Thursday, October 05, 2006
Village Idiots and the Klown Klan
I went down to the beach today, just me and my dog Kerouac. He did his doggy thing. I just tried to chillout after my last angry post. It was a beautiful early fall day. It was easy to see the seasons are changing. But instead of running over the dunes with my dog, as I usually do. I just sat on a log and wondered whether my country was changing too. And leaving me behind.
I've always believed that some bad things could never happen in Canada. That we'd always remain an oasis of sanity in an increasingly crazy world. Always act like Canadians. Now I'm not so sure.
Take the appearance of Environment Minister Rona Ambrose before a Parliamentary Committee today. She used to be the Queen of Stephen Harper's Klown Klan Court.
She was always being photographed next to Great Leader staring adoringly at him. She gave him glamor, he gave her clout. But then he gave her the Environment Ministry and she disappeared. Only to pop up today playing a completely different role.
Once she was the Queen of the Klown Klan Court. Now she's just the Village Idiot. And the first recipient of my new award!!!
Canadians' No. 1 priority is air quality, meaning the purity of the air they breathe, while climate change is "another issue that they're very concerned with," she said.
"Kyoto did not fail this country," she said. "The Liberal Party of Canada failed Kyoto."
In other words, let's just concentrate on cutting down on air pollution, give the oil industry blanket amnesty, and fuck the rest of the planet. Talk about a mindboggling combination of stupidity and neocon greed. If the village idiot keeps shedding IQ points like that, we'll soon have to water her.
Besides when did that kind of selfishness become a Canadian value?
But wretched Rona wasn't the only recipient of my Village Idiot Award today. Bev Oda got one too. For her appearance before a Parliamentary Committee on the Status of Women.
Instead of funding advocacy groups, Oda said taxpayers' dollars should go toward programs that " help women in their daily lives, to help them in their communities."
Translation: no money to help advance the equality rights of women. Lots of money for baking and sewing classes. And all kinds of money for faith-based groups. Sound familiar?
You'd think Oda would know something about inequality and injustice. And when did helping oppressed groups seek justice stop being a Canadian value?
And then there was this story. The one that makes me so angry. But today just made me sad.
"The prime minister has indicated that he is bringing the matter forward -- the issue of same-sex marriage -- on a free vote. And there may be certain options open to the government as to what the response should be in either event, whether that opening is successful or not successful."
When did it become an option to even discuss legitimizing discrimination against a long persecuted minority group? When did that become a Canadian value?
I don't what's happening to my country. I'm not even sure it's mine anymore. I don't understand why more people don't share my fears about its future. Why we are so bloody passive. Why we're letting these crazy neocons and theocons destroy our most precious Canadian values. Without even taking to the streets to try and stop them. Before it's too late.
Maybe we're just too wealthy and greedy and piggy to care about the human rights of others. Or give a damm about the Planet. We just care about ourselves. Maybe Canadians are too small for their country. Maybe this country was born to be swallowed up by the Amerikan Beast . Or rip itself apart.
We'll soon find out. Although it doesn't make any difference to me. I'll still fight for my rights no matter what. I'll never surrender. We'll fight these crazy bigots all alone if we have to.
But until I'm summoned to the trenches for that final battle, I'll still be running with my dog on that beach. Still loving who I want to love. Free as I want to be.
Although I will be wearing this t-shirt a lot.
Maybe we all should....