Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, arguably one of the most conservative premiers out there today, delivered a keynote address excoriating communism during a “Tribute to Liberty” event this past weekend.
Here’s some text from the speech, courtesy of Huffington Post Canada:
“During the 20th century, communism’s poisonous ideology and ruthless practices slowly bled into countries around the world, on almost every continent,” Harper said.
“The result was catastrophic. More than 100 million souls were lost — an almost incomprehensible number.”
The evening’s goal was to help raise money for Tribute to Liberty, which aims for a permanent memorial in Ottawa to communism’s “hundreds of millions” of victims.
In 2010, the Conservative government said it would support the monument.
Future generations of Canadians, Harper said, must be reminded that peace was earned through struggle and sacrifice.
In language reminiscent of the height of the Cold War, Harper lambasted communism and oppressive or even murderous ideologies.
“Evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again,” he said.
“But whatever it calls itself — Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism — they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty.”
Canadians, the prime minister said, are well aware of that destruction.
Below is the full video of Harper’s speech:
Here in the U.S., Congress recently approved Black Ribbon Day to be held August 23rd. This day will honor the victims of Soviet communism and National Socialism, which is much-needed.
Will Obama and the Left have the courage to condemn communism like PM Harper did? (I highly doubt it.)
There’s all this talk of privilege these days, so I wanted to give my input on this matter:
Leftist activists who are desperate to control us and eager to suppress dissent have invented the term “white privilege” to assert themselves in the public sphere. What is “white privilege” and what does it consist of? Apparently, if your ethnic background is Jewish or European (simply put, Caucasian), you’re perceived as having an unfair advantage in society because of your skin color. This means you boast “privilege” and supposedly view other ethnic groups as “inferior.” Moreover, because we allegedly boast “privilege” everything is willingly handed to us, the government supposedly takes better care of us, and we’re all extremely wealthy and greedy. Adherents of this philosophy, which is an offshoot of critical race theory, demand that those bestowed with “white privilege” renounce their wealth, hate themselves, and perpetuate class warfare tactics. According to some “brilliant” scholars on MSNBC and similar outlets, if your family members survived the Holocaust, you’re automatically a recipient of “white privilege” because they fared better after their suffering in death camps and concentration camps.
By that logic, I must boast extra “white privilege” because members of my family were afflicted by both Hitler’s National Socialism and Stalin’s Soviet Communism. My maternal grandma who endured harsh conditions in a German labor camp around the time her husband, my maternal grandpa, endured harsh conditions in one of Stalin’s gulags overcame adversity as Christians and property owners because they were privileged rather than persecuted, right? I guess my dad’s family endured anti-Semitism and overcame it because of “white privilege,” no? When my family decided to flee the former Soviet Union, giving up their belongings and being fearful for their lives must have been a result of “white privilege.” Not to mention that when they arrived in this country they were virtually penniless and not assimilated yet. (White privilege, right?) Or the fact that my dad built his company from the ground up without a handout. Or the fact that my parents worked hard in their respective careers to give my sister and I a good life–a life they never enjoyed in their homeland.
If success is a crime in this country, we’ve surely lost our way as a civilization.
Newsflash: every American of every stripe and shade is privileged—and it’s not a bad thing. We have the privilege to express our views without retribution from the government (for now). We have the privilege to make and earn a profit. We have the privilege to right a wrong and make our country a better place. We have the privilege to pursue opportunities unseen throughout the world. We have the privilege to enjoy luxuries and goods that most people across the globe will never have access to. We have the privilege to live in the last beacon of hope, our beloved United States of America.
If you hate the rights and opportunities afforded to you in this still magnificent country, you need to check your self-hatred. Here’s my two cents.
Yesterday marked 24 years since the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania came together to protest Soviet communism. On August 23, 1939, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (Hitler-Stalin Pact) was signed – creating separate spheres of influence that led to the Soviet reoccupation of the Baltic Republics. Fifty years later, on August 23, 1989, people from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania came together to form the “Baltic Way” (Chain of Freedom) – a human chain spanning 600 kilometers (370mi)- to protest Soviet communism. It was the largest protest of its kind recorded in history. Today, every August 23rd marks Black Ribbon Day to remember the victims of Nazism and Soviet communism.
As a first-generation American of Lithuanian descent , I proudly flaunt my roots because the Baltic spirit taught me to be independent-minded and skeptical of big government. The “Baltic Way” exemplifies how individuals can unite in the name of freedom to reject socialism in a peaceful, effective manner. (Thanks to Legal Insurrection for documenting my tweets about the anniversary of the “Baltic Way.”)
We can apply many aspects of the “Baltic Way” to the modern day. The Tea Party movement proved to be effective, and now the Defund ObamaCare movement is gaining steam. Perhaps we can replicate the “Baltic Way” here in the U.S.? Why not create the “American Way” to protest big government?
- “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”- George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
Last Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” conference in Annapolis, MD alongside three other young panelists – Brandon Cooper, Brian Meshkin, and Trae Lewis.
Our generation will be hardest hit by Obama’s disastrous economic policies. Therefore, it’s imperative that conservatives bolster their numbers with more young people. Conservatism, not a diluted version of it, will entice people to our side. Any attempts to abandon conservatism will lead to more elections lost and less voter turnout.
Those in attendance enjoyed hearing from us on the panel. Everyone gave wonderful speeches.
My speech beings at the 19:28 mark. Let me know what you think!
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan