicit, if not explicit, approval. Make no mistake, the explicit intent of that slur – based on laughable, discredited information culled from an obscure court case heard in the backwoods of the Lone Star state – was to malign all the loyal, hard-working Muslim-Canadians working at NCCM as Hamas sympathizers or worse. When Harper and company refused to retract and apologize, the NCCM sued the pair last May.

The overall effect, of course, is a blot on Harper’s carefully cultivated tough-guy image. A bad hombre wouldn’t hide behind his lawyer’s pinstriped pants. No sir. He would waive parliamentary privilege, agree to appear at discovery with his former spokesman — who, by the way, is still being represented by a government-hired lawyer — put his hand on a Bible and say: Fire away.

If you're looking for heated rhetoric about Muslims or Russians, Harper's your man. But, if you're looking for courage, look somewhere else.


rumleyfips said...

I don't know if Harper will be able to throw MacDonald under the bus; pretty crowded down there.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

Courage Own, in this situation would require Harper speaking the truth.That will never happen. The man is gutless!

Owen Gray said...

For Harper, Pam, words are camouflage. He thinks he can hide his intentions and who he is.

Owen Gray said...

They've buried so many bodies, rumley, that they're running out of room.

Anonymous said...

Harper's characteristics are similar to, the dictators of the 30's and 40's. As sociopaths they are only capable, of caring about themselves.

What really boggles me is? How can Harper's Ministers and supporters, stoop to Harper's level? They have no self respect, what-so-ever.

Owen Gray said...

The world is full of stooges, Anon.

Anonymous said...

Mogs says I have an issue with you using a turtle for your point. No worries we are not at war but turtles are much smarter than the PM and his caucus um ya hey?

Quit slandering the real turtles [small joke here] in this way one turtle has more intelligence than the entire Harper-con regime put together. Now that being said I know that what we labeled as First Nations up here in the North the Southerners labeled the indigenous peoples as Native Americans.

They both revered Turtles as sacred because North America before the arrival of Europeans and even to this day is called and named "Turtle Island" go figure...

Steve does not have the intelligence of a turtle I get you though he hides inside his Queens broom closet. Post a picture of that and leave my turtles out of it eh?

Love all-ways and cheers,
Mogs Moglio

Owen Gray said...

It may well be that turtles are brighter than the Harperites, Mogs.

But, then, the Harperites are phoney turtles. They are, quite simply, phoneys.