Happy CANADA Day!

NOT Dominion Day!

Today is to celebrate the birthday of a great (though currently politically misguided) and independent country. While our Constitution may refer to the land as a “Dominion”, the term is about as anachronistic as Christians turning Leviticus in the old testament for guidance… it just doesn’t “work” in modern times.

And technically, yes, we are a Constitutional monarchy and several thousands – if not millions – of us go completely ga-ga at the notion of the visit of the grandkid of a foreign monarch and his hot wifey. But this still does not negate the fact that the monarchy, like the term “Dominion” is an anachronism beyond belief.

And I won’t even start in on the Judea-Christian roots of the term. You all can guess my thoughts about that!

Anyhow, happy Canada Day, my friends! And it is with hope that on the arrival of next year’s 145th birthday, the political pendulum will have begun to swing away from the current state of monarchism, militarism and hyper-conservatism

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2 Comments to “Happy CANADA Day!”

  1. “But this still does not negate the fact that the monarchy, like the term “Dominion” is an anachronism beyond belief.”

    You realize calling something anachronistic is the laziest type of argument, right? The constitution specifically refers to an entity that is a) a federation and b) a monarchy to be a dominion (the concept was pretty new at the time). Dominion is basically a gender-neutral term for a kingdom (because Canada is polite like that).

    Anachronism is defined as “a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time.”

    Since Canada both continues to be a dominion and a monarchy calling them anachronisms is not only lazy, it is inaccurate.

    But go ahead and enjoy your bit of empty-headed rhetoric. 🙂

    • trashee says:

      Hmmm… liked your comment until your petty little ad hominem attack at the end… don’t see why that was necessary.
      But, whatever..
      I would argue that the definition does indeed apply to the monarchy – outside of the technical fact that Canada remains a constitutional monarchy.
      To wit: a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time.
      It is, in practice, a chronological inconsistency that insists on the perpetuation of persons (the queen), and customs from a different period of time (as in, bygone years). To put it simply, the monarchy in Canada (and I would argue elsewhere as well) is an institution from bygone centuries that is inconsistent with the democratic and social realities of the 21st century.
      But we will differ, of course.
      Please continue to comment, but leave the pettiness behind, would ya?

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