Monday, January 10, 2011

The Tucson Massacre and the Harper Cons

I see Jared Loughner has appeared in court, looking crazier than ever.

While the Republican teabaggers run for cover like cockroaches. The maniac Glenn Beck consoles Sarah Palin.

“Sarah, as you know, peace is always the answer,” said Mr. Beck, reading from an e-mail he sent her. “I know you are feeling the same heat, if not much more on this. I want you to know you have my support. But please look into protection for your family. An attempt on you could bring the republic down.”

As if she was a victim, instead of a dumb right-wing demagogue who doesn't understand that words have consequences.

And David Frum makes an absolute fool of himself by blaming it on marijuana. 

After horrific shootings, we hear calls for stricter regulation of guns. The Tucson shooting should remind us why we regulate marijuana.

The hurts. Frum may be more reasonable these days, but he'll ALWAYS be a nerd.

But here's the thing eh? It doesn't matter why Jared Loughner did it.

For the past two years, many conservative leaders, activists, and media figures have made a habit of trying to delegitimize their political opponents. Not just arguing against their opponents, but doing everything possible to turn them into enemies of the country and cast them out beyond the pale. Instead of “soft on defense,” one routinely hears the words “treason” and “traitor.”

Because the right-wing is going to wear this massacre until the end of time. We've got them on video, we've got them on audio tape, we've seen who they are. 

And we can use all this to force them on the defensive, not just in the United States, but in this country as well.

Because which party in Canada tries to delegitimize its opponents? Which party turned our Parliament into a hyper partisan pig pen? Which party and what leader bullied Dion, calls Michael Ignatieff a Russian, and suggests that the opposition parties are TRAITORS?

Which party wants to flood our cities with dangerous weapons, and turn our streets sticky with blood?

Yup. I think we just got ourselves a new political weapon we can use to club them like seals. And a great election slogan.

From guns to medicare to prisons and funny money pensions. Stephen Harper wants to turn us into Amerikans.

But we won't let him.

Because we are CANADIANS...


  1. Damn straight. Good post.

  2. Just as it was the people not the Liberals or Conservatives that checked the deregulation of our banking system so too will it be the people who will stem the Americanization of our society.

    As for Frum the scariest thing about him is his apparent reasonableness which masks the fact that he is a raving neoliberal lunatic.

  3. hi O.B....thank you I'm glad you liked the post. But all I did was remember the sinking feeling I had when I realized that this country had been taken over by some kind of alien ideological cult, that was absolutely ruthless, and totally devoid of Canadian values.
    And express what I consider to be the main reason the progressive side isn't getting anywhere. The lack of an emotionally powerful, common narrative that can fit on the back of a cigarette pack.
    Because unless we can come up with that mobilizing narrative, in this distracted age, we will not win...

  4. hi Kev...I like to believe that ordinary Canadians will stem the Americanization of our society. But there is a problem. A lot of Canadians may not be aware of how Americanized our society is becoming. Cultural assimilation is insidious and hard to quantify. I first noticed this phenomenom on a moon lit night at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza... after the sound and light show. Everywhere I looked I could see the beautiful sculptures of the gentle heaven watchers. Then I looked behind me and there was the grinning skull rack of the cultural invaders from the north. And guess who won eh? ;)
    Seriously though, because Americanization is so subtle, we need to remind Canadians of the values that make us different. We like medicare, they don't. They are gun crazy, we're not. We believe in government, they want to destroy it. etc etc.
    Pollsters say Canadians are one of the most nationalistic people on earth. Okay I say.
    Show me....

    P.S. Don't be so harsh on the Frumster, it's a long and hard road back from the Axis of Evil... :)

  5. Simon, I can't argue with anything thing you said regarding assimilation,yet I remain stubbornly optimistic.

    As for Frum, coining of that one little phrase has done much to destabilize our world and will take a great many good deeds on his part to make amends.

    And oh yeah, I'm envious as visiting at least one of the Mayan cities has been on my to do list for some time

  6. January 12, 2011

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    Re: Public G20 Inquiry

    Last summer's G20 abuses in my city were appalling. I demand a full official G20 Public Inquiry, with the jurisdiction to ask all fundamental questions and the authority to compel the answers. I wanted to take my family to peacefully protest that weekend but I was too scared. Where is our democracy? Where are my rights and freedoms as a Canadian I am supposed to be entitled to?

    What we need is a full public inquiry, we need a judicial inquiry, we need an independent inquiry, we need an inquiry with full powers to hear sworn evidence, subpoena witnesses and compel the production of all relevant documents. I demand this.

    • There needs to be a Commission of Inquiry into abuses of individual rights and freedoms by the G20 Integrated Security Unit.

    • There needs to be an investigation into the options, risk analysis, and decision-making that led to the G20 Summit being held in Toronto Ontario.

    • There needs to be an investigation into imputed G8-related spending in federal ridings held by CPC Members of Parliament.

    • There needs to be an investigation into all G8/G20-related expenditures made without a tender process.

    • There needs to be a plain English explanation of all agreements and commitments made by the Government of Canada and opportunity for parliamentary debate and vote before they become binding on Canada.

    Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter.

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