Yes, I got the email. Twice.
However, I will not be linking to the new online petition sponsored by the Canadian Center for Policy Studies.
I agree with the proposition in principle. However, online petitions are worse than a waste of time. They are a distraction and a drug, and in fact, are couter-productive.
Conservatives talk a lot about personal responsibility and about not outsourcing their responsibilities to the State.
Somehow, these principles fall away in the very realm they are most needed right now: the fight to restore freedom of speech to Canada.
We do not need more people doing safe, risk-free, harmless and ultimately ineffectual things like signing petitions.
We do not need more people hoping that Politician X will come down from heaven and save the day, “once we get a majority in Parliament” or some other bullshit.
We do not need more people outsourcing their outrage, and indulging in fruitless exercises such as encouraging politicians to think they have power over us, by politely petitioning them to pretty please give us our rights back.
We need more people to start speaking out, writing whatever they want, and risk their jobs and “reputations” to do so.
You need to vocally violate all rules and regulations about “political correctness” at every opportunity.
Unless you are doing so, you are simply maintaining the status quo.
Your lives, your fortunes, your sacred honor. Consider the paradox: You can only secure these precious treasures by risking them.
(PS: I’m about as aware of breast cancer as I need to be, thanks. Can we move on now?)