posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:05 AM
I certainly sympathize with the OP's point of view. Unfortunately, Canada is to a large degree in the grip of the same malaise that has a hold on
much of the rest of the developed world. That "illness" is corporatism.
People who are elected to represent all Canadians have come to believe that they do so by representing special corporate interests. There are
obvious conflicts inherent in this position, but a liberal application of money, the universal solvent in the material world, sweeps these conflicts
into the backround where, it is hoped by many, the electorate will not find them.
The fundamental problem in politics, from the corporatist perspective, is how to remove the electorate from the "power train" of the
In other words, how to move to full fascism.
Anyone who is able to bring together a small amount of intelligence with a small amount of attention to the behavior of our leaders will note that the
problem of the electorate has been handled in numerous, sometimes very humorous ways by those feckless scamps we elect.
Quebec Liberal leader, Robert Bourassa, used to pride himself on his uncanny ability to spend twenty minutes in a press scrum and communicate
absolutely nothing. He used to chuckle about it with his staff. That's obfuscation.
Paul Martin, on the other hand and at the other extreme, the Liberal Prime Minister before Steven Harper, actually signed the Security and
Prosperity Partnership with the US and Mexico, without bothering to consult Parliament. That's imperial unilateralism, to coin a phrase.
That's the backround.
If cognitive dissonance is the defining characteristic of the American people and if you want to be friends with them, you have to accept their "fun
house mirror" view of the world. If the trend is to remove the electorate from the "power train" anyway, it is all the more easy to "play
American" in international affairs.
That is what is really going on.
If Israel were at the southern tip of Argentina and were being attacked by the Chileans, nobody, including Canada, would give a flying fadoo.
Israel's location, near crucial strategic resources, and it's hostile relationship with its neighbors make it an ideal extension of US foreign
policy in the middle east. It is a useful tool. If it didn't exist, it would have to be invented.
In fact, at one time it didn't exist . . . and it was invented.
America and Canada are being manipulated into supporting Israel, the way it would take tremendous arm twisting to get me into bed with Charlize
Theron. I don't want to do it! No! No! Uh. . . OK, I'll do it, but only because I am being forced into it.
Charlize winds up looking like a slut and I look like someone easily duped.
Maybe the corporatists are right. Maybe the electorate is too dumb to be involved in important decisions.