Rob Ford

is the reason why we need more democracy in this country. And NO … that’s not putting it sarcastically.
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Thanks to the diseased system of government called constitutional monarchy, the way governments at every level of this God-forsaken portion of the earth is crafted in such a way, that we cannot hold any level of government accountable. In Ford’s case, we can’t oust him from power … just like we can’t oust the monarchy, under our current system. Corrupt politicians, especially in a republic, aspire to be a monarch. Rob Ford and his equally scummy, equally corrupt brother Doug, are mad with power. Their arrogance and ignorance are astronomical. Now some royalists babble on about “Well, politicians last for only a short time, but monarchs last forever.” That is not just the mantra of fascism, the mantra of a crazed nut calling for a dictatorship, to chain others to their favourite celebrity. This demonstrates the failure of royalists to grasp the reason why a republican head of state is elected, why he should be impeached, why he should serve only a few years, and why he should only serve an extremely small number of terms. You have a corrupt politician like Rob Ford in power? In a decent country he’d be already impeached and arrested thereafter for the great number of abuses he’s used his office for, and for the criminal acts he’s committed, including drug possession and assaulting a democratically elected representative. This is the behaviour of a tyrant, a monster, an aspiring monarch who cares not about the people that he rules by their consent, but by power at all costs, even at the expense of the people of this city, while galvanising the “Ford Nation” who are composed of idiots who blame the media because they don’t like “negative news.”

Reductio Ad Hitlerum

Royalists in person may be hard to come by, but whenever you cross one, royalist idiocy isn’t. Among the most stupid of arguments they use is the idea that a demagogue would be elected, he would become a dictator, and lead the country down into a dangerous path. While it may be true, it’s because there isn’t strong check enough checks and balances to ensure such a path isn’t reach. One of them being, of course, the legislature. They speak as if people are elected for life with no checks and balances on their power! The damage royalist lies have done to Canadians and their culture is insurmountable, but a worthy task to reverse and undo, and there’s always the next generation.

A true republic has to be democratic, for a republic cannot be a republic without democracy. There are nations that are not democratic, yet call themselves republics. Those are republics in name only. I for one do not simply accept any kind of republican government, but the right kind of republic. Not a parliamentary republic where a symbolic executive is the rubber-stamping puppet of an unstable and abusive legislature, nor a presidential republic where the president is both the head of government and of state and has powers that can even override that of the legislature. Not one where the president has both broad powers and unlimited terms of office like those of Zimbabwe, Egypt under Mubarak, and Syria under Assad, or one where the president is completely powerless and ineffective and serves one term. These are not true republics but a mockery of them. Same with so-called elected monarchies. And yet royalists, forever familiar only with the concept of the ignorant masses voting against their own interests and unable to tell the similarity between a monarchy and a dictatorship, use these as examples of real republican government.

Among the many arguments royalists use to justify hereditary government, they resort to one of the most stale fallacies imaginable.

Contrary to what royalists, Pharaoh’s Teutonic successor was never elected. True, he tried to use democracy, but only to destroy not just the republican form of government that rose in the aftermath of the First World War and the 1919 German Revolution, but democracy itself. Hitler, like all monarchists, hated democracy. He and his fascist party, the National Socialists, were supported by monarchists, who also hated democracy and wanted to extinguish it. Yet over and over again, royalists use this as an example of what would happen if a republican form of government in any of the commonwealth nations, while deliberately hiding historical fact from their readers. That a demagogue would take power through elections and would serve for life with absolute power … like a monarch. Truth is: Hitler assumed power not through elections or a coup or (according to some Canadian leftists) hate speech, but through political backroom dealings, violence and intimidation by his SS and SA thugs, the exploitation of the public’s resentment towards the punishing conditions of the First World War that crippled and humiliated Germany and of contempt towards the Weimar Republic that was standing on a very flawed constitution, and rumours of a military coup. It wasn’t intended to destroy democracy, but an attempt to keep Hitler under control. This is known historical fact. Not votes. Not a coup. Not hate speech. Royalists, however, tend to exploit the ignorance of the public by using only popular myths about the Austrian Pharaoh and reinforce already existing errors in public knowledge about historical events, to tell them what they want to hear rather than what actually is.

While it is true that demagogues to mislead the people before (Obama being the best case scenario, Napoleon III being the worst, since he was … a monarchist posing as a republican), history has shown that the most common remedy for such people would, when the person in question is revealed to have lied his way into office, simply vote them out in the next election, or wait til they completed their term of office (Bush II), or they would resign under even the threat of impeachment (Nixon) or out of shame. This is such a simple solution to a great fear royalists would use, to presume we have no other alternative. Royalists in general have a distorted, if not limited understanding, of how the democratic process even works, and would often lie to fill up the gaps in their knowledge. They presume republics are unstable simply because they’re republics, while ignoring certain factors that would undermine the very concept of a democratic republic, such as elections being arbitrarily called by the Executive or the Legislature whenever either feels like it, or that there is a weak executive that cannot counter the abuses of the legislature, or a weak legislature that cannot counter the abuses of the executive, complicated voting systems, illiteracy, etc., that can be changed, even if it would require serious effort. Undemocratic institutions would, at best, be abolished, or worst, be simply accepted. And the fear of violence, civil war, and international intervention? Well, these acts are in fact justifiable. Sometimes these are necessary as a last resort, when all other legal and non-violent courses of action either fail or is are available (elections, impeachment, enumerated powers, etc.), and that surrender and acceptance of the state of things is not an option. A person who abuses his office and its weaknesses is not a republican who respects the rule of law, the rights of the people, but a tyrant that aspires to be a monarch, for monarchy is always synonymous to absolute power.

DOWN GOES SUNTV! DOWN GOES SUNTV!

Today is a glorious day in Canadian history as the CRTC denied the northern bastard son of Fox News, the Sun News Network, mandatory carriage for basic cable.

Decent Canadians celebrated after months of speculation and complaints against the TV trash network that spewed tabloid garbage and royalist propaganda equivalent to, as the former, a TV version of Der Stürmer and, as the latter, North Korean exaltation of its own Dear Leader and Eternal President respectively that is now one short of a trinity.

It certainly didn’t help when that fat-assed raving smear-monkey Ezra Levant, who has ultraviolent sexual fantasies of mass murdering every single ethnic, religious and sexual minority under the sun and shade and possibly has ties to neo-Nazis and royalists, colluded with a member from the Harper Cabinet on air to incite hatred and violence against the Roma folk, then pretended to apologize for his raving lunacy. The vile little shit’s been in trouble before, when he wrote an incendiary and inflammatory smear peace against George Soros, who then threatened to sue Levant and the SUN tabloids, to which they did the Canadian thing of cutting, running away, and apologizing to Soros. Soros should’ve sued anyways so that that nomenclatural rip-off of the British tabloid paper would’ve sunk, and Levant would have to live with a wound.

Now give us a few more months before the Sun News Network goes out of business from all the advertising dollars it’s been losing, and hopefully leaves conservatives and the likes of Tom Freda, an ardent centrist and militant sell-out, pissing tears and on their knees. A special thanks to all the Canadians who wrote to the CRTC to give them a piece of their minds. This is WAY better than the hate speech laws.

Fuck Victoria Day, And Fuck You Too!

Every time we have to celebrate the birth of this dictator, I cringe. I cringe at the millions of Canadians being utterly smug by their bondage to a foreign power. I wrench from the Natives that demand to retain colonialism as a way of relieving themselves from the plight that the same Crown allows to happen to them. I nearly shit out my insides knowing that Canada is still, now, a colony of a long-dead empire. Death to monarchy, to dictatorship, to inequality! I, a rational man, am sick of this blind reverence to someone whom we didn’t elect, nor have a say in, that is synonymous with absolute power, arbitrary power, tyranny, and abuse of power, which rules for life, is accountable to none, and is succeeded by blood. Power is private property in a monarchy, inherited like trinkets by someone we have no “right” to vote for.

The Historical Fallacy

One of the lamest excuses to conserve monarchy is the historical fallacy, that the Crown gives Canada a history. Nevermind what it actually did, but that it was somehow there during these events. The most often cited historical event is the insignificant War of 1812 when we non-violent, anti-war Canadians allegedly burned down the whitehouse. I could say that the Colonialists in the American Colonies fought the French in the Seven Years War. Hell, at that time, George Washington fought with the British. Yet did that little fact prevent the Colonists from fighting for independence from their mother country? Of course not! Nor should it be an excuse for Canadians and Canada to conserve something that is not only far away and foreign but essentially unequal and undemocratic. Its like saying that because killing the women of your family to protect the honour of your family not because of anything rational about it (because there’s absolutely nothing rational about that but rather everything wrong about that) but because it’s been happening for so long. Then there’s something wrong with you. There’s also something inherently wrong with you if you think that the British wouldn’t fight for its territory, or think that Canada existed in 1812. We exist, yes, but as a dominion, not as a sovereign state.

The reason the royalists, no doubt, keep mentioning the Americans invading our soil (which in fact was in response to the Brits invading America, a fact that all royalists and Canadian “historians” ALWAYS leave out) is because there is in their dark little hearts a bitterness from the loss of territory of their so-precious empire by their own people, who fought for a newfound country that set its own course and, unlike us, made its own history.

The Media & The Monarchy

Never in the history of any country has the media of Canada been such a whore to such a vile institution (except in Thailand, where even the slightest criticism of the monarchy is literally illegal). Any mainstream mention of the monarchy reads like something out of a celebrity gossip magazine, lauding people who are famous for no other reason other than because they were born “special”. It’s a sickening spectacle that only few had ever questioned, yet those who question are often ignored or put in the backpages of editorials, and at best have their education and intelligence either questioned or insulted, or at worst suffer accusations of treason and sedition, and suffer calls for their murder. Monarchists, of course, are more insulted than their precious monarch. Despite this, even if our media were to nakedly and openly criticize and question monarchy, while our media should do so, it’s not going to be enough in the struggle against aristocracy and colonialism.

Granted there are some pieces written about dumping the monarchy, but they are very few in number, and often written by people who say nice things about the Queen and don’t think she’s a bad person, some by people who are defeatist, soft republicans that no one either knew about nor cared about. Because of this horrible inequality in reporting, as well as the well-funded, all-powerful personality cult called the Monarchist League, Canadians young and old and in between have been brainwashed by their media, combined with a widespread lack of education and the absence of or discouraging the use of critical thought, into thinking that a benevolent dictatorship is a good dictatorship, often used in stark contrast to the more democratic United States. Security shouldn’t be a justification to conserve such an utterly evil institution, let alone any dictatorship. It may be necessary to have a strong-man in times of crisis or of war, but once that threat is removed, so should the strong-man to be replaced by someone who’d be willing enough and has the vision to deal with some lesser problems.

In any case, even if the majority of Canadians support the monarchy, it’s because they’re stupid and too infantile to handle any political discussion within this pretend country we’re living in. In Quebec, the politicians there have been devoted, for decades, towards an independent Quebec, while the Anglophones are comfortable with the sense of superiority they have over “lesser folk”. The media has pandered to the royalists, fascists, and Anglo-nationalists (like Canada’s other import from Britain, the terrorist organization called the Orange Order) alike (and this is coming from an Anglo!), who demonize and stereotype our French and Indigenous brethren, as though they’re trophies of conquest rather than human beings deserving of the same rights as anyone else. The newspapers of Canada, majority of which always pandered to the conservative, and encourage backward thought, are garbage. Why are they so conservative? Because they’re owned by royalists, and all royalists hate democracy, and hate the people, who are manipulated into being apathetic. Even the most mild of monarchists shouldn’t be trusted by any republican. Canada, which is literally a pretend country with an imported constitution written by the British parliament and an imperial colony with a British monarch as its head of state, wasn’t created because the people wanted freedom. It was only created to protect the interests of the provincial governments, regardless of the people, and to reaffirm the British Empire’s interests.

There’s been only three rebellions out of the entirety of Canadian history, all of them failures and took place in the 1800’s. Since then, we’ve been rather quiet, complicit with the way things are ever since because Canadians are in every way cowardly and stupid, and always find a way to excuse the abuses of the government, as manifest in the appalling little reaction we had towards the Ontario Privy Council imposing virtually martial law without consent of the provincial legislature. And I will keep insulting Canadians alike until Canadians wake up, until Canada becomes a real country, with a republican form of government, and until we become more energetic, more aware of the state of our newfound independence. Currently, we’re not independent. We never have been. Canada is a dominion, which is different than an independent state. It’s basically a supposedly self-governing part of a country, that country being the British Empire. But we’re not truly self-governing when we have someone elsewhere as our head of state, and a constitution that’s been imported from Britain. Canadians don’t want full independence because they’re also children, because apathy has been drilled into them because of the Canadian media, which panders these sort of things, to become instant tabloids gushing about the looks and styles of monarchs. Why do they have any political power anyway? It’s a repugnant practice that must come to an end. But only with extreme measures. The civility shit, the business-like mentality of the left, has to be dumped. We’ve got to stop purging or silencing anyone who says anything “offensive.” Offensive. What about something untrue? In fact, rather than silencing someone by, say, using the ban hammer as what the forum section of Rabble.ca frequently does, we should be able to handle and deal with the opinions of others that we don’t like, even find “offensive.” While the right merely crowds out public opinion through control of the medium, leftists simply banishes people to the nether-regions for even the mere tone of their writing, rather than trying to calm everyone down without resorting to threats or even outright banishment, as Rebecca West habitually does in the Rabble.ca forums. And this is a problem. A huge problem.

And whatever excuses the royalists have to protect or endorse monarchy (democracy is transient; power is only temporarily in a republic; all politicians, regardless of political affiliation; so-called “divine right” [nevermind the fact that there’s no god or gods or goddesses of any kind, or that humanity is one and equal with each other] and other unbelievably painful, stupid, vile and downright dangerous excuses to destroy or dismiss democracy), the lamestream media, which has been perpetually in the stranglehold of conservatives, waters such garbage down to make it more palatable to the unassuming masses to consume. Ironic how the royalists, perpetually deluded, hate democracy, yet at the same time rely on public opinion and want to appease the very masses they insult and yearn to keep enslaved, blind and obedient to their favourite demig0d or demigoddess. That job is done by Canada’s media, who are part of a well-organized conservative campaign to keep monarchy in power at all costs, even exploiting the fact that the medium is the message. And whenever they mention republican views, they have the nerve to merely mention the main reasons perpetuated by Tom Freda: fiscal necessity and chronological relevance.

In a truly free country, people should be able to speak freely about anything, however repugnant, as long as others get to freely criticize the other person’s opinion, argument, etc. Of course, royalists only believe in free speech as long as it’s not anything negative about their favourite celebrity. “We must respect her.” Why. “She’s our Queen.” So what if she’s our queen? Or king? Simply because something is, such as authority, it doesn’t automatically give them respect and immunity from any form of questioning or criticism. This is why monarchy is so evil: because someone’s in authority for no reason other than by bloodline, not by consent of the people, and answers to no one. Respect is the mantra, just as it is the mantra, the primary goal of gangsters and mafiosi. Why? Respect for what? Tradition? Power? Without question or condemnation? They have no answer.

Heirs

Kate, Prince William’s wife, is now pregnant. And the Canadian media has gone haywire over it, gushing with articles about this “exciting news.” If you read Canadian articles about the monarchy, they all become gossip columns, mainly focussing about style or other bourgeois petty soap opera drama. These, folks, rule our country. They didn’t earn power by consent of the governed. Oh no. Some evil fucker somewhere, in an effort to control the common folk and their land as his own property, invented the concepts of divine right and royal birthright. What is royal birthright? Simply put, it is the so-called right of someone to inherit things, land and people as private property. A government office is inherited like some private property. Nevermind self-governance of the people. God, if he exists, does something totally undemocratic and, without consent of the people, who could’ve been consulted with at least, chooses a leader for them. Anyone can claim such a right. No matter what “bloodline” they belong to, they are and should earn their place like everyone else. They aren’t special.