I have titled this work with a portion of prophetic statement made by Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
We do our best when we come to understand the lessons taught by history.
For those who never read about Martin Niemöller, he recounted (for all of us) the costs of silence in the face of attacks on freedom. Reverent Kings words in defense of freedom deserve no more of a rightful place in history than what Rev. Niemöller said when he wrote:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
A Dangerous place In History
I worry and wonder about the legacy we are leaving for our children and their children’s children and I fault the main stream media as the willing hand-maidens of destruction of freedom.
The recent arrest of Kevin J. Johnston in Mississauga is symptomatic of a cancer-like killer of freedoms: it is indifference.
I suggest that you dig a bit on the “Johnston Case”. I did. While he may regularly speak his mind; I can’t find hate in it. Like everyone, Kevin Johnston has (and is entitled) to his opinions. I don’t recall him ever forcing anyone visit his former You Tube postings. Nor, in any of them have I heard him express anything approaching hatred. At its heart, hatred (or hate speech) needs to be false or misleading.
Johnston never (once ) advocated hate towards muslims – that would be hate.
I guess that I must be “old fashioned or (perhaps) old school. Unlike our (supposed Prime Minister) you won’t hear me deny that there is a unique and genuine Canadian culture and national identity. While Trudeau denies that a national identity exists, I disagree.
While it may be popular and convenient to attempt to get folks to believe that Canada (and Canada’s identity) were formed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge (Apr 9, 1917 – Apr 12, 1917); I suggest that our culture and national identity manifested itself best earlier.
When Germany went to war against Canada’s allies in 1914, Canada’s army grew from about 3,000 to over 600,000. They were all volunteers. When the USA finally entered that war, their military was formed by forced conscription (mandatory military service)
I suggest that Canada’s best characteristics were on display each day at recruiting offices from coast to coast. Even Newfoundland that was not yet part of Canada sent enormous numbers of troops into battle in Europe in a fight against tyranny.
What is Canada and who are we? In that Great War, a complete regiment (1,000 members) of blacks (African –Canadians) joined the fight from Nova Scotia. 3,500 Indigenous Canadians volunteered as did 227 Japanese Canadians. Thousands of Chinese and Sikh first generation Canadians joined those line ups at recruiting offices and served in the War to End all Wars.
As to the attack on Kevin J. Johnston’s right to free speech, I suggest that the right to speak out without fear is inherent to the culture of this country where patriotic folks have always held that trust, honesty and truth are so much more important than political correctness.
In the last 24 hours, an ugly incident took place in rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three died in the violent confrontation because one group of Americans did not agree that another group of Americans could hold opinions contrary to their own.
President Donald Trump spoke (and spoke very honestly) following the event when he said, ““It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time,” Trump noted. “We’re going to make America great again, but we’re going to make it great for all of the people of the United States of America.”
The agitation and vitriol over those comments (as usual) were headed up CNN. On that network, the usual posse was quickly on air criticizing Trump for not condemning a hodge-podge of perceived enemies of the lunatic left.
When media shows bias and political prejudice, it forfeits its special place in a nation valuing free speech and freedom of the press.
CNN apparently has yet to concede that their favorite candidate, Hillary Clinton lost and for the past (almost one year) has carried out a sickening and vitriolic attack on Trump, his administration and the victorious Republican Party.
Maybe the Wrong Time to Toss stones at the Republicans
I genuinely wonder why the “talking heads” on TV for CNN who find only evil with the Republicans and Trump are so willfully blind about far worse evils.
You will not see CNN discussing Minnesota Democratic party representative, Keith Ellison. Rabidly antisemitic, Elliot has said that blacks do not need to obey laws in USA, has secretly met with Saudi Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, who issued a fawta in 2004 that urged jihad against U.S. forces in Iraq, is a muslim; a key pawn of failed USA president Obama; feels that “Zionists” colluded with the Nazis and is a key member of the Democratic National Committee.
Matthew 7: 3-5
“3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
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