On CBC Radio’s “The House,” top Conservative strategist Tom Flanagan said this about ten-percenters:
“Canadians seem to be willing to tolerate attacks that are based on half-truths or things taken out of context, or misstatements, partial misstatements, distortions. I mean, as long as there is some basis, there, it becomes a matter of debate.” (November 28, 2009)
This is so offensive, on many levels. A frank admission that the Conservatives sanction lies and mistruths, there is nothing that is "below" them. Flanagan's comments aren't news to anyone paying attention, the government approaches every debate with the same gutter mentality. However, what is particularly amusing, all those sanctimonious Conservatives, who continually reference past SINGULAR examples, to extrapolate a wider theme, are SILENT in the face of the most co-ordinated, systematic delivery of morally questionable propaganda.
Whenever there is a discussion or issue, the Conservatives seem content to forget about the merit of argument, instead believing that they simply have to confuse and blanket to render it all meaningless. The consistency in approach almost resembles a religion. Predicated on apathy and voter indifference, there is no need for depth of argument, there is no DANGER of being exposed. The arrogance we see, is a testament to the utter disdain the Conservatives have for voter sophistication. Today, Harper hides at home to avoid Question Period, but there is no risk, because nobody will notice or frankly care- minor references here and there, but nothing of resonance.
Tom Flanagan outlines the contempt for Canadians and the true nature of this government. There is no honor here, no intellectual debate, no clash of ideals. It's all about smear and FOGGING of issues, and they freely acknowledge their dubious motivations. Classless thugs, who sully our political discourse.