Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Where Did It All Go?
Welcome to 21st century Canada. I fear it will someday be known as a century that got off to a bad start with the election of our first neo-conservative government and went rapidly downhill from there. I believe this will be known as a century in which the state (not the country, the state - the government) turned on its people in service to corporatism.
I expect this will be a century of upheaval marked by waves of social, political and economic unrest; the decline of democracy; the rise of autocracy and, possibly, the collapse of the middle class ushering in a very long era of the precariat. There will be unrest, it's inevitable. Our political system is failing us. Our economic model no longer comports with reality. Our social structure is decaying. We still cling to this sagging apparatus but for how long?
Canadians were once nurtured and sustained on vision of what our country could be in years ahead, what we could bequeath to future generations. That's gone, displaced by tailing ponds visible to the naked eye from space. I remember, with enormous sadness, the days, not that long ago, when we believed that with effort and sacrifice and, for nothing more than honour and love of country, we could work to make this amazing land ever better - not for multinational corporations but for us, for our children and for their children. Canada was a work in progress, flawed (but not nearly so much as most), rough around the edges but something that was ours to make better as our ancestors had made it better for generations before our time.
Where did it all go? How did we wind up in this place, deeply divided, suspicious, so hostile toward each other? Who was so insidious as to make us virtually irreconcilable, stripped of common purpose, one despising the other, draining out our national soul?
We're furious at the people who fell for that, those who succumbed to manipulation of their basest instincts by this prime minister and his sleazy political trapeze; his deception and secrecy. I won't speak for you but I despise them for settling for a bargain so facile and cheap yet so lastingly expensive to our country. What were they thinking? Could they not remember what our Canada had been in the not so distant past? Did they never know that Canada? Is this, today, all they've known?