Every time I read a comment on this blog or others from a Conservative, or perhaps I should say a Harper supporter, I am perplexed.
I understand that they support who they voted for, but they seem to have an amazing ability to ignore the fact that Harper has failed to provide what he said he'd do. He did of course lower the GST, but he's not implemented important aspects of the Accountability Act and he's not made government more accountable nor transparent. In fact, he's done the opposite.
Robert Marleau, the information commissioner of Canada, says that contrary to Mr. Harper's election pledge to make transparency a hallmark of his administration, a "fog over information" has crept across the government's activities.
Marleau said complaints to the commissioner's office about lack of access to government information have doubled in the past year.
Transparency and 'cleaning government up' was his whole platform. With each day that passes, we see more lies and cover up from this government yet his cheerleaders are desperate to defend him. Why?
I promise you, if the Leader I backed ended up going back on all he promised, I'd be angry. I'm not against compromise based on principled reason, but that is not what Harper is doing. No, he appears to be poll chasing and thus far, it's not stood him in good stead. If I had backed such a Leader I would feel that I'd been deceived and that my vote was no more than a pass for that person to gain power and exercise his/her own vainglorious aspirations.
That is not the case with con's who call talk radio or the one's that blog and/or comment. The question is why?
It defies human nature in my view. Who among us continues to support a best friend who blatantly deceives us? Very few in my experience. For that matter, in business if a contract is breached you generally do not continue to endorse that partner. To the contrary in fact. You go out of your way to discredit them. What of religious Leaders? When they preach one way then it is learned that they have participated in a contrary manner, pedophilia for instance? Only the inculcated, some would call them cult followers, would not speak out against them. Another instance in which I can see public support continuing for someone who had deceived you is when it's a family member. Within the family the rancour may be front and centre, but when in public, sticking together is the unspoken rule. There does seem to be that split in the Conservative Party in Quebec at the moment but the family is perhaps trying to not say that in public.
In the case of bloggers etc., all of that reality does not seem to be the case. I have no doubt that there are Conservatives, dare I say Progressive Conservatives who are exceptionally disappointed but their voice is muted in both alternative and main stream media. Not dead, because you certainly read editorials that appear to be PC and they do show their frustration, but muted. We've also heard from many economists who are disappointed in what Harper and Flaherty have brought in yet the supporters think it is great. How can you think that something that is wrong for the country as stated by experts is great?
It's a mindset I do not understand. If you have strong convictions and believe your leader supports them and then he doesn't, where is your conviction? Nowhere in my view. You're apparently happy to relinquish all that you stand for, so long as your guy will stay in power. He's not doing what you want but you want him there and that is all that matters. Very odd.
Perhaps these con's are just so thrilled to be in power that they will prostitute their convictions to maintain it. That of course goes against everything they stand for or so they say. Maybe if you go beyond the literal interpretation of that statement, you might discover that that it is true. Ironic isn't it? They just might share that vainglorious dream.
Knock yourselves out Con's, I say. All it takes is a view to the South to see that your sway has be marginalised. I'm sure that you thought you could ride the wave of the Republican support in the States, you even revert to using their phrases in your rhetoric. What you've failed to realise in my view is that the tide has shifted. That's dangerous business in reality and in politics. One that I think is difficult to navigate.
I truly do not understand you so I'm more than prepared to hear your side. Tell me why you defend Harper and all he hasn't done for you.