Saturday, February 25, 2012

Where do We Go from here?

So two more scandals hit a government that is now so mired in scandal and abuse they make previous Liberal Governments look like a bunch of nuns. It seems that Peter MacKay has established the Canadian Military as an arm of the Conservative Party and the CPC has undermined the very structure of our democracy in a way that suggests that Canada's future is now in serious trouble. However, I have little doubt that the Conservative Cabal will simply ignore these scandals like they have ignored all others until the media gets tired and moves on. I am beginning to believe that we could find out that Harper is a child molesting agent for the CIA and the media would make some noise for a few days and then forget about it.

This leaves us with a serious question; what do we do when we realize that our system doesn't work? What do we do when a national Party can gerrymander the system, illegally fund themselves, actively suppress votes, and still get elected with a majority and function as a virtual dictatorship, all with the active support of the nation's media? This is a serious dilemma for anyone, conservative or liberal, who actually cares about our future because this is not about policies any more. The Conservative Party has a number of really bad policies, but these are small potatoes compared with their deliberate assault on democracy and the active and tacit support that they have received in that effort from the media.

The recent scandals are not just typical political scandals, they demonstrate that we now have a rogue government that is gradually colonizing the military and attempting to make the institutions of democracy dysfunctional like a thirdworld dictatorship. As a nation we will soon have to determine if we are willing to give up our country  or not.


Carmichael said...

Kirby, I think you wanted to say that we now have a rogue government rather than a rouge government. Conservatives are probably happier at being considered rogue, a la Madame Palin, than they would be a being thought of as rouge.

But as to your central point, short of a massive, nation wide revolt of some kind that doesn't back down when the Cons call out the armed forces there's almost nothing we can do about any of it.

I don't see this nation getting off it's collective ass for anything other than another Stanley Cup riot backlash.

The only people left in the place with the jam to stand up and do something real about any of it are the ones who do the rioting.

And they don't give a fuck.

Omar said...

Off topic (somewhat)..take a look at
this from today's Halifax Chronicle Herald. A lone individual in a standoff with police. Since when do the RCMP look like paramilitaries out on wartime patrol? There is no goddamn need. I'd like to know who the people are that feel more secure with the police looking like that. I know I sure as hell don't like it. Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be Mounties.

kirbycairo said...

Thanks Carmichael - At least I had a good laugh at my typo. I will correct it now.

kirbycairo said...

That is a scary photo and reminds us just where our society is going.

Anonymous said...

So, let's hit the streets. Canadian Spring starts March 24. Tweet and hit the street.

Anonymous said...

That's not the only instance of Peter MacKay taking personal control of part of the Canadian military. Back in November, the Communications Security Establishment, the agency responsible for signals intelligence (similar to the NSA), was transferred from within the DND to under the direct control of the defence minister.

Plus there was some weirdness involved with the transfer. On Nov 16, they put some regulations into force at 1 second past midnight, and removed them from force at 3 seconds past midnight. The transfer of control was done at 2 seconds past midnight, probably because it would have been totally illegal otherwise.

Owen Gray said...

The robocall scandal is an easy to understand example of how dangerous this government is, Kirby.

It is now up to the opposition to keep it front and centre.