2013_12_07

Mandela (and Harper)

For fighting the heinously racist South African policy of apartheid (racial segregation), Nelson Mandela endured 27 long years in prison. On Thursday, 5 December 2013, the venerable 95-year-old world-renowned leader passed away. Because he’d steadfastly refused to forsake his political stance, he had become a symbol of staunch resistance to ethnic oppression, a characterization well-deserved and appropriate. His difficult struggle inspired many songs, and likewise uplifted many people’s lives.

Following this solemn declaration, in levelling political criticism at Prime Minster Stephen Harper and his government, it’s nearly impossible to avoid being perceived as an opportunist. Notwithstanding, I shall proceed.

I take exception to Harper’s speech marking the occasion of Mandela’s death. It opens with the statement, “The world has lost one of its great moral leaders…”

Intrigued, I was curious as to what qualified Harper to be a judge of moral character. So, I reprised some of the “moral milestones” of the Harper government.

1. Broken Promises of Affordable Housing

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/11/18/broken_promises_on_affordable_housing.html

2. The Secretly-Negotiated, Corporate-Rights-Giveaways Trade “Deals” CETA and TPP

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/yves-engler/ceta_b_4227933.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/26/stephen-harper-tpp-canada_n_3492531.html

3. The Ever-endearing Senate Scandal

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/10/30/house-of-the-whopper-pm-has-spun-such-a-web-of-deceit-he-should-resign-or-be-dismissed

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/11/07/canadas_senate_scandal_isnt_over_yet_walkom.bb.html

Had enough? Wait, there’s more!

4. Overseeing the Ascendancy of Spying on Canadians via CSEC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/canadian-spy-agency-sued-for-allegedly-violating-charter-1.2158884

5. Neglecting Climate Change

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadas-credibility-in-question-as-countries-seek-new-climate-change-treaty/article15371986/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/oil-industry-successfully-lobbied-ottawa-to-delay-climate-regulations-e-mails-show/article15346866/

6. Neglecting Canada’s Veterans

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/veterans-plan-silent-protests-of-government-policies/article15371603/

(transcript of the following) http://globalnews.ca/news/856562/transcript-episode-3-sept-22/

http://globalnews.ca/news/856503/lt-gen-leslie-blasts-conservative-governments-treatment-of-veterans/

7. Doing 10 Disservices to Canadian Consumers

http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/10-things-remember-about-stephen-harper%E2%80%99s-consumer-unfriendly-record

8. Condoning Canadian Human Rights Oppression

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.ca/2013/10/mikmaq-warriors-denied-all-rights-in.html

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/pamela-palmater/2013/08/harper-seeks-to-blame-indigenous-women-their-own-disappearanc

http://rabble.ca/news/2010/04/harper%E2%80%99s-hitlist-human-rights-taken-out-commission

9. Censoring Canada’s Scientists

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/muzzling-of-federal-scientists-widespread-survey-suggests-1.2128859

10. Taking Canada to the Political Far Right

http://www.scribd.com/doc/190136863/Whither-Canada

Wait, there’s even more! …  (Okay, I sense a fatigue setting in; some other time, perhaps…)

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About Rolf Auer

I’m this doofus who’s trying to get by as a know-it-all poet. Fighting poverty has long been an abiding interest of mine. Sharing fast, easy, low-cost recipes is but one way of doing that.🙂
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