Funny how much of the corporate media is doing exactly that on Senator Nancy Ruth’s tangent: they’re shutting the fuck up it would appear. I went to check Google news as well as the yahoo news pages which as everyone knows has all the day’s headlines and it would seem that for the most part, the mainly Harpercon media has taken Nancy Ruth’s advice. I didn’t find anything. In fact, I had to search for her name on Google News to actually find anything. It is slim pickings. Oddly, there are more blogs about it than media pages.
Since I published my post yesterday, complete with audio link yesterday, I had read the other blogs on the subject which appear to be divided on this issue. Hell, even my commenters had differing views. There are bloggers like Willy Loman and JJ , who are of the opinion that we have to remember Sen. Nancy Ruth as a champion of gay and women’s rights; that she is simply the ‘messenger’ with much insider knowledge, sending an warning of what could and would surely come if the NGOs and other activists didn’t stop pushing the issue of abortion being a part of that G8 package. Given how many groups Stevie Spiteful cut funding to, it is a strong possibility. Below is a list from Antonia Zerbisias via Dammit Janet of the groups whose funding was cut by Stevie in only the past 2 weeks. Thanks, Fern Hill. Man, does he operate fast:
These groups have been defunded by HarperCons (CIDA and SOW) in past 2 weeks:
1. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
2.CERA (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation);
3.Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (around for 25 years)… See More
4.New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition,
5. le Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec,
6.Alberta Network of Immigrant Women,
7.Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition feminine,
8.Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS),
9.Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) (a 75-member coalition primarily of first stage emergency shelters for
There are still others like Thor who believe Ruth is actually a Harpercon and simply showed her true Harpercon colours. Still others like Impolitical who, like myself, understand how Stevie Spiteful is vengeful and intimidating and seeing that she was just illustrating this, but nonetheless, don’t like how the message was delivered. I think the latter is the most likely.
Perhaps we wouldn’t be ‘shooting the messenger’ if we knew who or what she was really advocating for? For those who remember the supposed ‘red tory’s’ work with human rights in the past, here are 2 questions:
1) If she was really such a good woman who caved under Harpercon pressures who means well, why is she still affiliated with Steve’s caucus? Why hasn’t she crossed the floor? Ok, not as a Liberal, perhaps, but as an independent?
2)I was always under the impression that these lifetime senate appointments were bullet proof; they couldn’t fired. Is it even possible to punish a senator?
After the two above questions are asked, one has to ask why such a champion of human rights is not using her position in the senate to fight Brother Steve and his puppets in this matter, rather than threatening a group of NGOs to shut the fuck up, or else? Come to think of it, yes, Steve stacked the senate in his favor, however, there are still quite a few Liberal and independent senators; why don’t more of them fight Steve on not only abortion necessarily, but on other issues, like his costly, unnecessary, useless tough on crime bills, or the twiggy lookalike with mullet, Hoeppner’s crusade to end gun control, or those damned Afghan Detaineed documents?
We know that MPs and staff who disagree with Steve have their careers ruined, all one has to do is ask Linda Keen and Richard Colvin. But senators with their lifetime appointments? I would surely like to see them at least attempting to earn their tax-payer paid 6 figure salaries and lavish wasteful expense accounts other than appearances at white tie rubber chicken dinners. I think many Canadians would like to see that happen.
Oddly, the only senator of any political stripe who has spoken out against Master Steve was actually the Hockey illiterate appointed by Steve himself: Jacques Demers regarding Steve’s new tough on crime proposals. As far as I know, he’s still a senator, the sky didn’t fall down. Sure, he’ll be dismissed as the hockey illiterate, but at least he tried something positive; he tried to fight his boss.
This whole episode also begs the question as to why these so-called Red Tory MPs and senators of the now defunct Progressive Conservative label, now Harpercons (and that is a majority of them) are still doing their boss’s bidding? Why do they accept to jump when Steve barks? Why don’t they just sit as independents if they have a distaste for all the parties? That way, they can perhaps join the opposition parties in doing battle against Stevie Spiteful. Again, not just about abortion, either abroad, or here at home. There are so many other very important issues.
I have mentioned this before and I will mention it again, most of the so-called small ‘c’ or red tory who were politicians of the now defunct Progressive Conservative eagerly made the choice to not only join the newly merged ReformaTories with their evangelism and Steve’s dictator ways, but to actually embrace the Reformatory theocracy and to tout that party line. As such, they had been eagerly not only steered on Steve’s sharp right turn, but they actually defend everything about their boss. Those who do speak their minds leave or get fired or cross the floor and they seem fine with that and I think their constituents appreciated that, like Bill Casey. No, they don’t have my sympathy. Even these Harpercon women seem to accept being treated as second class citizens in the House of Commons. They too can cross the floor and stand up and do battle if they really liked. Same goes for Nancy Ruth for that matter.
No, Ruth’s display of beligerance yesterday is more indicative that she is now a Harpercon and she is doing his bidding; that perhaps her days of a champion of human rights are in the past than a warning and hint of Steve’s intentions where abortion is concerned, and the threat of him cutting funding to the aid program altogether (which, as I mentioned yesterday, would further plummet Steve’s reputation on the world stage, not that he cares). She came off as more someone to tell us to be good little boys and girls to sit down and shut up or else rather than trying to be helpful.
This is why it is incumbent upon us average citizens, bloggers and yes, other groups not to shut the fuck up. It is more important than ever given the majority of MSM outlets (anyone buy Canwest papers yet? Any chance of it being a more balanced company or consortium purchasing them?) being in lockstep with Harpercons that we make as much noise as possible, again, not only about abortion, but about so many other items Steve can’t wait for a majority to unveil I’m sure. If we don’t , before we know it, we will find ourselves living in archaic times, in darkness under a Brother Steve totalitarian regime and wondering how it happened.
Another thought, nobody ever got anything done by sitting down and being quiet like good little boys and girls. In fact, more often than not, being good little boys and girls doesn’t come with any rewards. Being quiet over abortion will not help keep it legal here in Canada, in fact, Dean DelMastro’s speech from three years afo, as well as private members’ bills like Rod Bruinooge’ s should serve as warnings themselves that only an opposition to a minority government, however ‘weak’ they may seem to some folks, are what’s keeping Steve and Harpercons from criminalizing abortions as well as some other insidious aspirations and goals of their’s.