Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal
A Flock of Sheep or a Pride of Lions
|Beryl P. Wajsman||15 January 2006|
“A nation of sheep will produce a government of wolves.”
~ Bertrand de Jouvenal
I was born in the former
As I grew, and studied, and read, the explanations became clear. The statocratic tyrants of eastern Europe said that the policemen, the watchers and the listeners were all for our own good. All for the greater good. It would make us better citizens to surrender our natural birthrights of free speech, free assembly, free association and free choice for the greater benefit of society.
That “society” it turned out was not the people writ large, but the petty little world of state social engineers who “knew what was best for us”. What they knew was how to imprison us in suffocating oversight the better to control us for the “leaders” who were the living embodiment of our “values”. Some leaders. Some values.
My parents made the decision to leave the tyranny of the mindless. We waited almost two years for the proper papers to come to
Not just to be free from fear. But to be free to choose. To make their own decisions about how to live, where to work, and what to strive for. Free even to make mistakes. But most of all, free from the great all-seeing eye of the state and the suffocating dictates it sent out in the name of the “collective good”.
Things were not easy in the first years. But I never saw either of them resort to any agencies of government for aid. That was what they ran away from. The object lesson in life they taught me was that for everything you take from the state, you give up a piece of yourself. And bit by bit you are no longer free. Bit by bit you mouth the platitudes of big brother in return for the crumbs he offers to “care” for you from cradle to grave.
But they knew that you aren’t really cared for. You are just given enough to have hope for more so that you toe the line. You are given just enough so that you convince yourself that you don’t really matter. You convince yourself that politicians who barely know what’s good for themselves, know what’s good for you. And saddest of all, you rationalize wrongs being right and drive yourself so senseless that you can no longer even recognize what’s true.
The Liberals have run this campaign on what they call Canadian “values”. If these be values, than what be treason? Treason in the only definition that really matters. The abridgment and abrogation of freedom and truth. The Liberals would have us believe that their cornucopia of nanny-state policies represent our values. The fact is that if we have to live our lives weighing every action, every communication, every human contact, wondering what agents of the state might find out about it, how they would analyse it, judge it, tamper with it, and somehow use it to our detriment, we are not truly free. And that is the mindless intervention the Liberals demand we stand for in return for the “generosity” of their cheap pork-barrel vote-grabbing schemes.
Their recent attack ads tell the whole story of their hypocrisy. They attack Stephen Harper for lacking compassion. Was it compassionate of Paul Martin to cut $30 billion out of health care and rip-off the unemployment insurance surpluses? They accuse Stephen Harper of already running a financial deficit. What about the democratic deficit in the conduct of party and public affairs of this Prime Minister who runs roughshod over every aspect of due process and just consideration?
They accuse Stephen Harper’s support of aspects of American foreign policies as being against Canadian values. Is it “Canadian” to call Muammar Khaddafi, the “butcher of Lockerbie”, a man with a “…philosophical bent of mind…” as Prime Minister Martin did when he went to
They scare Canadians into believing that “You won’t recognize
They denounce Harper for being uncaring while declaring “Paul Martin cares very much.” What does he care for? $167,000,000 in contracts to CSL and retroactive off-shore tax haven rules that allowed him to have CSL companies transferred to
Canadians don’t need lessons in values. We have them embodied in our boldness, our vision, our conscience, our blood, our voice and our courage. The boldness of Papineau. The vision of Lafontaine, Baldwin, MacDonald and Cartier. The conscience of D’Arcy McGee and Laurier. The blood of Vimy Ridge,
The golden thread of Canadian values has not been dollars or daycare. It has been the resolve to base radical transformations on the foundational principles of freedom, truth and the sovereignty of each and every individual. The determination to give each one of us the opportunity to realize our full potential. An opportunity that every human life deserves without debasement to state dictate.
Over the past twenty years