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Part 2 of the “Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism” followed by our take on how Mr. Harper might respond to each:
Here we go!
“This is how I see it…by me. Stephen Harper. Your Prime Minister!”
No.6 Characteristic of Fascism:
A Disdain for Human Rights:
I Certainly do not have a disdain for human rights. For example, I don’t condone torture. . . unless I think it’s necessary. Then I’m totally fine with it. As for the whining human rights commissions, I stand by what I said in 1999, that these commissions are an “an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society.” See, fundamental human rights just don’t work for me - which is why I’ve had no problem cutting massive amounts from housing, food, education, water safety and health care; even the environment. I don’t see fundamental human rights being at all connected with these things. And I am NOT a racist, which is why I’ve had to boycott the odd UN anti-racism conference.
Stephen Harper 1999 “Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society,” interview with Terry O’Neill of BC Reportnewsmagazine.“ “It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.” He went on to complain about the “bastardization” of the entire concept of rights in modern society.
Stuart Hendin - Univ Of Ottawa: “By condoning torture the Conservative government is breaking federal law and an international commitment.”
Canada was the first country to withdraw from the UN conference on racism last year in Geneva.
7. A Powerful Expression of Nationalism:
I believe in a strong Canada. Always have, always will! That said, I believe we should still model ourselves after the U.S., and that it’s important to let foreign countries do what they want with our resources, because that creates jobs. And that’s why we should stop protecting workers - again so more jobs can be created. True, the Chinese bought that coal mine in British Columbia and brought in Chinese workers and no Canadian workers are allowed to work there. But that too creates jobs in its own way. However, I am not at liberty to disclose at this time the exact nature of this deal and how jobs will be created.
Stephen Harper 2012: “What we’ve tried to do and tried to tell Canadians is there’s no need for true Canadian nationalism to have any sense of anti-Americanism.”
Kael Campbell – January 2013: “These Chinese workers are not going to be replaced by Canadians in this current economy. They will likely be nominated for permanent residency and work in northern B.C. for years, if not decades.”
8. Obsession with National Security:
Yes, I admit it. I’m obsessed with national security, but for a reason! We need to defend our borders. This is crucially important. So there! That’s why Canadians shouldn’t get their water hot when I underestimate the actual cost for the F-35 fighter jets by a few billion. Okay, even 20 or 30 billion. So what if Iran and Afghanistan have never done anything to threaten us? Don’t forget that preparing for war could also create good jobs too!
The “cradle-to-grave” bill to taxpayers for buying and operating the controversial F-35 warplane will exceed $600-million per jet – or $45-billion in total, the government announced Wednesday. The Tories originally sold the aircraft as a $9-billion purchase.
9. Religion and Ruling Elite Tied Together
None of your business.
10. Fraudulent Election:
I`m all for democracy and fair elections. Just to make it fairer I'll admit my party did the “in-and-out” thingy back in 2006, where we used creative accounting to exceed our campaign spending limit. And of course in 2011 we robo-called thousands of people in 56 ridings across Canada. But we only did it to even the playing field. And this is the sort of stuff I have to do to promote real democracy. And of course to create good jobs.
Re Pierre Poutine’s misleading phone calls to Canadian voters during the 2011 federal election call for a “huge investigation,” Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff said in an email. “Something seems to have gone on, on a scale I’ve never seen before,” Ian Brodie, chief of staff from 2006 to 2008, wrote to Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin in an email he intended to be private.
Harper became the first international leader to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas was elected to power. Harper supported Israel’s controversial military campaign in its 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, despite heavy civilian casualties and widespread international criticism of Israel.
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