In the US, we have McCain “suspending” his campaign due to a financial crisis. I wonder what Abe Lincoln would have thought about this level of poise. Lincoln, of course, insisted that the Federal Election proceed while the US Civil War was ongoing. Yet, a single senator must absent himself for a public debate due to a financial crisis – and insists on disrupting the discussion in Washington. And, he wants to control a nuclear arsenol? Letterman should keep going after him for this stunt.
But while McCain displays poor judgement, we in Canada have him beat!
A Winnipeg Liberal candidate has to resign for posting that 9-11 was some grand conspiracy. The CIA was in on it! And the Jews! Good move by Dion getting rid of her. I’ll only say this – if there is a good case for a conspiracy theory, I have not seen it. Perhaps, just maybe, the US was attacked in response to its foreign policies by those who opposed its actions. Just a wild guess.
Then, we have the Conservatives defending the most racist comments I’ve ever heard in Canadian federal politics – that
“Particularly in big cities, we’ve got people that have grown up in a different culture, […] And they don’t have the same background in terms of the stable communities we had 20, 30 years ago in our cities … and don’t have the same respect for authority or people’s person or property.”
Conservative Lee Richardson added: “Talk to the police. Look at who’s committing these crimes. They’re not the kid that grew up next door.“
They even claim that he is being misunderstood! What else could that quote in bold mean except that criminals don’t look this us white folks. Nuts. Explain to me how to interpret that quote so that it makes sense and contributes to a constructive dialogue on reducing crime.
This is on top of numerous other candidates being kicked out for such things as exposing themselves to 15-year-old girls, musing about killing natives, smoking pot while driving, and the blogging Tory who said that “What bothers me about these perpetually aggrieved people (aboriginals) is their obsession with wanting to stay victims so they can tell other people to fix their problems.” Perhaps he can explain at what point in history aboriginals ceased to be victimized by past and current policies and attitudes? Since he claims their desire for victimhood is perpetual, I invite him to examine the entire history of relations between Europeans and aboriginals and to find the moment at which equity was acheived.
How has Canada survived inspite our nutso politicians? How many more are out there?
Quick quiz: Which current member of parliament called Nelson Mandela a terrorist and then refused to take Mandella’s phone call? Is he going to be in a majority government?