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Jack Is Gone, But The Questions Aren't

August 28, 2011 @ 06:59

Now that the funeral's over I guess its OK to get into this a bit. Then again, when it comes to the hypocritical left, I guess the timing will never be right, but I have to ask some questions.

Like - why has nobody given the Prime Minister for literally breaking the rules and allowing Jack Layton to have a state funeral? It was unprecedented in Canadian history, never before has an opposition leader, who's never even been a cabinet minister been given a state funeral.

This did not have to happen, but the Prime Minister took the pulse of the country and decided it was deserved.

A cynic might say he's was afraid "not" to. Can you imagine the reaction from the usual suspects? The PM would have been crucified.

And what about the cost? The very people who would have driven a spike through the PM's nuts if he hadn't thrown yesterday's love-in are the same people who criticize every penny he spends.

Here's another question. Can you imagine the other scenario? If Jack Layton had been a Conservative and he'd been given a state funeral? Yikes, the league of entitlement would have thrown one of their classic tantrums.

They definitely would have brought up the money aspect.

Here's another thing I don't understand. What's all this "Jack Layton was a man of hope" nonsense? What does that mean exactly? What kind of special "hope" is this?

Does Stephen Harper not have "hope" for the country? Bob Rae, Michael Ignatieff or any other politician who runs for office? Are they all "hope-less"?

That's all I kept hearing yesterday. Jack Layton was a man of "hope". Well I hope so, because I think we're all pretty much the same. Every day we hope for a better tomorrow, or, at the very least, an equal tomorrow if you've just had a pretty good today.

This "man of hope" bullshit nauseates me. I had my fill of it during the Obama circle jerk and we can all see where "hope" got the Americans.

One man's hope could be another man's anguish.

Let's not forget, Jack Layton was in a pretty good position. He could make all kinds of pie in the sky statements and promises knowing full well he'd never had to act on them, even after all those Quebecers "parked" their votes with the NDP making his numbers look a lot more impressive than they are.

And that raises another question. Does anybody really think what happened in Quebec had anything to do with Jack Layton, bringing the country together or giving Quebecers a valid alternative?

It was a flukey farce, plain and simple. I bet you half the people who voted for him don't even know he's dead. And I'm not kidding.

I've written on these very pages that part of me, the part that would have left the country, hoped Jack had won the spring election so we could see how he would deliver on those promises. It would have been disastrous, much like the brutal Bob Rae years of the early 90's in Ontario.

Nobody is disputing that Jack Layton was a nice guy with good intentions, and he wanted what he thought was best for the country.

But that doesn't mean we should ignore the realities the hypocrisies or the obvious questions, even if it means being labled a heartless prick.

Sorry people, but Jack Layton's legacy did not equal the reaction. Far from it.

One more question - is the NDP going to keep the seperatist as leader?

I certainly "hope" not!

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24 Responses to "Jack Is Gone, But The Questions Aren't"


busterr
August 28, 2011 / 08:03

Its simple Fred Its ok to break the rules if it benefits the left.The other reason is simple Harper had to if he didn't his political career would be berried next to Jack he is already accused of being a heartless bastard and the loony left media would have roasted him


Anonymous
August 28, 2011 / 09:24

Calling it the way it is as usual Mr. Patterson. Good job as always !!


Argie
August 28, 2011 / 09:26

First bin Laden was blasted by the SEALS, now the midget in Venezuela has the big "c" - and all we need is for Castro to finally buy the proverbial farm. It really has been a good year.

Of course, I'm not placing Jack in their category. I just wanted to get the blood of those nasty lefties boiling. Again, I don't blame Jacko, just his clueless fans.

Also, I can't end this without commenting on that funeral "service". I saw some of the "high lights". Firstly, a married gay minister??? Really, Seriously??? (I actually hate using those oft-over used words but its fitting here). If Jack was so spiritual, he would have chosen a more appropriate person to preside his funeral - just sayin'. Then we also had the native dude with the feather - what is Olivia supposed to do with that feather.

And finnaly, what was with the jewish and islamic folks with their readings? Sorry Jack, but you're either Christian or you're NOT. No disrespect to those two faiths but surely if Jack was Jewish or muslim, there certainly wouldn't be anyone reading scripture from the New Testament at his funeral service.


"Speyside Phil"
August 28, 2011 / 09:45

Can someone let me know when it's safe to turn on CP24.
Just checked their web site and they are calling it an outpouring of "National" grief.
Huh??


BrainDrainXP
August 28, 2011 / 10:01

Strangely, with the events of the past few days, the lyrics of The Smiths' Paint a Vulgar Picture have been on my mind:
At the record company meeting
On their hands - a dead star
And oh, the plans they weave
And oh, the sickening greed


Jeff
August 28, 2011 / 10:16

You should be thanking Layton for playing up his Quebec roots and destroying the real enemy in the last election. The one's who had a dream to destroy Canada. But no it's more fun to dump on him. Well at least you waiting until his ashes cooled so I give you credit for that.


Pauly Walnuts
August 28, 2011 / 12:44

All I can think about when I see all this fanfare over Layton is that he was not much more than a career politician, most likely because he couldn't do anything else.

His brand of politics was always the nice utopian ideas that everybody should aspire too, but he never addressed the hurdles in getting there.. namely who would pay for it and what about those that don't go along with your thinking. This always scared me, because you always got a hint of... don't worry about it, I'll do the thinking for you, which seems to be at the heart of socialism.

Jack Layton always makes me remember this quote: "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. "
— Margaret Thatcher


Jeff
August 28, 2011 / 14:29

Yeah but the beauty of socialism is that if they ever get in they immediately shift to the center and at least a few good things come of it. You can never effectively govern from an extremist position be it left or right.


Douglas
August 28, 2011 / 16:53

@Pauly Walnuts - I have always loved that Margaret Thatcher quote. Nothing like telling things the way they are.

While on the topic of quotes, I think these ones are applicable to Fred's and readers' comments here:

“There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.” – Robertson Davies
(Does any of that sound familiar, especially politically?)

“We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society – not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State.” – The Right Honourable Lady Margaret Thatcher
(Well-said, again, Mrs. Thatcher.)

"Anyone who is not a Liberal at the age of 25 has no heart and anyone who is not a Conservative at the age of 45 has no brains." – The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill
(Remember that the UK has for decades essentially had only Liberal (Labour) on the left and Conservative on the right.)


Been-Cracker
August 28, 2011 / 17:28

I live in subsidized housing and I don't want Olivia Chow putting the hustle on me.


El Torpedo
August 28, 2011 / 18:24

It won't end with the state funeral if the Toronto Star has anything to say about it - they've been breathlessly encouraging their readers to forward suggestions on how best to memorialize Jack. There are a few level-headed suggestions, like, "...each one of us commits to get involved in one cause to help someone other than ourselves.", but they are far outweighed by ideas from the wild-eyed fanatics suggesting Lakeshore Blvd. be renamed Jack Layton Parkway, or that we paint the CN Tower orange. I think we better petition Mayor Ford no for a six month cooling off period for some sober second thought before we rename Toronto "Laytonville""


peter Mashtaler
August 28, 2011 / 20:23

Mr. Patterson I commend you for your true honesty,I too feel the same way . When you were with CFNY I loved your commentaries, keep up the good thoughts Fred....


Steve
August 28, 2011 / 20:42

Seems to me that this ridiculously over-the-top media coverage of Layton's death and sainthood, particularly by the Star and CBC, have an anti-Ford angle. Think about it: If Miller, and his hand-picked NDP sycophants were still running Toronto, would the leftist propaganda be so pointed and hysterical? It almost seems as if they are using Saint Jack's passing as an excuse to say "See? We're really socialists at heart!" The whole thing reeks, top to bottom.


Boomer
August 28, 2011 / 20:44

Good commentary Fred. I thought I was the only person who didn't understand all of the coverage. Jeez, I get that lots of folks thought Jack was a good guy and all but wow, a state funeral?


Rick C in Oakville
August 28, 2011 / 22:52

Jack was a decent fellow, and the only politician you could call by his first name, but what if he hadn't made it to the official opposition and had run third where the Liberals are. Would all the pomp and circumstance had happened?

Outside of his wife Olivia, can't think of a NDP MP's name that comes to mind.
Jack was the reason the NDP did so well, unfortunately they are going to have to recreate themselves at this point.


Pam
August 28, 2011 / 23:02

Congratulations Freddie. Brilliant, wise, and brave comments.

Is this Jamie pr*ck the same guy who was trolling this blog when you were let go from the Peterborough job?

Tell us about Chicago!!!


Trish
August 28, 2011 / 23:11

Look at it as I do, Fred. Yea, maybe it seems dumb that Harper gave Layton a state funeral... But can you not also view it as an official farewell to the NDP party? I do. In this respect, Harper knows exactly what he's doing...


Anonymous
August 28, 2011 / 23:51

keep the separatist...there's more to come on her...from her Union days...touche!


Sid from Scarborough
August 29, 2011 / 00:01

Politicians are always on. Even honest Jack.Gave us the impression he was just diagnosed with cancer again. Just....not likely. But life goes on and so does the intriguing game called politics.


Boomer
August 29, 2011 / 08:04

Olivia for leader? Here comes the sympathy vote.


4 x 4 Time
August 29, 2011 / 09:36

Just curious, if it had been the Bloc who was the official opposition, and their leader passed away, would he have been given a state funeral?


Dave Williams
August 29, 2011 / 11:20

It appears that all you have to do is group the french together to attain a state funeral in Canada, if it was not for Quebec having a protest vote against the BLOQ, we would not even be debating how St. Jack should be buried. Kudos to Mr. Harper for putting out a political fire out by allowing this event to happen. However, give it less than a year, when the province of Quebec wakes up to realize that there is no way the NDP can focus on them exclusively and that the people they elected as NDP reps have no business in politics, the NDP party will split and likely cause such a canyon that will never be repaired. RIP Jack, you escaped just in time.


Anonymous
August 29, 2011 / 12:42

don't underestimate PQ. reasons...Trudeau, Chretien, Mulroney, Martin, Stef Dionne. apparent JC signed a Bill insuring the presence of French speaking people in Ottawa's Public Service before he 'retired'.


Warren Cosford
August 30, 2011 / 16:51

Stephen Harper?

Be thankful he wasn't in Power when Canada's Big Banks wanted to merge in 1998. He would have let them.

And be thankful he wasn't in power in 2002 when his fellow Evangelical Leaders in England and the U.S. invaded Iraq.

Kudos to him for giving Jack Layton a State Funeral.

Hopefully, it's an indication that he has grown into being a Leader of all Canadians.
WC


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