Canada’s Election: The Day After Tomorrow

 

$300 million of Canadian tax payers money has been spent in just over five weeks after Prime Minister Stephen Harper called an illegal election. $50 million of that can be attributed to a cut, by Harper, to the arts. Harper believes that $50 million would be better spent elsewhere as, of course, all of us who are artists use that federal money to throw and go to galas. Perhaps Harper needed to delve a little deeper to realize that money was there for grants; for film to made; for performances to be performed. Clearly he thinks that we are living in the lap of luxury. Doesn’t that come to mind to you when you think of artists? People living in luxury, drinking Dom Perignon and wearing Dior Homme tuxes, John Galliano gowns and Christian LaBoutin stilettos? Oh, to wish-

I digress-

Today, Canadians are angry and feeling numb. Liberals (can be equated to Democrats) are angry that the Liberal Party has a leader who is a dolt; Conservatives (can be equated to Republicans) are angry that Harper did not get the majority government that he was hoping for while no one was looking (or while Canadians were looking at the US Elections); all-in-all, Canadians are angry that we are at the same spot we were six weeks and $300 million ago. 

Wasted spending in the arts? Harper, my dear: you just proved wasted spending in a bogus election.

Yes. Today we are numb. Today, we are all talking in lower octaves- barely audible, really- shuffling our feet in the leaves. A lot of us are saying: we’ll see a change in a Liberal leader “within six business days.”

But most of us are looking to the day after tomorrow. What will happen with our country with this dufus still in office, running our country, hating homos and arts? What will his relationship be with the next US President and other leaders across the world? GOD FORBID McCain attain power-

The best news to me is that the son of the most amazing Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau ( from 1968- 1979; 1980- 1984), Justin Trudeau has entered the world of politics like many Canadians had wished he would. Trudeau has won his seat in Montreal. I can only hope that by the time there is another election, he is the new leader of the Liberal Party.

 

 

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

From my lips to the Universe’s ears-

Roiling and Toiling to the Polls We Go

 

Note the gesture of the arm and hand-

 

 

Far be it for me to say anything about what else is going on in the world aside from the US Elections. 

Canada is under attack. And I’m guessing that the rest of the world doesn’t even realize it. perhaps a lot of Canadians don’t even realize it.

To quote one of my BFFs: “Bush Lite”, Stephen Harper, had called for a federal election here in Canada. He is the Conservative Party leader and the Prime Minister of Canada. He was elected Prime Minister,”after Canadians handed his Conservatives a minority government on Jan. 23, 2006…” (CBC)

Pouncing on a Nation that may look to him like it is sleeping at the wheel, Harper has called for an election which would provide him his party’s majority that could potentially leave a lasting effect of five years. So, to quote another friend from today, allow me to highlight some of his points:

 

“As you may (or may not) have heard, there is a federal election on Tuesday 14 October.

It is very important to vote as Mr Harper is presently on the verge of a majority which would give the Conservatives a free hand to do what they want without any worry for the next 5 years.  People who could see their present daily lives affected negatively include:

-artists/theatre professionals;

-homosexuals;

-anyone who cares about the environment;

-people making less than $35,000/year;

-the disabled; and

-anyone who has left-leaning ideals.

For those who can’t figure out what to do when it comes to voting – let me help you… I’ll help you get to the polls even if I need to rent a Zipcar to help you get there.

I will get the answers any questions you have about the election.

I will not tell you for which party to cast your vote but I hope you will.

 

McKell”

Thanks, McKell. The world needs more of you.

Follow the Canadian Election at CBC.com.

Pit Bulls, Lipstick and a Side of 15 For Ron Paul

Well.

It cannot be argued that Sarah Palin does not get a crowd going. 

At the RNC Wednesday night, Palin delivered a deliberately effective speech to and for the people. More specifically, for hockey moms everywhere. It was pretty blatant where this speech- written by one of Bush’s top speech writers- was trying to go; who it was trying to hit. 

For all those who have responded to my last post and the post before that, suggesting that Sarah Palin is being used as a pawn or a PR tactic within the Republican Party, I think that your case just made its point.

Some highlights:

 

In our family, it’s two boys and three girls in between – my strong and kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That’s how it is with us.

Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys.

Hit on the first pitch to her fellow, regular ol’ American Peeps. First Base.

 

 “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Now that- after seeing the well-planted “Hocky Moms for Palin” signs in the audience was the line of the night. And it wasn’t even in the script. She CAN improvise- Hit. Move onto second base.

[Is it just me or does anyone else see Palin as a Tina Fey character? It’s often so comedic. PLEASE SNL- Bring back Tina Fey for guest spots as Palin!]

 

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

Politics isn’t just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.

The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

Another hit! Move on to third base! Bases are LOADED! You remind those Americans that you are JUST LIKE THEM- a hockey mom running for office and taking over Washington. For the people!

 

To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless … the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God … the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.

As the story is told, “When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe’s door and flash a grin and thumbs up” – as if to say, “We’re going to pull through this.” My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

 

I’m just wondering here- Is the fact that McCain was a POW the reason that we can trust him in a war torn world? My guess is that- if I had been a prisoner of war for as long as he had, I would have vendetta on the mind. Just saying- At any rate, tears are now flowing. Another hit, this time out of the park. Four points for the Republicans. 

The only thing left that I want to know when she will be talking about (to quote one of my commenters from another post) “anti-choice, anti-gay rights, and full-throttle rape the earth as quick as we can anti-environment” stances. She really hasn’t had a chance to address all of this yet in a public forum. Swept into a VP nom and making speeches to get “the people” worked into a frenzy of “OMG! She’s JUST LIKE US!” -ness takes time and effort.

A friend of mine made me aware of some fact checking into Palin’s speech which you can find here. It’s a good read!

But my favorite quote of the day comes from Regan’s “Read my lips” speech writer, Peggy Noonan:

“The most qualified? No! I think they went for this- excuse me political bullshit about narratives… Every time Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

15 for Ron Paul, On a side:

Go Ron Paul for having your own rally/ convention across the street (basically) from the RNC. Complete with (eew) Tucker Carlson and Jesse Ventura. They’d have been better off haveing cute, young, brilliant Libertarian-esques such as Oliver Pigott and troop/ artist/ political commentator, Jayel Aheram. Along with a good majority of the US troops that were/ are Ron Paul supporters. 

A commentary from someone who attended both the “Rally for The Republic” and the RNC:

My interest in the US Elections is great. It is no surprise that I would be an Obama supporter from here on in but I’d love to hear thoughts and see a dialogue going on the subject of the origination of a Democratic Republic. What say you about the US constitution? About the Declaration of Independence? Although I am a bystander from another country, American elections affect the state of the world and I think that it’s in everybody’s interest to pay attention to what’s going on. My only wish is that more US citizens were apt to pay attention to what is going on in the rest of the world. To get outside of the microcosm. I know it’s hard. I’m an outsider looking in. All the time. Hell, I haven’t even blogged about what’s going on right now in Canadian politics. [It’s coming.]

But until then, Thoughts?