The iron fist in the orange velvet glove:
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is just as dictatorial as Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, says New Democrat turned-Green MP Bruce Hyer.
In a Facebook post Sunday, Hyer said that if voters handed Mulcair and the NDP a majority government this fall, Canadians would be on their way to enjoying “another dictatorial Prime Minister.”
“Mulcair is a ruthless man who will say and do anything to get elected. Just like Stephen Harper,” wrote Hyer, the incumbent candidate in the Ontario riding of Thunder Bay–Superior North. “He certainly is not Jack Layton, and the NDP is no longer the Democratic Party that it was under Jack Layton.”
That's because the NDP wasn't anywhere near the reins of power for most Jack's tenure as leader. It's easy to be virtuous without temptation. There are few temptations more terrible, especially for politicians, than that of power. There is no real way to get power without some measure of party discipline. That's what Angry Tom is imposing upon his caucus of granola munching hippies. If you can't take the hypocrisy then get out of Parliament.
Both the Tories and Dippers have their own collection of moonbats. On the far Right they speak in hushed tones about Jews and blacks. On the far Left they speak in less hushed tones about Jews and blacks. The political continuum is not so much a spectrum as a circle. Go far enough one way and you wind up coming around the other way.
Since sensationalism is the bread and butter of modern journalism - actual reporting is hard and time consuming - political leaders need to be very careful about who speaks on their behalf. While this is more of a problem for the Right than the Left - for left-leaning journalists right-wing moonbats make for better copy - the Left is hardly free of controversy. Occasionally even an NDP candidate says something so outrageous they're forced to resign.
What exactly did Bruce Hyer think he signed up for? He joined a political party not a social club. Perhaps he has no interest in sitting in cabinet but most of the NDP front bench does. That's why they entered politics, it's why they fight tooth and nail to win campaigns and why they elected Tom Mulcair leader, instead of an actual socialist. When you've joined a pack of jackals it's a touch absurd to complain about the dinning arrangements.
Politics is not about truth, justice or your particular understanding of the Canadian way. It's about power. It has always been and always will be about power. Politics is answering the question of how the brute force of the state is to be imposed upon a country. Or to put it another way: What is to be done and who is to do it.
Behind the vapid speeches and focused group bromides all of it, down to the last Tweet and regulatory sub-clause, rests on the power of the gun. Politics is about deciding who controls the guns. In that stark light of day Mr Hyer doesn't look like an idealist, instead he looks like a personality type quite common in the NDP: A fool on stilts.
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