I don't really pay much attention to the news, other than the entertainment news, because I'm shallow that way. Lately though, here in Ontario, we can't get away from this thing called THE G20 SUMMIT. There's also a slightly smaller shindig called a G8 SUMMIT. Apparently this involves getting a whole bunch of world leaders together. (Sadly, all I can think of is a puppet in a khaki uniform singing about being so rone-ry.)
Anyways, the news has been packed full of stories about security fences and protestors wearing dirty bandannas around their heads, and something about a fake lake for reporters who didn't get up to Huntsville to see all the pretty real lakes in cottage country. You know, like, welcome to Canada, we'd show you our lovely scenery but we don't have time so here, look at what our scenery would look like if you were seeing it for real. But this is fake. Hope you like Canada.
Also this is costing those of us who pay taxes (which I fully intend to do this year, honest) a large amount of scratch. Like, lots of money. I think 2 billion. Or maybe 47 trillion. Just a whole truckload of theoretical dough. Which we will have to fork out in taxes.
So blah blah blah.
Today my daughter turned on the TV and what do we see? Burning police cars. Officers in full riot gear. Black clad anarchists bashing the hell out of anything in their path. Worst of all: people standing around watching this all go down like it's highly entertaining, grinning, pointing and taking pictures, apparently unaware that burning cars have a nasty habit of EXPLODING.
Welcome to Canada?
Is this just a big city thing?
Is this a result of getting a bunch of world leaders together, bringing out the frustrations of the easily frustrated and annoyingly vocal?
Are some people just determined to make a mess of everything? Anarchists... do they just need something to do? Because I've found, seriously, that a lot of possibly destructive angst can be dissipated with a baseball bat and an old fibreglas truck cap in the back yard. Breaking bottles against bricks? Not good, fun, or smart.
I don't get it. I don't understand politics. I have never joined a protest. I don't know if I'll ever get why you'd want to make a conspicuous nuisance of yourself to make a point.
I'm just pretty embarrassed, is all.