If you have a Twitter account, I’m sure you’ve seen the vitriol posted with the hashtag #DenounceHarper. It’s gotten enough attention that the National Post saw fit to put a story about it:
He came under Twitter-fire for what users called “his persistent attacks on science, democracy and the environment” and over the so-called “robocalls” scandal regarding fraudulent voter-misdirection calls in the last election. One called him a wet blanket while others accused him of destroying Canada’s reputation abroad.
The prime minister’s supporters also came out to tweet, calling the trending-topic “divisive.” @pjtaillon tweeted “very sad to see some hijack a unifying #CanadaDay for their own divisive selfish purposes, such as wearing green or #DenounceHarper.”
Yes, it is sad. But the lowness of these Harper haters is going to demand a response. So let me suggest a counter-hashtag: #IDenounceHarperHaters. As in:
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for not accepting that more Canadians voted Tory in 2011 than for any other party.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for believing that their echo chamber empowers them as speaking for “all Canadians” — when in fact they only speak for themselves.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for not accepting that democracy is not dead just because more people supported the other side.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for encouraging the belief that the Tories did not earn a legitimate mandate in 2011.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for believing that they can find a way to throw the Harper government out of office before 2015.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for believing that their anger can justify any kind of rude behaviour towards other people who have other viewpoints.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for not being able to seriously discuss an alternative, be it a Mulcair-NDP minority, a May-Green minority, or anything else.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for failing to accept that Tory voters are legitimate voters, on an equal level with their own.
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for entertaining any argument that de-legitimizes any Tory vote — such as screening voters according to an “intellectual criteria.”
- #IDenounceHarperHaters for not accepting that Canada is always in a state of change, and that just because it’s changing in a way they don’t like doesn’t mean they should love their country less.
If you can think of any other ways to “denounce the Harper haters,” there’s always the comments. And of course if you have a Twitter account and agree with the thrust of this blogpost, please feel free to tweet this link.