It’s Been A Good Week For The Clueless And It’s Only Tuesday
I want you to know that I try and I mean that most sincerely. I get up every day with the intention of being patient, tolerant and pleasant but I don’t mind admitting, my friends, that no matter how hard I try it just gets more and more difficult.
Consider the latest rounds of stupidity, hypocrisy and outright mean-spirited nonsense of the past couple of days – and try to remember that this is Canada and these are Canadians, who think they are being terribly clever, as we stroll together over the next few paragraphs.
The Prime Minister is being pilloried on social media because he wore – get ready for it – a military flight jacket that had been given to him as a gift by the military. He wore it while doing an aerial tour of the flood zone in Alberta on an Air Force helicopter. I’m not fully up to speed on the correct fashion statement for occasions like this but it seems to me that there aren’t too many other situations where a flight jacket would be as appropriate.
I’ve been fairly critical of Prime Minister Harper of late but it’s over job performance and ethics. I don’t care what he wears to work. Getting all worked up over a jacket is like getting all worked up over the Prime Minister’s plane being repainted and who would be stupid enough to do that?
Usually the PM gets criticized for always wearing an ill-fitting suit although he was mocked early in the game for running campaign ads that had him wearing a sweater vest. Perhaps he should just show up naked (don’t visualize please – it would highly inappropriate to visualize the Prime Minister in the nude).
I doubt that would suit his detractors, however. It doesn’t matter what he wears, it will be criticized because they are like pesky little bugs just hovering around waiting for a bare patch of skin to bite.
Sid Ryan tweeted:
Sid should know. He’s supported many a tin pot dictator in his continuous anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks over the years.
It’s pretty much de rigueur for politicians to wear ‘outfits’. All three of our national leaders have worn cowboy hats while visiting the west and Justin Trudeau, that famous Montreal buckaroo, even sported a jaunty western style belt buckle and cowboy boots while telling Albertans why Quebec was so much better.
But then, just when you were starting to feel a little sympathy for Prime Minister Harper along comes word that once again his own office has behaved like a fraternity on a panty raid after having had a little too much to drink. This time the smart kids in the PMO decided to put together a faux student protest to disrupt a press conference being given by Justin Trudeau.
You can almost see them drooling over their own cleverness when they sat around the conference table dreaming this up. But clever it is anything but. What in God’s name is actually accomplished by this level of stupidity other than to further denigrate the Conservative Party specifically and politics in general?
Is there nobody in the Prime Minister’s Office who can actually think anymore? First it was former PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright who managed to take a difficult situation and turn it into a full blown police investigation with his poor handling of the Senate expense scandal and now it’s the bright kids in the PMO with their adolescent thinking.
Pundits have been speculating about a Cabinet shuffle with many suggesting that it will be a necessary step in Stephen Harper regaining some of his seriously lost credibility. I would suggest that what he needs to do is clean out the frat house that the PMO has become and start again by hiring a few professionals.
It takes a special kind of stupid to tweet something like this although increasingly you see more and more of it on social media every day. It’s a pathetic cry for attention by a pathetic little life that is devoid of values. Three people have died and thousands are suffering and this idiot – and there is no other word for him – thinks this is clever repartee.
It doesn’t say much for the quality of the education he’s receiving at the University of Alberta. Yes, that’s right. He attends university in the same province that he told to “eat shit and die.” You have to believe that the folks at Tolko Industries are suitably impressed to have their brand associated with a great thinker like this.
Tolko Industries manufactures lumber products which are shipped worldwide. No doubt this idiot is representative of their thinking when it comes to the disaster in Alberta – or at least we’ll know soon enough if he is representative of their thinking if they keep him as an employee.
This past week I have watched people argue over the most absurd things, sometimes so absurd they actually threaten to make the bright lights in the Prime Minister’s Office look like they may actually have a clue.
But just as a reminder – they don’t. They’re arrogant, clueless twits who think that winning is more important than decency, integrity or professionalism. They are the epitome of much of the thinking you see online these days or more accurately, the lack of thinking.
A few days ago, I wrote a piece called Haggling Over Ethics Like Whores Over The Price. A number of people agreed with the premise and shared the post with their friends and followers. One didn’t share my opinion although he didn’t actually read the piece.
He was incensed by my use of the word whore and sent me a tweet announcing that he was blocking me for ‘whorephobia’. Apparently being blocked is pretty serious and one of these days I will take it seriously – but not today. It’s hard to take seriously anyone who is that simple-minded.
He was offended because he thought I was denigrating whores but phobias are about being afraid and he confused denigration with fear. Even a fundamental vocabulary can come in handy when you’re trying to make a point.
Unfortunately, too many try to make a point without much vocabulary or even thought to support it.
I use to like social media but increasingly – not so much anymore. It’s been highjacked by trolls, the ill-informed, the foolish and the downright stupid. I’ve seen more racism in the past year than I saw during my time protesting for civil rights back in the sixties. I’ve read conspiracy theories that are so bizarre you have to wonder if perhaps there is some truth to the danger of fluoridation in water.
I don’t know why social media has brought out so much intolerance and sheer stupidity but I do know one thing for certain.
There is just too much chlorine in the family gene pool of some folks these days.
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