When I read this little bit this morning, imagine my surprise to learn that they were all uttered by Conservatives.
Of course, the list seems to be a bit dated and doesn't include more recent taunts, like, Taliban lover and terrorist supporter, etc. That said, I don't think that the Liberals are lily white when it comes to this issue, but calls that I have heard have more to do with the lies the government throws around than anything else. I don't quite know how to explain it. There is just a different level. The NDP are not absolved either. Have you ever watched Mulcair? Yikes!
The Conservatives come from a different place. Disbelievers in anything that they deem to be politically correct, (a term that for the most part I find disingenuous, useless really and would prefer to use 'civility'), they don't seem to feel bound by any normal conventions of decorum.
We all know that the Internet is a place where people say things that they would never normally say in public. Provocateurs live to claim the outrageous. Some get called on it, most don't.
But many in the Conservative party seem to have no qualms in spewing their nonsense in the real world. There is a certain naiveté that one could attribute, (no compliment there), with some MP's, but for the most part, there just seems to be a nastiness that they are unabashed about sharing.
So, to the point of the post.
Vic Toews apparently thinks it's perfectly fine to take things out of context. As I'm sure you've read here and elsewhere, Toews is using 10 per centers to suggest that Ignatieff bashed the Ukrainian community. Now, unlike his brethren, he doesn't try to justify his out of context claims with the standard bogus line, 'we're only using his own words' (envision the pitch of voice and look of innocence with that comment).
No, this man actually says that taking comments out of context is unimportant. Context doesn't matter.
But Toews said the context does not justify what Ignatieff wrote about the Ukrainian community.
Really. Really? He then goes on to claim that the comments were not taken out of context. Oookaaay?
"There are some pretty troubling comments that were made," said Toews. "Referring to Ukrainians as little Russians and questioning the propriety of Ukrainian independence and nationalism. These are not comments that were taken out of context. He has a lot of explaining to do."
Yes Vic, they were taken out of context. You know when you write something?...uh...scratch that. You know when you are recounting something to friends, like confronting a situation that you know is laden with stereotypes and in the course of telling the story you cite those stereotypes? That recounting does not reflect your opinion does it?
Then again, even that query is dangerous. This is the man after all, who called Louise Arbour 'disgusting', based solely on ideology and positions taken out of context.
Proud to be ignorant? You be the judge.
Update: Just another case in point re' the Conservatives?
btw...Time is short for me at the moment, so I apologise for infrequent and 'light' posting. I know there is much to discuss and when time allows...I will rail! I promise.