Monday, August 13, 2012
Stephen Harper and the War Olympics
Well the Olympic Games are finally over, and I must say I enjoyed the show, from the stunning beginning to the wild and wonderful end.
I thought the Brits did an amazing job, I was proud of all our athletes, whether they won a medal or not.
And the only thing that almost ruined the games for me was having to watch so many Con TV ads.
The ones praising their porky Economic Action Plan. For they will not stop trying to buy votes with OUR money.
And the one about the War of 1812, that practically mugged the Olympic spirit, with its ghastly, grating, violent jingoism...
For they will not stop trying to militarize our culture.
They have no money to help poor Canadians who must choose between food and medicine.
But they do have a billion bucks to spend on drones.
To attack other countries, and no doubt guard their precious pipeline to B.C.
And they will never stop trying to destroy our peacekeeping traditions.
Queen’s University historian Ian McKay and Kingston-based journalist Jamie Swift, also concerned by the recent militarization of Canada, have detailed this transition in their new book, Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety.
According to these authors, the military enterprise in Canada is being recast as an “abandonment” of Canada as a peacekeeping nation. This vision is being replaced by a notion of Canada that has, in the words of Swift, “been all about war all the time.”
For McKay and Swift, “the Harper government is operating very much like a regime mounting an ideological crusade to rebrand the country.”
The ones the world once admired. The ones Stephen Harper hates so much. Because before he can turn this country into a jungle, he must brutalize its values. And pose as a Great Warrior Leader, as well as a hair stylist.
Oh well. At least there was some irony. As the Harper Cons pushed their phony 1812 patriotism during the Olympics, to try to conceal the fact they are selling us out to foreign interests.
Where's Laura Secord when we need her?
A Canadian company that's fighting for its life to fend off an American invasion.
Made the most Canadian ad of all...
Because I never got tired of watching that one eh? That's a country I can recognize. And isn't it beautiful?
Oh well. Try to think about it on the bright side. Those Con klowns will soon get the hook.
And aren't we lucky Stephen Harper didn't choreograph the closing ceremony at the Olympics?
Because it would have been horrible....
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