Friday, September 04, 2015

And Little Children Die


Stephen Harper works hard to control people. But he can't control events. And events are catching up with him. At the beginning of the week, events caught up with his economic policy. And, two days ago, events caught up with his immigration policy.

The picture of little Aylan  Kurdi's lifeless body speaks volumes and shouts out the message that Canada's immigration policy -- like so much else that Mr. Harper does -- is morally bankrupt. Michael Harris writes:

They’re taking to calling refugees ‘migrants’ these days. I worry about that. But by any other name that photo — that motionless little body — would have rocked the world. What are we becoming?

And, if you're worried about what we're becoming, consider Chris Alexander's reaction:

Listening to the minister pile up superlatives on the Harper government’s deplorable human rights record — including with First Nations peoples in this country — was like listening to Donald Trump introduce himself. Believing his line would mean forgetting how this ‘compassionate’ clan of Conservatives refused to issue visas for injured kids from Gaza who wanted to come to Canada for medical care.

This was the same pack of philanthropists who didn’t want to extend medical coverage to refugees in Canada, forcing Canadian doctors to demonstrate in front of Parliament.

Alexander is supposed to be among our best and brightest. Instead, he proves the wisdom behind Mark Twain's admonition: "It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt."

That's what happens to people who immerse themselves in a culture of willful ignorance. Their brains atrophy. And little children die.


Dana said...

Willful ignorance?

Clearly thought out and operant malevolence is closer to the mark, in my opinion.

I can't think of another leader of a political party or national government in the western world that so clearly set out from the get go to destroy the traditional conventions and institutions of a country.

No ignorance involved.

Not even among the supporters of this putrid homunculus with the name of Harper.

A wall and a firing squad are too good for this lot.

Anonymous said...

It seems only Stephen Harper is crazy enough to continue to declare war when children are the victims. What a clown.

Owen Gray said...

It's truly amazing -- and frightening -- that someone so clueless can rise to the highest office in the land, Anon.

Owen Gray said...

They've known from the beginning exactly what they wanted to do, Dana. And they knew what they didn't want to know.

Mogs Moglio said...

Hell bringing in refugees that need medical attention would go against the harper policy of ending medicare at the federal level [he wants that money to go into security, war toys and war NOT healthcare]. Just like Hay-Zeus taught [not] to leave the sick the dying and the wounded to fend for themselves and if they live and regain health only then have they proven they are worthy of the 'Rapture' and the kingdom of heaven with steve. To help them is a sin as they must prove their own self-worth in front of dog hay-zeus and especially grievous steve who is dog's modern messenger [in his twisted mind]...

;) Mogs

Owen Gray said...

It's back to a Darwinian world where only the "fit" survive, Mogs.