I actually prefer to write about living OTG but, you know….sometimes it is just not blog-worthy. Politics, on the other hand…..
So, just a brief bit on ‘the new era of the same ol’, same ol’. Liberals, eh! Can’t live with ’em….can’t seem to ‘shake ’em….waddya gonna do? Marx said, “History repeats itself, first with tragedy and then with farce.”
And, we are. Farce writ large!
So did our neighbours, the Haitians, tho. Repeat themselves, I mean. They went for Duvalier l and then Baby Duvalier ll. How pathetic is that – even for a third world country totally corrupt and at the bottom of the list of functioning countries? And the Philippines did it, too. And Saudi Arabia. Certainly the US seems hell-bent on running Bush Family repeats even tho the original sit-com was never very funny and ran to poor reviews right from the start. Like Gilligan’s Island.
Anyway, any similarities between us, the USA and Haiti/Saudi Arabia/China/ The Phillipines and the long list of corrupt governments are purely coincidental (but not fictional) and no animals were hurt during the filming of these debacles. Please contact this blog for real estate deals and other bargains impossible to believe.
And, so now we are doing our own Beachcomber-type repeats with Trudeau Two. Like the Toonie is to the Loonie, the son is to the father. Can you spell ‘entitlement’? Can you spell ‘establishment’? You would think that in a nation of 32 million people the likelihood of a father-son leadership dynasty would be almost impossible. Mind you, in a country with 320 million, they managed to do that with Bush l and Bush ll with Bush lll trying valiantly to make it a trifecta.
What a farce!
In a democratic society (so-called) the odds of that happening are astronomical. And in any modern corporate-run country the odds of a lowly, barely employed high-school drama teacher making the so-very-premature leap to Prime Minister….? What are those odds in a true democracy? Unless, of course, the fix is in…….
Anyway….I am NOT as upset as this gross violation of real democracy would normally make me. Not this time. The previous bastard had to go and I would have voted for a trained chimp over Harper. And I think one won! But partly because we have not had a real democracy since Washington was elected. I am cynical. I don’t expect much. This is a new low for Canada but still within my mud-bottom-level political expectations. But also because NOT all monarchs/dictators/corporate puppets were 100% bad. Some of those corporate ‘appointees’ were reportedly somewhat benevolent. Some leaders who cheated to get power did try their best to do a good job.
Hard to say, really. We don’t really get the insider information, do we? Especially not now that the media is virtually 100% owned by the same corporate establishment that makes the appointments.
Well, there are some small voices for truth like the Tyee, No Strings Attached, The Common Sense Canadian and their ilk. Thank God for the rebels, eh? In fact, I was sent a news link yesterday that reported dozens of ‘shedder’ trucks parked outside the PMO’s office the day after the Harper defeat. Same for most of the Con MPs offices including a few under investigation. Everyone shedding paper like mad. So, it would seem that even the incoming party does not get to ‘see’ what went on when the losing party was in power. I guess we are all ‘in the dark’ most of the time.
‘Course, the RCMP were not seen stopping any of it. Not even on the minister under investigation. Quel Surprise! When I told a seasoned journalist friend of the news link, she replied, “Business as usual. They all do it. Every election. Destroy the evidence.”
It’s a great system, no?
Bottom line: my cynicism is warranted. If Trudeau brings in proportional representation, I will back off and apologize. I think the corporate establishment can still corrupt that system but at least it would be an effort in the right direction. Use the incidence (or lack of) real electoral reform as the indicator of hope. That topic is the canary in the vile, stinking coal mine we call democracy. Does it have a chance?