Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Speaking Truth to Power in Harperland
I think this cartoon in the Toronto Star neatly sums up what Stephen Harper did on Parliament Hill the other day.
Turn a celebration of Canada, into a shameless and grotesque celebration of HIMSELF.
Declaring outrageously that his Con regime was "caring and compassionate." Wading into a select crowd of admirers who greeted him like a rock star...
So he could make it look like he was enormously popular eh? Instead of sinking like a lead balloon.
“The major notable factor here is a pretty alarming for the government, decline in support,” EKOS president Frank Graves said. “They’ve lost over 11 points of support and to see a government that secured a majority under 30 points one year later, I think is pretty well unprecedented.”
While the RCMP prevented thousands of other Canadians from entering Parliament Hill, no doubt so the shameless photo-op could be better controlled.
Which I guess is why I find this picture so symbolic and so powerful.
For what could better represent the existential horror of Harperland ? The bars of a prison state. A people locked out of their own Parliament. A Con regime that won't listen.
And why I'm glad that Lord Harper definitely heard this one.
“Stop Harper, stop Jean Charest,” the protester yelled in his outburst. “Citizens rise up. We need you, everybody.”
Because that's called speaking TRUTH to power.
Although I wouldn't recommend doing it that way eh? At a time when scientists are being muzzled, and all dissent is slowly being smothered, shouting at Great Ugly Leader could be dangerous, even fatal.
But at a time when he is trying to change this country beyond recognition.
Petrolized by bitumen exports and ruled by a Conservative Party that makes the Republican antics of George W. Bush look tame, Canada has become another dysfunctional petro state in full democratic free fall.
And shaming us in the eyes of the world.
Somebody had to say it eh?
The Con regime is out of control.
And the Emperor has no clothes...
Oh yeah. One more thing. Should you ever find yourself in the presence of our mad Emperor and would-be dictator.
And you can't help blurting out what you think of him eh?
May I suggest that you practice some of these handy moves.
So you can get away faster....
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