Cyberwanderer’s Blog

October 5, 2008

Attempts on the Life of Liberal Candidates and Supporters

Are we becoming like the third world countries where the lives of political opponent during an election campaign seems disposable? While ambush and point blank shooting has not occurred, there’s a troubling incident of what appears to be coordinated action by a group with troubled mind. Their action was meant to harm and even kill some Liberal candidates and their supporters. Andrew Lane, chief financial officer for Bennett’s campaign said his brake line was cut while the child seats were visible in his car. The group who carried out this act is evil and should be put on a high security jails. There were at least 10 known residences that have been targeted from phone and cable lines being cut, to car being scratched and brake lines cut. Lane nearly missed a bus when his brake failed to work. He only discovered it was a deliberate act when he brought the car for repair in the garage.

This is why it’s important for leaders not to stoke hatred like what Harper’s MP Lee Richardson did. Or try to label your opponent Taliban sympathizers and opposition parties being made up of extremist, like Harper did to the Liberal. His supporter in internet forums are equally aggressive in harassing critics by giving them derogatory labels. Such kind of hate promoting act could lead to unstable person carrying out act like this. Or in this case, it seems like group of people from different places with exactly the same tactic. (Same incident happened in Guelph during the by-election. h/t Scott’s Diatribes). Extraordinary claim, accusations and smears that create division and anonymity should not be tolerated. At the least, it could result in creating a sectarian society like that of the U.S., where Democrats and Republicans can’t get anything done without sniping and trying to undermine the other even when their countries interest is at stake. Or worse, such divisive tactic could lead some psycho or group of psycho to perpetrate act that seriously threaten the lives of groups of people like what was reported by Toronto Star today.

We’d like to think that our civilization have matured beyond that, except for undeveloped third world countries still struggling to build up their democracies. This is a perfect example of how tolerating gutter politics in government and being complacent could have serious repercussions for our society. At the end of the day, we all have to live together. So creating a very hostile partisanship environment, and thinking “less government with everyone for themselves” ideology is the way to go, would come back to bite us hard. Freedom includes free from fear of repercussion for having a different political views.

The ultimate blame for this incident lies with the perpetrators who obviously have very sick minds. But we all can do our part in minimizing the risk by creating a truly civilized and just society where people who have mental problems are not stigmatized but taken care of before they developed into another Virginia Tech’s Cho or Klebold and Harris of Columbine.

Here are the news articles and related blogs:

Toronto Star News

Scott’s Diatribes on similarities to tactics used in Guelph during the by-election there.

Impolitical

Bowie’s Blog

Mike Watkins dot ca

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5 Comments »

  1. These acts are a spinoff of mudslinging and the politics of division. This has been the most polarized Canadian election campaign I’ve ever witnessed. It saddens me to see us lose our civility – this isn’t the Canada I grew up with.

    Comment by thomas — October 6, 2008 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  2. Hey, great post.. .I agree with you completely. Hate propagating and fear mongering have no place in politics in 2008 and beyond.

    I would like to make one mention of your article; your comment of “undeveloped third world countries trying to build up their democracies” sounded a bit prejudice to me. Perhaps I misinterpreted it. While it’s true that “some” third world countries are struggling with democracy, it’s not a blanketed situation, and many third world countries are extremely democratic, possibly even more so than Canada and other western countries, depending on how you measure democracy.

    Just a point I wanted to add, although I think your post in bang-on in every other sense.

    Cheers. jeff

    Comment by jeff — October 8, 2008 @ 12:59 am | Reply

  3. Hi Jeff,

    I guess the way I said it could easily lead to misinterpretation. What I mean to say was Third World Countries who just got their democracies are the ones more prone to this kind of ambush and killing of political opponent during election time. I did not mean to generalize all third world countries nor to suggest they are less civilized than us.

    Thanks for pointing that out.

    Comment by cyberwanderer — October 8, 2008 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for clarifying.

    Your post is very timely; these leaders stoking the hatred fires is having quite an impact this week south of the border as well, in particular at gop rallies. Hopefully these “leaders” will learn this is no strategy for 21st century politics.

    Comment by jeff — October 9, 2008 @ 1:11 am | Reply

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