Tuesday, June 24, 2014
” THERE IS NO HONOUR IN POLITICS”
When a political ISSUE settles in my stomach for years
and causes some form of acid reflux within me… when I feel an anger over some fool’s arrogant misdeed and the anger doesn’t go away
but turns into a seething swamp of evil in my stomach.. Then
I have to speak up about it, or lose respect for myself.
What is this issue?
What foulness has gotten me up at 5:00A.M.,
grinding my teeth as I look in the mirror? Even now,
before coffee, I’m mad enough to spit.
The principle is this:
A POLITICAL PARTY MAY NOT USE THE PUBLIC PURSE – TAX MONIES IT HAS RAISED TO ALLEVIATE THE VARIOUS MISERIES OF THE POOR OF THE POPULATION
OF A NATION – IT MAY NOT USE SUCH FUNDS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF KEEPING ITSELF IN POWER.
In countries run by dictators, what do you
see? You see pictures of the dictator everywhere
on billboards and on on public buildings.
When you see a leader using the public purse
to keep himself and his personality in power, you are witnessing a tactic dictators use: stealing money and plastering posters. Using tax dollars to maintain popularity.
Misappropriating funds to create hate ads to
sway the populace against your legitimate opponent.
A leader who does this is operating with the attitude of a dictator. He is making decisions on your behalf through the arrogance of a dictator. And he is subverting the democratic process.
A political party ought to raise its funds in a transparent fashion, in the daylight –
not indirectly through the re-shuffling of government
Where did the money come from for all those
constant, endless television hate ads against Ignatieff? The ads started months before any election was called,
advertisements with no other purpose than to use
low tone gossip and whispering insinuation
against a person I know to be an honourable man.
Now I hear the same LOW TONE whispering and cawing against Trudeau…
“He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s twisted. He’ll sell drugs to your kids!” (my paraphrase)
The problem is this. If your repeat
the same lie endlessly, people start to believe the
lie. It’s been proven time and again that
you can sway public opinion…if only you repeat the same monstrous untruth often enough….
And if you’re using public funds to
place the ads, you can repeat the same
statement an infinite number of times.
What was the statement Hitler and his henchmen kept repeating?
“The Jews are unclean. The Jews
are plotting against you. The Jews burnt your
Parliament buildings. The Jews are
cheating you out of your money.”
This is an extreme example. But the same
principle applies about repeating a lie
endlessly…These methods are anti-democratic, and hateful to those of us who believe in democcracy
When it becomes apparent that a leader
of government is edging towards dictatorial thinking,
strong democratic action must be taken against him.
The HATE CAMPAIGN the Tories mounted against
Michael Ignatief in the last election, the ugly insinuating
barbs against a decent man…this left a poison in my
digestive tract that I have not yet been able to dispel.
That campaign of poison didn’t just
go on for weeks. It continued for months. I heard
the refrain daily for weeks and weeks.
“MR IGNATIEF DOESN’T CARE ABOUT CANADA.”
“HE LIVED IN THE U.S.A. HE
TAUGHT AT HARVARD.”
How can that be a negative thing? Use the
right tone of voice you can turn any positive into
More insidious than what was actuallybeing said in that endless stream of hate ads
against the man, more damaging than the
literal meaning of the words – was the TONE OF VOICE of the ads!!!
Nefarious! As twisted and as belly-crawling
as the lowest gossip, back-biting against his/her
fellow work mates.
I worked in a kitchen, on a ship going up the Mackenzie River. I was Mess Boy.
I saw endless trouble at work through sectarian gossip,
setting one group of waitresses/waiters against the other.
We’ve all experienced this kind of trouble-making
gossip. We’ve all heard the LOW TONE.
So we recognize it right away when the Conservatives start to use it in their endless
Now I’m hearing the same tone of voice
turned against JUSTIN TRUDEAU. I’m not going
to be quiet this time round.
Witness the following advertisement.
You’ll see what kind of LOW TONE insinuating ad
I’m talking about.
Learn to spot the LOW TONE. Use it as a warning bell in your mind to tell you, ” Lies are coming.”