Oh Mamma, how did we get here?
This is Canada, if not the “land of the brave and the home of the free,” are we not the “true North strong and free” – still?
This morning, April 22, I read a couple of letters to the editor of the Dawson Creek Mirror, April 22 edition (Bravo Mr. Editor for speaking out), and knew that I could not put off any longer lashing out against the creeping censorship that is destroying our once-free society, a society that our forebears fought and suffered and died to preserve.
Covid’s not the enemy. Censorship is!
That little mask we wear in public spaces is the hand over our mouths preventing the scream of protest that should be heard across the nation.
We are being systematically shut down, cancelled as a free people.
We are even censoring ourselves, effectively cutting off thought that should be shared openly. How can we develop our minds, or maintain whatever mind we have left if we clamp up and refuse to speak? How can we get the raw material for rational thought if we are systematically prevented access to the thought of others? Censored!
For shame, Canada! This is not the environment that promotes strength, freedom, moral development, and intellectual growth. Will we have to change our anthem to something like “the true North red through and through?”
Sadly, I am coming to the conclusion that our Governments want just this: a population of simpering, curtseying, unthinking, obedient, toadying sycophants.
As reported this week by Blacklock’s, a news source not yet fallen to censorship, and quoted in Spencer Fernando: “An internet censorship bill to promote “content moderation” will be introduced within two weeks, says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault. “My job is to ensure the safety and security of the Canadian population,” said Guilbeault. “That’s what I am here for.”
Indeed! Did he ask us if we wanted his so-called “safety?” Did he ask us if we needed his so-called “security?” How deep into our minds will his protective effort reach? Where will it stop? Already the censorship has gone way too far without the looming legislation. It’s already too much censorship when our editor is silenced as he is seeking answers that we all want to hear! We are slipping back into the dark days of the Middle Ages. Back off, Governments! Back off, media!
Before it is too late.
We still have minds that can think if we can get access to the raw material for thought. Yes! And we can still control the remote if we want not to hear a piece of information.
We don’t want and definitely don’t need Governments to censor what we put into our minds.
Back off, Governments; get out of our houses.
Do I sound angry? I am angry and with good reason. But you thought a Christian was not supposed to get angry, did you? Think again, even Jesus Christ was angry with hypocritical leaders. And I’m detecting a whole lot of hypocrisy out there.
When our nation, our Canadian people, are being censored out of our minds, we ought all to be angry enough to vote our Governments out of office.
Sadly, too sadly, I am not at all confident in the alternatives.
Sadly, too sadly, I am not at all confident that the Canadian people actually want the level of freedom that demands thought.
Now consider this: the new legislation to “protect” our minds is going to need a bureaucracy to make it work. All bureaucracies tend to grow to fill the vacuum around them created by systemic ambiguity. The mind-control bureaucracy will be no different.
It will grow, expand, infringe, enslave. The bureaucrats will be ever searching to find new ways to “protect” us toadying sycophants that they are creating.
The first attack might actually be to protect the Governments from criticism – well-deserved criticism, mind you.
Ultimately and not very far in the future, I predict controls will be extended to interfere with some of our most-cherished beliefs and values: freedom of religion, assembly, speech, communication, movement beyond the levels of control we are experiencing under these present contrived “emergency” conditions. Nothing we hold dear will be free from its insidious purview. How did we get here? It wasn’t hard. We were apathetic. We let the Governments be “right” while we neglected to do our own research.
Merlin Nichols is the former Mayor of the District of Chetwynd.