First of all: sorry. Really. I couldn’t help myself. Didn’t even try, actually.
I should be careful – the Cons could decide that my opinions don’t conform to their idea of ‘artistic expression’ and increase the taxes I pay on my Net access.
You know, an attempt to create a fully-fledged Canadian Hays Office (Look it up, people!) by manipulating tax laws, thereby creating the opportunity to allow what some (Conservative-appointed) committee decides is legitimate art to flourish, while condemning what they feel is offensive, well, that disturbs me. What disturbs me more is that this self-righteous, evangelistic, narrow-minded bible thumper thinks this is a good thing. Which means, logically, it can’t be.
Look, who are you to decide what is ‘right’ or ‘proper’ for me to see? What gives you the right to decide that your moral code is the one that is absolutely and unquestionably correct? Richard Dawkins is completely spot on when he asserts that religion has been afforded respect it does not deserve. Why should I be silent just because the purveyor of elitist, racist, superstitious nonsense is a representative of some set of rituals and beliefs that are specifically designed to make a person set aside rationality and abandon curiosity in favour of blind faith? I shouldn’t be – no citizen of conscience should.
Anyway, I must tip my hat to the
National Socialists Conservatives for attempting to impose their outdated views of morality by a means that at least suggests a level of creativity, much like chimpanzees are known to occasionally use tools. Der Harpenfuehrer is continually trying to pull shit like this, but they do it in such a ham-handed fashion, it’s like planning a bank robbery and having one of the steps be purchasing t-shirts that read “Bank Robber”.
I suppose, given the consistency of the Liberal leader (the consistency of melted ice cream), I need to resign myself to living in a country in which the government has an unwarranted amount of influence on the arts, attempts to regulate the press by tightly controlling information, does not share information on its activities with its constituents, and decides in an autocratic fashion how they think the country should be run, citizenry be damned. Oh, and they exert undue influence on the police. And regulatory agencies. And the military.
I have just one question:
When did I move to China?
Addendum, March 25: Sincere apologies to Briguy, should have linked to this.