A Pre-Election Wake up Call by Kevin D. Annett
September 29, 2015
When I was barely fifteen years old I was nearly expelled from school after I loudly urged the other kids at University Hill Secondary to not pay their student council fees. It was my first overtly political act.
What prompted my call was that I had just learned to my outrage that our ostensibly “democratically elected” student council was in fact governed by an adult “supervisor”, the school’s Vice-Principal, who had to approve any of its decisions, and who could summarily dismiss the entire council if he so chose.
Welcome to Canada.
None of my fellow students back then seemed especially comfortable with self-government, any more than do most Canadians today. My fifteen year old self was called nasty names and told to stop rocking the boat when he impudently suggested that those we elect should be accountable to us, and not to an omnipotent father figure. For adolescents, and the Canadian electorate, prefer to defer to some august “supervisor” with the power to overrule their wishes, whether that shadow ruler be a Vice-Principal or a Governor-General. After all, every Member of Parliament we elect takes their Oath of True Allegiance and obligation not to We, the People, or to a Constitution, but to “Queen Elizabeth the Second and all of her descendants”.
In any responsible system of government, handing over one’s authority to unaccountable servants of a foreign ruler is normally considered an act of sedition. But such crime is the law here in Canada: a ritualized loss of sovereignty we like to call federal elections. And once again, we’re all set to repeat this treasonous farce on October 19.
Now, I don’t particularly care what shade of political opinion we choose to sell out our nation with next month, whether that be Tory Blue, Liberal Red, NDP Orange or Groovy Green. These politicians, like our high school puppet student government, all play the same deceitful game. And none of them who you elect on October 19 will represent or be answerable to you one bit. Just like at my old high school, our “democratically elected” politicians can be dismissed at any time by just one guy: in Canada’s case, a colonial fossil called the Governor General, whose official title is “the Queen’s representative and official Head of State”.
Forty five years ago when I dared to suggest that we refuse to fund a lie posing as democracy, I experienced my first taste of public rebuke and banning. None of my fellow high schoolers wanted to even look my way after I spoke my heresy. Whether then or now, slaves never like to have their chains pointed out to them. But adolescents and Canadians all have to grow up eventually; and the first act of maturity is to see things as they are, and not as we’ve been told they are.
The old codger who actually ran our student council all those years ago was a stumbling fart named Arthur Lower, who seemed harmless enough, despite his tendency to fall asleep during council meetings. But if Art had have been caught and tried for raping some kid or stuffing a body in a garbage dump somewhere, I’d like to hope that committing such a felony would have disqualified him from being our student council’s “head of state”.
Sadly, no such simple logic or justice applies here in Canada. For as it turns out, an equally tottering figurehead named Lizzie Windsor who is the CEO of our nation is in fact a convicted felon, duly prosecuted by an international court. On October 10, 1964 while in Kamloops, British Columbia, “Queen” Elizabeth kidnapped ten aboriginal children who were never seen again; and she also approved the murderous residential schools genocide that killed another 50,000 or more children. But still that royal criminal sits on her throne, and is deferred to and sanctioned by every elector, politician, cop and judge in Canada.
Does that sound right to you?
You know, it’s not every day that any Johnny and Susie Canuck can commit both treason and the aiding and abetting of a convicted criminal simply by marking an “x” on a ballot. We are, after all, allotted only about ten such scratches of “democracy” in a lifetime. Taking responsibility for one’s self, and one’s own nation, seems to be an onerous burden for many Canadians, who generally prefer to leave weighty matters of state and politics to child rapists, psychopathic lawyers and real estate speculators. And so while surrendering our sovereignty to yet another criminal in high office is not an especially un-Canadian thing to do, it is really becoming all too banal, and unjustified.
However, we can all do something different, believe it or not. We can actually take back our nation.
In his book The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli warned those of us who contemplate creating a new order of things that we will only succeed if we are armed, and if necessary we force the people to believe in the new way. Unarmed prophets, Machiavelli says, will always fail, for they must rely on the constant good will of the people, who are by nature fickle and easily turned. I’ve learned that hard lesson many times over. And so even now, when a new Republic is being envisioned and established to replace the old regime of Canada, the fickle crowd waits, and hesitates, even when nearly 60% of them believe that the crowned head of Britain must indeed fall in the dust.
Back at University Hill Secondary school, things finally did change for our body politic. Two years after I called for an end to our puppet student government, we achieved precisely that. Without waiting for anybody’s approval we established instead our own weekly Students’ Assembly, consisting of anyone who wanted to attend, debate and vote on any matter in the school. For the first time, we experienced self-government and the breath of liberty, but only because we had created it for ourselves.
What adolescents can do, even Canadians can attempt. Our new Republic will be won from the ground up, by establishing and maintaining such popular Peoples’ Assemblies that will draft and enforce the laws and Constitution of our new society. And so instead of voting away your liberty to a corrupt foreign tyranny on October 19, shut down or shun the voting stations and convene your own local Assembly that will elect delegates to a national Republican Congress.
That kind of direct sovereign action will be our answer to all of the puppets and the tyrants. It’s called genuine democracy. It’s called the Republic of Kanata. And it beats slavery, every time.
https://youtu.be/FW82Tp36Mkw (broadcast of this commentary)