Here is Cowichan Conversations contributor Don Maroc weighing in once again. This time with his views on the ‘Idle No More’ protest and a shadow boxing out manouvered Prime Minister Steve Harper.
The Natives are just as diverse in their views and beliefs as we are and yet the media expects them to present one leader and speak with one voice. Our Parliament shows the folly in that.
How in the devil do we deal with this Idle No More bunch? There’s no leaders, there’s no policy, no organization, no tent camps.
How’s our Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who 60 percent of Canadians voted against in the last election, to respond these shadows?
Our head bully is punching smoke when he should be stabbing First Nations’ leaders in the back. When, with the help of a near totally corrupt media, he could be twisting, spinning, and ripping to shreds Idle’s policies, infiltrating and sabotaging their organizations. And finally unleashing the over-armed and armoured militarized police forces on their encampments, cracking bones with truncheons, choking with pepper spray, dumping libraries in waste dumps, and trashing free medical clinics.
Sounds very much like the treatment meted out to the very un-Canadian Occupy movement, of which the mindless media triumphantly claims, “they’re gone, we told you so.”
Of course the Occupy Movement which left us the 99 percent versus the one percent and the knowledge that Wall Street is screwing Main Street, has resurfaced under a number of different names and missions. Still with no leaders and little organization.
You can expect the same annual rebirth from the Idle No More. They have not only rejected PM Harper, but walked passed and ignored their chiefs, elected in elections to chief-and-council governments, designed and limited by Whiteman’s laws.
Our born-again prime minister does not seem to understand the brotherhood of all humankind as prescribed by Jesus of Nazareth.
What Harper believes in is assimilation, change all Indians into disadvantaged dark-skinned Canadians. Break up communal reserve land, give a portion to each First Nations’ person. Then slick, disreputable speculators can con the people out of their newly acquired land, and the problem will be solved. The Indians will silently fade into the sunset, completely homeless at last.
With those people out of the way our wonderful world of finance can dig anywhere and deep for tar sands, and uranium, blow off mountain tops to get at the gold, and remove the forests and pollute the water to make room for pipelines. And Harper can buy fighter-bombers and drones, and join the big boys waging technological warfare against barely armed, helpless people around the world. People whose only sin is wanting freedom, democracy, their own languages, cultures, and security from the ravages of international corporate domination.
Good work Idle No More, the bullies are frustrated, striking out wildly. They are helpless so long as they have no leaders to jail, no encampments to destroy, no policies to denigrate. Harper has to turn you into weak Whitemen before he can dismiss you as irrelevant. Soften him with round dances, dominate him with drums, and destroy him with non-violence