Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Crimes of the Con Regime and the Country We Could Be
As the fireworks burst over my neighbourhood last night, and I watched the Cirque du Soleil's amazing performance at the opening ceremony of the Pan Am games, I was reminded of the country we could be.
A still young country that could dazzle the world in a peaceful beautiful way. A decent country, like the one we once were, full of hope and promise.
Not the country we have become after so many years of being degraded in every possible way by Stephen Harper and his filthy Con regime.
A rogue nation which is getting ready to be spanked by the United Nations, that we helped create, for its appalling human rights record.
Remember that feeling of nervous dread you used to get right before a teacher handed back a test you knew you’d bombed? It’s an old feeling that’s rushing back as Canada prepares to come under review at the United Nations Human Rights Committee – only this time, the whole world is watching.
A record so ghastly you know the U.N.'s verdict can only shame us further in the eyes of the world.
When we connect the dots and look at the picture of the sum total of changes, it’s clear that this past decade has badly eroded Canada’s human rights reputation in the eyes of the world...
... Canada has become a human rights violator, rather than a human rights defender, underscoring the opinion of many of our peers – Canada has gone from peacebroker to petro-bully who doesn’t play nice with others.
And just the thought that some now see us as bullies is enough to make me sick to my stomach, or despair at how low we have fallen.
Or at how low this depraved beast has dragged us...
Because for me, how the rest of the world sees us matters. If it didn't I wouldn't be writing this blog. For only the promise of something better, and the dream of a country I can be proud of again, keeps me going.
And the good news? While checking out the so-called Celebration Zone yesterday afternoon, and practicing my Spanish with some visitors from Latin America...
I was amazed to discover that they all thought Canada is a more decent and peaceful country than most. And that somehow they haven't noticed what we've become.
Which made me so happy I immediately felt like whizzing through the air on this free zip line...
Because it made me feel that it won't be as hard to repair the damage as I had thought.
And the best news?
When I saw the Cirque du Soleil and all those young Canadians working so hard and so brilliantly to bring our aboriginal heritage to life, celebrate our country.
And dazzle the world...
I was so proud of them, and it made me feel that we can do ANYTHING.
That there is a new and better Canada coming.
That we will defeat that rotting, corrupt Con regime that doesn't represent us or our values.
And that the country I have dreamed about for so long, will soon be ours again...
You know, Serena Ryder wrote the theme song for these games of the Americas, and I really like it...
There is no obstacle,
We are unstoppable
Together we are one.
And together we will win...
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