Regarding Ms. Clark and her political party's concerted, orchestrated, pre-meditated and duplicitous multi-pronged attack strategy on John Cummins, Paul Willcocks gets to the heart of the matter:
"....The radio ads, and the anti-Cummins website with the standard attack ad creepy photo and allegations, also tie Clark to dishonest, sleazy, American-style attack ads — hardly a good thing for someone promising a new style of politics.
The ads sometimes work. The federal Conservatives attacked Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff relentlessly with slimy ads, and succeeded in defining them in negative ways.
But they are fundamentally dishonest and destructive to democracy and public life, encouraging mindless division and contempt for all politicians.
There are lots of reasons to criticize Cummins and the Conservatives and their policy positions. But these ads are about smearing a person, and presenting him not just as wrong, but as corrupt and “a joke.”
That should concern anyone who hopes for a functioning democracy.
And Liberals should also be concerned that the party has spent money on an amateurish smear campaign that does more damage to its own cause than the target....."
You want to end the 'success' of the 'Politics of Destruction' that drags all of us, regardless party and/or ideological allegiances, down into the ditch where the cynical and morally-bankrupt make their (very good) living destroying the very fabric of a liberal, participatory democracy?
You just have to have a proMedia willing call this codswallop what it really is, no ifs ands or buts.
That's all it takes.
After all, it has worked before and it can work again.
The sub-header refers to a tune by Phil Ochs in which he rips-off himself to diss Richard Nixon....All kinds of folks have re-worked the song since...My favourite rendition is Eddie Vedder's much more recent evisceration of the State of George W et al.....And yes, just in case anyone is wondering, I am indeed working on a somewhat provincial 'Golden' version...