It’s not only statues. Have you noticed that our money is changing? Viola Desmond, a black activist, has replaced John A. Macdonald on the 10-dollar bill. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, our seventh prime minister, is set to be replaced in early 2021. The list of potential replacements includes two native chiefs, an Inuit artist, and a man whose main qualification for fame appears to be that he was the first Chinese person born in Canada.
The changes taking place in our culture are not the shifting sands of time, they are a concerted effort by a small cadre of cultural marxists who seek to eliminate traditional Canadian culture and change it into something it never has been. They are doing this against the will of the Canadian people.
In a Leger poll, only 13% of Canadians said they supported the removal of “racist” statues. 36% of respondents said the statues should remain alongside a plaque with a “full depiction” of the individual, 21% said the statues should be placed in a less prominent location with a plaque, 22% said the statue should remain exactly the same, and 7% didn’t know.
Is Captain Vancouver next?
Will we let a radical minority dictate what statues we cherish, who we put on our money, and what we name our public buildings? Even if you don’t particularly care about statues, it is worth considering other times in history where a silent majority has let itself be pushed around by a minority leftist cadre.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn lived through the Soviet Union, even doing time in a Gulag, and compiled his thoughts into a book: The Gulag Archipelago. He wrote that “to destroy a people, you must first sever their roots”. The leaders of the Soviet Union were masters in the art of historical revisionism of all kinds, most surreally shown with Stalin’s removal of people who had fallen out of favour from photos.
Many Canadians today certainly feel that our cultural ‘roots’ are being severed as our statues are removed and our history is rewritten to portray our ancestors as villains. But perhaps our fate is more similar to a different communist country, a little bit warmer and further south.
During the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao whipped up urban workers and university students into a fury, calling on them to wage war on the ‘Four Olds’: old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas. The campaign began with the renaming of city streets and places. Traditional values were removed from education. University students formed ‘Red Guard’ factions for the purpose of attacking and humiliating professors who were perceived to not hold the correct opinions.
Today’s Red Guards wear black
Canada is experiencing the early stages of our very own Cultural Revolution, also spearheaded by radical students and activists aiming to destroy ‘old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas’. The majority of the country cherishes our culture and history, but if we do nothing, our country will be hijacked by people who hate it.
How we fight back
In our fight to save our statues, and our cherished heritage more generally, we must remember who it is we are fighting against: a coalition of activists united under a far left platform. They are generally young, often students, have lots of time on their hands for militant activities, and have significant institutional support in academia, many levels of government, and in the media.
The coalition has two main weaknesses, however. Their demands are supported by only a minority of Canadians, and their ideology is extremely radical. Our goals, therefore, must be to show the majority of Canadians that they are indeed in the majority – and to expose the often overlooked extremism inherent in the far left coalition.
To do this, we have to oppose every single move they make. This will force the media to cover the ongoing culture war and remind mainstream Canadians that their views are widely held. Most importantly, it will enrage the far left coalition, causing them to reveal their true beliefs. We have to fight them with such perseverance that, in anger, they reveal their support of the abolition of the nation-state, the imposition of open borders, and the destruction of Canadian culture.
The true demands of the far left
Fighting back is really quite simple, and need not be dangerous if done correctly. We still have freedom of speech in this country. If the woke mob pressures your children’s school into changing its name, voice your concerns at every school meeting. If a statue is being removed in your town, write a letter to the local paper, spread the word on social media, and ask people with knowledge of the law or city regulations if there are ways to throw procedural wrenches into the process.
Freedom of Speech by Norman Rockwell
You don’t even need to demand the statue stay up, just demand a town hall dedicated to the issue, and once the town hall is called, pack it with as many supporters of the statue as possible. If you are in a rural town, or any area of the country where conservatives still have the strength of numbers over Antifa militants, an actual protest is always an option.
The most important thing to remember is that our cause is entirely just, morally right, and that all Canadians agreed with us until several decades ago. But there is no guarantee that we will win unless we fight. Let the opening salvos of the Statue War begin in Hamilton.