Thursday, March 19, 2015
Rick Mercer Goes after the Monstrous Monument to Harperism
I've written a few posts about the plans for a monstrous Memorial to the Victims of Communism
And how it's really a monument to Stephen Harper and his ghastly regime. A Harper/Kenney/Baird production designed to pleasure their base and glorify themselves.
And since the land had been reserved for a new federal court, is just another slap in the face of our justice system.
I have also pointed out how many distinguished architects have criticized it for being too big and too ugly.
While others have attacked it for its monumental cynicism.
Ottawa’s promised new memorial to victims of Communism threatens to be both an esthetic monstrosity and a tribute to moral obtuseness. Many have expressed alarm about its visual impact, from the mayor of Ottawa to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, without deterring the Harper government from financially and ideologically backing the project.
And for the way it panders to some, and ignores so many others. Including many in our country who lie forgotten in their graves.
We have not yet mentioned the hundreds of thousands of native people exterminated in North America to facilitate colonial expansion, nor the thousands of Aboriginal Canadian children whose bodies still lie without proper burial in sites yet to be explored: victims of Christian mercy at the hands of nuns and priests and other ministers of Western culture.
And yes, Gabor Maté is right, if Stephen Harper was honest and decent he would indeed say this:
“I am compelled to acknowledge that I have aggressive impulses I act out politically in so many ways, typically toward targets on whom I can safely vent my hostility: benighted drug addicted people, Islamists, oppressors it costs me nothing to denounce.
Human rights matter to me only in countries I feel righteous to oppose; not in states like the U.S., Israel, Egypt or Mexico, where I have a vested interest in ignoring my allies’ capacity to exploit, torment and kill. Amazing grace, I was blind but now I see …
“I see that this edifice, as presently conceived, arises from my prejudices, not from a genuine concern for human suffering or commitment to freedom.
But of course he won't, because he's a tyrant himself, and he hasn't a shred of decency in his body.
So I'm glad to see that Rick Mercer is the latest to take aim at that ghastly memorial...
And all I would add is what I've said before:
May one of the first actions of a progressive government be to cancel plans for that monument. Move it somewhere else, or bulldozer it out of existence.
Honour instead those who suffered and died miserably in this country. Especially our precious native people.
And if we are stuck with that monstrous monument, let's make it a monument to the victims of the Con regime...
For what they and their depraved leader have done to Canada and its values is simply unforgivable.
Monstrous beyond belief.
And must never be forgotten...
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