Tuesday July 12, 2011
Christy, Sarah & the Riot
The things that bond us together can tear us apart
Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC
ver notice the similarity between these two right wing women? Christy Clark and Sarah Palin? Neither like other women, at least those engaged in actually working to benefit the community, such as nurses and school teachers (yes, I know men are also work in these professions.)
Both Clark and Palin try to project their love and concern for families in
general in their rhetoric, but in practice most of their love goes to rich
families. Still, these are two tough sounding ladies. Especially tough on
crime. While Christy Clark hasn’t as yet flourished her rifle (if she has
one) over her kill as does Palin, Clark can sound just as tough. Consider
her “you-can-run-but you can’t hide” threats to the street rioters after the
Deservedly so? Yes and no. Am I being soft on crime to point out that young people ape the adults in their society? In every society on earth? Game night you had a bunch of young males (yes, a few females were involved ) who have a dearth of alpha male models of honesty and altruism to ape.
Young people can be very idealistic; they yearn for good lives. Young men want to identify with something that will contribute to their growing sense of masculinity. They are searching for what it means to be a man. The only place they have to look is to the other men around them. Of course they recognize there are many hardworking honest men everywhere.
But in a highly individualist and competitive society young men also
recognize that honest, hardworking men are not necessarily rewarded fairly
for their efforts. And they look up to men who know how to win. They have
been taught by male culture that winning is everything? This makes
everybody, especially young men, emotionally skewed. But where did they get
this idea only winning counts?
From the adult alpha males (and females) in their world who consider losing anything important a humiliation not to be endured. And we heard this message constantly from the media leading up the game. Just the expectation of winning was front page news for many weeks before the game.
The message that came unremittingly from the media, politicians, and business leaders was that hockey was the thing that held Canada together. All of Canada was involved. This was it. We just had to win. We were bound to. All the important people said so. Obscene amounts of money were poured into this game. The testosterone in the air was palpable. Many young males identification with the hockey players became complete.
And then our hockey players lost. Which meant many of the young men felt
they had lost, too. This was not only a national disgrace, but a personal
one. The high expectation, fueled by alcohol, turned to anger. Against whom?
I believe their anger was, at bottom, directed against a society that
betrays them at every turn. How so?
By expecting young people to be better than the adults around them. Christy Clark sounded like an avenging angel of the Lord out to skin these young people alive. But my belief is that she projected such outrage because she knows herself to be a plunderer and a coward. If she were not a coward she would order an investigation into the BC Rail fiasco. She would want to explain fully to the public why Basi and Verk were given 6 million dollars in return for their agreement not to name the higher ups in government they claimed had given them the orders to commit criminality.
Could that be because Christy Clark was the deputy premier of British
Columbia when the deals surrounding the BC Rail sale were made? And that she
knows very well who the higher ups were because she was one of them? And is
this the real reason she wouldn’t come out and debate David Eby during the
bi-election? Because she dreads any pointed questions about the BC Rail sale
worse than she would a coiled rattlesnake? I think so.
Well, Christy Clark, carry on. But those words “you can run but you can’t hide” directed toward temporarily out of control young people may come back to haunt you.
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