Sunday, June 12, 2011

Senator David Tkachuk On DePape's Publicity Stunt

Addressing his fellow Senators, he might have been preaching to the choir, but that doesn't make his words any less of the truth:
We were all surprised by what she did. Being a familiar face, it struck few of us as odd when she made her way from her place into the middle of the chamber. Many of us thought she was there to assist someone, not to protest. She walked back and forth with her STOP Harper sign until the Sergeant-at-Arms from the House acted to remove her.

This was clear contempt for the Parliament she had sworn to serve, taking place as it did in the middle of one of the most democratic acts in the world -- a post election address from the Queen's representative, who was flanked by a newly elected Prime Minister and the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Onlookers were MPs lead by a speaker who won a seat in this great institution at the age of 25, only a few years older than the protesting page.
There are those who have characterized what she did as heroic.

No. Heroic are the men and women, many of them her age or younger, who serve in Afghanistan, defending the principles and practices of democracy that resulted, most recently, in the election we just had.

What she did was not heroic. She was surrounded not by enemies but by people she could trust not to harm her. People unlike her, who believe in and adhere to a code of civil behaviour.
Meanwhile the ill-famous super-brat wants to take her protest further and asks for more cash:
"...It is a country of people burning with desire for change. If I was able to do what I did, I know that there are thousands of others capable of equal, or far more courageous, acts …..” Blah, blah, blah, blah. And then, “I have been inspired most of all by Asmaa Mahfouz, the 26-year-old woman who issued a video calling for Egyptians to join her in Tahrir Square. People did, and they together made the Egyptian revolution. Her words will always stay with me: “As long as you say there is no hope, then there will be no hope, but if you go and take a stand, then there will be hope.” Yes love, you’re just like her.

The nonsense ends with – oh yes – a call for cash. “Brigette DePape is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa. She has started a fund to support peaceful direct action and civil disobedience against the Harper agenda..."
In other words, after university, public-funded theatre, and the page programme, she still wants other people to pay for her self-indulgence. Forget the hungry, the homeless, and the helpless – Briggy needs your money! Now!
Now there she may face a serious problem. The public that praises her action as "heroic" prefers snatching cash from someone else's pockets, rather than parting with their own money.

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