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Harper HATES being argued with.

The Barbados Prime Minister gives a lecture on how Cuba must be encouraged, not isolated, and witness Harper’s reaction:

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… looks like Harper was sucking on some lemons while he was listening. I’m not posting this to agree or disagree with the Barbados Prime Minister; I just find this a perfect pictorial example of how Harper can’t stand being disagreed with on issues.

H/T to Dave

17 comments to Harper HATES being argued with.

  • Scarey Conservative

    What a bunch of amateur buffoons. Would it be better to use the liberal approach? You know the one where the PM has two faces? He should have followed the liberal tradition of lying?
    Harper showed his disagreement of what was said and all you ass kissers can do is dream up ways of condeming him. Wow!

  • Aaaron Unruh:

    “With respect to Harper being a dictator: I see very little difference between the management styles of Chretien and Harper. With the single small exception that Harper has yet to sic the RCMP on a political opponent.”

    Well said. And I completely agree with your above stated sentiments.

    And as far as the writing and debating issue goes, my writing and debating skills hardly exist as any good example, either. I was being sincere when I mentioned I might learn something.

    I’ve never seen myself as a good writer or debater. I may suspect that people who level those criticisms at me have some grudge or axe to grind, but that suspicion of biasd comment just doesn’t matter. I can always learn something and improve.

    The only thing is, your comment struck a nerve in me when you asked me to back up my argument about Harper. And so I should. That’s a reasonable request. I should have cited some facts when I made the allegation.

    You need an email address Aarunh

    Glenn Fitzgerald.

  • I appreciate the sentiments but I don’t know how to debate (having never joined my high school debate club – tragically) and would be a particularly poor role model for someone hoping to improve his writing skills.

    With respect to Harper being a dictator: I see very little difference between the management styles of Chretien and Harper. With the single small exception that Harper has yet to sic the RCMP on a political opponent.

  • AAron, I followed the link to your site. But I can find no email which might permit me to contact you. Here's a piece on Stephen Harper I recently did:

    http://www.blogscanada.ca/egroup/CommentView.aspx?guid=904529a0-f0d8-42d9-9b0e-2d35e8226afb

    I really hope you feel up to debating the Harper thing. In fact, here's a challenge. I challenge you to a debate on the following proposition: "Harper Has Proven One of Canada's Most Calamity Prone Dictators."

    Maybe you can show me a thing or too about how to debate, etc.  A number of news columnists have emailed me recently to also tell me that I'm a poor writer—and that judgement is based on their objections to my latest piece on the media.

    So, how about it? You can show me how to debate a proper position and at the same time I get to pick up some writings skills.

    Glenn Fitzgerald.

  • Aaron Unruh,  do you really want to get me going on that?

    I'll do Scott's blog a favor and just email you. LOL.

    But my only point is that ideologically based attacks on Harper will only backfire on the attackers.  It's far better to be able to argue the case outside one's own political bias that he's a dictator because he's a dictator.
    Glenn Fitzgerald.

  • Cryptic doesn't equal clever.

  • Aaron, I can ALWAYS count on you to prove my point about the right wing!!!

  • "Harper's propensity toward tyranny is an objective reality based on easily cited facts."

    How about you cite your easily cited facts?

  • Tim writes:

    "Harper is not a good example of Conservative ideology. He does not stand for fiscal responsibility. He does not stand for justice. "

    I agree. And by the way, I didn' t mean that post to be provocative.

    My intention is just to show that it's possible to oppose dicators not because people agree or don't agree with their party affiliations. It's possible to oppose dictators out a sense of personal decency and the hope that we can build a better society.

    Glenn Fitzgerald.

  • I also think this whiny grimace is probably his normal look while waiting for the real photo op to begin.
    However, it is very telling in the Newtish Canadian Government's Magical Mystery Tour of America's southern colonies, neither Cuba nor Venezuela were on the agenda. It would appear that one of those is especially influential or at least growing in financial freedom; the other has been imbargoed by our biggest trading partner and thus has come to see us as a reliable neighbour at least willing to talk turkey. Instead, we are now following the cold shoulder routine that worked so well when I wanted my mom to sponsor my playboy book collection….

  • Timothy Webster

    Glenn writes: Intellectually astute Conservatives should also be able to clearly understand Harper's sytle of leadership as that of a dictator.

    Harper is not a good example of Conservative ideology. He does not stand for fiscal responsibility. He does not stand for justice.

    Instead he stands for an emotional authoritarian ideology best represented by Cheney. Harper's ideology is actually much closer to Cheney's ideology than Bush's.

  • Doesn't he always look like this?

  • Leftdog writes: "That is because Harper and is ilk is afflicted with a mindset common amongst the right wing that is self righteous, extremely ideological, intolerant, judgemental and is fostered by fundamentalist tenants of absolute good versus absolute evil."
     
    Not that I disagree with the above sentiments, but is that opinion the opinion of a "left-wing" pundit? Harper's propensity toward tyranny is an objective reality based on easily cited facts.

    And so that "propensity" exists apart from the observations of ideologically biased commentators.  Intellectually astute Conservatives should also be able to clearly understand Harper's sytle of leadership as that of a dictator.
     
    Glenn

  • slg

    Isolate Cuba?  Not that I'm endorsing Cuba, but how long can Castro have left and by not isolating the Cuban people, perhaps we can accomplish something when Castro's gone (soon I hope for the Cuban people).

    Harper and his wingnuts only see in black and white – no gray areas, no colour – just black and white.

    Harper sure gets a evil look on his face at times doesn't he? 

  • wow…if looks could kill….

  • … don't get me started…..!!!!

  • That is because Harper and is ilk is afflicted with a mindset common amongst the right wing that is self righteous, extremely ideological, intolerant, judgemental and is fostered by fundamentalist tenants of absolute good versus absolute evil. Many are quite intelligent, but all reason and logic falls away when something comes into conflict with their core belief structure. 'Cuba' is a good example. To a 'Harper' type mindset, Cuba = Evil. Hence they MUST be isolated. They are evil!

    Our Prime Minister, the blogging tory types, the smalldeadanimal ilk are all afflicted with this simplistic, absolutist, 'good vs evil' mentality and they all need a swift severe kick in their collective asses!!!

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