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Daddy, What is Sovereignty?

February 25, 2005

The Globe and Mail: Canada refuses further role in missile defence

Although Prime Minister Paul Martin said Canada would “insist” on maintaining control of its airspace, U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci warned that Washington would not be constrained.

“We will deploy. We will defend North America,” he said.

“We simply cannot understand why Canada would in effect give up its sovereignty – its seat at the table – to decide what to do about a missile that might be coming towards Canada.” [Emphasis mine.]

Wow. Hey, wait a minute, what does sovereignty mean now-a-days, anyway?

In Iraq, back in June of 04, there was much to-do about US turning over “sovereignty” to Iraqis, however, they were given no authority when it came to where our military would strike, or which city we would raze with napalm.

It would seem from this article, though, that Ambassador Cellucci has a different view of what sovereignty means. It would seem that he thinks it means having, at the very least, “a seat at the table” in deciding what the US military does on/over one’s soil.

Oh, I get it. (Somewhere a lightbulb turns on.) Iraqi’s were given a “seat at the table” back in June. But it’s just that: a seat at the table where we tell you what-the-fuck we are going to do, and you get to choose whether you want to go along and agree, or look weak and ineffectual in your objections.

We’re the Daddy, that’s why.

Here we go, new definition, as far as I can tell:

n. pl. sov·er·eign·ties

1. Supremacy of authority or Acquiescence to U.S. rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
2. Royal rank, authority, or power. (in the sense that “royalty” is impotent: a bygone institution of which now all that remains is the ceremonial and sentimental)
3. Complete Rhetorical independence and self-government.
4. A territory existing as an independent “independent” (in a rhetorical sense; within reason) state.

(Original definition found at

For clarification, we should look to what Our Fearless Leader (OFL) has to say on the subject. We don’t want to rely only on some low-level diplomat assigned to Canada for our new definition. Here is what OFL had to say when asked about tribal sovereignty at the UNITY conference in Washington DC, August 6, 2004..

Tribal sovereignty means that, it’s sovereign. You’re a — you’re a — you have been given sovereignty and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.

Who’s your Daddy, tribes? You realize you still have to do what he says, right?

I sure hope this clears everything up. Any questions?

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