Thursday, July 04, 2013
This Independence Day, I find myself recalling a line from the movie, Smoke
Signals, in which one character asked another something like, "So, are
you feeling independent?"
The question struck me as based on bad premises, but understandable. At the same time, it was a question that could have been spot-on (and applicable to all Americans) based on good premises and the accelerating trend of government abuse called for by the electorate. With that in mind, I direct your attention to a lesson we could learn from our neighbors to the north. Their forebears may not have rebelled against England, but they now freer than we are in some respects and are moving in a better direction overall than we are.
Here is just one example:
["Hate speech"] legislation was nowhere near unique to Canada, as charges of "hate speech” are a ubiquitous tool of the worldwide Left, intended to silence opposition while elevating their approved opinions to the level of law. But the fact that Canada has abolished this shameful codification of censorship reveals a tendency toward renewal of liberty that the United States, and other nations, would do well to emulate.My thanks to reader Steve D. for bringing this article to my attention. The piece shows that there is hope that the tide of statism can be turned. It can happen here, too, and that is cause for celebration. This is especially true for those of us who realize that the fight for liberty never ends.