Monday, January 25, 2010

Dirty tricks?

In the spirit of fairness, I thought I should mention that there is Internet chatter suggesting that the “Harper = Hitler” sign seen at one location was a hoax allegedly perpetuated by a known Conservative supporter. Whether the sign I referred to in an earlier blog post was also a hoax, I have no way of knowing for sure.

This is one reason these silly political dirty tricks are so damaging to all concerned, not only to the ones on whom the trick is played.

I suppose political dirty tricks will always be with us—they are probably as old as politics itself—but I for one see them as counter productive. They muddy the message and are prone to back-firing.

If a Tory-supporter did carry the inflammatory anti-Harper sign to the rally, then shame on her or him. I don’t condone this type of lying regardless of the liar’s motivation.

I don’t take prorogation nearly as seriously as many other Canadians apparently do, but I don’t disrespect any of them purely because they have opposing views to mine, and I would not try to falsify evidence to discredit either their views of their actions.

I’ll now climb down from my soapbox and get on with my day.

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  1. a known Conservative supporter

    as in 'sources say'?

    No name?

  2. I don't know the name, Wilson, but others might.

    I gave the link to the page on which I found the story and it, in turn, links to a Facebook page. If you follow those links you'll likely find a name.

  3. There is no NO conservative that would carry that sign


  4. Of course Liberals NEVER engage in dirty tricks - cough cough

  5. Loyal Tory,

    You seem to be implying that since Grits "engage in dirty tricks," it's okay for Tories to do so.

    Actions should stand on their own merit and political dirty trick are dumb, period.

  6. I was recently talking with a young relative about the environment and in reference to Harper he said "Even Hitler enjoyed popularity".

  7. Yes, NeilD, our educators have done a thorough job of demonizing our prime minister. I doubt though that it has served our youth well.