Monday, June 6, 2011

Brigette, the Modern Canadian Suffragette!

Suffragettes throw flour at Brit P.M. Asquith's car.

You know, Winston Churchill was voted the greatest Briton of the century for his aggressive stand against Hitler in WWII.

But people may not remember that he used the same trademark angry confrontational rhetoric against many others, including that evil-doer Gandhi and the nefarious group of social misfits the Suffragist/ettes.

I thought of the Suffragettes when reading a CBC article about page Brigette dePape's protest at the Throne Speech Ceremonies.

With some calling dePape's act of defiance "a black eye against the page program" and almost everyone else (in Parliament) saying it was 'impolite' at the very least, I have to think there is something of the suffragette about Brigette.

And we modern enlightened types admire the suffragists/ettes, today, right? Would even Stephen Harper dare declare otherwise?

We don't have Winnie the Pugnacious to entertain us with scathing but witty putdowns of page dePape. Politicians today are comparatively inarticulate and controlled by spin doctors and adept only with soundbytes.

But according to the CBC article, we have people like Guy Giorno, Harper's election campaign boss to send shivers down our spine.

According to Giorno, this theatrical act of dissent by an intelligent, thoughtful young woman, is a serious security issue. "This time it was cardboard, but it could have been anything." the CBC says he wrote on TWITTER.

Why am I scared? Because it's just so easy to play the security card in an effort to quash criticism of the government. Today it's a young female page with a colourful STOP Harper sign, tomorrow, maybe, it's this blog, or others like it.

Indeed, equating WRITING (whether on a placard, or in a blog, or in a book) with ARMS is the most dangerous thing you can do in a free democratic society. (And Giorno was cagey enough in his Twitter twit (whatever it is) to avoid those exact terms.) Still, this statement is more outrageous than anything this page did. Considering the source.

That's my opinion, anyway, and I'll express it while I still can.

So, You GO Girl, Brigette. Your actions weren't politically correct. But neither were the suffragettes'.