"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." ~ Groucho Marx
"A fool and his money are soon elected." ~ Will Rogers
"Release the Kraken! Um, I mean... unleash the election!" ~ Stephen Harper
"And a great wail rose up through the land as the people learned the election would be twice its normal length. Lo, there would be weeks on end of attack ads, posters and billboards, politicians kissing infants, and no respite, and the people of the North were in anguish and dismay and given to rolling their eyes in exasperation. And it was said in those days that at least this time, the prospect of the Dark Lord falling from his throne might be in the offing, and lo, did they say that was at least some compensation..." ~ From The Book Of Kendall, Chapter 56 Verse 14
Today I'm in a bit of a ranting mood. I just thought you should know in advance, and I'll be starting with Colonel By Day photos tomorrow. Incidentally, I'm planning on continuing to rant (if I can get the thing written) over at my writer's blog for tomorrow. Now then these are shots of the Langevin Block, the only Parliament building that is not actually part of the Parliamentary precinct, as it sits across the street. It also houses the offices of the Prime Minister and his staff, often termed derisively as the Short Pants Brigade. One would not think from looking at it that it's the Canadian equivalent to Mount Doom, nor that the Eye of Sauron can be found inside.
Yes, the Prime Minister, otherwise known as the Dark Lord, Darth Harper, or Stevie. Last Sunday the Dark Lord dropped the writ and set off an election campaign. Instead of the customary five or six week campaign, we have eleven endless weeks of this nonsense. I can hear my American readers ask themselves how eleven weeks could be endless when they're used to pundits already speculating on who'll be running in four years the day after a Presidential election.
Well, let's just say that in the nine years he's been in power, Darth Harper has essentially been in campaign mode 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unleashing attack ads against his opponents and sending out endless amounts of propaganda stroking his own ego. So it already seems endless. We will be dealing with this until the 19th of October, when I deeply hope the reign of terror of the Harper Cabal is brought to an end once and for all.
What we in Canada have had to deal with for nine years is a man who, frankly, is a sociopath by any definition, a prime minister totally lacking in humanity or empathy, driven only by pettiness, vindictiveness, and the desire to wipe out political opposition and demonize anyone who disagrees with him.
He has muzzled government scientists, attacked the public service, treated the National Capital with contempt repeatedly, picked fights with the Supreme Court, treated veterans like garbage, is driving our economy into the ground, and has ended up being the most secretive, unaccountable prime minister this country has ever seen (after campaigning on promises of accountability, among other things). This man is so driven by vindictive hatred that he has long since outdone Nixon in terms of being bent on revenge.
Let the games begin, as they say. This hyper-partisan right wing ideologue double dealing miserable bastard has shredded the country's reputation and wrecked incalculable havoc to our institutions. It'll take years to fix the damage he's done. And despite what his supporters might say, not everyone opposed to him is a left winger or a liberal. I'm a conservative, a Red Tory, absolutely disgusted by the Conservatives in their neo-con status quo, and unable to vote that way. At this rate, I'll be voting for other parties for the rest of my days.
I love my country. I hate what this miserable, vengeful, inadequate excuse for a man is doing to it.
Is it obvious I don't like Stevie?
I leave off with this. If the Dark Lord or his Short Pants Brigade should happen to see this, well boys (and let's face it, you're all boys, because we already know Stevie's view of women would have them all in the kitchen), from the bottom of my heart, a middle finger extended at you. Wait, I'll make it two middle fingers.