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Politics and its Discontents: The Ad Wars Begin

Since I am currently preoccupied with rebuilding a small part of our deck (unskilled non-trades person that I am, the work is proceeding slowly), I shall take the easy way out this morning and embed some political ads that are making the rounds on You Tube and inviting commentary from the punditry.

The Conservative . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Ad Wars Begin

Politics and its Discontents: I Feel Better Already

….knowing that Mr. Harper’s fight against ISIS hasn’t distracted him from an even greater threat to all that is holy and good:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick’s Latest Rant

In his latest, Rick Mercer turns his acerbic wit on the theft of copyright being engineered by the Harper regime to facilitate its campaign of attack ads.

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Politics and its Discontents: "Flirting With Fascism"

That is the lacerating assessment offered by CTV’s Don Martin as he editorializes about the impending theft of copyrighted material engineered (and originally intended to be hidden) by the Harper regime in their next omnibus bill. Documents leaked to the media have made the public aware of this nefarious scheme, which would allow political parties . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "Flirting With Fascism"

Politics and its Discontents: Dear, Dear, Dear, Dear Me

Lordy, I see young Tim Hudak is hurling those sticks and stones again. Won’t that boy ever try acting like a grown man?

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Politics and its Discontents: A Glimmer Of Principle

Laurie Hawn, Alberta

Brent Rathgeber, Alberta

Kevin Sorenson, Alberta

Mike Allen, New Brunswick

Joe Daniel, Ontario

Larry Miller, Ontario

Stephen Woodworth, Ontario

What do all of the above M.P.s have in common? In addition to being members of the federal Conservative caucus, each, it seems, has some surprising integrity. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Glimmer Of Principle

Politics and its Discontents: A Glimmer Of Principle

Laurie Hawn, Alberta

Brent Rathgeber, Alberta

Kevin Sorenson, Alberta

Mike Allen, New Brunswick

Joe Daniel, Ontario

Larry Miller, Ontario

Stephen Woodworth, Ontario

What do all of the above M.P.s have in common? In addition to being members of the federal Conservative caucus, each, it seems, has some surprising integrity. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Glimmer Of Principle

Politics and its Discontents: On Harper’s Cyberbullying and Hypocrisy

Since I arose uncharacteristically late this morning, I am still working on today’s post. In the interim, I take the liberty of reproducing some letters from Star readers on a topic dear to the heart of progressives: Harper’s attack ads:

Re: Tory ad war drowns out debate over free speech, April 25

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Well-Deserved Ridicule

I suspect only the party faithful and the ‘true-believers’ would find these pictures objectionable:

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Politics and its Discontents: Is this A New Crime In Harperland?

While the word commit has several meanings, when it is used without the preposition ‘to’ (as in, He is committed to her cause), it is invariably associated with something heinous (John committed arson; Shelley committed fraud; Lorne committed murder). It is therefore not likely a slip of the tongue when the man who heads our . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is this A New Crime In Harperland?

Politics and its Discontents: Is Harper Just A Big Bully?

These Star readers seem to think so:

Tories attack Trudeau on first day in new job, April 16

It is fair to criticize opposing politicians for their political beliefs and policies. It is right to deplore bullying in all its forms. Now we find that the usual unfair, unjust and bullying attack . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Harper Just A Big Bully?

Politics and its Discontents: Allan Gregg on Attack Ads

I have written about Allan Gregg on this blog before; probably his most noteworthy recent contribution to political discourse came in his speech to Carleton University’s School of Public Affairs, in which he denounced the Orwellian bent of the Harper regime in its promotion of ignorance in place information and knowledge.

Gregg . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Allan Gregg on Attack Ads

Politics and its Discontents: Incoming Editorial Cartoon

Oh, I do so savor The Toronto Star.

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Politics and its Discontents: For Your Further Consideration

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Politics and its Discontents: Pondering The Dark Arts

For those as weary of political attack ads as I am, The Star’s Carol Goar has an interesting column in today’s edition. Entitled Debating ‘dark arts’ of political campaigning, Goar relates her experience of moderating a panel over the weekend comprised of

… Jaime Watt, the primary architect of former Ontario . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Pondering The Dark Arts

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Hate-Mongering

The latest attack ad, this one against newly-appointed Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, serves as a timely reminder of the Harper government’s seemingly endless capacity for hateful and divisive propaganda. In this, I make an all-too obvious observation. But I have, for some time, wondered about the audience for those ads, and searching my . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper Hate-Mongering

Politics and its Discontents: Conservative Attack Ad – UPDATED

I suspect many will agree that this ad says more about the Conservative Party behind it than it does about its subject:

UPDATE: This Star editorial provides some useful context for and analysis of this attack ad. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: More Brilliance From Montreal Simon

Many thanks to Montreal Simon, who created this trenchant attack ad:

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Blather From Gerry Nichols: Your Mother Wears Army Boots

Earlier this week, Gerry Nichols, self-described on his website as One of Canada’s Top Five Political Minds, wrote an opinion piece in The Start entitled, In praise of negative political ads. In it, the former head of the National Citizens Coalition asserts that positive political ads are a far greater offence to the body politic . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Blather From Gerry Nichols: Your Mother Wears Army Boots

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Inc. Continues To Deform Our National Ethos

While it is probably impossible to define the soul of a nation, one aspect of the Canadian psyche must surely be a generosity of spirit and a concern for the collective that is absent in many other nations.

It is the relentless attack upon this very spirit, with the intention of minimizing its influence . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper Inc. Continues To Deform Our National Ethos

Politics and its Discontents: Discouragements to Democratic Participation

The litany of abuses, even crimes, against democracy committed by the Harper regime is indeed long. Probably the gravest damage done by this regime, and I believe the damage is intentional, is to alienate increasing numbers of citizens from the electoral process.

In his column today, Bob Hepburn, in writing about the renewal of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Discouragements to Democratic Participation

Is It Just Me, or Does Anyone Else Find the Timing of the Latest Harpercon Ads a Tad Curious?

Yep, boys ‘n’ girls, the Harpercons have come out with a new shiny thing–an attack ad against the Liberal interim leader, Bob Rae. I guess it’s never too early to get a jump start on that election campaign now, is it? I mean, they better get chopping now!! Only 3 + years before . . . . . → Read More: Is It Just Me, or Does Anyone Else Find the Timing of the Latest Harpercon Ads a Tad Curious?