I am wondering if I. indeed we, were more gullible twenty/thirty years ago. Have I always been this mistrusting? Back then the argument from authority was so acceptable. But now I don’t believe anything on first contact, especially the most plausible. I would like to blame the Americans for everything but I know I cant. Their pervasive weapons of hatred must be a shared responsibility. To claim otherwise is to deny the need to correct. Is there any point in dreamers, like me, continuing to bend into the wind and struggling to be heard?
This is just a thought you may wish to peruse don’t take it to heart but why must we only fly the Canadian flag on Canada Day?
When I first came to Canada I used to think that every day in Ottawa was a holiday or something was being celebrated. Why…because of the profusion of flags flying wherever I looked. Where I come from flags are only flown on special occasions or when the Fascists march.
In my home country the closest equivalent we have to Canada day is the last night of the promenade concerts to which thousands attend from all over the world. It is a very patriotic event full of pomp and circumstance but every flag imaginable is being waved by concert goers both in the hall and those outside watching on the jumbo TV screens.
Once I had a conversation with two Americans during which they accused me and my newly adopted countrymen of being disrespectful of our flag. “We always lower our flag at night then raise it again at sunrise” he said with an air of admonishment. Aside from the fact that I hated the idea of getting up early just to raise a flag I saw no reason to treat any flag like a religious icon. Even so I could not let it go. In response I said “We don’t lower the Flag because unlike your flag ours is not afraid of the dark.”
A flag is just a flag, a rallying point or a means of saying “Look here I am celebrating with you!” but in the end, its just a flag.
What about standing up to the alt right, Trump, Nazis, Scheer and people too stupid to think before they open their mouths? Is this a radical notion. Are we going to become the next generations that turned a blind eye to the evils of bigoted arseholes?
Had people thought before voting in 1933 perhaps World War Two would never have happened? Next time you find yourself in a voting booth vote for anything but the right wing mouthpiece that promises a return to older values rooted in fantasy and hidden agendas.
I wish I could express how thankful I am to the men and women that saved the world during world war two. It was a bloody horrific mess that thousands gave their lives so that I might be born in the comfort and safety of relative peace. My heart aches when I see those veterans, old and frail now, with tears in their eyes as memories take over.
I Thank you; and we shall be eternally grateful.
I have decided that there is no room in my life for bullshit; I have consummed enough over the years. What with British Tories then Canadian Fascists and raging lunatics in the Whitehouse it is time I looked to my own needs. So I will become a Poutinist accompanied by the occasional Milk Shake concerto.