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Shades of the Sun King - smiting the Canadian Wheat Board - democracy Tory style
by Fly-on-the-wall on location
Every one is degraded, whether aware of it or not, when other people, without consulting him, take upon themselves unlimited power to regulate his destiny.
John Stuart Mill
02-Aug-07 - Bob and Paddy and Handlebar Joe got to talkin' about Stephen Harper and Chuck Strahl trying to change the Canadian Wheat Board Act without putting it through the Canadian parliament where democracy says laws have gotta' be made.
Bob and Paddy and Handlebar Joe got to talkin' about Stephen Harper and Chuck Strahl trying to change the Canadian Wheat Board Act without putting it through the Canadian parliament where democracy says laws have gotta' be made. Bob mentioned these two got elected by promising to make Canada more democratic. Paddy said democracy, here anyway, was founded on the supremacy of parliament. Our ancestors from Robin Hood through MacKenzie King shed blood fer it. Versus the divine right of kings. Divine right of kings he said was what King Looy Fourteen of France was all about - he even called hisself the Sun King. In Canada the prime minister sits in for the king and, from time to time, Paddy said, a prime minister will get too big for his britches and think the big guy-in-the-sky put him there and he can treat parliament like, in the words of Pierre Trudeau,"a bunch of nobodies". Bob piped in that Trudeau worshipped Looy Fourteen. "Ya' see where it got 'im," said Handlebar Joe. "The Beaver (magazine)'s done a survey - he's the worst Canadian of all time - worse than Jack the Ripper (the CBC says Jack was Canadian)".
Anyway Bob said Harper and Strahl were what he called doctorin' conservatives (or somethin' like that - I wish he knew I ain't got much edecation and he'd stick to words with only one a, e, i, o or u in 'em - dammit I'm startin' to use what Bob calls them "polygamous" words myself). Anyway those doctorin' conservatives (I call 'em just "Tories" and they come in the greedy [Brian Mulroney] or stupid [Joe Clark] flavours or like Grant Devine - the two mixed together - but I digress) the doctrins mix in with the, I think Bob called 'im, soso conservatives - sometimes Bob calls 'em bible thumpers - like Preston Manning - and they live their lives by the the principle "government bad" - "greed good" and, if some Mr. Why asks "how come", Preston Manning and the Fraser Institute'll tell you it's in the bible along with the Devil and the Book of Revelations and intelligent design and the divinity of private health systems and of the Cargill Grain Company and of Tyson Foods and of the Archer Daniels Company and factory farming - and Bob said he's confused with Manning, high mucky-muck that he is with the Fraser Institute, cause Paddy thought the bible said something about that the poor and meek, not the rich and powerful, inheriting the earth - but Manning'd know better cause he studied at the Prairie Bible Institute. And they also listened to Brian Mulroney who lobbied for the food companies. Therefore they wanted to get rid of the Wheat Board so Mulroney's buddies (Mulroney's a director of Archer Daniels) could control the grain market. Taking away the Wheat Board's monopoly on selling barley was the first step. They have to change the Wheat Board Act but they can't do it without parliament's consent. But the Tories don't have a majority in Parliament and all of the other parties are deniers and won't support 'em . . Most of 'em is what Bob called agonosticators or, even worse, etheists. So they decided to do it through the cabinet - which is really the king warmed over - so Harper and Strahl and the cabinet could take over the makin' of laws from the parliament where laws are made by the people's representatives. Harper and Strahl and Mulroney got down on their knees and prayed to the big-guy-in-the-sky to smite the Wheat Board but he must have been too busy smittin' infidels at the time cause that commie judge Hansen ordered they couldn't do it. It was anti-democratic she said. And so they laid down and they're bleedin' for awhile.
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