Thursday, January 07, 2010
They lie because they're cowards.
It's curious that, as the Stephen Harper Party of Canada continues to contemptuously dismiss the rest of the country, they don't have the courage to be honest about what they're up to. In a nutshell, they're such cowards that they have to lie.
Consider the latest fiasco regarding prorogation. The official Conservative Party line is that this has nothing to do with avoiding the tough questions regarding Afghan detainees, oh, no, it's all about, uh, getting ready for the Olympics, and taking a breather, and "resetting" Parliament for another year, and other ridiculous fairy tales that absolutely no one believes. But this raises the obvious question: why doesn't Harper tell the truth?
Why doesn't Harper just come out and say, "We prorogued Parliament because we're tired of the bitching and whining from the Opposition and we don't give a crap about prisoners or torture so the rest of you can all suck it because I'm shutting this place down and you can all go bitch and whine somewhere else for the next couple months."
Why doesn't Harper just say it that way? It's not like he cares what the rest of the country thinks, and it's painfully obvious that he holds the electorate in utter contempt. Why not just say what everyone else already knows? Instead, we have the image of the cocky, swaggering Stephen Harper, reduced to making shit up because he's too gutless to be honest. And that's just the latest in a long line of cowardly lies.
Consider Harper's lies with respect to Afghan detainees. Wouldn't it have been refreshing if he'd just said, "I don't give a crap about that because those people are brown with funny names, and they don't interest me in the slightest. Fuck 'em." At least he would have been honest. Instead, blustery Harper had to take a back seat to cowardly Harper, who made up excuse after excuse, every one of which crumbled under even the slightest inspection. And the pattern continues as you go back in time.
Consider Harper's lie about why he called the 2008 election considerably ahead of time (and in violation of his own "fixed election dates" law). The excuse was that he had no choice since his minority government had "lost the confidence" of Parliament. Ignore, of course, that he hadn't lost a single vote of confidence. He could have just said, "Hey, we're looking good in the polls, time to go for a majority, we'll take our chances." He could have been honest that way. He wasn't. He lied like the coward he is.
It even extends to cowardly lies involving individuals, when the Conservatives claimed that, hey, they'd love to help out Abousfian Abdelrazik but, gosh darn it, he's on a U.N. no-fly list and there's nothing they can do about it, what a shame. As most people pointed out at the time, that very U.N. law expressly permits nationals to be returned to their country of citizenship, but that made no difference whatsoever to Harper and his collection of criminals. Wouldn't it have been a relief if Harper had simply said, "No, we're not bringing Abdelrazik back, he's brown and I don't really care for brown people." At least we would have known where we stood.
It is ever thus with the cowardly Stephen Harper. Full of piss and vinegar and braggadocio and contempt, but the instant he's called on anything, it's cowardly Stephen Harper who suddenly starts inventing massive fibs. Come on, Stephen. If you want to accuse everyone else of being spineless wimps who buckle under the first sign of pressure, at least lead by example and be honest about your motives. This constant stream of fiction is really quite unbecoming for someone who claims to be a leader.
If you're going to totally fuck over the country and its citizens, have the balls to be honest about it.
AFTERSNARK: There are so many cowardly lies, I could be here all day. One of my favourites is when Harper bitched and moaned about a possible coalition back in 2008 and described it as "overturning the results of the last election." It would have done no such thing, of course, and it was entirely constitutional.
Why didn't Harper just say what was really on his mind, "How dare the rabble seek to supplant me?" Instead, once again, arrogant Harper quickly sat down, and was replaced by cowardly Harper who simply lied.
It's not that Harper's such a pathological liar that bugs me. It's that he's such a coward that I find so grating.