Over at Dr. Dawgs full on Harper Derangement is the order of the day:
Good to know our caring government under feminist Stephen Harper is keeping tabs on barbaric cultural practices, by turning us (by which I guess I mean “old stock Canadians,” so, alas, I am not in their number, although being born in the UK may carry honorary status) into a nation of informers.
Let me put in parentheses my previous comments on this bone-headed, nugatory notion. Let us focus instead upon the drift of this election campaign, and Stephen Harper’s increasingly racist overtures to the unwashed. Dr.Dawg
Oh Dear the “yokels” and the “unwashed”, being thoroughly unenlightened, are failing in their duty to follow the lead of their betters and have noticed that there may be a few issues with mass Muslim immigration. Disgusting.
Worse, that spiv Harper doesn’t even have the grace and breeding to use dogwhistles in herding his flock. The dreadful man is throwing raw meat to the rubes and, to no one’s great surprise those Ill-educated reactionaries and rednecks are eating it up. There is, I fear, a very real danger that the 80% of bigoted Canadians (90% in the idiot reaches of Quebec) will take this opportunity to try to undo forty years of enlighted immigration and refugee policy by voting for those revolting CPC candidates.
The Wal-Mart classes are restless.Time to clutch the pink pearls and person the checkpoints surrounding the nicer, leafier, bastions of tolerance in Canada’s more sophisticated urban centers. Lock down the common rooms and charcuterie bars, disguise your Prius and avoid being seen with your Said (or books of any sort really): the proles are on the move.
And remember, if those plumbers, rig workers, housewives (I know, but they still exist in the more primitive rural villages), shop owners, IT pros, nail techs and farmers get the bit between their teeth, they threaten every bit of the Trudeaupian progress we have made in the last fifty years.
I have to say I am not entirely surprised. Calling the majority of the population yokels, the unwashed, bigots, racists, homophobes and Islamophobes every time they failed to understand that the progressive agenda was for their own good has, perhaps, alienated them from progressive leadership. Lecturing them from the ramparts of big media – the CBC, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star – year after year without a dissenting voice has, I’m afraid, left them impervious to reason. In fact, strictly between ourselves, having the bien pensantalternating between insulting and ignoring them has left many “old stock”, white, rural, suburban and even working class urban Canadians vulnerable to precisely the sort of base appeal Harper is making right now.
Here’s the really bad news: while it may not be apparent in our enclaves, there are many more of these dreadful people than you can possibly imagine. Despite all our hard work, our successful march through the institutions, our success in prohibiting discussion of consensus topics, our increasing ability to exclude opposing points of view from the media, the great white blob of recalcitrants remains embedded in the fabric of the nation.
The beast Harper looked vulnerable at the beginning of this campaign. After all, no one we knew would think of voting for the thug. But Haper has a low, animal, cunning. He is unafraid of the great white blob. He has been seen at hockey rinks at 6 in the morning and obviously buys his suits in some dreadful mall. His wife has stayed at home with the children. He is, obviously, one of them. He does not need to dogwhistle – the blob knows its own.
So, beware. The unwashed, the yokels, the bigots and the rubes have been summoned. All we can hope for is that, once they have vented their fury on niqab wearers they will resume their slumber. The alternative is simply too awful to contemplate.