It seems that, after a couple of generations of “dumbing down” by corporate controlled news media, advertising agencies, Saturday morning cartoons, and our own willingness to allow the proverbial someone else to think for us as we spend our time watching sitcoms or jetting off to a warm, winter destination to make hats out of Budweiser cans, we are finally and terminally dumb. We saw it coming after America twice elected George W. Bush to a position described by some as the most powerful in the world. But we simply pitied America. Most of us were convinced after America suffered a major terrorist action on its own soil and the most powerful individual in the world countered by exhorting everyone to go shopping. But, as complaisant Canadians, we eventually followed suit and elected Steven Harper (not to say that Steven Harper is other than very intelligent, he is, dangerously so).
Now we’re screwed. Our “leaders” spend their energies (and our resources) funnelling our money into the accounts of the filthy rich in our country and elsewhere. They silence, defund, or get rid of scientists and any other academics that might make a positive difference in mitigating the perfect storm of crises which threatens the Earth’s biosphere and the survival of the human species. They discourage independent thought and attack dissent, verbally and often physically. They encourage the destruction of the resources upon which our survival rests and they excise from the laws of the land anything that would prevent such destruction.
So now, as a species we are facing the need to be super objective and make decisions as important as any could ever be. And all this within a critically tight time frame and while fighting a global pandemic of dumbnity. We are collectively and severely brain injured. I go to bed half-hoping that I will awake to find that one of those smart-ass fifth graders that seem to always cause the big people to come up short on any question more difficult than “What is your name?” has led a coup in Ottawa during the night. But so far . . . no such luck.
Anybody know where I can get a pickup load of empty Budweiser cans? Oh, I forgot, I could buy them full and empty them myself . . . Doh!
Am I seeing this correctly? Could this possibly be happening to my country, Canada? Are we giving away our right to act as a sovereign nation to satisfy the greed of the filthy rich of our own country and an odd collection of others?
Despite the sham of reviewing the Nexen – China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) deal against our newly neutered laws, we know that the Harper Government will discard any opposition in secret and endorse the deal. This will give a “corporation” owned by the Chinese government the right to extract and process tarsand into diluted bitumen.
At the same time, Harper has secretly signed an agreement in Vladivostock with the Chinese president Hu Jintao to enact a “trade agreement” which will prevent Canada (the country he was supposed to be leading) from doing anything that could cause a loss of anticipated profit for CNOOC on their tarsand operations.
As a result of the above, the Government of China would be able to authorise the building of pipelines and ports to handle their tarsand products wherever in Canada they wished, and authorise the operation of whatever kind of tankers they wanted to use wherever they said on the Canadian coast. The Government of Canada, on the other hand, would not be able to exercise any control over these works and operations as doing so would impede the making of profits by the Chinese “corporations” thereby contravening the provisions of the so-called “trade agreement”.
Please tell me I am missing something here. Please tell me that the air, water, food, land and other resources that my grandchildren will need to survive will not be under the control of foreign governments seeking nothing but control over Canadian resources and the money that comes from destroying them.
If I am completely out of whack with my assessment of this situation, please point me to a genuine and believable alternate assessment that leaves control over these resources and their use in the hands of the Canadian people and I will do my best to distribute it as widely as possible. But spare me the bullshit about how our national security and my country and our environment and various species (including my own) will be capably looked after by the “honourable” members of the Harper Government. I can’t think of a single reason for them to start looking after anything for the benefit of the ordinary citizens of Canada at this point.