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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Freedom for all and privileges for none

These are the words of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in a debate in the House of Commons regarding recipocity with the USA:

I do not admit that there should be any antagonism between class and class. I do not admit that there should be any antagonism between the manufacturer and the farmer. The manufacturer is the best friend of the farmer, and the farmer is the best friend of the manufacturer. Let them walk hand in hand, let each profit by the trade of the other; but so far as we are concerned, for 14 years we have administered the government of this country on these lines, trying to do away with collisions between class and class trying to keep all abreast of one another keeping always in mind the motto: Freedom for all and privileges for none.

Freedom for all and privileges for none. A powerful motto that I wish we had not forgotten. Today the concept of privilege has become more powerful than the concept of freedom. Political organizations cry out that they have a right to this and a right to that, but really they are demanding more privileges not more freedom. All that they want is a piece of the pie, to be provided by someone else.

The government gives out corporate welfare and subsidies life styles. And instead of walking hand in hand our society is divided by who can get what from the government. A tax credit here and a regulation there, and our country moves farther and farther from the principle of freedom. We will soon no longer be a land of freedom but a land of privileges.

If there was a way to bring Sir Laurier back and make him our leader, I would.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on March 27, 2010 | Permalink


i was always under the impression that the quote "freedom for all, privileges for none" was THE American Motto. help me out on this, thanks.

Posted by: mike golden | 2010-06-04 7:30:19 PM

I don't really know what you are talking about Mike. It may be an American saying but I've never heard it.

Posted by: Hugh MacIntyre | 2010-06-05 1:21:00 AM

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