1. The Modern Marx
Where do Canada’s political sympathies lie? It’s a frightful thing that we even have to ask; horrifying when we discover the answer. Who would’ve thought, even ten years ago, that a quick stroke of the politician’s pen would be all that’s needed to jeopardize our freedom and push us into dreadful danger overnight? In just 16 months, lockdowns, forced vaccinations, and mandatory passports, things alien and dehumanizing, are now socially accepted and common. Our eyes have opened to the sinister plot of those who rule and reign.
But hope is not dead. The flickering and strained lamps of freedom are not yet extinguished. I am moved by the spirit of the remanent that engages in dignified resistance against this new order.
Our leaders are eager to introduce us to a “modern communism.” The foundation of Marx is present, but the decoration of the ideology is updated and streamlined. Prominent leaders in our country have teased their totalitarian sympathies before, but we neglected such warnings. We knew their values were wrong, we knew that their reconstruction of history was wrong, but we never elevated their errors to the place of pressing danger. And now the consequences are coming to pass. Our parliament’s alarming infatuation with communist leaders is maturing into full bloom.
In 2016, a tyrant died. And while we do not cheer the eternal damnation of a man, Cubans around the world celebrated as the news of Fidel Castro’s death spread beyond their famous island. But leaders in Canada, a country that supposedly defends freedom and law, reacted otherwise. Here is part of Prime Minister Trudeau’s eulogy for the fallen Marxist:*
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.”
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
That’s what our Prime Minister has to say about this man?
I suppose it’s no surprise. The Trudeau syndicate brandishes a long and storied history with Castro. But my present concern is with our Prime Minister and whether he actually believes what he says.
If, on the one hand, Trudeau wholeheartedly believes his statements to be true, if he really thinks that Castro made “significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.”, then his detachment from reality is so unbelievable it’s an unwanted miracle.
If, on the other hand, Trudeau recognizes that Castro was a brutal dictator who ruled with an iron fist, then his willingness to so blatantly lie about it makes him a more dangerous leader than we realize.
Let either case be true. Both prove Prime Minister Trudeau is not someone I want leading my country. Look at the history of Castro. From a certain point of view, Trudeau’s assessment is correct. The cigar-smoking Cuban communist certain was a legendary revolutionary, but that is not something to automatically praise. And sure, Castro could orate, but he did not harness that aptitude for speaking for good, but suffering. Unspeakable suffering.
Regarding this famous “Cuban healthcare"—I presume Trudeau’s talking about the three-tiered system in the country:*`
Healthcare for tourists who pay in hard currency.
Healthcare for the party and the elite.
Healthcare for the citizens of Cuba.
Healthcare for the first two classes is fair, but what of the third? The hospitals are disgusting, unsanitary, third-world. The healthcare system is deplorable, and medical supplies are stolen and sold on the black market. The crisis is so bad, communism of any kind is such a failure, that diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis, extinguished ages ago by the wonder of modern science, flourish in that country.
That’s what Trudeau wants to praise? This is who Trudeau wants to remember while blasting Trump (wrongly) for “inciting capital riots?”** Really? Castro’s legacy testifies to one of the most cold-blooded men in the 20th century. But if the written word is not believed, perhaps a picture will do:
This sentiment for communism is not isolated to our federal politicians. It’s prevalent closer to home as well. For example, while in office, former Premier Rachel Notley was captured wearing a Che Guevara watch.* While not on the same level as praising Castro, why would she wear such a thing? Does she not know who Guevara is? In a sense, I hope so. I hope Notley has no idea who Che Guevara is or what he did. Otherwise, she’s honouring a man who believed,
“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”*`
That’s not very tolerant.
Of course, there are still more who praise these disgraced men of history. Jagmeet Singh and Niki Ashton, for example, share the Prime Minister’s feelings.** And what of those who submit under the banner of these leaders? Are such sentiments not reason enough to flee from the party? After all, the leader embodies the ideology and beliefs of the party. What are we to make of them if the leader implies that Castro, or men like Castro, are to be remembered fondly?
The political atmosphere in Canada is heating up. This last year has revealed many truths about the intentions of our politicians in this country. The chasm between ideologies grows larger every day. But we cannot allow communism into our country. It is not coming by physical invasion, but by welfare, bans on speech, lockdowns, and an overall exaltation of the state. For the moment, we are engaged in an ideological war upon which the victor decides the course of freedom. But as we struggle for our rights and the rights of our children, even as we are slandered and shamed, we must remember,
“In war, resolution.”*``
*` See Shannon, Debbie. A Crowded Lonliness, pg. 31
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