By G. Ray Gompf, CD
I’m ashamed to be a Canadian. I wasn’t ashamed to be a Canadian when I was serving in the military under the Conservatives of the Diefenbaker years. I was proud to be a Canadian. Our military did a good job when I was part of it and it does a great job today. During the Trudeau years, it wasn’t fun because Liberalism meant shaming the military, not only that, by decimating it’s ranks and refusing to upgrade equipment. So called peace time armies often suffer the wrath of those who don’t understand their existence.
Are our political masters worth following? Sometimes they are sometimes not. Sometimes they make stupid decisions. Sometimes their decisions are exactly what is needed at the time it’s needed. Does the military follow blindly? Not even a little bit. Must the military follow the orders that make no sense? Never.
I’m not here to talk about where I served or even when. For the most part, members and ex-members are under contract not to talk about what they’ve done or where they’ve done it. Even if the press can’t tell you every detail, members and former members cannot and I won’t. Suffice to say I know about what I talk and I know what I can say and what I won’t (can’t) say.
I am totally ashamed of my fellow Canadian who have never served, who have never feared for their life; who have never thought about the freedoms some of us fought for and we all can now take for granted. These Canadians of whom I am ashamed and ashamed to be considered part of my whole Canada, are FREE to have an opinion and even with their stupidity, I support their right to be wrong. These misguided Canadians of whom I am ashamed are voicing that opinion that infers my Canadian Forces brothers and sisters past, present and future and me are mindless jerks who don’t know when a fight is worth a fight.
Canada does NOT have a standing army for peacemaking. Peacemaking is part of the job, but it’s not the only job. Sometimes to make peace you have to make war. The peaceniks of Canada don’t seem to understand that Canada is a major player in the world. Canada is a member of the G-7 club. Sure there are countries with economies larger than Canada’s who are not in the G-7 Club. The reason they are not in the G-7 Club is simple, those other countries don’t participate in helping make peace in the world. They are content to sit back and let countries like Canada do it for them.
In WWI Canada’s population was 8,000,000 and we had more than 100,000 active military personnel. Today, we have well over 30,000,000 citizens and a military barely able to put 40,000 trained personnel to the task. Remember most of our military personnel are involved in support functions rather than more visible “fighting” functions.
Since the end of WWII Canada has welcomed millions from other lands that don’t share our freedoms. Ask those people around us who understand what oppression means who have been subjected to it.
Over the liberal decades, the Canadian military was decimated by uncaring and foolish governments more concerned about getting reelected than doing what’s necessary and only want to be involved with the easy parts of peace making without being exposed to the nastier parts. Thankfully the conservative decade wasn’t afraid of the ugly side of peace making; wasn’t afraid to support the military with proper equipment, pay and allowances and moral support. The dawn on another Liberal period terrifies me.
It behooves every Canadian whether you believe in war or whether you don’t to support our men and women who have choose the military life without besmirching their character. Don’t allow your need to rant to give the enemy (terrorists) an edge. The terrorists are dangerous and must be stopped at all costs.
This war is not about oil. This war is not about appeasing Americans. This war is about driving terrorists, not Muslims, out of existence and helping an impoverished people build a country of which they can be proud.
By David Knight
Well, now you’ve stepped in it. I’ve never been so disgusted by, and ashamed of, my so-called countrymen.
We had a leader with the integrity and balls to stand up for what was right. We were well-respected around the world. We had a government that was committed to lowering taxes, thereby letting us keep more of what we worked for. We have (for now) the richest middle class in the world. We had a leader that stood with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. We had a government that increased funding for our military and veterans. We had a government that believed the individual is capable of running his or her own life better than the government can. We had a leader that understood and cared about ordinary Canadians, not just the elitists. We had a leader that was committed to more freedom and safety for all Canadian citizens. We had a government that believed people have a fundamental right to keep what they work for and to defend themselves, their loved ones, and their property. We had a leader that valued the family unit and whose policies proved it. We had a government that believed that people are responsible for their actions and that was committed to tougher sentences for violent criminals as well as support for the victims. We had a leader that got rid of regulatory redundancies and red tape, thereby simplifying aspects of our day-to-day lives. We had a government that reduced wasteful spending. We had a government that believed balancing a budget was better than borrowing and spending us into oblivion. We had a chance to stay the course.
But you wanted change. Boy, will you get change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada were doing great things for this country, things that benefited you and would have continued to benefit you. You’re worse than dead weight. You fought, harassed, and smeared them every step of the way. You’re short-sighted and gullible, a bad combination. You were lied to. I’d pity you, but you brought this on yourselves. You traded an economist for the trust fund pretty boy terrorist sympathizer spawn of one of the worst enemies this country has ever had.
If you voted Liberal or NDP, I suspect one of two things: (1) you likely don’t possess the capacity for introspection or the ability to think for yourself, or (2) you may be quite intelligent, but your priorities are messed up. Either way, I have no desire to argue with you. You had plenty of time to seek and find the truth if you had been so inclined. You probably think I’m the crazy one. Fair enough. Kindly remove yourself from my friend list. I’ve known too many of you to think you’ll come around anytime soon. However, if at some point down the road you realize how royally you screwed up, and you realize there’s some truth to what I said here today, don’t hesitate to add me again. Just don’t expect any sympathy from me, regardless of what hardships may have befallen you in the meantime. Remember: you did this. I voted against it. And when Justin does his damnedest to destroy this great country, I hope you’re prepared to eat copious amounts of crow. Unfortunately, I suspect most of you will still blame Stephen Harper instead.
If you think I’m being unreasonable, try this scenario on for size. For the sake of argument, let’s say I’m right. Just humour me for a minute. I love my country, and I just watched a treasonous commie-lite S.O.B. hell-bent on destroying my country take the highest office in the land. He’ll raise taxes and run our economy into the ground. Not to mention he’ll turn our military into a bad joke. He’s proven repeatedly he’s soft on terrorism. And so on and so forth. What does all this mean? It means my kids will be saddled with debt they didn’t incur. It means he won’t protect us if we’re attacked. Nobody messes with my kids. For those of you with children, this should be starting to sink in, even if you disagree with me.
Justin Trudeau is a blight on this country, and you voted him in. I love my country, not necessarily my country’s government. I want the best for my kids and country, and you did your best to take that away. If that’s not worth severing friendships, I don’t know what is.