No one I know wants to see another Harper-led New Government of Canada. But I hang out with people who didn’t vote for him in the first place. What I need to hear are suggestions as to how we, as progressives, counterspin, break through the fear, convince the electorate to stay the hell away from the Harpercrits when marking their Xs come the next federal election.
Over at Peace, order and good government, eh? Tim has posted an excellent, dead-on piece referencing a Toronto Star story about PMS’s attempt to market an alternative universe in Canada. (Read the comments, too, and take a boo at Scotian’s blog, as well.) As Tim says, PMS is our very own Little Republican and he is aiming to use Republican tactics in the next federal election:
– Give crappy legislation a positive name, then curse out your opponents for opposing it.
– Use fear to mobilize your base and intimidate the opposition.
– Use the military to boost your patriotic bona fides (at no risk to yourself), while simultaneously labelling your cirtics [sic] anti-military.
– Surround the prime minister (or president) in a bubble of sycophancy to prevent actual facts from seeping into a decision making process entirely ruled by ideology.
So, how are we going to defeat our very own Bushite, folks?