When the silver jets from east to west go streamin’ through the sky,
We’ll be shoutin’ hooray up Canada way when the great parade goes by.
As much as old Stompin’ Tom tried to keep controversy out of his otherwise completely politically neutral holiday anthem, he just couldn’t avoid a reference to jets and a parade which, if it was any kind of Canada Day parade at all, would have some military or police presence on the ground. How many more Canada Days will go by before the Twitter mobs declare themselves to be triggered and personally wounded by “Canada Day Up Canada Way” in all its steel-guitared hokeyness?
The Left, of course, doesn’t see what the problem is. Everyone’s entitled to basic human decency, they say, and that’s all “Political Correctness” really is. But that’s the problem: Entitlements.
Canada, like every other country, is struggling with a surfeit of people who are outraged because they feel they are entitled to something and they didn’t get it handed to them. Because Canada is a wealthy and stable country, these people are used to having everything handed to them and find anything else unutterably painful. Therefore every facet of society must be cleansed and purified of things that may cause offense to anyone, be it poppies on Remembrance Day or flyovers at the Toronto Exhibition.
The rage and fear that drives the Twitter mobs is as real as the rage and fear that drove witchhunts back in the day. These triggers are reminders of responsibility, and responsibility is as alien to these online Twitter mobs as the Devil was to the witchhunters.
In the most extreme case, we have Greece, which is spending this July 1 teetering on the edge of total bankruptcy. Raised in a culture where the public sector reigns supreme, work is anathema, and only suckers pay what they owe, the Greeks respond to the suggestion that they are in any way responsible for their plight with insensate rage. “We don’t owe, we don’t pay!” cry the Greek protestors, in a rejection of their responsibilities so total and complete that it is almost admirable. For how could it have ended any other way?
If the Greeks exit the euro, the entitlement junkies might have the decency to put down their hashtags and take some responsibility, but it is far more likely that they will go right on blaming global capitalism. Right here in Ontario, the timer on the debt bomb ticks down as the provincial Liberals get as much mileage as they can out of “Ontario’s being screwed” meme. Here, as in Greece, it’s always someone else’s fault, and someone’s always got something coming to them.
We have much to be grateful for and thankful for in this beautiful country of ours. We’ve accomplished a lot. But for some, having more doesn’t satisfy. They choose to focus on ways to gum up the system with endless complaints and demands. What they call progress is actually paralysis, as the list of entitlements keeps growing and our ability to meet them can’t increase as quickly. Maybe this is intentional, maybe it isn’t, but in the end it won’t matter.
So on this Canada Day, take a moment to reflect on all the little ways that we’re being pulled slowly towards the brink by suicidal progressives, and when you see and hear some cornball Canadiana, don’t take it for granted, because the time will come soon when you’ll have to go to the wall to defend it. Keep singing “Canada Day Up Canada Way”, not “We Don’t Owe, We Won’t Pay.”
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