WebElf Report Commentary
It’s easy to rant.. and fun to rip and snort superficially on a topic. Simple answers are fun to use as a club to beat others over the head: it’s a failing of our fallen human natures. Thus, here at FreeMarkSteyn, the Rants & Screeds Department doesn’t get much business– because we respect our audience too much to give them cheap & easy stuff.
With that said, it’s become clear through this controversy to a lot of Canadians– on the left and right and middle– that something is wrong with Canada. We have, quietly busy in our midst, soft totalitarians who are quietly working and hoping for various forms of soft-totalitarianism. Whether Jihad or a UN-mandated free-speech-free utopia, in one sense it doesn’t much matter.
Traitors In Our Midst
Of course, those Canadians who are not recent immigrants from various religious dictatorships are worse. The fact that they’re not advocating our takeover by a Hitler or Stalin may fool us slightly, as do the odd forms of warfare and political conflict we face today from non-state enemies.
Yet, to wish and work for the overthrow of the freedoms of some, then more, then everybody; to seek to muzzle faithful Christians; to create joke-courts which would make “Raving Roland” Freisler* proud (though he’d suggest the addition a handy guillotine to quiet uppity enemies of the state).. well, as one of the good lawyers said in BC this week, we’ve already been there, done that in the past 75 years.
Herr General Freisler didn’t much believe in rules of evidence, innocence or guilt, truth, due process, fair comment, qualified witnesses, freedom, true justice, or any other such frivolities. His spiritual grand-children are emerging in Canada, in the investigation and workings of the HRCs, and their Marsupial Court tribunals. Of course, he too was only trying to Make The World A Better Place.
The Cost Of Freedom
That the Hitlerian-Stalinite showcourt of the BCHRCT was taking place in the same time as we remember the costly victories of D-Day and beyond only highights the evil and injustice and traitorous nature of those who are trying to tear down and throw away that very civilization which was only preserved against one form of Leftist totalitarian evil by battles on sea, land, and air by hundreds of thousands of Canadian, American, and British troops, planes, and ships.
In a posting on FreeMarkSteyn.com the other day we quoted:
“Just something to remember: 64 years ago today Canadian and other allied troops stormed the beaches of France to begin the final takedown of the totalitarian Nazi regime. Those Canadian, British,American, Polish and French soldiers fought and died to protect us and to preserve the freedoms that characterize democracy. Think of that as we behold this Tribunal, and think of how far we have fallen. Have we betrayed the ideals who went ashore on 6 June 1944? During WW I John McCrae wrote “If ye break faith with us who die/We shall not sleep/Though poppies grow/In Flanders Fields.” Are those poor guys spinning in their graves?”
After reading that, Christian blogger & writer Denyse O’Leary then wrote to some of us (quoted with permission):
“If ye break faith with us who die … ”
Friends, my own father, who is nearly ninety, phoned me the other night and said that very thing (but less articulately). He reminded me that he had fought in the war. He was in Bomber Command. Most of the men he fought with died. (He was shot down but survived and escaped – a rare thing.)
Why?, he said, re Mark Steyn. How can this be happening? He had read Mark’s book and a number of his articles.
I said, Dad, I am doing what I can. I am getting to be an old woman, so I don’t need to live more. I will take any honourable risk. But I don’t know just what to do and when.
The one thing I could tell Dad for sure is this: Don’t take it out on Muslims. Most Canadian Muslims are not supporting this. The few who do are birds of passage flying flags of convenience.
No, I said, the type of people who built the Berlin Wall survived. Now they are building this. Do you understand?
He said he did. I hope it helps.
But the people who hate freedom so much will not go away just because we shout “#$%$##$%%!” at them. Especially not when they are totally entrenched.
I am sure that Ezra is right and that we must make it about people losing their ridings or their chances of promotion or their cushy grants.
Spare A Loogie
So, freedom-haters, the next time you see a Vet or attend a Remembrance Day Service, you might as well spit on a veteran, and maybe flash them a “Zeig Heil!” Make Roland Freisler proud. It really doesn’t matter if you’re “Just following orders doing your job”– you’ve already chosen sides. O tinpot tyrannical twit from some HRC hoping to silence a God-loving priest, a freedom-loving author, a Canada-loving lawyer, and all the rest of us not willing to bend the knee to evil, however soft, reasonable, and persistant it may seem.
You silent media-watchdogs: hang your heads, O gutless and unCanadian labradoodles, aiding and abetting evil and those who would silence you and all Canadians forever.
You truth-haters and freedom-haters simply do not deserve Canada; the sacrifices of her warriors; the sweat of her builders and fore bearers; the strength of her people; the prayers of her churches; the pride of her history. And you modern Nazi-defenders and Stalinites, I will fight for your freedoms and rights, then remorselessly expose and demolish the putrefaction of your evil views. Canada belongs to those who love her and the freedoms of her people of past, present, and future generations.
Sadly, this is the state of Canadian democracy in the early 21st century.
We been warned.
* P.S., Dear Shaidle: Some of us use WikiPedia only after checking the basic historical accuracy, and as a way to let the non-expert get an introduction to a topic. It can be biased, tendentious, shallow, and all the rest, but it’s better than throwing off-putting gobs of text at people.
“I am a Canadian,
a free Canadian,
free to speak without fear,
free to worship in my own way,
free to stand for what I think right,
free to oppose what I believe wrong,
free to choose those who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom I pledge
to uphold for myself and all mankind.”
Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, July 1, 1960, House of Commons
& enshrined in the Canadian Bill of Rights.