Thursday, December 31, 2009
Stephen Harper and My Horrible Year
Golly. It's the last day of 2009, the day I usually spend looking back at the year that was. But this year I can't do that because it was too HORRIBLE.
What with that ghastly cloud still hanging over our heads, and the twisted evil man who would be our dictator closing down Parliament. Again.
And for what according to this pollster?
"He's really kind of thrown down the gauntlet to the Liberals, saying, 'If it's true that I prorogued last year because I was a bit afraid of the growing power of the opposition parties, this year I am doing it because of the exact opposite, fundamentally. I'm not afraid of them ... and if you don't like what I am doing, I challenge you to call an election.'"
Right. From the miserable Con who claims Canada can't afford an election. But really wants one before the torture monsters and his own demons catch up with him. So he can play his dirty political games, continue to rape our values, torch the planet, and shame us in the eyes of the world.
And the depressing part is that so many Canadians still support him, even after all the foul things he has done. What is wrong with our country? And does it really have a hole in its centre?
We have reason to be proud of our ability to live peacefully together, but, as a marker of national identity, multiculturalism is like a lovely shoe with a pebble inside. New immigrants maintain their traditions, but without being asked to adopt an overarching idea of Canada. What this means now, at a time of crisis, is that there is no hard centre to sustain us.
Could we really have forgotten what once made us great? The time when for a while we were the quiet, decent, peacekeepers and problem solvers of this world. The kind of Canada Stephen Harper hates so much, and is trying so hard to destroy.
Could many Canadians really be too old and tired?
Here’s what we need in 2010 — the youth to take over. Everybody is sick and tired, or at least they should be, of the eternal grip on power of the post-war baby boomer cohort.
These people are old, intellectually worn out, shorn of idealism and duller than the Manitoba tundra.
So here's what I think. Everybody relax. We badly need new ideas and a new/old idealism. But however old we are, our country is still young, so we can make some dreadful mistakes, and it can still come back stronger and more beautiful than ever.
Because it is beautiful eh?
And luckily there are more Canadians who love this country, and its strong but gentle values, than there are Cons who are trying to turn us into a mini version of Ugly Amerika.
So if young and old work TOGETHER we can defeat Harper and his political thugs.
The older ones can provide some wise advice and regain some of their youthful idealism. And the younger ones can teach them some new tricks, and provide some badly needed happy energy.
Like the kids at the Université du Québec à Montréal did, with one of my favourite videos of the year...
So can we save our beautiful country? Let's do it. Do it. Do it.
Of course we can. And we WILL.
To all my readers out there thank you for reading my little blog, and for all your encouragement.
Happy New Year everyone !!!!!!!!