Remembrance Day 2019

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy son’s sons…

Deuteronomy 4:9

It’s been 101 years since the war ended. Time flies when…

Remembrance Cenotaph, City Hall, Edmonton, Alberta

I’m going to pay special attention to the Great War, World War I, in this post. My prior post on remembrance for the 75th anniversary of D-Day is here. A young acquaintance of mine asked me earlier this year if the Great War was World War II. He did not know there were two World Wars. So, you get the Great War this year.

Most of the readership here is not Canadian, so I’ll go over the ways in which my country respects those who served in war. Remembrance Day is Canada’s national memorial day. It was chosen as it was the day in 1918 when the Great War finally ended. Most British Commonwealth members adopted this day as their Memorial Day. In the United States of America, it is referred to as Veterans Day.

Tradition holds that one or two minutes of silence are observed beginning at 11:00 AM. Most nations hold some kind of memorial ceremony, and in Canada, each of the provinces hold one and the federal government does as well. In Ottawa, the ceremony takes place at the National War Memorial where Elgin Street meets Wellington Street, next to the Rideau Canal, half a block east of Parliament. In what must have been the ultimate foreshadowing, it was dedicated in May of 1939. Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was laid at the same site in 2000.

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National War Memorial, Ottawa (Canadian Heritage)

When I attended it several years ago, people flooded the streets to pay respects and traffic in downtown Ottawa came to a halt. Our prime minister always attends, and many dignitaries also make the trip to Ottawa. We even sometimes get one of the Canadian Royal Family (same as of the United Kingdom as far as I can tell). The speeches are made, the Anthem is sung, wreaths are laid, the bells of the Peace Tower ring out, a 21 gun salute is fired, and the Canadian Air Force flies overhead. If you ever get a chance, go see it.

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By Benoit Aubry, Ottawa

 

Remembrance Poppies are a big thing in Canada. These small plastic poppies are pinned to the left side of the coat or jacket, nearer the heart the better. They appear at least a couple of weeks before Remembrance Day. They are to be worn from the last Friday in October to November 11th. Donations are asked in exchange for poppies, and go to the Canadian Legion which uses the money to help Canadian veterans and their families. The Legion has a poppy wearing guide here. Store owners usually place the open cardboard boxes with poppies in them near the till or checkout. It is customary to drop a Toonie (2 Dollar Coin) in exchange for a poppy. Although, some stores have moved them behind the counter as some are raided for the cash when staff are not looking.

The poppy is the memorial symbol because of Anna Guérin. She was a French citizen who gave away paper poppies in exchange for donations to help orphans in war torn France, starting in 1919. Initially, she went to the US to raise funds, but the idea took hold across the world.

Poppies are also prominent in a very famous poem about the Great War: In Flanders Fields. John McCrae, a physician and Second Boer War veteran, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a gunner and medical officer, at 41 years of age. He wrote the poem on May 3, 1915, after attending a friend’s funeral, who had died after a chlorine gas attack by the Germans. In spite of that horror, the Canadians held the line for over two weeks.

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(Some Canadiana: Since 1952, the locker room of the Montreal Canadiens has the second and third lines from the third stanza printed on the wall above the stalls. This has survived the move into their latest home at the Centre Bell in 1996.)

Swedish Power Metal band Sabaton has a choral version of In Flanders Fields here:

Sabaton’s latest album is The Great War. They are a power metal band and so they play with speed, clean vocals, and are usually quite upbeat. They write songs about glory in war and military. The Great War is probably their finest album. Their songs almost always give a sense of glory to the characters they write about. But not this album. In several songs there is simply a lamentation that the soldiers who lost their lives did so for no good purpose. It was not until I listened to this album that I understood fundamentally why the Great War was such a terrible conflict.

In that war, the efforts of the European powers, using industrial processes, collectivism, and managerialism, turned the ENTIRETY of their nation’s productive capacity towards instruments of war which were designed to kill soldiers, and brought them to bear all across Europe and Asia. This was an effort that had begun under Kings such as France’s Louis XIV, improved under Napoleon and Lincoln, reaching its fruition in the Great War, and then perfected for profiteers in World War II. Against the might of that unseeing and unsympathetic monolith, where was there any chance of glory? There was little, and most were annihilated in an orgy of wanton carnage. Sabaton memorializes this in song when, 101 years later, we have forgotten:

Great War

 

Where dead men lies I’m paralyzed
My brothers’ eyes are gone
And he shall be buried here
Nameless marks his grave
Mother home, get a telegram
And shed a tear of grief
Mud and blood, in foreign land
Trying to understand

 

Where is this greatness I’ve been told?
This is the lies that we’ve been sold
Is this a worthy sacrifice?

 

Great War
And I cannot take more
Great tour
I keep on marching on
I play the great score
There will be no encore
Great War
The war to end all wars

You can listen to the entire album on YouTube here. The video for Great War is here:

To close, Rudyard Kipling, written for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897:

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God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

Far-called our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Post Election Notes

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By VulcanTrekkie45 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83275357

– This is how Canada voted yesterday. Red is Liberal, blue is Conservative, orange is NDP (an old labour, now progressive party), light blue is Bloc Quebecois (Quebec sovereigntist), and green is Green Party. You might be wondering why, for a Liberal victory, there is not a lot of red on the national map. Here is a better representation of the proportion of seats won by party:

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Courtesy of Canadian Press. Graphic by: Lucas Timmons

– The Liberals took the urban areas, and the more rural you got, the more you were likely to see Conservative victories. Maclean’s did an article on this in September. The urban areas where Liberals were successful have relatively high immigrant populations. Note all those cities in Saskatchewan and Alberta which went true blue. The demographic changes in Canada’s metropolitan centers has a huge effect on elections.

– Alberta went almost full conservative, and turfed its four Liberals, in part because of Trudeau’s tomfoolery with the oil and gas industry, including declaring he’ll shut it down ‘cuz muh climate change’. His father put in the National Energy Program in the early 80s, which amounted to economic rapine, and memories linger. I suspect it is also for cultural reasons. Toronto Tories (Conservatives) speak in a way more suited to the Alberta and Saskatchewan volk. The Far West does not like those damn Montreal Yankees Whigs, which is the core of Liberal power. You will likely not see any sustained Liberal presence in Alberta in the near future, except maybe the cities. Same in Saskatchewan.

– You notice the Maritimes (PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia) went mostly Liberal. My suspicion is the area was settled by folks either from or similar to those in Yankeedom, and so the Liberals fit right in.

– Newfoundland and Labrador also went almost all Liberal. You will likely never see a sustained Conservative presence in Newfoundland because that party shut down the cod fishery in the region in the early 90s, which hit Newfoundland hard. (Cod populations had collapsed and have failed to recover since.)

– I am not sure why Quebec votes Bloc Quebecois, but I suspect it is because the Conservatives are seen as the party of Ontario and the west, and Quebecers like the Bloc because they are a conservative alternative that reflect Quebec’s New France values. (I wonder if the Bloc would have any success in northern New Brunswick? Did you know New Brunswick is the only Canadian province that is officially bilingual French and English?)

– Trudeau has a minority government, which means should he face a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons, he would not have enough support to survive without help from another political party. Minority governments typically last about 2 years before another election is called (recently, Trudeau Sr. in 1972, Paul Martin in 2004, Stephen Harper in 2006 and 2008. Joe Clark’s was the exception, lasting 9 months in 1979.)

– A new election will happen if the Liberals lose a vote on a budget or other non-confidence motion. Or, Mr. Trudeau could walk up to the Governor General’s residence and ask him or her to dissolve Parliament, also forcing an election. (If in Ottawa, go see the Governor General’s (GG’s) residence. It’s quite lovely.)

– In spite of the temptation to stick it to Trudeau, there is a good chance the other parties will be very cautious about forcing an election. Voters in Canada typically punish the party that caused the government to fall and ANOTHER election. We Canadians like going to the federal polls roughly twice a decade.

– What is likely to happen is the Liberals will find an issue that voters are concerned about, and propose a solution which the other parties cannot support for whatever reasons. The Liberals could then claim they need an election to get a firm mandate to deal with the issue, meaning, “give us a majority”. Such an issue could be climate change or immigration, but it must be one that appeals to voters a mari usque ad mare. I guess that the issue will be gently ratcheted up, starting in about a year, leading to an election about this time 2021.

– Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservatives, seemed to punch right a lot before and during the campaign. There are now allegations his party hired a PR firm to go after the other right wing party in the election. This is a problem for Scheer because the Conservatives are the only strategic option for those on the right wing in Canada, and so are captive voters if they are convinced to go to the polls. Scheer however has signalled he’ll throw those voters under the bus in order to court votes from the center-left of the spectrum. Most Canadian voters are there anyway, so it’s not a bad idea per se. However, the more he punches right, the further left he pushes his party to get support, and the further left you go, the more you contend with three other political parties, the Liberals, NDP and Greens. This was a mistake on his part. He’ll have to fix this error, especially if he wants PPC voters and those to the right of center to come back into the fold.

– Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh (NDP) are most likely to lose party leadership before the next election. Scheer for his alienation of those right of center. He should also be turfed if he does not renounce his US citizenship and therefore get himself off the US draft-roll (although, being drafted is highly unlikely, but I could see Trump, for instance, pulling a stunt like that to knock Scheer off balance.) Singh, because he’s never seemed to fit into the party, and a lot of those loyal to past NDP leaders Layton and Mulcair see Singh as an inexperienced interloper.

– The Greens hardly went anywhere, the People’s Party flopped, and the NDP lost many seats, largely due to a resurgence of the nationalist Bloc Quebecois. Yet, in the media, all of these parties were supposed to surge, changing the power dynamic. I think this is a case of letting a sensationalist press manage expectations. This election was once again a struggle amongst Toronto Tories and Montreal Whigs for the keys to Confederation.

– Given the need not to rock the boat, look forward to a couple of low-risk years of milquetoast governing, baring an epic crisis, followed by an election the demos does not want.

Antifa Pass

The Council of Canadian Europeans notes the recent tactics of Antifa on the UBC campus. This will also be in the next Cantandum, but my comments turned into a blog post.

We’re seeing a lot of this lately. It’s the same old story. Two professors tried to give a talk and Anitfa showed up to stop it. Same thing in Copenhagen recently with the Scandza forum. This business about the police not enforcing the law with respect to the Antifa, Extinction Rebellion, and the Progressive Left generally, is not going away because we complain about it. The police have allegedly been told to hold off, often with excuses about respecting freedom of peaceful assembly or expression or some made up ‘right to protest’. Civil order be dammed.

This is an example of where a valid legal interpretation makes absurd results. In Canada, such rights are protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. See section 2. The Charter only protects those rights against government (Canada and the provinces) or government actors (municipalities and the police, for our purposes). So, the argument goes, the police should not interfere with an Antifa or Extinction Rebellion protest because to do so breaches the Charter. However, where Antifa acts as a bunch of thugs to coerce other private actors, the Charter does not apply to protect the rights of their targets. That’s a private matter, and the only relief they can get is to ask the police to stop Antifa, which the police cannot because…Charter. This is an argument I see in the press and from protesters.

This is just wrong. First, the Charter right is for ‘peaceful’ assembly. Watch that video in Hamilton where a disabled senior citizen was blocked and called ‘Nazi scum!‘ No ‘peaceful’ happening there. It’s funny, but section 1 says the rights in the Charter are subject to “…reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”. One would expect that the right to peacefully assemble means no unreasonable attempts to inhibit others freedom, such as blocking rush hour traffic in major cities for your Extinction Rebellion protest. (Note in the pictures that the police are protecting the protesters, as if people just trying to get to work, or their kids to school, are the real danger. Never mind those people pay the taxes that the police rely on for funding.) Parties are always happy to trot out the section 1 limitation when justifying some violation of the Charter which benefits them, but when it could work against them they just ignore it.

It might turn out that politicians realize that cracking down on this nonsense will get them votes from the Silent Majority. Or, Antifa could turn out to be the useful idiots that install the next totalitarian regimes in our nations. Or, something in between, like the Weather Underground. Regardless, other tactics are going to have to be found to prevent Antifa and others from shutting down dissident events in the immediate future. I wish I had some advice to give in that respect, other than moving underground. Feel free to complain to your local politicians and police departments of course, but don’t expect much to change.

Lest We Forget

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On June 6th, 1944, my Grandfather on my Father’s side swept mines from the English channel to clear a path for Operation Overlord. They were strafed by what they think was a Luftwaffe fighter, but no damage or casualties resulted. They did lose one sailor, but Grandpa said he did not know for sure why. One moment he was there, and another gone. They suspect he might have gotten caught in rigging that went into the water, or he got knocked into the water by a boom or some other heavy thing. The fellow’s body was never found. My Grandfather’s name was Frederick.

My Grandmother and Grandfather on my Mother’s side were both serving in England at that point. Grandma was a Lieutenant Nurse (pronounced left-tennant), a surgical nurse who helped patch severely wounded soldiers up. Grandpa was a pacifist and a Seventh-Day Adventist, but chose to serve, and did anything he could to support our troops. He simply did not carry a gun. He ran ammo, carried wounded, drove ambulance, worked in a warehouse and ran a printing press for the Canadian Forces newspaper. Both would later serve in Belgium and the Netherlands. Their names were Margaret and William.

I had an uncle-in-law who served in the infantry and fought to liberate Belgium from the Third Reich. At the 50th anniversary of the liberation of a small town, his entire company was invited by the inhabitants to come visit for some small informal celebrations. When he arrived, he was cheered by the entire town. Thousands showed up and acted as if he had just run the Wehrmacht out of town himself. They had constructed a huge memorial to the Canadian soldiers who liberated them. He was asked to lay a wreath for his fallen comrades, but broke down crying when he realized he was the only veteran who made the trip because he was the only one left. Belgium hospitality helped him out though – they fed him beaucoup de Belgian beer in the local inn. He showed me pictures of the event. He tried his best to keep up, but they just keep pouring it in him, using some of the most confounding glassware I have ever laid eyes on. I don’t remember his name.

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The Book of Remembrance, Parliament, Ottawa.

Last year, I helped out a local WWII veteran where I volunteer. He was with Canadian artillery and landed around Anzio in Italy. When they landed, the Germans shelled the shit out of them. Their commander, a British Colonel, knew they would get chewed up staying where they were, so he did what was least expected: he ordered them forward inland many kilometers under cover of fog. They moved in, hunkered down, and returned the favour, all while the German shells flew high over their heads, hitting where they should have been, not where they were. He said the “clever Colonel” saved their lives that day. Unfortunately, they ate something undercooked and all got liver flukes, their skin turning yellow in the process. They had to convalesce for several weeks before they could return to service. He told me he knew of only one other WWII veteran in my city of over 1 million people. I don’t remember (and could not disclose anyway) his name.

June 6, 1944 was 75 years ago this week. Many are careless with the names of those who served and have since departed. Do not forget the names of those who served. Lest we forget.

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The Memorial Chamber, Parliament, Ottawa.

Democracy, eh.

The SNC Lavalin affair has led me to think about democracy in Canada. I’m lightweight on this kind of stuff, but this needs to come out.

We do not have rule by the people in Canada, otherwise called ‘democracy’ ( ‘δεμοσ’ – the people; and ‘κρατια‘ – power, rule.)

Look at any election in Canada. The ‘δεμοσ’ are not calling the shots. Justin Trudeau himself was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Papineau in [the Current Year], with 51.98% of the votes cast in his riding. This was 26,931 votes, out of 78,515 electors, in a riding with 110,750 people. That means 34.3% of potential voters selected him. Those who did not vote are deemed acquiescent to the decisions of his government. The ones who did vote for him are also deemed to agree with all decisions made by the government. The rest…meh.

Nationwide, [the Current Year] vote was 39.47% for liberals, with a turn out of 58.8%. So, 23.21% percent of voters actually voted Liberal. And for that, everything the Liberals do is now deemed to be what the ‘δεμοσ’ wants. That’s great! They get to do whatever they want and blame it on us. And if they screw up, they get punished by losing power and getting high paying jobs in the private sector. They do not even have to fix their mistakes. Sweet deal.

Further, the decisions made in Ottawa by the bureaucracy are also deemed to be ‘δεμοσ’ endorsed. If you don’t like it, complain all you like. The odds of you voting in politicians who will change what you don’t like is nominal. You’ll likely forget by the next election.

What Canada actually has is rule by an aristocracy. A member of the aristocracy, SNC Lavalin, demands the law be changed and applied in their favour. The ‘δεμοσ’ need not opine.

Justin Trudeau, another aristocrat, happens to have the job of convincing the ‘δεμοσ’ this is what they wanted all along (saving jobs of course…maybe…well, the right kind of jobs…in a province that matters.)

So, democracy is not the right to have your voice heard in politics. Your choice is to vote for who feeds you the propaganda that what was decided in Ottawa (which may be hundreds if not thousands of kilometers away) was actually what you wanted.

All this business about Justice Committee hearings and Minister resignations is not about accountability to the ‘δεμοσ’. It’s about deciding which narrative gets fed to the ‘δεμοσ’ about decisions which are largely made by unelected bureaucrats.

I’d be slightly less grumpy if I could say that Canadian democracy at least gets the aristocracy to play by a set of rules, and to play nice with the common folk. But it does not. It’s about getting the common folk to believe they created rules which make them subservient to the aristocracy. I suppose it’s ‘same old, same old’. And the inevitable conclusion is that nothing about an SNC Lavalin level scandal is going to bring down an aristocrat like Trudeau until the aristocrats want it to.

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 01/13/19

I hope your week went well. It’s time for installment two of some posts of note in the Reactosphere, along with my own rambling, which I’ll try to keep short. One thing about red-pilling is you start to ask what the purpose of EVERYTHING is.

Something that bothered me this week was the attribution of agency to that which cannot have it. This article discusses how suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 years of age in the UK. Another, a Bell Canada campaign about mental health  affecting everyone. Suicide does not kill people, people kill themselves. Suicide is the label. Mental health is not some separate agency unto itself. This language is a Marxist way of categorizing things by one characteristic so a central authority can control it. (See Spandrell’s work on bioleninism for how similar thinking is used by the Left to obtain political power.) The problem is that by attributing agency in such a manner, people begin to see such issues as outside themselves. It’s a war against suicide. And where is suicide? Out there somewhere!

But people cannot fight against ‘suicide’ or ‘mental health’. They cannot wage war on ‘poverty’. But you can make appeals to people’s emotions, to donate money and repeat mantras about personal commitments against these non-agents. This is comforting because people feel like they are solving a problem. But not with any actual change or real action in their lives (the only way they ever could actually help out). Whoever leads the campaign gets money, prestige and power to boot. A great deal all around…except for those needing the help. But I digress…on to the Reactosphere.

An appetizer: the left eats the left, because the Dems love POC, unless you are not the right kind of POC.

Anti-Gnostic poses the question: if not its people, then what is a nation?

Porter comments on Yahoo’s reports on the “basket of deplorables” in Singapore.

Talk about sunk cost fallacy: American Sun gives a brief history of ‘Woke Capital’. Porter offers an analysis of the same phenomenon.

A Millennial / Boomer fight breaks out in the comments, under a post about a comment fight, over at PA Blog.

Astute observations from Malcolm on the current Zeitgeist, Bird Box, and blindfolds.

AlfaNL brings the good news so the healing can begin: toxic masculinity is now a psychological disorder. ‘Toxic masculinity’ may be translated into simply ‘masculinity’. It’s about time: all that stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression (which enabled us to survive as a species, built civilizations and makes the ladies swoon) is clearly, in [The Current Year], not creating safe spaces! (Don’t say you did not see this coming. It’s been a work of 14 years.)

Mr. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars, has incontrovertible proof that GLOBAL WARMINGTM is…asinine. He also discusses it in “This Week In Doom – It-Must-Be-Progressed”, where he describes exactly what led me to begin questioning the cult of climate change:

We are reminded, too. About that spurious 97%, this peer-reviewed (and therefore guaranteed in its purity) paper. What interests us is not global warming, but the shrieking method of control, always signaled by the shouting of “there is no debate!” The shouting is necessary, because, of course, there are things not subject to debate that nobody would shout about. These are awfully few in number: for instance, we need not debate the person who says aloud and in earnest “I cannot speak”.

It’s the shouting that indicates the subject which must not be debated rests at best on tenuous grounds, or at worst that it is known to be false but politically desirable. If global warming were not political, nobody except for a handful of unknown scientists would care, say, about eddies in the Pacific. But that it is, we must all care and we must not disagree with the chain that connects any event to global-warming-of-doom, even if that chain is obviously forged of wet crepe paper.

Also, a guest post by Ianto Watt on fun with liars, the MSM, true political polarization, and saving the Empire.

EvolutionistX has some thoughts about why refined sugar is no good for you. I’ve cut sugar out and I must say I don’t miss it. The only time I actually benefit from it is when a migraine is coming (a can of Coke sometimes stops a migraine dead). I suspect that our bodies were not meant to handle constant simple sugar intake. I think we have an insulin-based blood-sugar regulation so that (esp. late summer/fall) when sugar-rich food is around, we can eat it before it rots, storing the calories for the coming winter. Evolutionist X has a more satisfying point of view (with some research, unlike my anechdata.) She also posts Part One of ‘A theory of male and female Sociopathy’. I cannot summarize, but please RTWT.

From Setting the Record Straight, Culture Meet Axe: Game of Thrones. I’ve not watched or read any offerings from the Game of Thrones franchise. The books are long and I’m not sure I want to invest that much time. Friends say both the TV show and the books are worth the time, often citing the brutality. Mr. MacLear’s work is a nice counterbalance to the near monolithic support the franchise seems to get.

But if you’re only going to look at one Mr. MacLear posts, see his thoughts on mate selection and nationality.

American Sun provides its perspective on Alexandra Ocasio Cortez. Her assent reminds me of the rise of another allegedly attractive leader in Canada. Alexandra comes off as unsophisticated, unbalanced and ignorant, and I suspect she is fed most of her ideas by the ones really in charge. This is probably me just being more concerned about factual precision and less about being morally right. If her experience is anything like Trudeau’s, she’ll be the MSM’s darling…until they can make more money trashing her. Oh well, at least she’s only a Senator, and not in charge of a country (yet), unlike the current ruler of the Liberal Party of Canada:

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“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  – Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians 13:11.              He’s not there yet..not at all.

Speaking of the Liberal Party of Canada, here’s a missed entry from last week. Throne, Altar, Liberty is a Canadian blog, written by Gerry T. Neal, concerned about the integrity of his nation and his people. He posts a full disclosure of his positions and prejudices.  A taste:

We had a strong sense of who we were as a country in our national identity based upon our Loyalist history and heritage which served us well in two World Wars. Sadly, much of this has been forgotten by Canadians today. This national amnesia has been actively and aggressively encouraged by the Liberal Party of Canada. For a century the Grits have proclaimed themselves to be the party of Canadian nationalism, while doing everything in their power to make Canadians forget the history and heritage that make us who we are as a country, such as stripping our national symbols of all that would remind us of that history and heritage. This was done because the Liberals see our Loyalist history and heritage as roadblocks standing in the way of their perpetual hold on power. The only consistent value the Liberal Party has ever had is its own power. It is the embodiment of everything I loathe and detest.

I have to agree. I have a laundry list of problems in Canada, and most stem from the Liberal Party and its insistence that, from it’s cathedral in central Canada, it plays a game of cultural chauvinism: central Canadian culture is the best, and the masses in First Nations and the outer provinces WILL be forced to serve it. This attitude justifies depriving people of their livelihoods, wasting countless billions on socialist schemes, and in some cases, taking children from families so they can be properly ‘educated’. They’ve been at it so long they now use the harmful consequences of their ‘woke’ policies from decades ago to justify doubling down on the principles behind those very same policies. They are either stupid or avaricious. They are simply using the current “arc of history bends towards justice” progressivism to obtain power. Enough…back to Gerry.

He also has an excellent piece on the life and martyrdom of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury during the English Civil War.

Lastly, two MSM pieces. Father Raymond J. De Souza, and his take on the role of church and conservatism in a liberal democratic society. I don’t think he goes far enough in recognizing the outright hostility of progressive societies to faith of any kind (besides, ‘diversity being our strength’) but I am glad to see him stand up for faith and tradition in a society trying to mutilate both. And The Lord Black of Crossharbour, explaining why Trump is good for the United States.

That’s what I’ve got. I hope it’s useful. Enjoy your week.

Señor Blanco.

Mexi-Can / Can’t-ada

I recently visited Mexico for a week. There were some stark contrasts between Mexican and Canadian society which I cannot let lie without comment.

On entry into Mexico, everyone’s bags were x-rayed. I was subject to a random search by Mexican authorities. This included a search of my bag. The officer, dressed in a plain uniform, asked me why I was coming to Mexico, how much money I had with me, was I bringing any agricultural matter with me, and whether I had any goods I was selling while in his country? His questions were part English and part Spanish, and I had to convey my answers sometimes in broken Spanish. He asked me how much currency I had, and when I gave him the amounts in Pesos, US$ and CAD$, his response was that I must tell him in US$. He asked me about the books I was bringing into Mexico, what they were about, if I liked them, and searched them for concealed pockets. His questions were about my purpose and character, and while appearing somewhat indolent, there was no question that if he thought I was a bad person or had bad intentions, there to break his country’s laws, I would be sent home. Once he was satisfied this was not the case, he let me enter. His concern was for the safety of his country.

On my return to Canada, I was also stopped for a random search by Canadian authorities. Only my bag was x-rayed, and everyone else passed through unmolested. The customs officer, in uniform, but sporting sleeve tattoos, confirmed that I had bottles of Tequila which did not exceed my exemption from value added tax. He then did a hand search, admitting it was my black duffel bag which caused the “random” search, information which no doubt people actually doing illegal business could use to prevent the inconvenience of the rule of law. He asked no questions about the books, how much currency I had, and only seemed interested in whether I had meat with me, or had something otherwise subject to value added taxation. I did not. His search of the bag ended quickly and abruptly when he found a loose $5 US dollar bill in it, which seemed to strike the fear of God in him.

In Mexico, I am interrogated until officials are satisfied I am there with no malevolence. This occurs because Mexican customs cares about the unity, safety and security of Mexico.

In Canada, I am glad handed until officials have made a significant show that value added tax will be assessed, that the Canada Customs workforce is sufficiently diverse, and that my rights under the Canadian Charter were not infringed, including the right to be questioned in French, a right which probably costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to make available, all so the pretense of collecting $9 in value added tax, should it be owing, is maintained. This occurs because Canada only cares about taking its “fair share” from its citizens to equalize its citizens. Which means to maintain the appearance of being ‘woke’ and ‘sensitive’ to all the possible ways people differ, by language, gender, sex, race, ethnicity, and any other head of difference. All to maintain equality by according unequal treatment to all on the basis of those characteristics, making a custom set of rules for the conduct of each citizen, thereby promoting the disunity of the nation, at the cost of its safety and security.

Speaking of customs officials, they act like family in Mexico. They laughed, argued, flirted with each other, they supported one another, were quick and practical when it came to dealing with travelers, and overall, and made it clear it was them, as a unified force, versus bad people intending to do bad shit in their country.

“Behave yourself, or we all will act against you, extranjero!” says the Mexican. Mexicans care about Mexicans.

In Canada, they all look utterly miserable, frustrated, like a Gulag inmate, who knows that once he moves all the rocks across the road today, he’ll have to move them back where they came from tomorrow. There is no comradery, no caring, no unity among them, and it is no surprise as each asks: “Did I get this job because I’m competent, or due to my race/religion/sex/gender/ethnicity?” I’ve seen enough to know this is because they know they are only preserving the appearance of security in favour of the appearance of diversity.

Further, under the Charter, they know a potential criminal must be treated as innocent until proven guilty, but that their actions, which they undertake to protect the nation, are presumed to be a breach of the perpetrator’s rights until it is shown they were justified. Not to mention, that if they take action against a person of a different race, religion, language, ethnicity, they may be skewered as a racist, sexist, bigot, or other such label for progressive heresy and lose their jobs, their standing, and face a modern equivalent of exile as punishment.

“Please behave yourself, because having to enforce the law means we are criminals, because it means diversity is not our strength and our privileges are not checked, so stranger, please pay the taxes and try to leave the country how you found it…” says the Canadian. Canadians do not care about Canadians, because they may not care about them without guidance from Ottawa and their local Human Rights Board, prescribing which people may be cared about and how, which must always be based on their status as victims based on the characteristics listed in the Charter.

One final point. While in the airport in Mexico waiting to fly home, a boy in one of the bathroom stalls started screaming. Clearly, he was scared and perhaps hurt. He had probably had an accident of some kind: children are children. He was desperately crying for his mother. An attendant went to the stall to see what was wrong, and this frightened the boy who cried and screamed louder, asking for his mother. The attendant told the boy he would be okay, and he would find the boy’s mother. I assume things were worked out from there. The Mexican did this because he cares about people.

In Canada, no such thing would occur. The boy would be left to howl. This is because anyone who cared enough to help him would face potentially being labelled a pedophile for entering a bathroom stall where a boy is using the toilet. There are no attendants, because Canada has forgotten that people use bathrooms and not the other way around. So, it is up to the other users, none of which can act upon compassion because the best they can hope for is indifference, if not condemnation, for their actions by puritans looking for sinners in everything. And so the child, cared for in Mexico, would be left in agony in Canada.

Mexico remembers its humanity, even with all the troubles they have. Mexicans care for Mexico because they care about Mexicans because they care about human beings.

Canada has gone mad, and in the madness replaced human considerations with a cult of progressivism. Canadians care not for Canada because they cannot ‘care’ for Canadians because the only acceptable form of ‘caring’ is a religious rite of progressive affirmation which affirms the cult and not the people. As a result, they do not care about people because caring for people as humans is discouraged and offensive: the only sanctioned way of caring for people must be based on their class as “historically disadvantaged” minorities. This is why an ex-Al Qaeda member who killed a US military medic gets $10.5 million for his time at Gitmo, while veterans who get their limbs blown off in that very same war are told they ask for too much when expecting compensation.

Canada has devolved from a unified nation, to a loose collection who see Canada as an ever-shrinking pie for which they ungratefully must take as much as they can while the getting is good. Hence the reason why Québec’s Premier can, in the face of $13 billion in federal transfers to his province (a net drain on the revenues of the federal coffers), express his gratitude by openly advocating for the extermination of the livelihoods of those who, through taxes, make a net contribution to those same federal coffers, and then without any sense of hypocrisy or irony send one of his Ministers to claim that those he would see impoverished have no cause for offence. This is utter ignorance of the human condition, a disdain for people, a disdain for Canadians, and a disdain for Canada, and it is all sanctioned by Ottawa, who has abdicated its sovereignty and responsibility, preferring to keep up appearances rather than keep the country unified, safe and secure.

On Weakness

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G20 Protestors, Vancouver, B.C., July 4, 2010. Photo: Stephen Hui.

I see a great deal of discord in western European and North American societies. Canada is leading the way. Something is wrong. There is weakness down to the core. Others are sensing this, and testing to see what they can get away with.

Putin is accused of being brazen enough to have tried to assassinate an enemy on U.K. soil, and when retribution follows, another assassination, right before he faces re-election as President, which he wins. I suggest someone thinks they can get away with this, and Putin is at least complicit because he thinks there will be few consequences. Further, some of his populace sees him as a strong leader, because they sense the U.S., its vassal states, and its sphere of influence are weak, and Putin is exercising power in their midst while they are vulnerable.

The latest news shows something is up:

China surpasses U.S. in Supercomputing.

China allows Xi Jinping to become permanent President of their Republic by removing term limits.

Assassinations are attempted on two former Russian double agents on U.K. soil. Putin then wins another term as President, all while hiring mercenaries to try to weaken the U.S. in Syria. Theresa May expels Russian diplomats as a punitive measure…Putin’s response: “meh, глупый английский.”

Russia develops new nuclear weapons.

These are real attempts with some progress in shoring up power. And these steps will have worldwide repercussions in the years to come. Meanwhile, in progressiveland…

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on state business in India, dresses full Bollywood, dines with a man convicted of attempted murder of an Indian Minister, then accuses India of a conspiracy to set the whole thing up just to embarrass him. He discusses the scientific method (it’s just “baby cries, baby gets milk”) with Bill Nye, passes a federal budget using ‘Gender Based Analysis’ (which means he will now take selfies with equal numbers of men and women), then fucks off to Florida on vacation (wasn’t India a vacation? But its all good ‘cuz he cleared it with the Ethics Commissioner.)

He did condemn the attacks on the former Russian spies in the U.K. This coming from the same guy weeping at the loss of Fidel Castro while admiring the Chinese Communist regime because, by Great Leap Forward, “they can turn on a dime” to make changes to their economy. A particularly grand turn-on-a-dime, I might add, as the Communist Party had to get around 18 to 55 million dead bodies in a single bound. I guess what Stalin was attributed to have said about tragedies versus statistics appeals to Le Dauphin. But I digress…

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer of discontent by this sun of Mount Royal

Meanwhile, Canada’s provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are in a fight because they think Justin Le Premier can be overruled on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval, something he and his ‘cuz muh 2015’ cabinet has the legal final word on. This is akin to the Lords or the Dukes ignoring the edicts of the King.

British Columbia (the perfidious) defies him, because Canada is so weak that the positive consequences in voter support outweigh whatever bad may come. They are now removing barriers to allow export by sea of liquefied natural gas produced within B.C., while blocking oil from Alberta from getting to their ports. Alberta prepares to fight back with punitive measures because they have no faith Ottawa actually has any conviction to enforce its own decisions externally, much less internally. Both are right.

Canada is weak against Iran (who has killed and imprisoned Canadian citizens with nary a peep from Ottawa), weak against China (who told Trudeau to pound sand on human rights and sent him packing), weak against the U.S. (where insistence on gender equality being included in a revised North American Free Trade Agreement went over like a World Trade Center joke on September 11th) weak on even the most straight forward diplomatic pleasantries (aforementioned India visit, mostly ignored by the host), weak in front if the entire Pacific Rim (simply unable to keep Trudeau’s schedule straight during Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations); weak, caving in utterly in the face of a $20 million dollar law suit by former Al-Qaeda member Omar Khadr (settling for $10.5 million, “cuz muh human rights” – of the grenade thrower of course, not his victims); and then telling a Canadian veteran who fought and lost a leg against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan that anything more than token compensation for his sacrifice was more than Canada could give, right now.

My remonstration has a purpose: where you demonstrate you are weak, have no spine, take nothing seriously or demonstrate you have no principles which you’ll stick to where even a minimal amount of discomfort is involved, you invite others to ignore you, surpass you (while you are distracted by waaaay more important issues like the “wage gap”), if not outright attack you. British Columbia is doing it internally in Canada, which is akin to what Putin is doing externally with the U.K. They see weakness, and they exploit it. Putin benefits from some assassination attempts, B.C. kills billions of dollars in oil sales to garner votes (and prevent the fall of their government, which relies on support from the local Green Party.) Heaven help Canada if Putin realizes we’re a good place to play power games, although our proximity to the U.S. hopefully makes us unappetizing to predators.

What is making us weak? I suggest it is our current political arrangement of progressive statism which never reflected reality.

First, while most people go around unconscious of the assumptions, prejudices and underlying philosophy of the state, society and culture they live under, nonetheless, every country has these things. These underpinnings determine not only how problems might be solved, they determine what is ‘a problem.’ Everything not falling into what is identified or solvable under these paradigms is usually ignored. It is possible that how the Canadian state is structured causes it to have blind spots on certain problems. By this, I mean the society and government do not respond to these problems because they simply lie beyond the ability of the system to identify. This is not a case of burying your head in the sand (which we otherwise do in spades.) You simply cannot see it at all. I think such blind spots do exist, and problems may be lurking in them. However, I don’t think it’s the issue with current weakness in Canada.

Rather, with Canada, our current societal and governmental organization will not deal with certain problems realistically because they will not allow deviations from an orthodoxy, will not allow discussion of opinions contrary to the orthodoxy, and will vigorously attempt to supress facts and knowledge which threaten that orthodoxy. The current ‘Orthodoxy’ in Canada looks something like this:

 

English have always been at war with French

Men have always been at war with women

Europeans have always been at war with aboriginals

Heterosexuals have always been at war with non-heterosexuals

 “Rich” have always been at war with “poor”

Parents have always been at war with their children

Rationality has always been at war with Religion

 

Diversity is Strength

Freedom is Taxation

Self-Reliance is Dependence

Success is Victimization

Community is Self

Equality is Character

 

There was no Prime Minister before Pierre Elliot Trudeau

Big Brother is People are watching you

 

The only true statement is the last. And in Canada, you are not allowed to even suggest anything else is true but the above. And this makes for big blind spots, which means Canada cannot solve problems, because the facts underlying those problems, and the possible solutions, cannot be uttered or considered without being railed against and labelled as ‘unorthodoxy’. This makes us weak.

In Canada there is a minority in power which requires that the Orthodoxy must be true for the nation, for which Justin Trudeau is virtue signalling his way to becoming Pope (practicing the dog-whistles of the Cathedral.) However, it is not truth, it is an attempt to hammer rounded society into the square holes of the Orthodoxy. “The Orthodoxy is the truth. But Canada is not actually like that. Solution: force Canada to fit the Orthodoxy. Thanks Procrustes!”

The current Liberal government therefore finds itself trying to force society into a mold it cannot fit into, requiring the subjugation of all our peoples, our natures, and all that made us strong and virtuous, in service of an ideology. Our citizens sense this problem and are responding in one of two ways: double-down on Orthodoxy, or denounce it and try to find something better. (I find those dependent on government funding tend to double-down, and outnumber the denouncers. It’s inevitable, given how many in Canada have one or more levels of government funding as their primary source of income. I think people make a lot of sunk-cost errors too: when you pay 40%-50% of your income to governments, you cannot admit it’s a bad investment, so you justify it any way you can.)

The current battles in our society highlight this conflict. We are having very visible and divisive disagreements everyday on issues like race, religion, gender relations, immigration, taxation, economics, foreign affairs, education, health care and government regulation. Such discourse is always present, but lately, it has gone beyond discourteous, subjective, and inflammatory, to be outright insular, hostile and in the case of university campuses, the Orthodoxy is enforced with violence.

The tenets of the statist socialist Orthodoxy were never intended to deal with reality, but rather, were idealistic visions of what someone thought we should be forced to accept as the truth. To sell this, they painted a picture of reality which said such a vision was possible and also necessary (to deal with the Orthodoxy’s identified states of perpetual war.) It was never true.

Reality and what is possible in reality, and the Orthodoxy, have been incongruous and creating tension for over 50 years, and its starting to boil over, as reality can no longer be ignored or dismissed. This internal conflict signals to the rest of the world that we are weak. Those with ambitions and convictions feel no need to respect, negotiate or compromise with us when our own house is in chaos.