... try to imagine the most extreme polarities of reaction - Cathal Kelly, Globe and Mail, 7 July 2022
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- this is what Rex Murphy, of the National Post, described as. '... the most innocuous, genuine, non-violent demonstration of them all'
It is only fitting and proper that the Conservative press should have written its own epitaph:
... the most extreme polarities of reaction
And examples of the exactness of this epitaph, as a descriptor of the Conservative press, abound.
Consider for example, Rex Murphy's contribution in the National Post, 15 July 2022:
'... yet the most innocuous, genuine, non-violent demonstration of them all, which was the trucker's here in Canada, results in the most exceptional pursuit and prosecution of one woman who led an honest, decent protest.'
Not withstanding Rex Murphy's obvious penchant for opposite polarization, nonetheless, in reality, what we witnessed in Ottawa was a violent mob in search of a demagogue.
There is not one scintilla of even the semblance of fact or truth in Murphy's statement. If he was called into court, and that was his testimony, sworn to under oath, he would have committed perjury. This fanciful piece of literature has no basis in fact, whatsoever. But that does not concern Rex Murphy and the National Post, whose devotion to journalistic ethics is a distant and all but faded memory.
Lawrence O'Donnell, an MSNBC presenter, argued that the Electoral College, the arcane rules that govern the certification of a presidential election in the US, because it does not exist in any other democracy should be abolished.
O'Donnell, who prides himself on having worked as a legislative aide to members of the federal legislature, members who time and time again used the really arcane rules of the Senate, the filibuster, to block the full enfranchisement of all Americans, especially, Americans that don't share O'Donnell's and those he serves, demographics, that is, European immigrants, Caucasians, and male.
It was the arcane, as O'Donnell describes it, Electoral College that saved the American Republic, and a nation witnessed that fact.
If, the several states had had their way, which is what Republican's like O'Donnell want, the outcome of the past election would have disenfranchised millions of American voters, and robbed the majority of the outcome they voted for. And, it should be noted that some describe Lawrence O'Donnell, albeit falsely, as a liberal political commentator, go figure.
What possible difference does it make that the American Republic stands upon processes that are singularly unique, Lawrence?