The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Hope, Fear and Toryism
The wild and rabid Toryism of Stephen Harper:
The federal Conservatives raised more than $4-million between July 1 and Sept. 30, out-fundraising the Liberals, Bloc Québécois, and NDP combined, through the use of two emotions, say some political observers: hope and fear.
"The more emotional intensity, the more money you can raise," conservative political pundit Gerry Nicholls told The Hill Times last week.
When it comes to "hope," Mr. Nicholls said an example is "We are so close to winning a majority ... with your help we can do it! Send money!" An example of fear, he said, is " 'The Liberals and the NDP are planning a left-wing coalition to impose socialism in Canada. Only your support will stop them! Send us money.' "
"Impose socialism in Canada." Only forty years too late to stop that. Majority government at hand? When the electoral snows melt, and the Bloc Quebecois MPs are forced go out and find real jobs. It isn't about socialism or capitalism anymore. It's about partisanship. Go Team Blue! Beat Team Red!
Posted by Richard Anderson on November 30, 2010 | Permalink
Beat team red into the ground indeed!!!!
Posted by: Merle Terlesky | 2010-11-30 10:16:46 PM
As opposed to Harper's Red Tory socialism? The Conservative Party in name only, that is the shocking truth that those who give money to them are too stupid to realize. Any notion that Harper will usher in conservatism is influenced by very powerful drugs.
Posted by: AB Patriot | 2010-11-30 11:13:17 PM
Let's face it: There is no "conservative party" in Canada. Here is a reminder, info below:
Posted by: Stephen J. gray | 2010-12-01 9:14:40 AM
The problem is not party specific, which means it is a much bigger one. Our system has degenerated to the point of requiring politicians to pander to multiple special interest groups/lobbies along with voters being swayed by either greed (entitlement) or fear (paranoia). The fear factor was essentially a tool of the Liberals until Mulroney. Sadly the fact is that honest and realistic politicians (those willing to speak the truth no matter what and remain true to their principles) stand no chance of getting elected. A party operating in the same fashion can expect the same treatment.
The system has become so bad that I doubt it can be fixed, for to fix it would require a total collapse and starting over from scratch. It is pretty much the same with all Western democracies.
Posted by: Alain | 2010-12-01 12:00:39 PM
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