Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Maybe they'll start an inquiry

There must be good men and women in the Liberal Party -- they can't all be corrupt and morally bankrupt -- and yet, they'll be in the House tomorrow, jeering and cheering as is required of them by Dear Leader.

An ethics professor on CTV tonight said that Tim Murphy did not cross the line into criminality. He said with a straight face, that the tapes are ambiguous and that Murphy did not offer anything so he did not cross the line.

There is no line anymore. How can you be unethical, if there are no ethics? How can you behave immorally, if morality is relative.

The PM says: Grewal 'approached'. I don't believe it's true, but in another place, at another time, that would not have mattered. The illegal actions of two senior members of the PM's staff would have been enough to have the government fall.

Do Canadians want gay marriage, and hate Christians so much that they can turn a blind eye to this? I admit, I am biased against the Liberals at this juncture in my life -- but I can't see how anyone could accept that they did no wrong, and that there was nothing wrong with what they did.

Scott Reid even tried to paint this as 'entrapment'. The laugh is that in order to be entrapped, Grewal would have had to have been working as an agent for the government or the police.
There are questions as to whether this will even be investigated --- he obviously was not working on behalf of any policing agency -- and the government certainly wouldn't set itself up -- it was trying to prop itself up.

It is not illegal for a private citizen to record conversations and not disclose the taping of the converstations. People are trying to make out the issue of the taping is somehow as shocking and unethical as attempting to bribe MPs in order to maintain a tenous grasp on power.

There is no spin that can make this anything but what it is.
The sound of the media's indifference is deafening.



bob said...

Canadianna, right on!
You know, the more one delves into this maze of corruption, the more one realizes that there is an ABSOLUTE (pardon my yelling) lack of an ethical compass here. The trick here is to restore the ethical compass without it being lambasted as "Christian infiltration."
About that, given the media's (at best) antipathy toward people of faith (true in the US of A too), the job is not going to be easy.
There is, I believe, a moral majority on both sides of the border. It must be united in demanding the kind of ethical compass that would denounce (and turf) the kind of shenanigans the Libranos have employed (see my comment to NDP Nadine on my Grewal blog). It doesn't have to be based on religious affiliation, just on a genuine sense of right and wrong and a willingness to re-establish that as a priority for good government, setting the ideas that divide aside for the moment.
Cheers, friend.

Les Mackenzie said...

Like Grewal needed to turn over many rocks to find the corruption worm in the current Liberal government? Belinda Stronachs departure should illustrate and lend credence to Mr. Grewals tapes.

I'm getting bored and oh so sick of the endless spin.

Linda said...

"Those who rule the words rule the world."

Well, okay, my little quip will not likely ever make it into any compendium of famous quotations! But it adequately expresses my point: those who control the meaning of words get to control the agenda. Words like 'tolerance', 'values', 'ethics', 'choice', and 'homophobia' (to name but a few) have all been hijacked to suit the purposes of those who seek to control the public discourse:

`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'

`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

`The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master -- that's all.'

-Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

So what to do? Control the 'rules of engagement' -- before engaging in debate on any given issue, reclaim the true meaning of any hijacked words. Merely exposing semantic sleight-of-hand is often enough to reveal the fatal flaws of even the most clever propaganda.

You're dead-on, Canadi-anna: moral relativism is at the heart of the current crisis, semantic relativism having been wielded so effectively. Common ground to re-engage on the issues? Character, honour, valor, integrity, selflessness, accountability, personal responsibility -- these are virtues that transcend and unify -- and to most people, they do matter. The art is in showing people why. Virtuous wordsmiths, unite!

Owlb said...

Yes, Canadianna -
You are hitting the head of the nail with each hammer blow. The "Christain activist" thematic is now out in the open, and I'm grateful for that. Now perhaps we can get on to the ideas and to the history of the development of a more astute Christain politics in the country thru a long process of ferment and discontent with the way faith-splif-off folk and faith-unfriendly atheists (tho many A's are not unfriendlies when it comes to possible Christian politics).
I'm wondering if in times past you have reflected on the Conservative MP from Ontario who spoke at the Tory convention about "Christianophobia," which made our dear Steven's throat clutch. I was especially upset to see one of the avid female newspersons quickly pounce on this female Tory MP and potvaliantly label her "an extremist." ... and how horrible it was for John Mackay and Stephen Harper ... etc. Any chance you would have this Tory MP's name, and direct me to one of your prevous posts if you touched on this episode, or other sources regarding it. I'd like to know just what was in her address, her specifics, and how she articulated her point. It's really important at this juncture for those who are led to speak out in these terms do it with extreme wisdom.
Just thinking, and appreciating your blog, Owlb at refWrite

Canadi-anna said...

I don't recall that from the convention, but I'm going to see if I can find it.

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