Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A Dictator is a Dictator is a Dictator
Whenever I call Stephen Harper a "dictator" in a posting, I get emails from people telling me that I am wrong and that I don't know what a dictator is.
So I turned to the dictionary, which defines a dictator as "a leader with absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control." And a dictatorship, as "a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator".
If you read Lawrence Martin's piece last week: Behold the most powerful PM ever, Stephen Harper now has absolute control of our country. He can even take our country into war, just on his command.
Jack Layton bragged today that he resides over the largest official opposition party in 31 years. But it is also the most powerless.
Harper has Parliament, the Senate and the Governor General was a Brian Mulroney insider. He has the media and will soon control the Supreme Court.
And if that isn't bad enough, we learn today, that he will also soon control the Ontario Court of Appeals. How long before other provinces fall under his sway?
Even before his majority, his government had reached all benchmarks of Fascism, and his determined to be the most secretive in history.
So please don't tell me that I don't know what a dictatorship is, or that Stephen Harper does not currently have dictatorial powers.
It's important for us to realize this, because we are the ones who allowed a single man to take absolute control of our country.
And while you might say that we are still a democracy, given that he was elected, even if it was with less than 40% of the popular vote, another man became a dictator when he was elected with just 43.9% of the popular vote.