I think I’m guilty of being a bit slow and uncreative. The bogeyman of deep integration, North American Union, the United States-ification of Canada, the United States OF Canada, and Canada becoming states #51-60 plus three more protectorates is just too simplistic.
We just have an inherent Canadian urge to be colonized. Maybe because it’s all we really know.
It’s not about someone stealing our sovereignty, or losing our sovereignty, we just seem to feel more comfortable as a nation, being someone’s colony. Like we can’t grow up and make our own decisions, we need some greater umbrella force:
- The Conservative Party of Canada has re-inserted “Royal” into our military.
- We are pondering letting US law enforcement agents operate on Canadian soil, with their guns guns guns, with impunity. This, so we can improve access of Canadian trucks into the USA.
The United States wants its police officers to be exempt from Canadian law if they agree to take part in a highly touted cross-border policing initiative, says an internal RCMP memo.
WARNING, you are about to encounter a lie:
“This declaration is not about sovereignty,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said when he announced the new arrangement two years ago.
- The Conservative prime minister elevates pictures of [himself and] the queen in public buildings with glee.
- We are seeking a continental security perimeter.
- We love our NEXUS border lanes.
- The Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.
- We can NEVER reduce our carbon energy exports to the USA.
- We embrace and expand the temporary foreign worker program to avoid the illegal immigrant problem in America.
Yet, at the same time, we practice our occupier skillset with more vulnerable people that we can flex our muscles over:
- We, as a nation, tread upon our first nations colonies/reserves and impoverish them, as good colonizers do.
- We economically occupy Haiti under the guise of helping it develop.
What has the mainstream, corporate media done in the last two years to analyze Canada’s desire to relinquish sovereignty and allow more colonial influence over “our” existence? Precious little. Why would they? Corporations find governments and democracies to be impediments to the smooth flow of commerce.
So don’t look for quaint, old-fashioned notions of nation-merging. The 1% can maintain the illusion/opiate that we are sovereign in ways that don’t matter [the monarch on our money, the maple leaf] while ensuring that things that matter just get streamlined.
It’s time we moved our of our parents’ basement, found a job [not in the 21st century version of the Staples Economy] and started to act like adults.
After all, we ARE 146 years old. #FacePalm #Fail
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