One of your candidates urinates in a customer’s coffee cup on national TV. One makes YouTube videos crank-calling women and posing as a disabled person.
And if they had been elected, they would have been called “Honourable” Members.
Of course, it might be different if they were there to tell you something other than the same partylinetalkingpoints that are repeated on every TV appearance, every junk mail paper waster, and every supper-interrupting phone call (because they can -and will- ignore your presence on the Do Not Call list). It might be different if there was any chance that any opinions you voiced were likely to change a candidate’s position in any way…
…but the only real surprise that you can expect from the Human Spam that will be appearing on your doorstep is that everything you say to them is likely to be entered into party databases that are immune from policing or inspection by privacy commissioners. (Because as we’ve all seen, and like the Do Not Call List, politicians don’t have to live by the same laws that the rest of us do.)
“Given developments in technology and data mining, Lieberman says in the near future, political campaigners will be able to send messages directly to voters’ television sets and even customize them.”
And that’s a ‘benign’ potential.
But until that day when we’re all throwing our TVs out our second floor windows, you can at least fight the Human Spam, bring a stop to those irritating interruptions by door-to-door canvassers and candidates, and let them know you don’t want to be in yet another -unpoliced- database, all with this free and tasteful door knocker sign.
Just click on the image below to access a full-size PDF file and follow the instructions.
(And you can find more downloadable designs for buttons, signs, bumper stickers and t-shirts here.)
So, let’s just say that a lot of people voiced skepticism this week when Chris Woodcock, Steve’s former director of “issues management,” (propaganda minister, or ‘fixer’ might be more familiar terms) insisted that he could look at a FIVE LINE email about an issue pivotal to the party and his Prime Minister, and somehow not get all the way down to the fifth line. (see below)
Was it truly a case of prophylactic amnesia, or just the general incompetence displayed by pretty much everyone appointed by the PM.? (Which, of course, raises its own questions about the competence of the P.M. who made the appointments)
As some might point out, a 3-year old with a bursting bladder has a longer attention span than the one professed by IssuesManagementMan, but to give him his due, Woodcock was able to deliver and defend this declaration with a straight face even as it was met with laughter in the courtroom, and there IS precedent. In fact, on more than one occasion, history has been written by figures who clearly had all the focus of a dog on a squirrel farm.
And to illustrate this point, here are just a few… (click on the image if you need to enlarge to legible size)
Well, as we all know, the entire Conservative Party seems to be OBSESSED with Justin Trudeau’s hair. It seems to be the central theme of their attack ads, and let’s face it, it points to an undeniable envy on the part of Steve and his team.
The Conservatives seem to feel that somehow, Steve’s own hair is … ‘inadequate’… even though it must be conceded that it has long been a phenomenon in its own right – an appropriately Conservative entity of shock and awe, and as Margaret Atwood correctly points out, one that has its own keeper (and one which has had others wondering if it could be weaponized).
But for whatever reason, Justin’s hair appears to be the only area where the Conservatives think the Liberals have an advantage – but fear not Blue Team, wheels are in motion to take away that advantage and place it squarely on the sultan’s scalp.
Whispered rumours abound on the campaign trail that operatives have been trailing the Liberal Leader – bribing hotel maids for comb samples, dredging shower drains, dumpster diving behind Trudeau’s barber’s shop. All in an attempt to gather enough raw material for the creation of the Conservative’s secret weapon, so that this…
can become … THIS!!
And then the people will say of Stephen Harper…
He turned 9 consecutive Liberal Budget surpluses into debt – inheriting a $13.8 billion surplus and turning it into a $5.8 billion deficit within two years, starting a run of 8 consecutive Conservative deficits.
He has the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II
He led the first government in Canadian or even Commonwealth history to be found in contempt of Parliament
His party was caught cheating in the last three elections
He prorogued Parliament four times, shutting it down for a total of 181 days
He suppressed voters via the “Fair Elections Act” while restricting the power of Elections Canada
He made Canada an embarassment in the international scientific community by muzzling its own scientists
He appointed Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin … well, you know, the WHOLE Senate thing
Etc., etc., etc., …
Nice Hair Though.
“…and your media with you!!”
After all, since Fox News North crashed and burned, there’s no place for a free press in the Harper brand of Democracy.
‘Leave Glorious Leader ALONE!!!’
But wait, didn’t that guy have a similar video when he was younger? He’s certainly aged quickly (the intellectual and moral contortions required for being a Harper zealot will do that to you), but wasn’t he defending some singer some years back? Right?… The performance may be more emotional, but at least the sentiment is similar…
“At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party … and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end, it doesn’t really matter where [his] actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads. If he had a right or honourable bone in his body, he’d admit that and resign immediately.”
Stephen Harper in 2005, referring to Paul Martin and the Gomery Inquiry.
…or original thinkers…
Have a look at this provincial NDP ad from 2011.
And if copying a concept isn’t enough, how about lifting lines?…
But seriously folks, when your central ad campaign is a rip off of your arch enemy’s little sibling, things must be pretty desperate in the ol’ war room.
Of course, we could point out how this is just another brick in the ‘they’re all the same’ monument, but we’re above that sort of thing.
(Have a look at this HuffPo article for a more detailed comparison.)