An editorial in The Telegram (Friday, July 19) expressed dismay and disbelief that there had not been more of a reaction (any reaction, in fact) against the federal Conservative government’s categorization of “enemies” to describe anyone who wasn’t either in the Harper camp or, at least, of the Harper way of thinking.
Maybe the reason for the absence of response was that the general public is only too familiar with the “we-they” style of government.
It has been with us for many, many years and without interruption. Every party adopts that stance as soon as it attains power.
There is no attempt made to disguise the blatant bias toward its own supporters and against those of the unsuccessful parties, and payback begins when they walk through the doors.
What kind of a world would we be living in, and what would the governing party’s long-time supporters think, if it were to treat every Canadian citizen fairly, on an equal basis, and with the respect that a Canadian citizen should have a right to expect?
You can almost see Stephen Harper standing on the parapets of Parliament, sword in one hand and shield in the other, and shouting “Not on my watch! There are enemies out there, and they must be identified and dealt with.”
Harper’s biggest problem, along with just about everything he has done since he achieved a majority government, was getting caught.
Come to think of it, that has happened a fair amount lately. Unfortunately for him, his leadership style leaves really no one other than himself to blame. Poor Stephen, if only he had thought this through before he installed that crown.
Now I would not say that I am of any political stripe. I usually support the candidate as opposed to the party.
But as of late, I am wondering if I am on that Conservative list of enemies and, if not, what I would have to do in order to make the list.
Because I would much prefer to be there than supporting the government we currently have in power.
Our country deserves better; every single Canadian deserves better. Progress is not achieved through the markings of large letters in red, orange, blue or any other colour on the doors of our homes.
There are enough problems in the world today that it is foolhardy, and totally counterproductive, to devote all of our energies to ensuring that the “we’s” always outdo the “they’s.”
In fact, I would suggest that the time for this style of government, as well as this mentality, is long past.
We want, and we seriously need, a leadership that unites rather than divides, and that is a leadership that we have probably not seen in our lifetimes.
If we are very, very lucky, maybe our children will.