It occurs to me that Bill C-51 and other draconian bills being introduced by Herr Harper might actually be a good sign. These acts may just be the manifestations of a frustrated bully…?
For some time now, the trappings of power have yielded less actual power. Heads of state, ministers of departments, even armies have had less effective control on the world’s commoners. Social media, growing democracies, the internet as a whole and the lifting of trade barriers has galvanized freedom of speech and freedom of movement and organization even where such acts are still officially forbidden. Basically, the masses are revolting in so many ways from illegal migration to terrorism to underground economies and phenomena such as Arab Spring and Occupy that it constitutes a world-wide revolution of sorts.
The current and most visible revolution in Canada is being led by First Nations – they are just about reaching de facto leadership status on many issues. They sue the government all the time – over fisheries and oceans, natural resources, oil pipelines tanker traffic and the list just keeps growing. FNs are leading the fight. And they are doing a good job!
What is a good tyrant to do in the face of that? Why bolster their trappings of power at the very least. And I think that partly explains Harper’s stupid and heavy handed attempts at garnering more power – he fears he is losing what he has.
Let’s face it, a lot of what our so-called leaders claim has been proven false and further, what they have promised has not been forthcoming. More and more the government is looking weaker and weaker. Ergo, they feel the need to get a new bunch of uniforms and arms and ‘show the flag’ and strut about…well, Syria, for instance. Maybe rattle a sword at Russia. Declare war on some vague, unsubstantiated enemy like women wearing masks….or something. Preach fear. Claim to be a hero.
There was that whole embarrassment (I was embarrassed and they SHOULD have been embarrassed) over the in-the-media glorification of John A MacDonald and the War of 1812 and the Franklin Expedition – flag-waving and boosterism like the Americans do that basically fell flat with Canadians. Same was true of the sensationalizing of a few, poor, twisted weirdos-with-guns as terrorists. That didn’t fly with most Canadians either. Neither did Christy Clark’s hysteria over all-the-Nuttals with pressure cookers. Canadians are just NOT buying the message of fear as much as Harper wants.
We didn’t buy Enbridge either. Northern Gateway is in mothballs. Keystone got shelved. It all should be declared DOA but that slippery Frankenstein will likely try to stumble through a few more villages in the night a few more times. Where does one buy stakes and silver bullets anyway? And what about Clark’s promises of billions from LNG? Poof!
They have lost all credibility with us.
My point: even though government is getting more Orwellian all the time, it may just be a sign that people are revolting more and more and in different ways. And by different means. We don’t seem to vote (or believe) in elections but we vote on social media – as one small example. Those in power can ‘feel‘ their actual power ebbing and are vainly trying to keep what power they thought they had by buying more epaulets, issuing more medals for more police/soldiers and drafting more paperwork for parliament.
I don’t think it is going to work for them. It is hard for even the most tyrannical state to impose their will on the people. Even the worst of the bully dictators holes up in a palace and stays off the streets most of the time. The hoi polloi go about their daily business even in Russia, Zimbabwe and North Korea. You can’t keep your jackboots on the throats of everyone all the time.
Leadership cannot be taken, it can only be willingly given.
Oppression and bigotry, greed and environmental irresponsibility are not leadership qualities we respect and we seem to be rejecting them in our quiet Canadian way. We are taking away Harper’s power. Keep it up, folks. Maybe we can put this era of error behind us soon.