Monday, February 20, 2012

Give Me a Freekin Break Day

Today in the Province of Manitoba we are enjoying ... not necessarily "celebrating" ... what has been titled "Louis Riel Day".

The fact of the matter is that the whole reason for having a statuatory vacation day in the middle of February is based on one sole fact. Canadian winters in general really suck and that every one is in desperate need of a chance to break up the tedium of short days and shitty weather.

This February holiday business  all started with one of those meaningless "name a day" exercises where a government makes itself appear useful in some way by by placing an official stamp of  recognition on some event or idea ... no matter how irrelevant or meaningless in the larger scheme of things. You will often see these "days" highlighted on your wall calendars and possibly wonder just what the heck they mean or why they are highlighted in such a way. They also provide an opportunity for the empty meat deprived brain chambers of the public media to blather on ... thus filling up broadcast time print column space.

From Timeanddate dot com :  "Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year's Day until Good Friday."

The impetus for adopting the February general holiday Manitoba ... our Happy Socialist Paradise ...the commissars of the NDP government chose to use the event as an exercise in Politically Correct propagandizing. This was done by holding a competition among school children to come up with a name and theme for our new sanctioned day off work. Of course, under the direction of those paragons of deep thought and historical awareness ... our public school administrations ... the inevitable result was achieved and we are saddled with yet another piece of official support for a man whose accomplishments are at best questionable.

But this is the way  with socialists. There is no fact or history that cannot by revised and used as tool to justify their own actions. In fact, there is seldom any action taken by socialists that is not done under the pretense of some such manufactured justification.
Which brings me to my point.
Why is it necessary that we go through such an exercise in the first place? Is it not sufficient to say that in the interest of public good ... that being good health and well being in the face of tiresome and wearying winters ... we the people of this northern nation deserve a break?

Do we actually NEED a government manufactured contrivance to justify doing what we chose to do for our own sake?

I for one ... am quite happy to take this day for what it really is and spend a day off work, free from my obligation to an employer, doing exactly whatever I feel like doing with my own time.
No contrived justification necessary.

BTW .... Metis Online has a trove of information about Riel related things.

For my part .... I'm spending some time wondering how many of these school children are ever taught about anything other than Riel centered history when it comes to Manitoba and the foundations of our province.


OMMAG

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4 Comments:

Blogger Riverman said...

We refer to this holiday as "Traitor Day". Has a nice ring to it eh?

2/20/2012 10:44 AM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Historical fact about Louis Riel... hanged as traitor to the crown.

Historical revisionist view ... Persecuted hero and martyr for Metis cause.

Historical reality ... Riel was not the annointed leader of Metis people... just SOME metis people. Who mostly lived in the US territories.

2/20/2012 11:02 AM  
Blogger KurtP said...

Well....Presidents Day was taken....

2/21/2012 8:22 PM  
Blogger Gino said...

i belive the metis were also the first inhabitants of chicago. if so, i have a lot of that bloodline in me (about 1/3).

but hey, any dude who was a 'traitor to the crown', or any crown for that matter, is totally cool by me.

crowns are just socialism for the extreme few that everybody else pays for.

2/22/2012 10:53 PM  

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