It’s a friendly argument I’ve had with allies like Ezra Levant. They counter my pessimism about ever changing Canada’s politically correct culture by reminding me about, say, Canada’s bravery on Juno Beach.
But of course, most of those men are, well, dead.
The Canada that produced them was intentionally destroyed in the 1960s, and now we see the results.
Now, Hillsdale’s Paul Rahe writes of his fellow Americans:
We are not yet a people apt to acquiesce in dictates handed down by our lords and masters.
Etc. You can probably write his speech yourself, if you are a reasonably well educated individual of a certain age.
But the article would have been more realistic if it has been dated 1955 or so.
We do see the resistance he lauds, in the Tea Party movement obviously.
But the trouble with the Tea Party movement is that they tend to target their anger at only one source: Big Government.
However, angry Americans really need to face the unfaceable: that most of their fellow citizens are just as corrupt, incompetent and compromised:
Rahe talks about the American Revolution and so on. But the nation’s ethnic makeup is different now, for one thing. Way more residents/invaders/settlers from “manyana” cultures. More illiterates, more people with no sense of history.
Plus there’s the Katrina Culture. Did any of those “Help Us” types waiting on the “gubmit” to rescue them look capable of crossing the Delaware to you? They’d have been more inclined to steal Washington’s boots.
Am I exaggerating? Are we really reaching this “tipping point”? Exact and precise measures cannot be made, but an eye-opening study by the Tax Foundation, a reliable and non-partisan research group, tells us that in 2004, 20 percent of US households were getting about 75 percent of their income from the federal government.
In other words, one out of five families in America is already government dependent. Another 20 percent were receiving almost 40 percent of their income from federal programs, so another one in five has become government reliant for their livelihood.
All told, 60 percent – three out of five households in America – were receiving more government benefits and services (in dollar value) than they were paying back in taxes.
That is not the demographic profile of the 13 colonies.
Paul Rahe’s America doesn’t exist anymore.
Monday UPDATE: welcome, Rush Limbaugh listeners!
Beltway bores are already denouncing my post — and anyone who links to it — as “racist.” Yawn…