Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Shepherd and the Wolf, or the Stephen Harper story.

Aesop wrote a little story about the Shepherd and the Wolf.

At first the Shepherd was afraid for his flock but the Wolf left the sheep alone. In time, the Shepherd came to trust the Wolf as he left the sheep alone and the other wolves stayed away as well.

One day the Shepherd felt safe enough to leave the Wolf in charge of the flock when the Shepherd was called away and when he returned many of his flock were gone and so was the Wolf.

Now days, the Wolf has come back, but now he has picture taken with kittens to show how harmless he is. We kept watch on the Wolf but he seemed to have reformed, not wanting to gut our social services and even promising to leave things pretty much alone… so we went and put the Wolf in charge.

Now the Wolf is hitting our services by reducing staff and demanding budget cuts while at the same time his wolf buddies get nonexistent jobs such as overseeing the EI system to Tens of Millions of Dollars to direct the EI surpluses of which, of course, there are none.

The Wolf looks to the South for guidance, he tells us that putting the Foxes and other criminal animals into cages for longer sentences will make the criminal animals better citizens or that squeezing money out of Health Care will make the Country better. The best Medicare comes from “For Profit” systems.

Never mind the fact that our friends to the South spend more money per capita keeping their criminal animals in cages than we do and that they spend more government money on “For Profit” Medicare than we do with our Government Insurance.

No the Wolf is looking to make things better for his Pack than for us because the one thing that the Wolf truly understands is how wolves think. If the Wolf doesn’t keep the other wolves happy, they will turn on him in the blink of an eye.

Aesop has other stories about wolves.

One is about the boy who called “Wolf” so often the people ignored him when the Wolf took his flock. That is where we are right now and the townspeople aren’t listening to the people who see the Wolf.

Finally Aesop wrote of the Wolf who dressed himself in a sheep’s skin to hide from the Shepherd and to find the fattest sheep. I think we’ve all heard this story, but many of us never heard the end.

When the Shepherd returned from the pastures with his sheep he put them into a pen for the night. The Shepherd’s hounds found the Wolf and tore him to pieces that night.

Is it not time to release the hounds?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Not Canadian Enough?

My Friends,

It has come to my attention again that Stephen Harper feels that he is better than you, or at least some of you.

Stephen Harper says that in order to be Prime Minister of this once proud country, you need to be a Canadian, and only a Canadian. If you currently hold dual citizenship, you are not a proper candidate for the position of Prime Minister.

By law, at least as I understand it, in order to run for an elected government position you need only be legally entitled to vote. You need to be a citizen of Canada. In fact we have had Prime Ministers who were not Canadian citizens but merely citizens of the United Kingdom.

But at that time they were legally entitled to vote in Canada.

The irony here is that while Lord Stephen feels that the Right Honourable Thomas Mulcair and the Right Honourable Stephane Dion are undesirable choices for the Prime Minister’s office, he is happy to replace Canadian paintings in government offices with portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who is not a Canadian citizen.

I wonder how Lord Stephen feels about me then.

I was born of a Landed Immigrant and a Canadian by choice. I am entitled to hold dual citizenship if I choose, but I have chosen not to.

Does the fact that I am Canadian Only by choice make me a better Canadian that Stephen Harper who, to my knowledge, has no choice?

And what of our Aboriginal neighbours?

I am no expert on Aboriginal affairs but I gather that natives, while they may be Canadian, consider themselves members of their respective Nations. Should this affect their efforts should they decide to run for the leadership of a National Political Party?


My friends, in order to be considered for the Leadership of our country, one needs to be honest and truthful. One must be respectful of the Rules of the House of Commons. One must obey the laws of the land.

In other words, one must not be like Stephen.

Thank you for your time.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lord Stephen, Promise Made, Promise Kept

Apparently the Harperistas have a new line.

“Promise made, promise kept.”

I’m sure the PMO thought long and hard to dream this up before sending out to the trolling class of Harperistas. You know the ones, they post an op/ed and get all annoyed when it gets challenged. Calling people names and being rude because it was in the National Post and so it has to be true or Ezra Levant wrote it so it cannot be challenged… note to the Harper Party chattering classless… op/eds are opinions and carry no more weight than a blog by a cranky old cat and Ezra is an overfed sparrow fart that will write anything for anyone who pays enough. Kind of like prostitution isn’t it?

I write for me.

Now the last time I saw this buzz phrase PMPK was in regards to the impending closure of the Canadian Wheat Board. These junior league Harper Party operatives are all aglow with the news that their Lord Stephen has beat up a bunch of farmers and is rewriting the laws to do it. They think this is wonderful.

I would suggest that the Harper Regime is doing the same type of thing that the despots running the Middle East have been doing for the last few decades. Breaking the existing laws and just writing new ones making whatever they want to do legal.

Government control of the media? New law. Easy peasy. Just pull a string and all the Harper Party marionettes raise their hands and say “Aye.”

Somewhere Orwell is laughing at us.

Now the junior leaguers are not so happy about the class action lawsuit over the properties owned by the CWB and lost income and so forth. The evil ring leader is an immoral LIEberal. Could be, but he’s a member of the Canadian Wheat Board and a citizen of Canada and he appears to be within his rights to sue.

When Ritz got his marching orders from the PMO over this I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw the lawsuits coming fast and furious. The irony is that the very same farmers who wanted the CWB killed will be first in line to get their hands on the spoils should the class action suit prevail. Isn’t Ritz a grain farmer? Think he’ll send that cheque back uncashed?

No, the only problem is that if the government loses, it won’t be the Harper Party footing the bill. It will be a cranky old cat and the rest of Canadians paying for Harper’s folly. If there was true justice in this land the lawsuit would have named Harper and Ritz and the Harper Party and every last one of the puppets that supported this bill accountable for every red cent.

But it’s the Government of Canada that’s doing this, and so it’s the Government of Canada that gets named in the lawsuit.

And win or lose, we get to pay for the lawyers.

Let’s face it, Canadians have hired the most incompetent manager on the earth to run our country. When the situation in Attawapiskat arose our fearless leader looked surprised and astounded about this. Basically the response was “We sent the cheque, what did they spend it on?” followed by blaming the Indians for spending it on stuff. A competent manager wouldn’t have to ask.

These same guys are still planning to buy the jets that may never be made, much less fly. Plan B will be to blame the Liberals for buying the planes.

No, when Stephen Harper wanders off into the sunset after his time in office, we will be holding the bag. Billions of dollars of debt, gutted social services screaming to be rebuilt without a penny in the coffers and who knows what else and we will pass it on to our children because we won’t be able to pay for it ourselves.

That is the promise we’ll get to keep.