An Open Letter to My Liberty-Loving Canadian Friends,
As your nation celebrates its 148th birthday today and mine its 239th on Saturday, I want to inform you all of a much less significant upcoming anniversary and one of the surprising conclusions that I arrived at while considering it.
At the end of the month I’ll celebrate six years as a full-time new media writer/editor. Throughout this journey I’ve worked with writers, activists, and various troublemakers around the United States and globally at a variety. Here’s some truth: Canada is an underappreciated, untapped gold mine of creative talent and fascinating, wonderful people.
The nation’s greatest resource is its people and the unique cultures and skills they’ve developed and I want to learn more. The Canadian writers I’ve worked with over the years (they know who they are) have deeply inspired me to explore your country, its cultures, its history and to find other like-minded people within it.
Now, understand that I’m not seeing your country through any kind of mythical, Maple Leaf-shaped, pink-tinted glasses. I’m well aware of (some) of the cultural problems and political challenges you face from the writers that I’ve worked with and followed. The Canadians who inspire me are the kinds who have congregated around The Rebel, my kind of people: Counterculture Canadians who are rebelling against their nation’s groupthink and conformity enforcers.
Everywhere around the world there are people committed to defending the rights of the individual and it’s those Canadians I embrace in brotherhood. I want to offer my solidarity and encouragement as you expand Freedom in your nation and we seek to promote it everywhere around the planet.
I can relate on many personal levels. As a libertarian-conservative Zionist and hawkish, Bible-thumping new media editor in Los Angeles I can understand what it’s like to live as a “political minority.” But I’m well aware that the level of socialist government and limiting of liberties you all have to deal with up there is in many ways much more problematic.
My range of “conservative” views make me marginal and “extreme” enough in polite, “mainstream” society in the United States. I can only begin to imagine what freaks the Canadians who share my values are regarded as. But I hope to learn more as I continue to support Ezra and his Rebels however I can.
I want to see more US-Canadian teamwork and camaraderie and that begins at the individual level. If any kindred Canadian spirits want to reach out and swap ideas or educate me more in your nation’s challenges then please shoot me an email DavidSwindle @ Gmail.com or lets dialogue on Twitter @DaveSwindle. I’m brainstorming a variety of different creative projects across mediums and genres and I’d very much appreciate to hear more compelling Canadian perspectives on life and the world and the challenges facing humanity today.
David M. Swindle
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