Prime Minister Stephen Harper is taking a lot of criticism because he recently suggested that anyone questioning our prisoner transfer policy in Afghanistan was really maligning Canada’s soldiers.
Lawrence Martin calls this tactic “intellectually infantile”; Andrew Coyne, using less elegant language, calls it “trash” and Liberal MP Bob Rae stated “To argue that some are stronger supporters of our soldiers than others I think is frankly reprehensible ... to label what we are doing as somehow unpatriotic is quite frankly beyond the pale."
And to be sure, Prime Minister Harper is using an emotion-laden charge to make his point.
But isn’t that politics?
Indeed isn’t this exactly the sort of ploy the Left routinely uses when attacking conservatives?
Consider, for instance, this typical exchange between a conservative and a liberal:
Conservative: I think we need to cut taxes and make government smaller.
Liberal: Aha, your true agenda exposed! All you care about is helping the rich. You’re a heartless monster with no compassion for the poor or downtrodden. You want to close down our public schools, throw orphans into the streets and condemn our seniors to lives of poverty and misery. Oh and you probably want to bring back slavery, since you are also clearly a racist.
Conservative: We also need to increase funding for our military and help our allies in the war against terror.
Liberal: War monger!
Conservative: In my view it's time to inject some sort of free market principles into our costly and inefficient health care system.
Liberal: Oh I get it. You want to transform our hospitals into profit making factories which will heal only the rich and which will use poor people in diabolical medical experiments designed to help the rich live longer. And furthermore: rich, rich rich.
Conservative: I am sceptical about some of the global warming hysteria going on.
Liberal: OK you are clearly a pawn of the big oil companies. Why else would you want to murder those cute polar bears?
Conservative: The long-gun registry was a bad idea.
Liberal: Shut up you stupid redneck. You’re responsible for every murder in the past 100 years. In fact, you probably have all sorts of guns hidden in your basement and are just waiting to go on a mindless shooting spree. Umm … please don’t shoot me!!!
Of course, when left wingers make these sorts of arguments nobody calls them “infantile” or “trash.”
It’s what you call a double standard.
And by the way, if you don’t like this posting, then it means you must be some sort of Marxist.
Crossposted at Libertas Post