Sunday, 25 November 2012
Pallister disrespects what our veterans fought for
|Manitoba CON leader and Fort Whyte|
MLA Brian Pallister.
Gave his "rebuke" of the Province's rarely
used policy of allowing students to Opt-Out of
Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Image Source: Alyssa McDonald/Metro Winnipeg
Manitoba Opposition Leader Brian Pallister rebuked the provincial government on Tuesday as there is no requirement for students attend Remembrance Day ceremonies at schools.So, because veterans died fighting in the name of liberty and freedom it makes perfect sense to deprive people with unconventional views the liberty and freedom to Opt-Out of Remembrance ceremonies? Yeah, that sounds about right...
Pallister said the move shows a lack of respect for veterans as he pledged to stand by veterans who "bravely stood up for us."
“These are men and women who left family and friends to put themselves in harm’s way. Many made the ultimate sacrifice. Asking Manitoba students to spend an hour of their time is a small price to pay for the freedoms too many take for granted,” said Pallister in a statement.
“It is our duty as citizens to show our respect to those who’ve given us the priceless gifts we enjoy today. Life, liberty and freedom are ours because young men and women were prepared to give up their lives to fight for those principles."
("PCs rebuke NDP stance on student attending services". Jordan Maxwell (Nov. 13, 2012). Portage Daily Graphic.)
The Pallister CONs have issued a press release. Perhaps that will clarify matters.
The premier’s misguided assertion in the media that this is a case of religious freedom misses the point. The PC Party is here for Manitoba’s veterans and will stand up for those who bravely stood up for us."Missing the point"? How, Brian Pallister? In case your party hasn't gotten this, allowing the rare religious or political objector to Remembrance ceremonies (perhaps a radical secular pacifist or more fundamentalist Mennonite Brethren member) to "Opt-Out" is about honouring liberty, even when we don't like the choices people are making. The Premier isn't commending the decision, he's allowing it. Failing to see the difference is the trait of an illiberal mindset utterly inconsistent with the liberties our veterans fought in the name of.
“These are men and women who left family and friends to put themselves in harm’s way. Many made the ultimate sacrifice. Asking Manitoba students to spend an hour of their time is a small price to pay for the freedoms too many take for granted,” says Pallister.
“It is our duty as citizens to show our respect to those who’ve given us the priceless gifts we enjoy today. Life, liberty and freedom are ours because young men and women were prepared to give up their lives to fight for those principles,” adds Pallister.
("NDP Disrespects Veterans". Manitoba PC Press release (Nov. 13, 2012))
Pallister's really disrespecting veterans. He's disrespecting them by advancing a policy driven by (rightwing) authoritarian urges. The same urges that drove some of the worst men in history, who our veterans gallantly fought against (particularly in World War II). He's embraced a demagogically driven manufactroversy rather than seriously consider the issues affecting veterans. Where is Pallister's indignation when it comes to his former colleagues' disgraceful treatment of our disabled veterans?
Flesh and blood human beings, it seems, are less important to the Manitoba CON leader than symbols.
How else could he get so invested in Opt-Out Gate without holding back due to the significant risk it posses to some children?
A 40 year Legion member noted the risk that Opt-Out Gate demagoguery would provoke bullying. Afterwards, a commenter on this blog, likely stirred up by the frenzy over Opt-Out Gate, considered systematic punching of kids in the nose if they opted out of Remembrance ceremonies.
If a (supposed) adult is talking about punching kids in the nose, imagine what other children would do.
Ignoring bullying is a Harper CONs trait it seems the Pallister CONs share.As is a preference for symbols over real, flesh and blood human beings and liberty.
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