Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Harper Gov'ts Fetish with the Crown Has Gone Overboard

Look at these two rank insignias and tell me which of them looks more like it represents Canada:

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It seems pretty obvious which one represents Canada. Yet for some reason, our esteemed and hopefully soon fired Defense Minister Peter MacKay has decided that our military must move back to the latter, which is the British design.

.... why?

Of ALL the things that our military needs, ranging from modern weaponry and better vehicles to more training and co-operation with allied forces, why the hell are we getting rid of the Maple Leaf from our rank designations and going back to British ranks? Is our military permanently re-integrating with the UK military or something?

No, it just seems, for some reason, like this government is hell bent on going back to another era that many members of the modern military wouldn't have even been alive to see. Where is the great clamour for the return to British-style insignias and ranks among those that will be wearing these things?

It doesn't exist, of course. Yet we still lose our Canadian heritage because of this personal fetish of the Harper government.

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  1. I'd rather our military re-integrate with the Brits than continue its integration with the Americans. Something, anything that might arrest our descent into America's Foreign Legion would be welcome.

    That, after all, is precisely what the F-35 is about. It is a light bomber intended to serve under USAF direction, co-ordination and protection.

    I'd also welcome the return of British-style uniforms. Contrasted to the Pentagon/Wal-Mart stuff we now wear, British military tailoring was/is immaculate. Restoring the classic, blue barthea to RCAF uniforms would also be a welcome improvement from the Greyhound Bus driver outfits now in service.

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    1. Why does it have to be British-style uniforms? Why can we not create our own? Why do we need to imitate the British?

      And why would we *not* integrate more with the Americans? Last time I checked, we were not located just off the UK coast in North Sea, and the British were no longer the world's superpower. Thats just silly.

      Plus, the British themselves are integrating more with the Americans, or did you forget about that? If you wish to "arrest our descent into America's Foreign Legion," then we should start hooking up with Cuba and Venezuela, I'm sure they're not going down any pro-American route these days.

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    2. The Brits brag about their "special relationship" they have with the American Empire, so I don't see how going through the middle man to be the US's butt boy is any better.

      Personally, I'd prefer an independent Canadian foreign policy.

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  2. The schizophrenic Harper Government™ would rather be selectively upper-crust British (the former Progressive Conservatives) or Republican/Tea Party American (The Reform/Alliance faction). The only thing they agree on is that they don't want to be Canadian.

    Shameful.

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    1. Heh, very clever, never thought about it that way before.

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    2. Thanx. The divisions in their COALITION are often obvious if you know where to look.

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  4. Hmm, just looked over some family photo's from the two World Wars. The Maple Leaf was good enough for many of my relatives to wear on their shoulders whilst they fought (and yes, sometimes died). Funny thing is, the events of the two great wars were defining moments in Canadas journey to Nationhood. For the first time in history, in WWI Canadian boys came together in the fields of France, and fought under their own banners, commanded by their own officers, and marching to their fates with the Maple leaf on their shoulders. They realised that they were Canadians, not Brits. Most Canadian historians would point to those events as the moments when Canada forged a national identity. This 'rebranding' is just plain bizarre.

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    1. Thats a really good point. Our soldiers, whether in the World Wars or even as recently in Afghanistan, wore the Maple Leaf. The soldiers that *sacrificed* for this country worse the Maple Leaf right to the end. Why is this change necessary? Isn't it just a bit disrespectful for every Canadian man and woman who fought and died in combat with the Maple Leaf?

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