Thursday, January 03, 2013
Idle No More and the Anti-Harper Revolt
One can only imagine what Stephen Harper is thinking as he watches Chief Theresa Spence getting weaker and weaker.
Is there even a flicker of sympathy in his cold dead eyes, or is it all false pride or cold calculation?
Is he appealing to the racism of his rabid base?
Sun News Network held a contest asking people to use one word to describe Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is on day 23 of her hunger strike, and win a prize. Some of the words used, included: fat, oink, garbage, chief two-chins and hippo. Others couldn’t stick to just one word. One wrote, “Stop sucking Lysol.”
The low beast.
Or is he counting on our hapless MSM to absolve him of murderous indifference, and blame the victim instead?
The prospect of rational debate on this subject is slipping away — and may be lost entirely if Ms. Spence dies. Canada is facing a tumultuous moment in its history with its native people, such as we haven’t seen since the Oka crisis.
The point is the situation is much more nuanced than the simplistic picture being painted by Idle No More and Ms. Spence. That could have tragic consequences.
When in fact the simple truth is that if Chief Spence should get sick or die, Harper will be entirely to blame.
He created the crisis with his foul omnibus bill that not only made a mockery of our democracy, it violated treaties this country was built upon, and sold us all out to Big Oil and foreign interests.
And if he isn't stopped he will lead this country to disaster and disintegration.
Which makes their peaceful struggle our struggle...
And their revolt part of a wider revolt against the Harper regime and its dismal democratic and environmental record.
In 2012, the government’s environmental policies showed a commitment to pursuing short-term economic gain, even if at a great long-term cost. We need something better than austerity at the expense of the environment and obscurantism at the expense of democracy.
Which makes it even more important for progressives to support the Idle No More movement. For only by uniting can we hope to disrupt the Con agenda, and destroy them in the next election.
Only by showing our solidarity can we hope to save the life of Chief Spence, and the future of our beautiful country.
After all the Cons have done to Canada it was only a matter of time before Canadians got off their knees, and started to fight back.
That time is now.
Idle No More....
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