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Friday, December 21, 2007
Hugh Hewitt takes up for Mark Steyn: Buy Maclean's, Boycott Canada?
Hugh Hewitt, a syndicated California-based talk radio host with a daily audience averaging over 300,000 coast-to-coast, had Mark Steyn on for a weekly chat yesterday, and they kicked off by discussing the Human Rights Jihad against Mark and Maclean's. A highly-entertaining listen, as Hugh moves off his boycott of Canada, and promotes Maclean's subscriptions to his U.S. listeners:
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Send a few subscriptions to Osgoode Hall?
Posted by: Hank | 2007-12-21 11:07:25 AM
Hugh didn't say that he wouldn't boycott Canada, in fact Mark Steyn urged him to go ahead and boycott Canada and also subscribe to Macleans. Its the threat of boycott that, if perceived as credible, might get results or at least some MSM coverage.
To actually boycott Canadian products in the US would not be an easy thing to do. How does one isolate 10% of the gasoline from the retailers, 35% of the natural gas, all the nickel from industrial use and coinage, 30% of the lumber, pulp, fish, pork, beef, etc. A tourism boycott would be the only easy way to cause panic in certain circles and the weak US dollar has already done a significant number on that.
What is difficult is that reasonable people don't generally talk up the threat of international boycott against their own country. That's usually something done by the Greens.
The question is, do WS Shotgun readers want to fight for free speech as zealously as Greens want to save (bureaucratically dominate) the Planet.
The problem is that if every Canadian Mark Steyn fan, libertarian, principled conservative and WS subscriber did everything short of armed rebellion, I doubt there would be enough groundswell support to give enough moral backbone to the necessary Provincial or Federal Politicians to actually undo the PC Trudeaupian legacy known as HRCs. Even if eventually successful, by then Mark Steyn and Macleans will have been forced by law to prostrate themselves to creeping Sharia.
Posted by: John Chittick | 2007-12-21 11:45:32 AM
Someone calling themselves "Scared" posted yesterday claiming that he/she was afraid of the loss of their sense of Canadian/western values due to the moral suasion pressure being applied by socialist institutions to be "Tolerant". This person seemed genuinely afraid and trapped and powerless. But this person was ultimately a prisoner of their own conscience with imaginary prison walls formed by a lifetime of leftoid political correctness being pumped into them. And yet, deep down, this person still knows that it is wrong.
I was a little hard on him/her but what what we need to do is give ourselves and others permission to speak out against all this nonsense. Logic always prevails (we would hope) and we have been too "scared" to speak out. There is really nothing to be afraid of. Speak your mind and celebrate your right to do so. And encourage others to do so.
I think we will find that as more people permit themselves to do this, so will others feel more comfortable joining in.
The revolution starts at the bottom. Perhaps we should give it a name!
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-12-21 11:55:22 AM
I propose we call this movement - "Freedom of Speech"
We can also start a movement called "Freedom of the Press" whereby newspapers and websites are permitted these same basic Human Rights.
I propose another Human Rights movement. I propose we call it "Freedom of Association" which by corrolary also means "Freedom od Disassociation" ending compulsory union membership and the highjacking of paychecks via union dues. This could also include compulsory highjacking of paycheck deductions for sinkhole public pension plans as well.
So, what do you think of my Human Rights movement?
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-12-21 12:22:39 PM
Great idea but it'll never work - you can't have folks thinking, deciding and fending for themselves. It's un-Canadian.
Posted by: Kathryn | 2007-12-21 12:59:54 PM
Just noticed the Catholic Immigration Centre ... http://www.cic.ca/
This is clearly another slight of you know who, not owning the cic.ca domain. Time for another Human Rights tribunal action?
Posted by: Hank | 2007-12-21 1:22:40 PM
"So, what do you think of my Human Rights movement?"
Great! Freedom of association already existed in Canada before it was targeted to be dismantled in a charge led by the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labour Congress ultimately culminating in the Drummond Wren case.
"In 1953, a delegation for the Canadian Jewish Congress appeared before a joint committee the House of Commons to lobby for the creation of a criminal offense punishing group defamation or incitement to racial hatred."
Was there anti-antisemitism in Canada? No doubt. Did some Jews hate Canadians because of their desire to restrict Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe? Unquestionably. However, was "a score" ~(20) of antisemitic incidences in 1964, originating from a small group of extremists worth ending the Canadian right to free speech? No.
"Delayed Impact: The Holocaust and the Canadian Jewish Community"
By Franklin Bialystok
Posted by: Dj | 2007-12-21 1:40:41 PM
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