Bullshit 101

April 24, 2017

What is wrong with these two provincial flags of dominance? Kinda makes you want to plant one on someone’s property and decree that you are now the owner, huh!?

As long as that old Union Jack is on the flag then we all know who the real boss is right? The St George’s cross (religion, military, crusaders) and use of the bison (slaughtered to wild extinction) also represent a good solid contempt for the first peoples of the land. (Shrug shoulders here).

When I was younger I often expressed my disdain for the British monarchy’s grip on the Canadian psyche and life. (Without it we’d be….uh…American?..was the common argument.)

Sure, the Royals and their pack of rich friends dress impeccably and wear lovely hats and frequently jet around  their world. But what does this constitutional monarchy and head of state represent to ‘commonwealth’ countries?

Extreme personal wealth. Imperialism. Hereditary power. Colonialism. Dominance.

One monarchy defending guy told me that getting rid of the monarchy would make “the frogs and natives happy”. He said it like “making them happy” was a bad thing. What he really meant was “we have to let them know who’s in charge”.

Others told me to go to America. Even more asked me if “I wanted the country to become a republic”. (Oh the shame of it!)

They’re just livin’ the lie. Just livin’ the lie.

Everything you hear, everything*, is a lie produced to benefit one person or one group of people.

*Examples: Coke is not the real thing. We are not in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Arctic to spread “democracy”. Virginia is not for lovers. Everyone has weapons of mass destruction. We don’t need big government to control how we live our lives. Indians were not the ‘bad guys’ in the wild west. The monarchy does not compliment our existance. And finally, it’s not all about that bass.

And anyone who defends the role of the monarchy (or its life sucking alternate –  a big strong domineering government) is a partner in perpetuating the myth of dominance and suffering in silence.

I call bullshit. Place finger on button. No codes required.

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Like Hollywood used to say : “White man speak with forked tongue”.

In the ‘related but unrelated’ category: Manitoba (the flag on the right – above) is home to 150,000 registered first nations people. (That number is larger due to those who are ‘unregistered’).
From Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:
Manitoba has 63 First Nations, including six of the 20 largest bands in Canada. Twenty-three First Nations are not accessible by an all-weather road. This accounts for more than half of all Manitoba First Nations people who live on reserve.

There are five First Nations linguistic groups in Manitoba: Cree, Ojibway, Dakota, Ojibway-Cree and Dene.

There are seven treaties with First Nations in the province, though five Manitoba First Nations are not signatory to any treaty with Canada (Birdtail Sioux, Sioux Valley, Canupawakpa, Dakota Tipi and Dakota Plains).

Time to unlearn. To question everything we are told. Everything we are shown. Ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that. Take aim.

Reel Indian (co-starring Manitoba Anishinaabe Adam Beach).

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