Monday, January 9, 2012

"Radical, Dude"

Joe Oliver, Harper's 'Natural Resources Minister' talks about how he proposes to ministrate Canada's natural resources:

"Their [environmental groups] goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams."

This is obviously a political statement about how to get Joe Oliver re-elected and has no relationship to his responsibilities to Canada's natural resources or, more importantly, the world's. These people simply do not "get it", they are so blinded by yesterday's ideology that they apparently cannot address anything beyond their own, narrow self-interest.

Currently, my grandchildren are too young to step up and defend their self-interest and I hope they are never taught to do that without thought for the rest of the Earth Community in any case. So we have to defend the world for them in the interim and teach them about worldwide justice and how to live peacefully with their neighbours. If this sounds too "radical" for Minister Oliver then so-be-it.

We have a system of politics, elections and government which we call democratic but which has become anything but. The only citizens who have a chance to form a government are those who have access to sources of great wealth, either their own or that of those who are willing to pay their way. In our society, people with wealth usually accumulated it by being ruthless and self-interested, hardly the qualities required to promote justice and peace or the qualities I would want to see exhibited by the leaders of my country.

If this was a stand-up comedy routine by the Minister, the biggest laugh would come after Oliver says the groups "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda". These are the same people that were being accused by the Harperites a few months of having no leader, no future and NO AGENDA!!! Also, if we are looking for a radical, ideological agenda, the PM has a lock on the trophy for that in Canada.

However, this is not funny. In fact, this is the most serious situation to face humans in the history of the species and it is being exacerbated by the very people Canadians elected to govern them. I see nothing funny at all, I see only the same greed and selfishness I see in the highest levels of the Corporate World; I wonder why that is.

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