As I daily rummage through the pages of history I think of the brave ordinary people who come from the average hardworking family that have toiled and worked their hearts out to create a better society and nation. And who have given freely of their time to research and come up with new ideas for the betterment on their country without any thoughts of recompense on their minds. These are the true patriots that I am talking about.
Ordinary people are the first to make sacrifices, because they will take chances that might make the difference. But that cannot be said of the rich and opulent in a society that will make no sacrifices, and will do anything to protect their riches, even if it means to commit treason and sell their country short in the bargain.
Over the years, I have thought very deeply on all the above issue and came to the conclusion that to the elites of any society time for them is money, and thus they will not give their all, be it war or peace. In times of war the first to make sacrifices are the ordinary [people, the butcher, the baker, the street cleaner, the farmer and the people who do everyday jobs. Not so, with those in the money, the businessman, the corporate executives and the politicians. Their first thoughts are how I can protect my investments and businesses and to their minds the country comes last, not first.
Think of American colonial Nathan Hale, who when being executed by the British for treason said: "I regret that I have but only one life to give for my country", or Patrick Henry's words at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia: "Give me liberty or give me death!" These are the words of true patriots in defence of their country.
You, will never hear such words come from Canada's elites, past or present, because they are not patriots, but people who's first thoughts are how can I get my hands on some big money. My pocket first and my country last is their philosophy. This or course is not only something applicable to the leaders and prime ministers alone, but also applies to provincial premiers who have gone from corruption to corruption in the quest to amass their ill-gotten gains from where ever possible. Every one of Canada's elites have only one goal in mind and that is get their hands on wealth as quickly as possible, and by whatever means possible.
There will never be a leader in Canada like Abraham Lincoln, because he came from among the ordinary people. A ordinary man born in a log cabin in Kentucky, becomes a lumber jack to earn enough money to study and become a lawyer, and then goes on to become the very president of the United States of America. Such a person will never be found in Canada, mainly because he is not born with a Silver Spoon in his mouth, and comes from among the working class, which the elites look down upon. Thus there is no room in Canada for someone who is not a member of their elite society.
Just 276-years ago on January 29th was a man born into a working class family of Quakers in Thetford, Norfolk, England, who was going to shake a complacent world, and through his personal sacrifices was going to create a free nation from a suppressed colony. That Englishman's name was Thomas Paine, who dreamed and worked to make the United States of America the realty that it is today.
But in Canada on April 17, 1968, a rich man won the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, and launched a campaign to completely destroy the peaceable kingdom by his abuse of power and open corruption.
Kenneth T. Tellis