Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cardboard Canadians

Cardboard Canadians

Never in all my years of observing political foibles have I ever been this incensed at anything those jerks have done. If I didn’t know better, I would just dismiss this latest initiative as a stupid mistake. They are after all, politicians. What else would you expect?
I got the regular newsletter from Joy Smith, Conservative Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul the other day. I thought it was going to be important because of the bold type, so I read it for once. It turns out to be the announcement of a contest to see which riding is the most patriotic riding in Canada. It’s called a “Proud to be Canadian” campaign, and apparently it’s going all over the country, so it’s not just the (hair) brained idea of Ms. Smith but comes directly from the PMO.
Page three of the flyer points out the instructions: 1) Cut Out (the colored 5 x 10 inch piece of paper included). It’s even got a dotted line to indicate where to cut for heaven’s sake. 2) Fill Out (the questionnaire that comes with the whole business). The colored piece of paper is of course a replica of the Canadian flag – colored on both sides. What we are to do with it is to tape it to our living room windows to show our allegiance to Canada. Jeez Louise, does that mean we must take down all the other stuff we have pasted to the living room picture window to make room for “the flag”? And hey – where’s our gold star if we do it?
Almost as an afterthought, there’s a form you must fill out and send in declaring whether or not you’re a proud Canadian or whether or not you display a flag year round. Or whether you’re not interested in participating. Innocuously below that, is a little questionnaire asking which party best represents our views on today’s important issues. Hahaha! Are we supposed to have already forgotten the Robocall affair? We know very well where this information is going. How dumb does she think we are?
This government is advertising loud and clear its opinion of Canadians as being little school children, given to respond to the teacher’s urgings. Do they really imagine us taping a crummy little piece of paper to a picture window to show our Canadian-ness? Well, I guess they do. As I said before, they’re politicians after all.
So basically, what we are in the eyes of the politicians, is a bunch of school children taping a piece of paper to our expensive picture windows and being satisfied that we are now good Canadians.
Maybe if we begin to acknowledge the intelligence of these creatures who run our government, we’ll begin to be able to make wiser selections and perhaps get this country back on track. At least that’s how it seems to me from up here on the top shelf.

Just sayin’. 

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