Quite the response to yesterday's posting "A Solid Leader." It never fails, any posting I make with Stephen Harper as the focus gets a lot of reaction.
You either love him or hate it seems, with the majority on the hate side and I still don't fully understand it. I wrack my brain and I try to determine exactly what this man has done to be so disliked by so many and I can't find a lot of evidence.
His first crime obviously is that he's a Conservative and to many it doesn't matter what you say, what you do, who you save or what you support, if you're a Conservative you're automatically a heartless bastard.
Of course some of you will come back and claim I'm the same way with Liberals, but I have a track record to point to, I have evidence of 13 years of bad and corrupt government.
But Liberals like to turn the other way when it comes to such evidence and direct their energy and scorn towards the right.
I for the life of me can't understand why Harper is being so vilified for his stand on global warming. All he's trying to do is rally the world behind one unified attack on the issue, knowing full well if we buy into the bullshit that's on the table right now, we'll end up going it alone.
What is the use of Canada signing on the dotted line only to have the United States and a whack of developing nations not part of the deal? It makes no sense.
Sure, if we did sign Harper could walk away from the table like a hero in the eyes of some and Canada would be considered a good global citizen, but what would it accomplish, what would be gained? Absolutely nothing would change.
I think its time that we recognize and appreciate that our Prime Minister is sticking his neck out with an eye on the big picture. He's putting his reputation on the line to make sure that the fight on global warming becomes what it has to be, a fight that includes every goddamn polluter on earth.
Yesterday I chuckled at some of the responses accusing Harper of being some kind of a wimp because he won't move forward "unless the other guy does."
When applied to this issue that's ridiculous. Stephen Harper knows that in the best of situations, even those who sign on to any deal will probably end up breaking the rules, so what's the use of having a deal without having everyone involved and at least having everyone accountable.
Yesterday my dear friend Paul Romanuk, who I'm quite sure would vote for Jack Latyon and the NDP in the next election, offered this.
"Here's the reality: Most people outside of Canada don't even know who Stephen Harper is; nor could they give a rat's ass what he thinks about anything."
That's fine Paul, but what has it got to do with anything relating to this subject?
The Prime Minister is acting on behalf of Canada first with an eye towards creating a game plan that actually has some teeth.
Give the man time, lay of the hysterical global warming rhetoric and just for a minute don't judge along partisan lines and all of sudden it might make sense to you: Stephen Harper might become a global hero.