Sunday, April 09, 2017

THE SWAMP THAT SWALLOWED TRUMP




It wasn’t a cake walk.  Exactly. The Swamp is inhabited by dangers: neocon war hawks, military industries, International bankers, Saudi Arabia with their Wahhabism religion that hates women with an unrelenting passion, Israeli Zionists, the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the Bushes, Clintons, and the multi-billionaires who buy the people’s government. The Swamp had to work a bit to suck Trump down into the bog of war on Russia and China via Syria.  But the Swamp knew from practice how to do this.  If US presidents struggle too hard and too long against the Swamp, they simply assassinate them as they did both President Kennedy, his brother Robert and probably John Kennedy Jr.  Trump does not have the character of the Kennedys, or the intelligence.  The Swamp knew that it would be easier and look better to convince Trump that the Swamp is good and Russia evil than to parade another presidential assassination before the rest of the world. The EU has largely agreed.


The banks are quite aware that the US, with its massive debt, off-shoring and increasing robotization of industry, is mostly financially bankrupt except for their war industries.  War is the only game in town as the American neocons recognize and celebrate.  During the election Trump won over his backers by promises of jobs, affordable health care, and peace with Russia and the rest of the world.  His backers will get none of the above.  Neither will the backers of Hillary Clinton.  Clinton has lived in the Swamp a long time. Trump is a new comer.  But he does seem to fit there amongst the swirling, decaying, foul smelling swamp mud of the US government.   And increasingly, maybe our Canada does, too. Our young Prime Minister who doesn’t hesitate to send Canadian troops to Latvia on Russia’s border, and join in the Swamp line-up in suppling weapons to Saudi Arabia and supporting the US in whatever they do internationally.  Just name it, America, and Trudeau will salute! He loves Hollywood. You want to bomb Syria?  Great, count us Canadians in. And the CBC.  No problem.  Our CBC has become so Swampish it is already being called NBC North by some.


This is very depressing.  The US has fired off missiles into Syria with seemingly little concern that deliberately striking a foreign air base is an act of war, and that Russia, invited into Syria by its president, has nuclear weapons. So does China. The Swamp that has swallowed Trump has no mind but to swallow the entire world even if it kills the majority of people in it.  The Swamp doesn’t care.  In fact they are eager for World War Three. In their fevered minds the US is still in the same position it was after World War Two…the only possessors of nuclear weapons and the favored darlings of God to rule the world. But just to be on the safe side, they have their lavish underground shelters and they think there are too many people in the world anyway.  And it isn’t just Russia, Syria, Iran and China that the Swamp is after.  It’s North Korea, too.  Just read a notice on RT that a US Navy Strike group is heading toward N. Korea over Pyongyang’s “nuclear threat”.  So bizarre.  It’s as if the US really does want to see the world in flames and are acting out the religious right’s longing for the “end times”.


Depressing as this is, I  also know that the universe doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about my depression over fears of global conflict that may wipe out much of the world’s civilizations, or anybody’s else’s depression for that matter.  But as long as there is life, there is hope.  “Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more”. (Shakespeare)

Photo by Johannes Bojesen

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Is M-103 good for Canada?



The Motion 103 (M-103) introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid asking the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for “a-whole-of-government” approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including “Islamophobia” troubles me a great deal. First, Canada already has laws protecting religious rights and freedoms under the Charter, and laws against hate crimes.  Secondly, by singling out Islam for special political and legal protection as this motion does (no other religions are mentioned in the M-103) we are standing on the precipice of giving an elevated political preference and protection to one religious group above all others.

 

I am aghast that the Liberal government is seriously considering M-103 as though this motion is about preventing racism and not about seeking special protections for the religion of Islam.  In my opinion, Islamophobia is not caused by “systemic” racism in the Canadian population as M-103 describes.  I think Canadians in general, aware that we are all immigrants, or born of immigrants, if we are not First Nations, try hard to rid ourselves of racism. Waves of immigrants of different ethnicities have come to our country, and settled; Chinese, Irish, Italian, Africans, Mexicans, Americans; people of all races, colours and religions. Some have had more difficulty than others in settling.  Some give up and return to their native countries but most remain and become part of Canadian life and the Canadian work force regardless of the colour of their skins. 

 

Muslims who have come to Canada as refugees and more who will be coming, are composed of ethnic groups from all parts of the world.  Some Muslims are very fair skinned, some are dark. In my opinion, Islamophobia cannot be about race per se, that is, the color of one’s skin or country of origin.  For these very reasons Islamophobia is not called Arabophobia, Armenianophobia or Somaliophobia, terms which would identify ethnic groups from the Middle East and Africa. These terms would be signifiers of certain races.  If discrimination occurs because of race, then that is racism.  But M-103 is not about race.  It is about Muslims petitioning the Canadian government for political support and special protection for a particular religion in Canada.


This is a political act and not a right of religious freedom as they claim. Some Muslims bring the desire to live under Sharia law with them when they come to Canada, which they describe as religious laws, and therefore must be protected under Canadian laws.  With the Canadian Charter in mind, some Muslims object to the way their children are taught in Canadian public schools concerning sex education and even in music programs, and want concessions concerning the right for their children to be given special spaces and times to pray in public schools, which are secular schools. In a recent posting by the Toronto Sun, Anthony Furey writes that Turkish President Erdogan’s frequent use of the word “Islamophobia” is “weaponized language”, a language used for political purposes.  Calling any entity that objects to Erdogan’s own political aims as Islamophobia helps to ward off any criticism from the EU and any others who dare criticize his methods of governing. Let’s not go down that road.

 

Canadians have a right in my opinion, particularly women, to be fearful of our government’s readiness to elevate a misogynistic religion, or any major religion for that matter, as they are all misogynistic to one degree or another, to a special protection status by which “a-whole-of government” approach that would make any political criticism of Islamic policies  a criminal act. Canadian women have fought long and hard to come out from under the yoke of governmental misogyny from the time (1929) when women were not even considered “legal persons” in Canada in (which happened in my lifetime). Why is this motion (M-103) even under consideration? Is our desire to help people from war torn countries weakening our own country to the point where our own laws are being adversely affected?  Surely we can help and welcome the Muslim refugees without becoming victims of our own generosity.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Class War? In Canada?



Class War? In Canada?


Oh, yes.  But it is an artificial war, propagated by most of the western world’s craven political class.  How do they do this?  By pretending that the “working class” is actually “middle class”.  For instance, how many times have you heard any Canadian politician, of any party, when in speaking of and to Canadians in general, refer to any category as being “working class”?  Never. We are told, or they seem to say, or infer, that we are all equal here in Canada and we are all “middle class.” It doesn’t matter if some Canadians are unemployed, underemployed, homeless, mentally ill without treatment, addicted, handicapped, poverty stricken with children hungry part or most of the time, gangs killing each other over drug turf, Canadians living without clean water, it doesn’t matter, we are all still middle class and equal.  The politicians know that we will vote for whoever makes us feel more like “middle class” people, that is, not poor.


But factually, the majority of Canadians are poor in the sense that we have more debt than money.  The big divide between working class and middle class is how long can one survive without a monthly pay check. The middle class is actually a very small minority and consists mostly of the owners of large rental holdings, small to medium sized businesses and independent professionals like doctors and up town lawyers. However, in an economic downturn even some of these Canadians will suffer. Anybody who is dependent on economic good times to survive economically is working class no matter what they are encouraged to call themselves. 


One can escape the working class only when one has surplus money to invest.  And the housing market doesn’t count.  We all know the housing market is like the Canadian dollar, it has a mind of its own. I believe that if the economic status of the one in four Canadians who reported feeling uneasy about the current influx of refugees into Canada had been included in the recent poll showing this, it would have indicated something different than xenophobia as the cause.


These Canadians are worried. They worry about unemployment, or jobs for their kids. The ones whose kids manage to get to university worry about the heavy school debt they will carry after.  Some are graduating with degrees that may prove relatively worthless in today’s tech crazy, increasingly mechanized economy. And the one in four polled who are the most worried see the rush to take care of the needs of foreigners as superseding their own needs and lack of resources. 


This question is dividing the entire western world and will increase in intensity as the real winners, the international banks and militaries who support them, continue to suck up the last of the people’s savings, buy gold and silver, and build underground bunkers. The only thing that can stop this, or even slow it down, is if we, the people, understand that the vast majority of us are working class and we should be worried, too, about what may lie ahead economically for our children.  If we are worried enough, we will act.  Yes, of course, welcome the refugees in. But it’s not a good idea, in my opinion, for them to congregate in cultural separation. We must help them become Canadianized. Eventually some of them may want to join the worker’s revolution.