Published by Toronto Mike on September 9, 2004 @ 12:01 in Politics
I've spent a great deal of time writing about my dislike for Dubya and his politics but I never intended to give Dick Cheney a free pass. I don't know a whole lot about him, but I just read The Curse of Dick Cheney in Rolling Stone and it's pretty clear Dick is a dick.
It's a very interesting read if you have five minutes. Here's an excerpt.
As vice president, Cheney has been the decisive force pushing America into war. In the inner councils of the administration, it was he who emasculated Colin Powell, cut the State Department out of effective policymaking, foisted fake reports on the intelligence agencies and supplanted the National Security Council. It was also Cheney who placed appointees personally loyal to him, including Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, in charge of the Pentagon and speckled the warmaking bureaucracy with desk officers culled from neoconservative Washington think tanks -- ideologues with no military experience...
...As the disaster has unfolded in Iraq, he has continued to insist against all evidence that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction, that the dictator was aiding Al Qaeda, that nothing the Bush administration has done was a mistake. Those who have known him over the years remain astounded by what they describe as his almost autistic indifference to the thoughts and feelings of others. "He has the least interest in human beings of anyone I have ever met," says John Perry Barlow, his former supporter. Cheney's freshman-year roommate, Steve Billings, agrees: "If I could ask Dick one question, I'd ask him how he could be so unempathetic."
I pray this administration will not be reelected but I fear it will be. The S factor is at full strength. Four more years of this garbage is a frightening thought.
Published by Toronto Mike on July 9, 2004 @ 14:51 in My 2 Cents, Politics
The key U.S. assertions leading to the 2003 invasion of Iraq - that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was working to make nuclear weapons - were wrong and based on false or overstated CIA analyses, a scathing Senate Intelligence Committee report asserted today.
Is anyone shocked by this? I only wish this report had gone all the way and stated what we all know to be true. Dubya twisted the evidence to back his call for war against Iraq. If you don't believe that to be true, I have some swamp land for sale in beautiful Florida.
Speaking of Dubya, the Pentagon has said that military payroll records that could more fully document his whereabouts during his service in the Texas Air National Guard were inadvertently destroyed.
Does Dubya have horse shoes up his ass or what? What a wonderful coincidence this is. I wonder who ordered that his military payrool records be "inadvertently" destroyed...
Published by Toronto Mike on June 28, 2004 @ 22:47 in Politics
It looks like Paul Martin's Liberals are headed for a minority government tonight. A surprisingly strong showing in Ontario and Atlantic Canada has kept the Grits in power. As I said, it was all up to us and we did the right thing.
Phew! That was too close for comfort.
Published by Toronto Mike on June 28, 2004 @ 13:11 in Politics
When you don't vote, you let others speak for you.
We are fortunate to have fair and democratic methods in place for the selecting of political representation. To not take part in the process or to feel like our opinion doesn't matter, would be to waste the incredible power that we possess.
The power of a single vote is staggering. It is our right to stand up and be counted. And the way we do that is by casting our ballot. Don't forget to vote in today's Federal Election.
It's Up To Us
Published by Toronto Mike on June 25, 2004 @ 22:25 in Politics
Whoa nelly, it's gonna be close. The Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck with the federal election only a couple of days away. It's anyone's ballgame.
As I see it, it's all up to us. By us, I mean Ontarians. Out west all I hear about are Conservative loving yahoos, in Quebec it's a mess and there aren't enough bodies to make a difference down east. That means it will be us in Ontario who choose the Prime Minister of Canada.
I shared this theory with a house guest from Winnipeg and she said it was typical Toronto arrogance. It's not, it's simply the way the numbers add up. With a representation by population system, Ontario is far more important than any other Canadian province. Lets face it, if Ontario turns blue, Stephen Harper will win. If Ontario stays even a slight shade of red, Paul Martin will remain in power. It won't matter what they thought in Alberta, New Brunswick and Manitoba.
So, it's all up to us. I've done my part and voted Liberal. Now it's your turn.
Published by Toronto Mike on June 20, 2004 @ 09:15 in Politics
I find myself awaking in a cold sweat for fear the Conservatives may actually win our federal election. Recent Liberal scandals and mismanagement have many looking at the Conservative Party as a way to send a message and teach the Liberal Party a lesson. I fully understand this unwillingness to give the Liberals another vote, but the alternative is frightening. We can't cut off our nose to spite our face.
This morning, perusing the Toronto Star, I came across a letter to the editor from a Robin Wood entitled "Vote for Conservatives and you can expect this". It's pretty simple and straight forward and I fear it's also rather accurate.
A vote for the Conservatives is (ultimately, whatever Stephen Harper may say) in all probability a vote for the following:
1. An increase in pollution, destruction of the environment, and global warming (in the interests of corporate capitalism), which, according to many distinguished international scientists, could end with our planet becoming uninhabitable.
2. An increase in support for the U.S., in its transparent striving (under the current administration) for world domination.
3. An increase in homelessness and poverty (including child poverty).
4. The further demolition of our health care system, including our hospital services.
5. The parallel undermining of educational funding, from kindergarten to university.
6. The probable loss of abortion rights for women.
7. The probable blocking of same-sex marriage.
This is, of course, a free country and the choice is yours. I just wanted to make sure you know what you are voting for. And heaven help the rest of us.
Do the right thing. Please.
My Civic Duty
Published by Toronto Mike on June 19, 2004 @ 20:38 in Politics
I voted tonight. The election is actually June 28th, but tonight was an advance voting night. I'm not sure what my slo-pitch schedule will look like on June 28th and I wanted to fulfill my civic duty.
Sitting behind that cardboard barrier with by ballot in hand I knew what I had to do for my country. I cast my vote for my local Liberal MP in the hopes we can avoid the Stephen Harper regime. The more I hear and read about Mr. Harper, the more I get a Dubya vibe from him and that scares the shit out of me.
Fellow Canadians can vote on Monday from noon to 20:00 if they want to avoid the June 28th rush. Monday is the last advance voting day. Go here to find out where to go on Monday to keep the Liberal party in power. Trust me, it's for the best.
Published by Toronto Mike on June 17, 2004 @ 13:13 in Politics
Stephen Harper is publicly saying his Conservative Party will win a majority government on June 28. I'd call that wishful thinking. Everything I've read regarding polls and predictions tell me it's neck and neck. Folks, we have a nail biter on our hands.
Harper's Conservative Party and Paul Martin's Liberal Party each have an equal shot at winning this thing, but it's so close either government will be short lived. It's expected we'll be back in the voting booth within 18 months. For 25 years there's been political stability in Canada but that's all changing now. No minority administration since World War Two has lasted more than two years and the last minority government, that of Conservative Joe Clark, collapsed in 1980 after nine months when parliament voted against his budget.
Harper may garner a slim victory even without my support, but he won't win a majority. If he does, I may seek refuge in Iceland.
Published by Toronto Mike on June 13, 2004 @ 13:09 in Politics
Do you remember that report on terrorism released by the State Department in the USA back in April? It said attacks had declined last year to 190, down from 198 in 2002 and 346 in 2001. The 2003 figure would have been the lowest level in 34 years and a 45 percent drop since 2001, Bush's first year as president. That report concluded that terrorism was on the decline and was used to boost Dubya's chief foreign policy claims, success in countering terror.
As Secretary of State Colin Powell said earlier today, it was a "big mistake". Bad figures, bad information, bad conclusion. It turns out terrorism isn't on the decline at all. Quite the opposite in fact...
When April's report came out, I read about it in disbelief but who am I to contradict a report that the CIA helped compile the data for? My question is, was the Dubya camp cooking the books as part of the re-election campaign? Hmmmm...
Published by Toronto Mike on June 11, 2004 @ 19:13 in Politics
I fear the Conservative Party will win the election on June 28th and Stephen Harper will be my new Prime Minister.
Harper's Conservative Party is starting to show its stripes. Comments are being made by Conservative Party candidates that suggest they are homophobic and anti-abortion. Anti-abortion is itself a misnomer because nobody is actually pro-abortion, but pro-choice. I believe it's essential that a woman in Canada retain the legal right to abortion. Furthermore, I believe homosexuality is a characteristic one is born with and not a lifestyle or choice. As such, we must protect the rights of homosexuals in much the same manner we must protect the rights of minorities or women.
Harper has vowed to reverse the decision made by Quebec, Ontario and B.C. courts of appeal to give gays and lesbians the right to get married. In the latest remark, Frank Luellau, the Conservative candidate for Kitchener-Conestoga, told The Globe and Mail that homosexuality "is not a natural kind of relationship" and that it is the "constitutional right to freedom of religion and freedom of association" for a religious group to fire or refuse to hire gays and lesbians. Leullau's comments follow those of Cheryl Gallant, the Ottawa-area MP who last week said the Conservative caucus wants to repeal legislation that places sexual orientation in Canada's anti-hate law. Later, she was quoted at an anti-abortion rally equating abortion to the beheading of American contractor Nicholas Berg.
On top of all of this, Harper promises Canada will pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. He claims it's irrelevant and unworkable. Everything I've read about Kyoto suggests it's not only relevant but necessary. Kyoto calls for a 6 percent cut in the emission of greenhouse gases from 1990 levels by 2012. The environment is the lowest of priorities for this party.
This is not a party I could ever support. One of my favourite things about Canada is the fact that we're an open minded progressive nation. I've always considered us to be proactive rather than reactive and our liberalism a trait admired by the free world. I wrote this almost one year ago and it says a lot about what I want my Canada to be. I fear the Conservative Party will win and I see that as one giant step backwards.
For all their faults, the Liberal Party is indeed the best option for Canada. Please put aside your issues with Dalton McGuinty or your anger at the sponsorship scandal and envision a Canada with Harper at the helm. Better yet, look down and check out Dubya. Their politics are eerily similar.