Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Day the Cons Turned Parliament into a Farce
If anyone still thinks we have a Parliament, rather than a Con circus, what happened today in Question Period should disabuse them of that lunatic notion.
For you had to see it to believe it eh?
Stephen Harper rambling on like a maniac about how his carbon tax wasn't a carbon tax. Because he says it wasn't. Making a complete fool out of himself.
But still getting one standing ovation after the other from his squealing minions. It was frightening, it was madness, it was an absolute farce.
What were these men and women cheering? It was certainly not the first part of the sentence: that Mr. Harper once sought to establish a price on carbon runs directly counter to everything these men and women have been saying of late. And it was certainly not the sentence in its entirety: no, taken as a complete sentence, this exposes everything they’ve been saying to be completely ridiculous.
And surely now no sane person can deny that Great Hannibal Leader is making a mockery out of our democracy.
The Conservatives howled. Mr. Harper laughed and held aloft the NDP’s 2011 platform. As if he and his government hadn’t already decided that the public record was now entirely irrelevant.
So here was the farce writ large. Here was the farce laid out before the public and celebrated and cheered by the actors who have been bringing it to life each day for the last few weeks. It is, for sure, an astounding spectacle. Hopefully you enjoy it, because it is being performed at your expense.
Even as he prepares to table another Trojan Horse budget to degrade its bloody remains further.
And surely the only questions all progressive Canadians must answer are: how do we stop this Con regime from debasing our parliament with their Big Lies? How do we stop them from destroying our country? And above all, how do we make sure we defeat them in the next election?
For Canada can't stand much more of this of this assault on decency and reason.
You know, In this iPolitics article Colin Horgan quotes Guy Debord, the French Marxist theorist, who believed that Capitalists try to turn everything including politics into spectacle to mask their degradation of human life.
Within the spectacle, there is a dissolution of logic, Debord wrote a few years later. Within the spectacle there is a “general acceptance of what is; an acceptance which comes to find in it, ipso facto, a sufficient value.”
Spectacular discourse, Debord said, “obviously silences anything it finds inconvenient. It isolates all it shows from its context, its past, its intentions and its consequences. It is thus completely illogical. Since no one may contradict it, it has the right to contradict itself, to correct its own past.”
But when I see Stephen Harper and his fawning followers turning Parliament into a fascist circus, when I see them using the Big Lie over and over again, when I see them whooping it up as they rewrite history. When I see a Prime Minister who thinks the truth is what he says it is.
I think of an even darker place.
I think of Orwell.
And I think of him...
And then I wonder whether enough Canadians understand into what crazy place Stephen Harper would take us. I wonder whether they can see the forest for the trees, the truth for the spectacle.
And if they do, what are they prepared to do about it?
For surely silence is no longer an option. Insanity is INSANITY.
And enough is ENOUGH...
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