I am hoping the bloom is off the rose regarding the elevation of ANTIFA to some sort of Super-hero status. They are thugs and criminals. No better than the far right wing that they claim to be fighting against. A quick peruse of their raison d’être quickly reveals some stunning and, if not so dangerous, laughable beliefs. They believe in Jewish conspiracies, cloaking it with rhetoric. They believe in communism – willfully ignoring the horrendous violations of human rights that this system feeds; violations that are proven, time and time again, through the history of Marxism.
I see no difference between these enemies of humanity and the far right who seek some sort of fantasy return to white supremacy. Those two ships have sailed and should be sunk far from any shore, where they may infect the populace.
I am neither left nor right. I am a Canadian. I have common sense. I am not anti-immigration. I am anti-ignorance. I believe if you have chosen to come to Canada, that it is your responsibility to understand Canadian values, laws and governance. I believe that if you come here, under false pretenses, you need to leave. I believe that if you come here and feel that our values, laws and societal norms do not apply to you – then you need to leave. I do not believe in “open borders”.
Yes, Canada is a country of immigrants; we all came here from somewhere else – the same can be said of most nations. Most immigrants came to this country without the benefit of financial aid. Our forefathers/mothers came here with nothing, no government assistance, no free medical care and understood that living here was a privilege to which they needed to deserve. They worked, the strived to adapt and build this country. When our elderly, our mentally ill, our homeless, most of whom have worked their entire lives, are forced to live in poverty – without heat, proper access to medication and care, are looked over in favour of false refugee claims? There will be anger and a call to arms. The false refugees, from the U.S, have been given money, heated trailers and free medical care/prescription drugs. This is wrong. These people should have been refused, at our borders, because they have lied. We should not be supporting them when we are fully aware that these are false claims.
Over the existence of this country, certain ground rules have been set forth. Freedoms have been established. I am proud to be a citizen of this country and I’m proud of those freedoms. No one has the right to remove them, whether through media rhetoric and falsehoods or as in the case of Antifa – violence.
I don’t believe race, creed or colour should offer anyone special privileges. This includes the Niqab, burqa or those ludicrous ski masks so popular among Antifa. We have publicly funded services – paid for by the citizens of each province. As the individuals who have been paying for these services, for decades, we have the right to be assured that those who choose to use those services, prove who they are. We have had abuses, Medicare cards shared among non-residents and no, not just people of colour but sharing with American friends who have to pay for their inalienable right to medical care.
Upon requesting the right to be a Canadian citizen; you absolutely should be showing your face. This is Canada. The hiding of features is not a religious choice, we should all be aware of that by now, it is cultural and while everyone is entitled to retain their culture, if they so choose – that entitlement stops when it conflicts with Canadian norms. A passport requires full face. An appearance in our courts requires full face, driver’s license requires full face identification. We have the right to ensure that people are whom they claim to be, if they wish to take advantage of the benefits of this country. It isn’t racism, it isn’t Islamaphobia – it is about respect going both ways.
Should I have the opportunity to visit Saudi – I would take the time required to understand the culture and respect their laws as well as accepted social behaviours; to do any less is ignorant. The same applies to this country, even more so if you have chosen to immigrate. Respect for the country you have chosen. The country and its people did not choose you, did not implore you to come to the land – it was a personal choice on your part. Due diligence. Common courtesy and respect.
The rise of violence between the alt-left and alt-right is due, in a large part, to the lack of respect perceived to be occurring. Recently, the influx of Haitians, through our borders with the U.S. has galvanized our nation. These people are not refugees – they are illegal immigrants. There is no war in the U.S. against them – there is no war in Haiti; lives are not compromised. It is a poor nation, to be sure, but that is not grounds to claim refugee status.
Our rather ill-advised and dangerously naive Prime Minister and his cabinet have made some rather bad decisions and are showing a surprising disconnect from the people they are, supposed, to be representing. They are choosing to permit the return of people who eschewed our country, in order to fight alongside the rapists, murderers and lunatics of Daesh. This is not only incredibly stupid, it is a slap in the face to Canadians and the country.
Canadians do not want these people to be returned. They have committed crimes outside of our borders and they deserve to be brought to justice by those against whom those crimes have been committed.
We need to protect our country from those who choose to make it a battlefield. We need to put the Antifa thugs in jail, we need to denounce violence, in the strongest manner and we need to protect our culture from those who would choose to turn their backs on our beliefs.