Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The Right Just Doesn't Get It
Two prominent Rightwing bobble heads, PostMedia's John Ivison and the Ottawa Citizen's Terry Glavin have both written surly op-eds dismissing the Idle No More movement as frivolous, simplistic and disingenuous.
Their columns reveal more about the state of rightwing minds than the Idle No More movement itself. To them, the native protest is to be taken in isolation, whittled down to something they can digest, spun and misconstrued, and then dismissed as irrelevant, insincere carping.
What they refuse to see is Idle No More in the larger context. They don't see it as merely one expression of a broad-based and growing discontent that is building within the Canadian people.
Perhaps they were too busy with last-minute shopping to read the piece in their own Edmonton Journal on December 24th about the deep fracture that has developed between a majority of Canadians and their political parties. We don't trust the bastards any more, none of them, they're all a bunch of sods. A solid majority of Canadians now see protest and civil disobedience as the most effective vehicle for achieving political change.
We, the majority, support the Montreal students' protest. We support the Occupy movement. By an overwhelming majority we support the BC referendum to force the provincial government to scrap the HST. Soon we may have a majority of the country willing to actually stand behind us to thwart the Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline.
Yes we support the Idle No More movement and a good deal of that is based on our deep distrust of our federal government and, indeed, of our entire Parliament. We now, almost instinctively, want to throw a wrench in their gears, the dirty rat bastards. That goes for Harper and his Tories. It goes for the Liberals and their heir apparent, Trudeau, and that goes for Mulcair and his opportunistic NDP to boot.
I understand why the Right doesn't get it. This has never happened before. Read the Edmonton Journal story. They don't even try to serve the Canadian public any more. To them it's enough to win a small fragment of the public and befuddle enough of the remainder to wrest control of the levers of power. They don't speak for us any longer, they speak down to us these days.
And the conditions that nurtured our discontent aren't going away anytime soon. The rot of corporatism is too broadly invested in our Parliament.
It could just be that Canada will be saved - or irreparably shattered - in northern British Columbia. That is where this government will have to betray and resort to force against ordinary Canadians, native and non-native alike. Most of us will be cool-headed and non-violent. Most of us but not all and we know that Harper already has a secret police force, a Canadian Stasi that includes the RCMP and CSIS, preparing to weed out and deal with troublemakers. Harper has many promises to keep to his colleagues in the Beijing Politburo, the Communist saviors of his cherished Tar Sands. I'm sure he means to keep them.