Two Liberals and a Green, you've all come out slamming Brigette DePape for disrespecting protocol, the Sovereign, and the institution of our democracy. You clearly don't get it.
You see, two of you at least had five years to figure out how to stop Harper but you couldn't do it. You even got as far as a contempt motion, but botched every prior opportunity to defeat Harper including the last election, allowing a minority of Canadians to reelect that contemptuous government to a majority. It was up to you and your parties to stop the Harper machine and you utterly failed at that task.
Yet somehow you and Harper got to keep your jobs, and Ms. DePape does not. Instead, you admonish her for what? Did she embarrass you? Point out your failure a little too bluntly?
Contempt of parliament is a crime of high disrespect toward parliament yet there sits Harper today at the right hand of the Crown, rewarded it seems for his contempt.
What right then do you have to demand she protest elsewhere? You are representatives of institutional failure. You could not put your partisan interests aside enough to defeat a party intent on destroying the Canada built largely by one of your parties and the green Canada the other seeks to protect. The government you allowed to gain a majority has spent the past five years attempting to thwart and subvert the conventions, norms, and rules of our system of government, and you condescend from a great height at a mere page with small sign?
Pretty rich commentary I say considering that you three now amount to elected eunuchs in the face of a Harper majority. Pretty rich that this Harper majority will do what it can in the next four years to prevent your parties from effectively challenging it come the next poll.
Here's the thing: Many of us poor plebes, eligible voters that we are, think you're worse than useless. Aside from a few die hard fanatics, we are a deeply cynical bunch. Many of us do not like class and hierarchy. We do not like your linkages to big business, your promotion of the tar sands, your inability to provide basic health and education to the most vulnerable members of Canadian society. We are terrified for our children by your lack of action on climate change. We are disenfranchised by your inability to enact the electoral reform that would have prevented the present state of affairs. We despise your constant lies and spin. We loathe the sense of entitlement that allows you to sneeringly condemn a young woman for pointing out your inadequacy.
You see, when the make-up and function of parliament fails to accurately represent and serve its constituents, it loses legitimacy in the eyes of those constituents. We are no longer dazzled by the pomp and ceremony. We see the ranks of generals and admirals, high court justices, politicians, senators, the gentlemen usher of the black rod, and the sergeant-at-arms in his funny hat, and they begin to look ridiculous. It looks like an alien rite for the rich and powerful, full of symbolism, but utterly devoid of relevant meaning. So many uniformed servants to liars, thieves, and yes-men; ubiquitous sycophants seduced by the illusions and trappings of power and prestige.
You all look terribly important surrounded by all that pomp and ceremony, but you still have to wipe the shit from your own asses like the rest of us.
When we come to understand that, you're naked, and all the ranks, titles, honorifics, post-nominals you dangle off yourselves become so many baubles and trinkets to be mocked by a public angry and fearful at the consequences of your many failures...
With your job comes responsibility.