From the Constitution Acts, 1982: “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.”
The point is ‘what has happened to above statement?’ Many of our cultural identities and rights have been eroded and are disappearing but we hardly notice they are going or gone any more. We are getting use to living without them. “Oh well”, we say, “what can we do”? Wakey, wakey folks.
It seems that everywhere, and I do mean everywhere I go, I hear Donald Trump this and Donald Trump that. In public wash rooms , restaurants, grocery stores, doctors offices, church and airports–everywhere. And it is not just those who like the guy. There are a growing number of groups of people who are fed up with his antics. I no longer see him as a ‘breath of fresh air’ or a guy who ‘has the brass to tell it like it is.’ He incites people and not in a good way. I now see him as dangerous and a threat to public safety and possibly our very way of life. Canada is not immune to the reach of this guy or the global ramifications of his ignorance. Just look at the last two weeks with fist fights and abusive language and threats. Here is the ‘mouth that roared’ standing in front of a crowd yelling to his followers-‘they should punch him in the face’ or ‘throw his ass out of here’ or demeaning people who have risked speaking out against someone or something they don’t agree with by saying things like ‘go home to mommy’. Is this is how world leaders talk and represent the supposed most powerful and influential country on the planet ?
He is not quite a shining example to many of our children who may be getting interested and involved in learning more about the political process for the first time. Then, when I didn’t think it could get much worse, who jumps up on the stage to run interference for poor Donald Trump–Sarah Palin. Here is a woman who has not had an original thought that mattered in years extolling the virtues of a guy who is now being compared to thugs, tyrants and dictators of the past.
But most troubling to me is the erosion of our so-called civil and human rights. I’m very concerned about my children and certainly my grandchildren. What quality of life will they experience? What freedoms will they enjoy? It seems that protest is not allowed and neither is disagreement without getting punched in the face for your troubles. The rhetoric and his behaviour is very similar to another tyrant who ran through Europe with impunity for quite awhile. How long before it becomes the norm? Once the norm becomes reality it’s like paying taxes-it will always be the norm. George Bush Jr. started this trend when he declared (911) that ‘if you are not part of the solution then you must be part of the problem.’ Not much room for discussion or debate there.
This movement to limit or reduce our national freedoms is being done, at least in Canada, under the guise of ‘multiculturalism’. I like the concept of multiculturalism and what it originally meant or suggested was possible. What I don’t care for is how it is being paraded around in front of us and held up as a model for the world when it is actually being used as a way of diminishing our basic Canadian Rights and Freedoms. I’ve included this clip from Alberta. It really demonstrates what I am speaking about-it’s worth the look–
“Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed when it all went missing.”–Unknown
Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim
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