Lars and Steyn

I am commenting on the following from this site in a column by Lars Hedegaard, who I gather was the original publisher of the Mohammed cartoons.
Economy
In his column Lars dissects the demographical influence driving most political decisions, and most politicians’ thinking, especially on the left these days. He starts off by ruminating on the reasons for Geert Wilders of Holland, an MP there, being denied entry to Britain and their parliament to show his film (available online for viewing) called “Fitna” , to the UK House of Lords. It seems the lords, have more than a few venal, sycophantic types, who are too busy catering to a certain demographic segment of the UK populace. A segment that has become very actively agitative and vociferous, in shoving their views and wishes down everyone else’s throats (in all Western societies). You may ask, “why do they do that?” (the politicos), to which he would reply, The road chosen by the parties on the Left permits no return. Having alienated – not to say discarded – large chunks of their traditional working class voters, they are now increasingly dependent on the Muslim vote, which they hope will guarantee them a perpetual foothold at least in the major populations centers”.

It seems, that Mark Steyn’s prophetic book, forecasting this type of trend (as well as others and their broad implications for the West), was right on the mark (pun intended). In “America Alone”, Steyn wrote that demographics would become the pervasive priority in determining the future of the Western societies. He was trying to wake people up to the “soft jihad” being exported via immigration and what has come to be known as “lawfare”. He received quite a lot of negative backlash, and was actually hauled before Canada’s Human Rights Commissions (3 of them) to face complaints of hate speech (in written form) by prominent Muslims in Canada. These commissars that staff these politburo type bureaucracies, are basically the type of lefties mentioned in the article by Lars. They have abandoned their old prophet, Kark Marx, or at least some of his major ideas, and morphed into an amalgam of various ideologies who hold in common the idea that gov’ts and their hack commissars, are best fit to decide what can be spoken, written, or expressed in media in other forms (ie videos etc).

Listen to Lars here : “We know that the broad Left – which in Europe would include various shades of the hard, Communist or Marxist Left, the New Left, which has now transformed itself into tree huggers, and the traditional Social Democratic parties – has vacated its traditional ideological positions in order to preach ideologies that used to be hallmarks of the far right. Positions such as the need for censorship, kissing up to demands that “religions” (i.e. Islam) must not be criticized or ridiculed, the institution of ethnic or tribal special privileges and inequality before the law – depending on what ethnic, tribal or clan chief or holy man can ingratiate himself to the top of the totem pole as most aggrieved victim.”. And again, here, The road chosen by the parties on the Left permits no return. Having alienated – not to say discarded – large chunks of their traditional working class voters, they are now increasingly dependent on the Muslim vote, which they hope will guarantee them a perpetual foothold at least in the major populations centers”. There is much more to what he says but I encourage all who wish to have free speech, free expression in all its forms, and liberty to go to the link above and read the whole article. I believe at the bottom there are links to comments by others, including Mark Steyn.

I have said it before, and will say it again, freedom is the result of costly won battles to advance the cause of liberty, but it is very easily lost if complacency and indifference are hallmarks of most of the societies it was won in. Hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification, is the hallmark of such societies and surely in the West this is the norm, and it will lead to the loss of freedom, via Sharia law being imposed either in stages (like in Europe at present) or by force, if the enemies of liberty and freedom, perceive a pliant, weak, valueless, society that will put up little or no resistance, because by that time it will cost too much in blood.

 

FEBRUARY 09 2ND POST

Well, as we enter February of ’09, it seems like the taps sending us snow don’t want to be turned off anytime soon. I was reading a post a friend sent my email, about Welcome To Obamaland, a book by a Brit who wants to let the US know what’s down the road, based on their experience with Blair, and now Brown. I sent a comment in to it that we in Canada have been at it now for 40 years, since the dawn of Trudeamania, where the sweeping euphoria of many elected a blatant socialist, who promised to remake Canada as a JUST SOCIETY. I keep on pointing out to my fellow Canadians, that no one stopped to think “Who gets to define what “JUST” is?”. They blithely let the tide carry them wherever, and it was for the worse. Trudeau along with his finance minister at the time (a future Prime Minister, John Turner) brought in our first deficit budget, and in 16 yr of Trudeau it mushroomed like a nuclear bomb cloud. Mike Wilson, under Mulroney, managed to get the financial ship trimmed and fit in the two terms they ran things. But then along came Trudeau’s disciple, Chretien, and it wasn’t long before the deficit increased again. Yes, Paul Martin as Finance Minister, did a lot of things right, (by lifting more than one page from the conservative playbook), but they did a lot wrong too. As far as lasting damage, Trudeau as the instigator, and Chretien/Martin as the expanders, wrought a lot of negative change as well, with the creation and expansion of the Human Rights Commissions. These HRCs are being used by Muslims to limit free speech and free expression (ie in print), by atheists to persecute Christians for having “incorrect views” on subjects like homosexuality and abortion, and by any person who claims to be offended or aggrieved as long as they’re part of some politically correct or multicultural group that seeks to conform all to their image of society.
I keep trying to warn people that freedom is won at great cost, and easily lost if vigilance is not practiced and apathy sets in. A lot of it has to do with the modern preoccupation with Hedonism. I will address this more in future posts.