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Why Transform?

When America becomes Canada.

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David Solway

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December 22, 2013 - 12:02 am
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When I heard Barack Obama exulting in the fundamental transformation of America that he promised to bring about in his 2008 speech at the University of Missouri, I was dumbfounded. Why, I thought, would anyone want to transform the most dynamic and successful nation on the face of the planet? Improve it gradually and intelligently through what philosopher Karl Popper in The Open Society and Its Enemies called “piecemeal social legislation,” certainly. Seek to strengthen its position in the world, to guarantee its security, and to stimulate a free market economy, with moderate safeguards but without undue and heavy-handed interference, absolutely. But to steer it in a direction that would render it similar to Europe’s increasingly defunct socialist polities or, for that matter, that would resemble my own country, Canada, with its onerous cost of living, high taxation (with a disproportionate tranche falling on the middle class), faltering institutions and intrusive legislation — no way. Americans did not seem to realize how fortunate they were, and some of my American correspondents have indicated that they are beginning to look north for a template to follow. They should look again.

The disparities in daily economic life are palpable. My salary as a professor in the Quebec college system, frozen for several years, was dramatically less than that which my counterparts earned in the U.S. My mortgage rate was several percentage points higher than the comparable American figure. My Tucson SUV costs several thousand dollars more in Canada than the identical model in the U.S. A bottle of my favorite Australian wine costs $13.95 in Quebec; in the U.S., it’s $4.99. A book I’ve just ordered costs $49.50 on Amazon.ca.; on Amazon.com, it sells for $24.40.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average price of gasoline in the country is $3.38 per gallon; of course, gasoline prices vary from region to region and time to time in Canada, as in the U.S. But in the province of British Columbia, prices recently spiked at $1.44 per litre for regular unleaded, the cheapest octane going, which factors out to approximately $6.48 per gallon. (It has since declined to $1.32 per litre, which works out to $5.94 per gallon.) Filling up at a PetroCan station in Quebec the other day, I paid the equivalent of $6.30 per gallon for regular unleaded; the super premium grade would have nudged the price toward the $7 per gallon range. I focus on these differentials since my current itineraries require me to do considerable driving. It is, apparently, unseemly to complain as the twin levy of national and provincial fuel tax is earmarked for various social projects, whatever these may be. But the result is that, compared to the average American, the average Canadian pays approximately twice as much driving to work for the socially conscious privilege of earning a lower salary.

Generally speaking, the cost of living in Canada is, according to available statistics, around 20 percent higher than in the U.S., while purchasing power is 22.25 percent lower; the variance is even more disadvantageous in the provinces of Ontario, where electricity costs have skyrocketed, and Quebec, where everything keeps going up and never ever comes down. This explains why huge numbers of my fellow citizens spend their Saturdays profiting from cross-border shopping in Plattsburg, NY. (Note: the official currency exchange rate, though volatile, is more or less at par.)

It is true that America may be the most litigious society in the world, but we are fast catching up — I have personal experience in the matter with our libel-hunting Islamic organizations, where a notice of libel is a pretext for getting a critic of Islam to shut up. Lawfare, as it’s called, is the consummate form of duct tape. Where we exceed the U.S. regarding the climate of legal vendetta involves something called human rights commissions, which are essentially kangaroo courts whose mandate is to protect the nation from “hateful” speech. To this end, an offended plaintiff may lodge a complaint at no expense to himself, the defendant must pay legal fees and costs from his own resources (and such costs may run into the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars), evidence for the defense is usually regarded as inadmissible, witnesses for the defense are frowned upon, and the conviction rate hovers around 100 percent. Recent changes to the so-called Human Rights Act are modest and nationally selective, and the tribunals continue to slash and burn their way across the common culture.

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I'm of the opinion now that the marxists aren't currently America's biggest problem. Certainly, they are ultimately the enemy that must be destroyed for the country to survive, but the ruling class Republicans are the more pressing problem because they are acting as the advance guard for the marxists. Until they are cleared out, the real battle cannot even be engaged.
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I have personal experience in the matter with our libel-hunting Islamic organizations.

You must know Steyn. Free speech is alive and well, except when it comes to Moslems. They have special needs, and a very special history, right up to its contemporary history. Our next president, Hillary, agrees with the OIC that it should be a hate crime in all countries to criticize a religion.

Oriana Fallaci was lucky when they dragged her in the hate crime wing of the criminal justice system in Italy: she died. Condolences on your legal eagle experience(s).
1 year ago
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Alas, David...we are on a path of "transformation" that seeks to bypass "soft totalitarianism" and rocket straight to the hard brand.

We have now professional fraudsters (ACORN and their name-shifting progeny) infecting free and fair elections. To make matters a bit less rosy than that body politic sepsis, the fraudsters are not merely given Mafia style protection from the government, the citizenry supposedly to be saved from marauding bands of election stealers are forced to pay for the privilege of banana republic tactics.

Club wielding, camouflage wearing thugs skulk around polling booths, default on the prosecution for intimidation and mysteriously have the defaulted case dropped, as the fix is in...not for the people, but against them.

We run guns to drug cartels. We turn our backs on our allies. We push reset buttons for despots and tyrants and push ejection seat buttons for democracies.

Would that we could emulate Canada, (outside of Quebec, the first place on earth that would surrender TO France). Our Che/Mao/Lenin loving reprobates now take lying as a Metropolitan Merit Badge.

Our IRS is a weapon used against principled dissent. Your "Human Rights Commission" in it's execrable treatment of Mark Steyn and others is deserving of a town square hanging, to be sure, but the degree and magnitude of abuse the IRS. Can inflict dwarfs the Muslim Speech Gestapo by a factor of a million times.

Our Lois Lerner was resigned to Mafia defense tactics in order to avoid self-incrimination against the charge of using the IRS to punish Obama's enemies.

Our government spies on reporters, citizens and pretty much everyone else.

And all of this...every bit of it...stems from a poisoned Propaganda Machine so vile and despicable, it not only hides the truth from the people, it buries it beneath a mountain of distortion.

Tyranny will not survive a free and fair information stream, freedom will not survive a conspiratorial one.

We suffer the worst of it in our mendacious media, our indoctrination farms of academia and our communist inspired Hollywood.

No, David. We do not pass "Go", we do not collect $200, we go straight to small c communist jail.

Soft socialism is not for Bill Ayers, Cloward-Piven, the Nation of Islam...or Obama and his cabal.

We are in for a much rougher ride.
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51 weeks ago
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My best friend's aunt makes $88/hr on the computer. She has been without a job for six months but last month her paycheck was $16313 just working on the computer for a few hours. i was reading this >>>>>>
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51 weeks ago
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Too few of us were appalled that so many, some who should have known better, took Obama at his words. WITHOUT devining OR CARING about the meanings and real promise in those words.

This man of whom they did not and STILL do not know crucial elements in his provenance, identity and reasons for his undoubted hatred of America as Idea and character. His clearly stated intention to bring this America to her knees and put her in her place. He did say after all while campaigning for the highest honour in the citizens' give that he (and his spouse Michellle ) was "ashamed of the country",

He was talking to Americans about America. NOT some other place as for example Kenya, Zimbabwe, Russisa out of the erstwhile Soviet Unioni, China, any Middle Eastern nation, EVEN Israel. Or ANY other nation. BUT America. To Americans.

That he was selected as the candidate by the DNC was not really surprising. Given that two women, N. Pelosi and H. Clinton, high in the priesthood of the "Democratic" Party, were the instruments for that nomination. And having set the stage over the previous decades understood he would be beyond criticism.

BEYOND criticism. A virtual unknown on the natonal stage. Dubbed by some followers as Messiah. HOPED for and AWAITED Saviour of their political agenda.

Neither woman, at the loss the election of the Millenium, in the Western calendar a symbolic game-changing date could contain her rage. Even their handmaidens in Legacy Media reported it. Pelosi's VOW of revenge against those Americans, called by H. Clinton "that vast right-wing conspiracy", who voted to elect the candidate of the Republican Party.

Both along with other disgruntled "democrats" spent the next eight years in Congress attempting a second Watergate for a President anathema to them.

And so BH Obama is now in the Executive Seat able to do his and colleagues of the "Democratic" Party and allies promised intention to put the finishing touches to their "FUNDAMENTAL transformation of the nation".

To CHANGE that nation to their design. Lawfully or unlawfully. Their HOPE in Whatever works.
51 weeks ago
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Surprisingly, we actually look quite good today in comparison to the US. We've had a tory government since 2006, we've cut taxes, we're making the Army look British again, the deficit is tiny and shrinking, unemployment is lower than in the US, and we've repealed the firearms registry and the hate speech law. Which country is going in the better direction?
51 weeks ago
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"What an unemployable, economically dependent, illiterate and schizophrenic Muslim from a backward theocratic country has to offer Canada remains an insoluble mystery."

A far more problematic decision was rendered some years ago when an immigration tribunal ruled that any Chinese woman who had been denied permission to have a second child under China's One Child Policy qualified for refugee status in Canada. Given the fact that such women were not shot or imprisoned but merely subject to fines and/or difficulties obtaining education for that "extra" child, and given that there must be at least a few hundred million such women, far more than the current population of Canada, it seemed clear to me that the tribunal had opened the door to China flooding our country with its own citizens - and all it took was a single ruling by a single one of our own tribunals....

Given that we have not yet been overwhelmed by Chinese women, I can only hope the tribunal's decision was overturned by a higher level in the long chain of tribunals and courts that oversee immigration policy. Or perhaps the climate is perceived as too inhospitable for most Chinese women to endure....
51 weeks ago
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In all honesty, David, the Canada you disparage has more in common with those who went berserk in the late 1960s, than with the Canada who played a role in the liberating of parts of Europe in the First and Second World Wars.

Plus, when you have people like Daniel Hannan making the case that the US got its cues from the best of what Niall Ferguson titled "Greater Britain" in his book, "Empire" - the last word hasn't been communicated yet.
52 weeks ago
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Canada was founded to promote good government and to flee the revolutionary fervor which inspired the Declaration. It sortta worked. Canada’s a nice enough place. Be happy with what you have. And remember, capitalism and freedom are alien to Canadian tradition.
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It's not a bad set-up. There's an America for people who wish to live like Americans, and a Canada for people who wish to live like ... Canadians. Kind of odd, though: ostensibly, it's a mark of liberality and broad-mindedness to collapse the distinction, remove the options, and make everyone in all locales live as much like the latter as possible. Still trying to puzzle out the moral arithmetic on that one.
52 weeks ago
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David, Canada is lost to all but those who live in the bush, and the mountains. In the great vastness of the Canadian wilderness a man can enjoy freedom. You carry a rifle during the day and you rest it against your bunk in a cabin at night or beside your sleeping bag if you are camped in the bush.

Canada for me begins a hundred miles from the end of the last road. Your only responsibility is to keep yourself, and your horses and dogs alive. You can have a glass of rye and yell out your disgust of simple minded politicians and those who want to steal our great country; no one will care. You can listen to the wolves howl, they sing much better than the pretentious artists on TV and radio, and they are never off key.

i feel sorry for you Canadians who never realize the beauty of your own country. Go to the Yukon or Northern BC, travel a hundred miles from the end of the last road, and you will never see a disagreeable human or any humans at all.

http://skooksjournal.com/?p=612
1 year ago
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No, because Rob Ford.
51 weeks ago
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How depressing. Doom and gloom everywhere. Where is the spark of defiance? The will to live free? Where are the solutions and ideas to awaken the public to our mutual danger? Where are the efforts to organize neighborhoods and communities to resist, to say no to tyranny? Where are the strategies to use our rules against those who use them against us by their abuse? Where is the effort to replace bad judges and laws and regulations with good ones. Where is the effort to support passionately those who try to defend liberty, freedom, and true justice against the lies and attacks by the left? Prohibition was passed by zealots as an amendment to our Constitution "for the greater good" and spawned such horrendous criminal activity, yet was ultimately repealed by the People. When our Founding Fathers faced the most powerful country and military of its time, no one would've predicted the ultimate outcome. Yet they prevailed and our miracle of a country unique in history was born. It's time to fight with every ounce of our fiber to win back our country and the freedoms we once possessed. The longer we wait and bemoan the coming doom, the harder it will be to do and the more misery and the more lives destroyed will occur, and yes, including more blood shed to obtain it. The Tea Party was an attempt to fight back peacefully with good folk, yet look how they were slandered, lied about, mocked and threatened. I am not a Tea Party person but I will stand with them in their fight. Now its county sheriffs throughout the country refusing to disarm their citizenry at the orders of an ever growing Presidential tyranny bent upon destroying our Constitution and our natural rights embodied therein. It's time to organize modern committees of correspondence, to stand by Tea Party folk, stand by true conservatives, by sheriffs, by police, and by military who swore an oath to protect and preserve the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Power truly resides in the People where there is a will to wield it. Do not give up your freedom to a small tyrannical elite who think themselves above laws they use to take away your freedoms. your choices, your wealth, your liberty. If but 10 to 30 million marched on Washington DC and demanded impeachment and ouster of our national government leaders, and stayed until the deed was done, do you think your will would not be felt and obeyed? Organize at your local level. Coordinate with others to do the same up to the state level, county by county, city by city. Pick a date in spring, summer or fall, and descend on Washington and plan to stay until the deed is done. Either that or wait until the American Gestapo comes for you and your family in the middle of the night. one by one, for violating arcane regulations or laws someone has written or decreed by Presidential or judicial fiat but no one has read. A storm is coming. Indeed its already here. Time to be prepared to stand together against it or it will surely consume us and our children.
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Excellent comment, Burkean. The left has had generations of experience of fighting the power structure and getting their way through labor union actions. Conservatives had better learn fast. I hope conservative leaders are studying other mass movement tactics of the past that worked, such as the civil rights movement. The original wave of fiscal protests dubbed tea party was effective, or it would not have been fought so viciously by those in power.
52 weeks ago
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Conservatives are going to have to learn how to conceal their beliefs, and then active discrimination against those who hold Marxist views when they achieve authority and power, and march through the instittutions. They should target HR Departments and Education administration first.

That is anathema to some conservative principles, but it has to be done. Else you are just farting in their general direction.

Think of it rightly as war inside the power structures of society and inside our institutions and legal system.

You have to acknowledge first that war is being waged upon you (by the Marxist/Left) and engage in that war. Standing around talking about bipartisanship and spirit of compromise with people that wish to destroy you, is a fools game, that ends in your destruction.

51 weeks ago
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transforming America, by B.O. is like the future husband telling his wife that he loves her, but when they get married he looks to transform her.

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