Monday, August 05, 2013
Stephen Harper: The Madness and the Blindness
When future generations of young Canadians are forced by their teachers to study the history of Stephen Harper's years in power, the so-called Great Darkness, one question will probably be really difficult to answer.
Because it will exceed their understanding of depravity and insanity.
And it is this one: Why if he was so bad, so mad, such a compulsive liar, and such a ghastly bully, did he fool so many Canadians for so long?
Why did so many in the MSM lie down before him like lambs? Why did they fail to warn Canadians about his inner monster? Why couldn't they bring themselves to call a thug a thug?
Or call Canada a nation "ransacked by barbarians" as George Monbiot does.
“At the moment, this highly cultured, sophisticated, wonderful nation seems to be descending into a thuggish petro-state which appears to be governed by the tar patch, and its politics seem to suffer from the oil curse, as so many countries suffer from when they have found big reserves of fossil fuels.
“It’s almost as if Canada is ripping up its most precious natural assets in exchange for assets which won’t last long and which can only cause harm, and that to me seems to be completely perverse.”
For what better description is there of what this foul Con regime is doing to Canada? Why did it have to come from the pen of a foreigner?
And why are so many Canadians still so indifferent, so passive, or so fatally BLIND?
What is it about the evil of our mad emperor that they still can't see?
And sadly the answer is that because many older Canadians, including the so-called Boomer generation, have profited from the short-sighted economic policies of the Con regime, they don't see what they don't want to see.
As Frank Graves points out in a long but interesting report, many younger Canadians have blinded themselves, by tuning out.
Our relatively smaller cohort of younger citizens is opting out of democracy and faith in public institutions. A sclerotic gerontocracy is charting a path through the status quo – which shows no signs of arresting the slow slide from the top of the economic heap to middling status.
And this sclerotic gerontocracy has reduced us to a state of paralysis. It's limiting our choices, crippling our ability to prepare for a post-carbon future.
It is also the case that the consensus around the need to move towards a post carbon economy is much stronger in next, younger Canada. Once again we find older, Conservative Canada relatively much more offside on this consensus about need for long term trajectory shift.
They sold us out for the inflated price of a house. They dominate the conversation in the MSM and the blogosphere. They don't even bother to reach out to young Canadians, they only talk to themselves.
They are stuck in the past. They are preventing us from coming up with the new ideas we need to unite and defeat the Cons.
And whenever the young try something new, they howl like wolves, and slap them down brutally...
It's a depressing situation, but the good news is that it doesn't have to be that way.
The interests of younger and older Canadians are closely intertwined. One cannot do without the other. And when they work together they are both stronger.
I know that to be true, for I have seen that with my own eyes during the heady days of the Occupy, Idle No More, and Quebec student movements...
And it was simply AWESOME.
A time when young and old questioned the priorities of our society, new ideas were everywhere, and everything seemed possible.
And if it happened once it can happen again, and I believe it must. Because only a united progressive movement can drive the Cons from power forever, and save this country from the madness of Stephen Harper.
Yup. Let's make this fall a time of renewal. A time of REVOLT.
Let's unite to stop the Cons from ransacking our country further.
For the sake of our beautiful Canada and our threatened Planet.
From coast, to coast, to coast, let's show the world we are still alive.
Let's make this happen again...
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