The Canadian Way (to quietly become fascist)
Stephen Harper seems to have us all hog tied and ready for market. Yes, we’ll all be lined up and accounted for to accommodate the signing of the free trade agreements and the sell-off of our natural resources. The legalities will all be in place to silence Canadian scientists, environmental agencies and First Nations objections.
Harper will have most trouble, I think, with the more traditional First Nations. I believe this is why Stephen Harper has recently attacked seven major Canadian environmental groups with government “investigations.” The leaders of the environmental groups can’t, or won’t, discuss matters pertaining to these “investigations”. If the investigations are drawn out, then they could last until pipes (Kinder Morgan, Enbridge) are in the ground in BC. Which of course would be too late for the environmental groups to be of much assistance in rallying around First Nations who have already been doing most of the heavy lifting in protesting the pipelines and the traffic. So if our scientists and environmental groups are silenced with threats and threats of threats, who’s left to assist First Nations if needed? Individual activists?
Harper’s got that covered, too, with his new Citizenship laws. At least this law would affect activists like me who hold dual citizenship (US-Canadian). Of course the law reads that one would have to be guilty of “terrorism” to be stripped of one’s Canadian citizenship. But who defines these days what “terrorism” means? The government in charge, of course, both at home and abroad. I have already been compared by the Crown of BC to violent pedophiles who reoffend because I often practice civil disobedience in defense of BC forests. In the Eagleridge Bluffs aftermath the crown submitted to the court suggestions that I be sentenced as a incurable repeat offender. And even if citizenship matters do come under the head of immigration instead of the Supreme Courts of Canada we all know that immigration is not independent of the Harper government.
I believe Stephen Harper intends to cram pipelines down our throats, with the Christy Clark provincial government steering the destruction, of course, with both the major Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines along with Keystone XL ( I believe Obama is going to approve this) through Alberta and Saskatchewan. With environmental groups and environmental scientists silenced, and people like me softened on the side lines, Harper thinks in the long run he can just buy off First Nations or bully them into submission. Well, I don’t know about that.
It is becoming clearer that both the US and Canada are quietly becoming quasi-fascists. How can this happen in democratic countries where the Jewish Lobby wields so much influence in both countries? I believe patriarchal religions cloud the mind and wipes out the concept of citizenship. For instance, Stephen Harper took an enormous delegation of rabbis and other influential Jewish people with him as well as cynical politicians when he visited Israel recently, thus positing Canada solidly in the Jewish camp.
However, Stephen Harper is also presently acting as the bad cop for the Obama administration in trying to present Russia as a demonic threat for giving the people in Crimea a choice of their future (which they have just taken advantage of by voting to join Russia) while the US is busy supporting and engineering the pro-fascist government in the Ukraine. According to some news reports, already many Jews are leaving the Ukraine because of the swastika signs painted on their synagogues and threats of violence to their persons. Israel is certainly aware of these neo-Nazis in the new Ukraine government but raises no objections. Netanyahu’s hatred of Syria and Iran is so overwhelming it evidently tops any worry about the rise of fascism in the Ukraine, or anywhere else.
Stephan Harper’s fervent support for Israel no matter what they do is not just a favor to the Jewish lobby in my opinion, but religion based. Harper believes literally in the Bible which is why he can’t tolerate scientists. And the Bible suggests that Israel must be in a fiery conflagration before Armageddon can happen and Jesus can come again. In my opinion, we are living in a country where political decisions are being made to facilitate the necrophiliac religious fantasies of our leader and forwarding the specter of an all-out third world war. So we have this situation where our prime minister clings to Israel no matter what that government does, while abetting and abating the rise of fascism in the Ukraine. With his particular mind set and religious beliefs, tearing up Canadian earth, water and air with pipe lines, fracking, and tanker traffic from tar sands does not present a contradiction for Stephen Harper. It’s all good.
But it isn’t all good. We, as citizens know it isn’t all good. Or even partially good. And we have to ask ourselves…what is the duty of citizens when our governments become incapable of choosing between right and wrong? Do we abdicate our responsibility as citizens? Or do we resist?