Thursday, March 19, 2015
Rick Mercer Goes after the Monstrous Monument to Harperism
I've written a few posts about the plans for a monstrous Memorial to the Victims of Communism
And how it's really a monument to Stephen Harper and his ghastly regime. A Harper/Kenney/Baird production designed to pleasure their base and glorify themselves.
And since the land had been reserved for a new federal court, is just another slap in the face of our justice system.
I have also pointed out how many distinguished architects have criticized it for being too big and too ugly.
While others have attacked it for its monumental cynicism.
Ottawa’s promised new memorial to victims of Communism threatens to be both an esthetic monstrosity and a tribute to moral obtuseness. Many have expressed alarm about its visual impact, from the mayor of Ottawa to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, without deterring the Harper government from financially and ideologically backing the project.
And for the way it panders to some, and ignores so many others. Including many in our country who lie forgotten in their graves.
We have not yet mentioned the hundreds of thousands of native people exterminated in North America to facilitate colonial expansion, nor the thousands of Aboriginal Canadian children whose bodies still lie without proper burial in sites yet to be explored: victims of Christian mercy at the hands of nuns and priests and other ministers of Western culture.
And yes, Gabor Maté is right, if Stephen Harper was honest and decent he would indeed say this:
“I am compelled to acknowledge that I have aggressive impulses I act out politically in so many ways, typically toward targets on whom I can safely vent my hostility: benighted drug addicted people, Islamists, oppressors it costs me nothing to denounce.
Human rights matter to me only in countries I feel righteous to oppose; not in states like the U.S., Israel, Egypt or Mexico, where I have a vested interest in ignoring my allies’ capacity to exploit, torment and kill. Amazing grace, I was blind but now I see …
“I see that this edifice, as presently conceived, arises from my prejudices, not from a genuine concern for human suffering or commitment to freedom.
But of course he won't, because he's a tyrant himself, and he hasn't a shred of decency in his body.
So I'm glad to see that Rick Mercer is the latest to take aim at that ghastly memorial...
And all I would add is what I've said before:
May one of the first actions of a progressive government be to cancel plans for that monument. Move it somewhere else, or bulldozer it out of existence.
Honour instead those who suffered and died miserably in this country. Especially our precious native people.
And if we are stuck with that monstrous monument, let's make it a monument to the victims of the Con regime...
For what they and their depraved leader have done to Canada and its values is simply unforgivable.
Monstrous beyond belief.
And must never be forgotten...
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A dear leader moment for sure. This peice of fascist orgigami will not last five years.
"This is not how grown-up countries act".........$30 million, you say. Tax payers money????? Hmmmmmmmm!
Yes, Rick........this is indeed "WEIRD"!
I'd raze the thing to the ground.
Simon have you ever had an impure thought? This is the next short pants assualt on democracy.
Victims of communism?
China is Canada's second largest trading partner.
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Can we have one for the victims of Capitalism and Secret Surveillance? Oh, sorry, that's everyone else. It would have to be bigger than the Statue of Liberty.
hi Steve...that is great description, fascist origami indeed. And believe me the original design was even worse with all kinds of statues of sinister Soviets and Maoists that could have come out of the 1950s. It's an absolute monstrosity an an alien presence in the heart of official Ottawa...
hi Kathleen....not only is the land prime real estate, it has been reserved for a CENTURY to build another justice building, so it is a slap at the Supreme Court, and how the Chief Justice has been able to contain herself, is a triumph of self control....
hi thwap....well if it was built, and it was demolished, I'd walk to Ottawa if necessary, to watch it disappear. It is above all the hideous love child of Jason Kenney so no wonder it's so ghastly...
hi Steve....well I might have had a couple, or three or four, but none of them involved Kenney...;)
hi Hugh...the whole notion is absurd, for where is the one to the victims of fascism, or capitalist greed? And if we are going to build a stirring memorial in the heart of Ottawa let it be to our native people...
hi anon...well think of it this way....with a fallen statue of Great Leader we can have a memorial to all three. The victims of the Cons, Capitalism, and the surveillance state...
"This is not how grown up countries act" so true Mr. Mercer so true. But I suppose when you have juvenile delinquents at the helm of the country anything childish goes...
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