During the last year, blogging has become extremely tedious because of what is commonly called “the Harper Government derangement syndrome” and the constant anger expressed by my fellow Conservatives. Yet, conservative anger, whether small “c” or capital “C” is understandable.
I mean, read any comment under a column on the CBC or Globe and Mail websites and people go on and on about corruption and living in a dictatorship. Irrational hate hardly begins to describe that reaction particularly since we all know that political parties and governments are made up of people. Human beings. So, since no living human being is perfect, no government is perfect.
So, Prime Minister Harper has appointed people to the Senate who have turned out to be disappointments. That’s true. But, then again, Liberal Prime Ministers have appointed Senators who turned out to be disappointments as well. For starters, there is this one who was convicted of fraud and breach of trust and this one who recently retired under a cloud.
In other words, what those Liberal Senators did or did not do is hardly a hit against the judgment of the PM who appointed them. Rather, it is a hit against those individuals, or at the very least, against the Senate’s loosey goosey rules that got them into trouble in the first place.
So, if the anti-Conservative fear and loathing all around us have nothing to do with reality, what is its source? I believe that source, as subtle as it might be sometimes, is not the opposition (who are just doing their jobs) but the assumptions of the liberal media. Simplistic as it may sound those assumptions seem to be “progressive and liberal good, progressive conservative and conservative bad.
For example, check out the April 1st, 2014 column by the National Post’s Kelly McParland. Note the subtlety of his excuses related to Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne. “Less than conclusive.” “Doesn’t mean she was familiar with….”
Yet, the assumption is that the PM would have had to have known about a $90,000 cheque. Why would he have to have known? Prime Minister Jean Chretien claimed he knew nothing about the details surrounding the sponsorship scandal, which went on for years and involved the loss of millions of dollars of government money to the Liberal Party’s coffers. Yet, Mr. Harper had to have known about the Wright cheque?
And yet the unfair comparisons abound, including the thousands in this Google search. Only in liberal Canada would misusing a billion dollars of taxpayers money be the same or worse than repaying those same taxpayers $90,000.