That's a given. Other than for what it symbolizes, rebranding the government in Harper's name is really small potatoes compared to the Conservatives' systematic assault on the mechanics of accountability and the apparatus of democratic governance. What these bastards are attacking is nothing less than civil society itself. Nothing new there either.
And the best the Liberals can throw at them is Iggy and the Tone-Deafs?
But it goes deeper than that. On a more fundamental level, it really doesn't matter whether it's Iggy or Bob Rae or the great and powerful Oz, because the Liberal Party isn't going to make any fundamental changes to the stranglehold that the corporate continentalists have on our political system and our governing institutions. "Free trade," privatization, class warfare and the shredding of the safety net and social fabric are going to continue regardless of whether Harper gets his majority or the opposition parties actually find their cojones and form a coalition.
There's a rather worthwhile discussion going on over at thwap's place in the comments on this post. Don't know where it's going, but it's good reading at least.
In a sort of roundabout way, this brings me back to what spurred this post in the first place: the gratuitous humiliation and sadism currently being visited upon Private Bradley Manning, the whistleblower currently under suspicion for having leaking information to Wikileaks. He's been under arrest since last May. Currently he's being held in solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig. He is shackled hand and foot when he has visitors.
|Bradley Manning (h/t fullissue.com)|
Guy was forced to strip naked and stay in his cell for seven hours yesterday. When the brig supervisor dropped by to do a head count, Pte. Manning was forced to stand at attention. His clothes were returned to him ten minutes later, and he was then told that the same thing is going to happen again.
Couple of observations:
The United States continues to sink closer and closer to third world human rights standards. (Larisa Alexandrovna)
This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification. It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. PFC Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation. (LTC David Coombs)
Now it's not far-fetched to think that this kind of thing probably gives people like Harper a big woodie, but in all honesty, is there any reason to think Iggy or anyone else the Liberal Party manages to cough up will be that much better?
No. More than labels, more than undoing the damage inflicted by globalization, more than rolling back the oligarchic assault on virtually every bit of progressive social policy since the French Revolution, even more than getting rid of Harpoon, what we need to do more than ever is put some distance between ourselves and the corrupt, decadent, demented, gangrenous and increasingly insane mass to the south. Smile tightly, and back away slowly. Don't care what we have to do to get there.