Consevatives, Iraq, Past indiscretions biting you in the ass

I see a new Conservative campaign poster…

If there is any truth to it, there is a certain audacity to the artlessness with which it was employed. Of couse, I speak of the rather compelling video splicing together John Howard’s 2003 “rah rah let’s kick Sadaam’s ass” speech with the identical speech given in a losing effort by then PC leader Stephen Harper in Canada’s House of Commons. The video is all the rage at ProgBlog today, and even among the mucky-mucks in the Liberal campaign apparently. Those that haven’s seen it can watch it here:

Naturally, the Tories don’t want to talk about where the speech came from, saying that it “was given by a person who was leading a party that doesn’t exist anymore”. However, either of the two possibilities, that Harper plagiarized the speech outright or it was issued by someone within the Bush neocon circle to raise support for tragic Iraq folly, are worth considerable investigation.


I have always considered Stephen Harper to be a neocon wolf in moderate clothing, but if the link is this direct, this intimate, I want to know more before we go to the polls. If Harper was PM in 2003, there is a very good chance that we’d be arguing about our involvement in the Iraq war today rather than Afghanistan, or hell, maybe both. Knowing as many in the forces as I do, I shudder to think about that.


Stephen Harper: Autocrat, Neocon, Plagiarist, Puppet.


We need it on a campaign poster to put alongside a picture of him in soft focus in his fucking fuzzy sweater mouthing platitudes about how much he loves his kids. Asshole.

7 thoughts on “I see a new Conservative campaign poster…

  1. I’m thinking: Stephen Harper/John Howard: A Speech So Nice, We Used It Twice!

    Sadly, though, I don’t think this is going to cause much of a blip in the non-blogging, non-partisan voting population. The performance of the parties this election cycle has been so bad that the bar has been lowered to the point where plagariasm of this sort is just going to be shrugged off with a comment of ‘meh – he’s a politician, what do you expect?’


  2. I’m sure this happens all the time.
    I remember back a while ago, probably four score and seven years ago, when our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
    Of course, this is just my opinion. Nobody else’s. Definitely all mine. Why do you ask?


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