It appears to me, the only people who believe democracy exists are the great unwashed and even we are starting to, finally, see the light. Democracy is a lie, it is a big old fairy tale created centuries ago, by the ruling minority in order to prevent the “little” people from thinking that “Hey now! This just ain’t right!” and perhaps, actually doing something about inequality, injustice, decadence and avarice that is indicative of the self-perceived upper class. The last thing the toffs wanted or want, is a repetition of the unfortunate events in France back in 1789.
In Montreal, the city of my birth and life, we are in the midst of a corruption scandal. To the casual observer, the revelations may seem like news but those of us who live in Montreal, who live in Quebec, know better. Nothing being “revealed” is a shock by any means; the populace has been, uncomfortably, aware of the kickbacks, the patronage and outright gangsterism forever. We know full well that the FTQ, the CSN and other unions are simply extensions of organized crime. We know full well that our provincial government is simply a financial free-for-all club. We know that Montreal is rotten from the ground up. Most of us have reached the point of just not giving a rat’s behind anymore. We’ve seen commissions and enquiries before. This is all old and impotent hat. This apathy is born out through the lack of public participation in the recent municipal election. La plus ça change, la plus c’est la même chose.
Mind you, the disgusting and stomach churning escapades of the mayor of Toronto and his brother, Robert and Douglas Ford, is making Montreal look pretty damn good by comparison. Rob Ford is a liar, a substance abuser and obviously, by virtue of his girth, a man with little self-control but is in charge of the largest metropolis in our fair country? To discover just how much of a liar he is? http://globalnews.ca/news/938951/heres-everything-mayor-rob-ford-has-said-about-crack-video-allegations/
We have our xenophobic, Nazi-lite provincial government and their inexcusable racist agenda made manifest through their “Charter of Quebec Values” but our neighbours to the west, Ontario, had Dalton McGuinty who has almost singlehandedly led that potentially prosperous province into as close to bankruptcy as can be done. He walked away with pockets bulging or so I believe.
Of course, there are the 3 scapegoat senators, Wallin, Duffy and Brazeau; if anyone believes that they are the worst of the bunch? Then, I have a bridge that spans the St. Lawrence for sale; it’s called the Mercier. It can provide the buyer with enough money from kickbacks to see an entire family in gravy for generations times 10.
I wonder, sometimes, what would happen if Canadians finally decided they had had enough and started to fight back. Would the army or the police stand to the defense of the politicians? After all, they are ripped off as much as are we. The armed forces members are often treated as though their lives were of no consequence, the sacrifices they make, worth less than nothing. Is there any wonder why police are on the “take”? Why not, their bosses are, and their bosses bosses, all the way up the line.
I wonder about the Americans who can find themselves on the street because of a need for an operation or extended healthcare. I wonder how long their government would hold if the majority decided that enough of the subjugation by that infamous 1%, was enough. That country would lie in ruins. There are far more Americans than Canadians. There is far more injustice south of the border than can be found here – not that we are without injustice. We hold our own, if you look at the per capita.
How long will the hogs slop up our blood, sweat and tears before a spark turns to a flame and the whole damn place becomes a bonfire of the guilty? I wonder if I will be alive to see it. I would like to be.