Irrational support for the Harper Government may not be our fault!
We’ve been visited by aliens. And they weren’t friendly. Seriously, I have proof! Please keep reading.
The aliens (God only knows what planet they came from) swooped down spreading negative ions over us until our minds went cockeyed and we weren’t able to think straight anymore. When? Just over 25 years ago (I’ll explain why in a second).
Don’t buy it? Then how do you explain the gang of ruffians yelling at each other in the House of Commons? How did they get in there? Would a nation of clear thinking adults vote for such a gang of thugs to act in our interest? There’s something outrageously irrational about this. Contradictory. The word absurdity pops to mind.
Once you start thinking about this, other examples rush in. There’s Harper in London sucking up to the Queen while a million kids here don’t have enough to eat. And there’s Peter Mansbridge, also in London, sucking up to Harper instead of reporting on stories that would have some meaning for us.
Then there’s Bill C-38, railroaded through Parliament a few months ago but hardly mentioned anymore. A 420-page omnibus bill that cuts 20,000 government jobs, ripped away generations of progress in environmental protection, collective bargaining, healthcare, and spitefully abolished a whole range of agencies trying to make Canada a better place.
The environment? First, scrap the Kyoto Protocol for good, and then make it law that only those with a direct interest in a project, like the oil companies (yeah, oil companies) have the right to be heard at environmental hearings. Choking on polluted air won’t get you in.
Bargaining rights? They’re gone! And all for the sake of the “economy” that doesn’t work for us anymore. (CP, Canada Post, Air Canada, etc.)
Poverty? Three million Canadians live in poverty, with the number climbing every year.
But back to the aliens for a second.
The reaction of every Canadian to this attack on our democracy should be one of incredulity and anger. But it isn’t. What do we do? Nothing! So dollars to Tim’s donuts this has something to do with those invading aliens.
Why do I believe the nasty invaders arrived about 25 years ago?
Because in the past 25 years the phrase “All for one and one for all”, embraced years ago by workers to help forge a new democracy, has been erased from our memory. Everyone is divided now.
There’s more. Lurking behind the scenes, 25 years ago, was control-freak Stephen Harper. He and the aliens seemed to have materialized about the same time. Coincidence?
As head of the ultra-right wing National Citizens’ Coalition, Harper was out to privatize as many government services as possible and he made no bones about it: "It's past time the feds scrapped the Canada Health Act", he said back then.
His views on human rights?
“Human rights commissions are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society. It is in fact totalitarianism."
His respect for the poor and the unemployed?
"In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, I don't feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don't feel bad about it themselves, as long as they're receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance."
How is it possible for someone who embraces and advocates such views to become the Prime Minister of Canada – if not for the help of some powerful, unknown, exterior force? Either that or someone spiked our soup.
Who is left to carry on the fight? Our children. The mostly under 25, Occupy, crowd. They weren’t around when the negative dust was spread over our land. So today they gather in groups, unfazed by the threats of the police, the smug rebukes of our politicians and the condemnation of the media.
But even this doesn’t tell the whole story. Our children, or the Occupy crowd, have lost faith in the voting process. They know our governments have changed hands a number of times and the results have been the same everytime: a steady increase in poverty, greater inequality between the rich and the poor and a more secretive and insensitive government bureaucracy.
Carry on, Occupy! You’re our big hope right now.