Good points: ✔
Irreverent? You decide.
Ottawa Killings: Who Wins? Russell Brand The Trews
I believe it’s critical to consider a diversity of opinions in order to make sense of any issue. While some of you may be put off by Brand’s delivery, others will laugh, or cringe. But like him or scorn him, he points out the political talking heads’ bullshit and nails it.
Like the vast majority of Canadians, my heart goes out to the families and loved ones of WO Patrice Vincent and Cpl. N. Cirillo. These two men lost their lives in acts of extreme violence undertaken by very disturbed individuals.
What we individually consider to be the truth or reality behind these heinous actions is, like all truth or reality, judged through the lens of our personal perspective.
For example, some of Harper's actions and policies--through my lens--are actions of environmental terrorism. I’m not condoning the actions of those disturbed individuals, but I think it’s shameful that Harper is using a soldier’s senseless murder as a platform to justify the war he’s declared.
Where’s the dignity in that?
And why did it take so long for Harper to address Canadians? Simple. It’s because his message required CRAFTING. I’m familiar with crafting because I write fiction, but I don’t pretend it’s reality.
It’s fair to be skeptical about Harper’s intentions, but that doesn’t mean anyone should be ignorant about radicalized ISIS members either. I’d recommend watching the Fifth Estate – they really dive into the meat of it, eyes open.
As for Harper’s speech about this fair and equal democracy we live in and all the talk about living in dignity…well that’s plain hogwash. Ask those Canadians living in poverty whether they think life in Canada is fair, equal and dignified.
According to Food Banks Canada, nearly 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks each month. Even the Public Health Agency of Canada has argued that reducing child poverty can have huge spillover effects on society. "It is estimated that $1 invested in the early years saves between $3 and $9 in future spending on the health and criminal justice systems, as well as on social assistance," the report says.
But changing the lives of children twenty years down the road doesn’t jive with a politician’s mandate of four years. It's terribly inconvenient.
A war, on the other hand, has immediate impact…however its consequences are just as dire….twenty years down the road.