Thursday, October 19, 2006

Liberty Under Siege

It's been a very good week, unless you are a believer in freedom and liberty. If you are one of us, then its been perhaps one of the darkest weeks in recent memory.

First, we had a crusading reporter in Russia gunned down in a contract killing. Her crime was trying to tell the truth.

Next, in Canada, we have a Reform* government that is attempting to introduce a draconian reverse onus for dangerous offenders, despite the continuing drop in Canada's crime rate, including he rate for violent crime. They have offered no evidence, no proof that there is a such a crime problem with repeat offenders that it requires this clear violation of the Charter (put forth, conveniently, after they killed the Court Challenges program). They do so to divert attention from their other failures and shortcomings, playing on myth and fear to gain political power.

Worst of all, yesterday the United States of America, formerly the beacon of freedom and liberty in the world, signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This act destroys over 200 years of jurisprudence and history, in the name of protecting the US from "terrorists." As the ACLU points out, the act allows for:

"The president can now - with the approval of Congress - indefinitely hold people without charge, take away protections against horrific abuse, put people on trial based on hearsay evidence, authorize trials that can sentence people to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses, and slam shut the courthouse door for habeas petitions. Nothing could be further from the American values we all hold in our hearts than the Military Commissions Act."[emphasis mine]


It destroys legal protections such as habeas corpus and the right to face your accuser that have existed since the Magna Carta. It is the antithesis of justice.

So to my American friends and cousins, I would like to remind you of something that perhaps many of you have forgotten:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security" [emphasis mine]


Our current Reform* government, who seem quite the fans our our US cousins, would do well to heed these words (Their supporters should read this).

Update:

Well, at least some of our cousins in the US are paying attention. Read or watch, its powerful stuff.

* Since they support arbitrary and undemocratic government, are purging real, principled conservatives from their midst, I refuse to sully the good name "conservative" by associating it with these people. Nor will I ever from this point forward. "Reform" is much more polite than the alternative, more accurate name I had in mnd.

18 Comments:

At 11:25 PM, Blogger Scott in Montreal said...

I have two names for them: the Deform Party, and the SSHITS (Super Secret Harper Imitation Tories). I like 'em both so much I can't settle on just one.

One thing is for sure: it ain't the same Conservatives we've seen historically.

 
At 12:21 AM, Blogger Nastyboy said...

With the "if it bleeds it leads" mentality our MSM have, the perception that we're one step away from total anarchy will let this legislation slide through. No one wants to be seen as soft on violent crime.

Just as a few high profile gun deaths caused enough panic to allow the Libs to push through a totally useless gun registry. Canada has not, and never had a "Gun problem".

A side note, linking the CPC to facsists is beneath you. One of the reasons I like your blog is your tendency not to fall into hyperbole. What the tories are proposing is heavy handed, but far from fascist.

 
At 1:57 AM, Anonymous DazzlinDino said...

One thing is for sure: it ain't the same Conservatives we've seen historically.

That's for damn sure. The last couple months have been about the most depressing times for a Conservative supporter for many, many years.

We bitched and moaned for 13 years to get in power, and now we're there and clowns are running the show....

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

Playing with words like "Reform", even with your qualification, makes a post hard to take seriously. It's one step away from silliness like "Liberanos".

Call it the Conservative government (big 'C') - we'll know what you mean, and small 'c' conservatives are used to the distinction. ;)

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Nasty,

Yes, I'm being over the top, I fully admit it, but I think the US government now is certainly in a proto-fascist state or at least emulating fascist behaviour and tatics. And I see our "gnu Government" copying them at every step of the way, in both tatics and behaviour. With a little luck, the Republicans will get the boot next month and send a message to our own government as to the dangers of copying them.

Andrew,

Well, I picked the former name of the party rather than make up a silly one (using Scott's ideas or even CRAP - Conservative Reform Alliance Party, or even Reformatories), like "Libranos". I suppose it is unfair to former, decent Reformer's like Chuck Cadman. Should I have used Alliance instead?

One thing is for sure, they ain't "Conservatives" or "Tories" in any sense of the word that I know, except of course when pandering to social conservatives...

Dazz, I feel your pain. As much as I might have diagreed with their stances on things and policies, even I thought the CPC would be different. They aren't. In some ways, they are worse.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

"One thing is for sure, they ain't "Conservatives" or "Tories" in any sense of the word that I know, except of course when pandering to social conservatives..."

Yeahm and the Liberals aren't particularly "liberal" either, nor are the New Democrats all that "new". Welcome to Canadian politics!!! =P

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Harper is doing one hell of a good job. Way to go Conservatives. If you're pissing of a NDP supporter you must be doing something right!

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Well, he has been pissing off some traditional conservatives as well jeff. Don't forget who warned you when your freedom is gone, eh?

BTW, was Thomas Jefferson a liberal or conservative?

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas Jefferson was neither a liberal nor a conservative if by these terms you mean like the liberals or conservatives of 2006.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

"Don't forget who warned you when your freedom is gone, eh?"

Freedom isn't free, Mike...

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Deanna said...

Nothing is free. Hence taxes.

Or did you mean something else? ;)

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Nastyboy said...

Freedom isn't free, Mike...

Yeah, it costs a $1.05.

Everyone knows that.

 
At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Ian Scott said...

Jeff is stilling grasping the concept of freedom.

Don't be too hard on him.

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger catnip said...

I'l tell you one thing: Canadians are lucky that we have been able to watch how neo-conservatism has failed in the US because we can now be much more vigilant and aware about not letting those with the same philosophy tear our country apart as well.

I'm not a conservative, but I do find hope in seeing traditional conservatives speaking out about how their ideology has been subverted by a gang of self-righteous control freaks who are only in it for themselves and I think Canadians, as a result, will certainly not put up with that kind of behaviour as long as the Americans have.

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger Scott in Montreal said...

Yeahm and the Liberals aren't particularly "liberal" either, nor are the New Democrats all that "new". Welcome to Canadian politics!!! =P

Andrew, point taken. But the Greens are aptly named, at least.

 
At 11:49 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I cannot believe that after watching the mess in the US that Canadians would turn around and vote so stupidly. I mean, he's not even good looking!

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Better living through deeper integration with the US. It's the only way forward....

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous rachael said...

what the hell are you talking about?

 

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