The Liberal Party and its allies are, as of this writing, touting the fact that Elections Canada has reportedly received over 31,000 complaints related to so-called “Robocalls” during the 2011 General Election. I mention the Liberal Party specifically in this context because I first learned of this new number thanks to an e-mail from the leader of that party touting the number that contained a helpful link to a website where I could add to that number by filing my own claim.
I find the flood of complaints interesting because, according to Elections Canada’s own post-election report, it actually received fewer complaints in the immediate post-election period in 2011 than it did after the 2008 election. Surely I cannot be the only person who finds it highly convenient that no one seems to have noticed this massive and dark conspiracy, which if we assume that all 31,000 complaints to date are credible must have involved calls being made to hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of Canadians, for fully nine months after the election actually took place. Communications don’t travel by horse or wooden ship in this day and age – I have a hard time imagining that if hundreds of thousands or however many Canadians had received these supposedly obviously-malignant calls on election day that it wouldn’t have ended up being a trending topic on Twitter on election day itself. It seems impossible to believe that the opposition, with tens of thousands of campaign workers and supporters scattered all across this broad land, would only notice so massive and public a fraud nearly a year after the fact.
Of course, memory is a funny thing.
For around a decade, spanning from the mid-1980’s through the mid-1990’s, the public was shocked by sensational cases where day-care providers across the world were accused of abusing children in truly bizarre and sadistic ways. Prosecutors brought charges against daycare workers alleging, in multiple cases, that they had molested children while flying in hot air balloons and that they had committed other grotesque acts of abuse against children in the service of Satan. This didn’t happen just in a single place or on a single occasion – such cases were brought in Saskatchewan, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New Zealand, England, California, and Brazil.
What happened? Did the spirit of the Devil, for a period during the 1980’s and 1990’s, suddenly decide to stalk the world’s daycares, inspiring otherwise-normal adults to sexually abuse children with butcher knives while using his dark powers to ensure that the abuse did not leave a shred of physical evidence? Or did, as happens from time to time, otherwise-sane people, their senses overwhelmed by shocking accusations that they couldn’t cope with, simply lose their reason? I will leave the final judgement on that matter to you but, to prosecutors and jurors at the time, the charges seemed real and serious enough to convict multiple people and to send those people to prison for multiple lifetimes.
Almost all of the evidence in these trials came in the form of testimony by the children themselves. Most of these children were totally unaware that they had been allegedly abused until they were heavily interrogated by police officers and child psychologists who helped them to “recover” and “reconstruct” their memories. It was during these intensive sessions that the most wild allegations, such as hot air balloon molestation, were developed. Later, after many lives were thereby destroyed, courts would decide that these methods were pseudo-science and that almost everyone accused in the dozens of trials was innocent.
I would ask everyone watching the unfolding media coverage of this pseudo-scandal to pause for a moment and reflect. Which is more plausible: that a coordinated effort was made to phone and misdirect hundreds of thousands of Canadians and no one noticed for the better part of a year or that tens of thousands of partisan left-wingers, faced with overwhelming media coverage of a micro-incident, and bombarded with hysterical and hyperbolic commentary on the same from every available social media outlet suddenly “recovered” memories of ordinary phone calls that took on a malignant tone only after time, distance, and all of the other vagaries of memory took effect?
I am against any sort of “public inquiry” into this matter until some actual evidence – and the hyper-ventilation of Bob Rae does not constitute such – of actual wrongdoing comes forward. It would seem to me that if anything is worthy of further investigation here it is the conduct of certain opposition politicians, in particular the Interim Leader of the Liberal Party, who – being better educated as to the facts than the media-saturated general population – may be knowingly wasting public resources by encouraging the public to file malicious, false, and frivolous complaints with Elections Canada.