If you look at great leaders in history, they are not considered great because of their economic tricks which they championed. On the contrary, they are considered heroes or despots because of their view of the human person. Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery. People remember him for that, not the rest of his politics. Hitler hated the Jews, even though he was a cracker-jack at pulling Germany out of the economic dumps. Nobody gives him much credit for the latter. Likewise with Reagan and Thatcher. They might have been great leaders on the economy, but they will be remembered for their fight against the Communists not on growing the economy or putting the boots to the Unions.
The big dig against Stalin was the tens of millions of people he wiped out, not that he wanted to centrally plan the economy. Svend in Sweden wants to do that too, but nobody gives him the time of day. William Wilberforce, the great Christian British politician, is hailed as the great champion of eradicating the slave trade in the British Empire. Nobody remembers too much about his views on land reform at that time in Great Britain, do they?
And what about Harper’s legacy? It’s a legacy of continually saying “no” to the human person and the human dignity of the unborn, even when – as we will see once again this May 10 - 15,000+ Canadian citizens gather outside his window every year on Parliament Hill in the largest annual political rally in Canadian history. And, what is even worse than that, Harper keeps saying “no” to the democratically elected MPs who want a vote to change things.
That’s a double whammy for him which puts him in very uncomfortable company. Human-exploiter-for-political-gain and thug. An exclusive club, indeed, but is it a club that even a nominal Christian like Harper wants to belong to?
Mr. Harper, think for a moment how history will judge you. It won’t be on economic policy, the Constitution, your foreign policy, or your abilities as a politician. These things will hardly even be remembered by future generations. You will be remembered as the Prime Minister who was on the wrong side of history on both human life and basic political liberty, just like the disagreeable gentlemen above have been remembered. Why? Because you’re doing the same thing they did - to helpless human beings and to the freedom you deny to your own colleagues who want to change things.
When history renders its judgement, there is no “do over”. Your legacy is frozen in time, forever. There is no pass for being a man of this age, either. Nobody gives the thugs of yesterday that pass, and future generations won’t give you that pass in assessing the murderous legacy that you keep endorsing and protecting. There’s no “relative judgement according to the times”. History judges on absolutes, Steve. That’s why it’s important to have your absolutes straight and know what they are because that’s the standard on which you will be judged, Mr. Harper. On inconsequential matters, you are very far indeed from your ideological opponents in the House of Commons, but in what really matters, Steve, you’re the same man as Trudeau, Turner, Clark, Mulrooney, or Chretien. You all sell out human dignity and authentic freedom to seek and retain power.
You’re all human traffickers, in the end.
For the others, it’s too late, but for you, Mr. Harper, you can change course and avoid a very negative judgement both in this life and perhaps in the next. Have the courage to stand for the truth, or at the very least, to stand for freedom.