There is political correctness and there is the polling booth. In the privacy of the polling booth people may say what they feel and this may be very different from what they told the pollster.
And this is why I think Harper’s seemingly hopeless campaign may get a big boost out of this refugee situation. Let’s face it, we have all been aware of this terrible situation for a long time now, expressed our sorrow, shrugged with “well, it’s not our problem”
Until the picture of this boy aroused our empathy—which in my opinion is of the most powerful genetic attribute we have.
But here is where reality steps in: Fear is the one thing that trumps empathy, and as we settle back to our usual “not our problem” attitude towards refugees and a seeming wizard at arousing that kind of fear now in the mix, Harper’s campaign may well take off
Opposing parties might do well to go easy on rhetoric and dig deep for what people really feel—show real concern for potential problems during assimilation of immigrants, however unlikely they may be. .
As for the rest of us who want to restore the Canadian way of life, I say we are in a battle—this time each one of us is in a battle and we need to use the media in every possible way to get our points across. It is not going to be easy..