Saturday, September 4, 2010

Harper Counting on Fear, Driven by Lies, to Earn Votes

There was an excellent poem posted by James Davies, on Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper yesterday, that I wanted to share:

If you're afraid of youth, you build prisons.
If you're afraid of foreign countries, you buy military planes.
If you're afraid of government, you cripple its census taking.
If you are afraid of parliament, you limit the witnesses it can call in its committee hearings.
If you're afraid of the free press, you don't give interviews.
If you're afraid of freedom of speech, you pass temporary laws to arrest and imprison those speakers.
If you're afraid of Muslims, you label them all terrorists.
If you're afraid of facts, you can just make up lies.
I don't want to be afraid anymore. I want to build trust, democracy and a sense of community.

Liberal candidate, Dan Veniez wrote an excellent piece for Mark News, that sums up nicely, the Harper Government's Modus Operandi. It's well worth a read.
In the second quarter, Canada’s economy slowed to a virtual stall. Yet, for as long as the Harper Conservatives have been in power, we’ve heard them trumpet themselves as “competent economic managers.” Like so many other myths they would have us believe, repeating a lie does not make it true.

We need more jails because unreported crimes are rising? Don't believe them. We need to stop the long-form census, because the census-takers are going to send you to jail? Don't believe them. We need to kill the long-gun registry, because the police are leading a cult conspiracy to take away everybody's guns? Don't believe them. We can't properly tender the purchase of new aircraft for our military because the Russians are attacking? Don't believe them.

This is a government that is counting on fear, driven by lies, to earn the votes it needs to win again. Is it true that only a Harper Conservative government can bring sound management to the economy? Don't be fooled.
This is a party based on fear and lies. We deserve better than this.