Friday, October 17, 2014
Big Brother Harper and the Gentle Birdwatchers
First he came for the environmentalists and the activists. Then he came for the scientists.
Then he came for those who fight poverty, and help the poor.
Now he's come for the birdwatchers.
A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, a registered charity, is apparently at risk of breaking tax agency rules that limit so-called political or partisan activities.
Can you believe it? George Orwell would have been shocked.
And even Big Brother would have been impressed, or JEALOUS...
For what else can you say when a small group of gentle nature lovers are sent a threatening note by the sinister Charities Directorate of Revenue Canada?
Earlier this year, tax auditors sent a letter to the 300-member group, warning about political material on the group's website. The stern missive says the group must take appropriate action as necessary "including refraining from undertaking any partisan activities," with the ominous warning that "this letter does not preclude any future audits."
Threatened with an audit, and muzzled liked so many others in this country.
And for what CRIME?
For daring to write a letter to two Con ministers complaining about government-approved pesticides that are killing these precious little creatures...
Who put food on our table. But are being wiped out in many places by crass human greed, while the Con regime does NOTHING.
For daring to speak out, in the most polite and quiet Canadian way, against the insane policies of that criminal regime.
The group, with annual revenues of just $16,000, has also had a guest speaker to talk about the oilsands, and has publicly defended the Endangered Species Act from being watered down.
And for daring to complain to the pathetic Big Oil stooge Leona Aglukkaq. Whose claim that Revenue Canada operates independently is as credible as her claim that climate change is debatable.
When only in a place like Orwell's Oceania would it not be clear that our Big Brother is using Revenue Canada like a blunt instrument, to punish and intimidate his enemies...
Real or imagined.
And by so doing, by any reasonable definition, is moving our broken democracy into the shadows of a police state, or a thug state. Where anything goes, and fear is used to try to scare Canadians into SILENCE.
And the good news? We are not afraid, we will NOT be silent. And this latest Harperland horror story will be used against him in the next election. And it will help damage him further.
Because it's the kind of story even the most complacent or dumbest Canadian can understand eh?
They might not understand democracy, but they do understand bees, birdwatchers, and AUDITS...
And after the situation is explained to them, and believe me we will, I'm sure they'll understand that they're NOT safer with Harper.
Because he is out of control, he is a vindictive maniac just like the first Harper to arrive in Canada.
He had risen to the post of justice of the peace by the time a judicial inquiry found him guilty of, as one historian put it, "violent and oppressive measures" - vindictive to a point beyond all reason.
And just like what happened in Christopher's case, NOBODY will be really safe until Steve is removed from office.
Which should make it easier to defeat him, and easier to rewrite this horror story.
Harperland may be our 1984.
But in this version Big Brother loses.
And it WILL have a happier ending...
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