Free to question authority

It’s about living in an open and free society, Mr Andy Homan. You pretend to defend the law, but your school-child clichés and your sneering tone betrays your foolish notions. What you wrote is between you and the man you mock. Shame on you. We’ve read his contributions; we’ve read yours. He always writes from a sincere concern for this city, province, and/or country. Whereas, your message is trite and mean-spirited.

Have you read the Canadian Bill of Rights recently? It’s our protection against tyrants. We should refresh ourselves from time to time. Some say it is our duty as Canadians to hold these ideas close to heart. I would copy/paste the whole thing, but settle for Part One, Section (a): “the right of the individual to life, liberty and the security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law.”

It acknowledges that our rights and freedoms have always been and shall continue to be. Government does not make us free. God does, because “Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” That fine idea is written in the preamble. It goes on from there.

These are only two pieces in the shrine that is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Mr Homan. This is what we defend. We are lucky. People across the world are fighting in the streets, dying to have this be true for their families, their communities, too, while being accused of crimes and anarchism by people like you.

Remember the Nuremberg Trials and the “Banality of Evil”? Those pathetic little bureaucrats were just doing their job; going-along-to-get-along. Meanwhile, it takes real guts to stand and tell the truth as the crowd clicks its heels and points its self-righteous finger.

You would see your neighbour, Otto Sturhahn, imprisoned for “questioning authority“? Take a look. Even Jesus was well-known for his “obnoxious acts”, but your flimsy accusations, in public, against Otto are odious. I believe you owe him an apology, in public.

Geoff Burton

 

Penticton