“Good riddance. You fascist sociopath,” they said to Stephen Harper, following Monday night’s election.
OK, this isn’t an actual quote, but it’s a good summary of the Harper-hate.
For Harper-haters, his weakness is his heartless personality. This was clear a couple weeks ago when the CBC’s Mary Walsh—in her character, Marg Delahunty—attempted to entertain. Instead of giving us the chuckles we’ve paid for, Marg was really just an irrational, unkempt Mary, spouting frustration and comparing Harper to Hitler. This is the handy, frenzied label of the creatively barren.
Next, an NDP candidate, Noah Richler, couldn’t separate Harper-hate from his policies either. In a Facebook post he said that Harper is “a pathological psychopath who I believe wants an attack on Canadian soil to vindicate his paranoiac view of the world and his idiotic policies.”
Even Conrad Black wanted in on it. In the National Post, he wrote this unusually prosaic sentence: “Trudeau and Mulcair are right, given Harper’s now almost sociopathic personality, to say that they will support each other rather than a Harper minority.”
The word “almost” is notable. It makes me think that Black knows his psychiatric assessment is mere popular hysteria, but he can’t resist using the worst of digs. I mean, what’s worse than a man who can’t feel empathy for others? What’s fouler than telling a man (and a father of two) that he shares the same diagnosis as most serial killers?
I don’t have to explain to even the lowest IQ’s how Harper isn’t like Hitler; however, just for fun, let’s talk about sociopaths. According to psychiatry, the sociopath is often charming. Funny: this is one of Harper’s greatest weaknesses, even according to fellow conservatives.
The sociopath is impulsive and ends up in aggressive situations like fist fights. Harper is mellow and composed.
Sociopaths have short-term relationships. Harper has been married for almost 22 years.
Personalities, good or bad, have a tenacious grip, and psychologists say they’re established by age seven. By extension, we’re sorry old captives to them once we’re adults. Certainly, politicians’ personalities are up for grabs, and honestly, I’m fine with Harper’s. He’s wanting in the showbiz sense, but he has a subdued, self-contained calm. In debates, what he lacked in ardent self-righteousness, he made up for with unruffled composure. He could have played more Beatles songs to whoop up the crowds but he’s a private person, like so many of us Canadians.
However, the spin that Harper is a heartless madman took root, even in apolitical minds, and it finally caught up with him. On Monday, it wasn’t Conservatives who were voting out of fear, as the Liberals and NDP would have you believe. The “politics of fear” was manufactured by the Left and it was stoked repeatedly, ruthlessly, and hysterically until Harper became Canada’s Most Wanted.
But we weren’t all fooled. Stephen Harper was a good Prime Minister who helped real victims and faced real bullies. Pertinently, among his strengths, he stood up to Islamic terrorists, the real life misogynists and formidable (not “almost”) psychopaths of the world.
So, thank you, Prime Minister Harper. You did us proud, Mr. Personality!
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