John McCallum has nothing to apologize for in that he had no almost no wiggle room to do his job. The useless postmortems imply that he did something “wrong” when the truth was there was no right answer. When you superior is an arrogant bungler without true experience, savvy, or gravitas — and you’re not, it is hard to just sit there and watch the train wreck.
Worse, the propagandistic press are already priming people to blame McCallum for the federal regime’s failures. For all the posturing that McCallum should have not said what he said in public and the regime had to fire him, they would be hypocrites for doing so — they set the terms of engagement when they used Twitter to babble abut Saudi Arabia. If McCallum was fired for his China remarks, Chrystia Freeland must step down from her post for pulling the same stunt on Twitter. At least McCallum was meddling in his own country’s affairs; Freeland’s Ministry stuck their nose in something that had nothing to do with Canada. Do as I say, not as I do?
And what is this bullshit story about “rule of law”? Since when did Canada worry about the “rule of law”? What law? Child molesters, rapists, and killers go free all the time. Ask First Nations people how well the “rule of law” did for the fortunes of their people here. Embezzlers, money launderers, child porn makers, pedophile rings, slave owners, and human traffickers all thrive here. Gang violence flourishes. Grifters and mobsters have mansions in Canada in places such as Waterdown, Oakville, and Ancaster while honest people are homeless on the streets.
I ask again, what rule of law?
I was the victim of identity theft and I had to fight with the police officer to take my report because he just didn’t want to do it, and flat out said it. I had someone throw a huge rock on my windshield from a bridge as I was driving (luckily the windshield cracked, but didn’t shatter) , and the police officer tried to make every excuse not to take a report to the point of making veiled threats that perhaps I broke my own windshield — until I had to holler that there was no financial gain when I had to pay for the deductible. How many women try to report rapes and the police just won’t do it?
And then we have human garbage at the National Post take their she-trolls from the dumpsters to puke out bullshit that women are horrible people for saying they were harmed by men.
What rule of law does Canada actually abide? None.
And you then get on McCallum for what? Worrying about his citizens and his country and try to do something all by himself even though he has no cards to play?
He has nothing to apologize for. If he was a diplomat and he tried the diplomacy and it couldn’t work, then he threw his last grenades because he had nothing to lose.
He spoke the truth among liars, and got whacked for it.
When you speak the truth, mobs will go after you and demand you wave a white flag by apologizing, and then they see your weakness and then want to destroy you.
They don’t want an apology. They want blood. They want to take over your position of power.
Contrition is the emptiest of words. It is actions that prove it, not words.
People look for any excuse to install a lie over a truth.
The problem is that people offend with telling lies as well.
And in this quagmire, we have a dilemma.
I believe in free speech. I believe in truth.
And I will never apologize because I do not lie. I tell you what I think and what I feel. Deal with it.
People can get offended with me. That’s their loss. They have an agenda and I stand in the way by providing another perspective.
People want surrender. They think they can be greedy and take everything and then stomp you to the ground as they forever taint you and your perspectives. That’s how mobs work.
It is a form of meta-propaganda. They will misapply morality, turn into convenient snowflakes, and then keep up the siege.
The person who speaks with conviction cannot back down. Society needs controversy. It needs to be shaken, challenged, rattled, and offended.
You say what you say with truth and good motives, you tell the mob to go fuck themselves. They are offended? Good. They need to have their chips on their shoulders knocked to the ground so they can see all the horrible things they are doing to other people in the name of morality.
Like Catholic priests. They shamed people. They maligned them and destroyed them in public and then went and raped nuns and children and got rich on other people’s back-breaking labour as they ran concentration camps in the former Yugoslavia in the Second World War.
That was their method of combat and deflection.
So you are not going to use the same schoolyard ruses on me on Twitter.
You stand your ground.
If people wish to negotiate with you so that you both can what you want and need, that’s another story.
They can be adults you understand that they are not getting everything or everything on their own selfish terms.
You are not going to dismiss things by labelling criticism whataboutism.
No, it’s not. You are not going to pretend you are enlightened by tricking desperate displaced people to come to your country illegally and then scrub your toilets, but then get huffy when I call you a bigot because you asked about my “accent” because you see I have Eastern European features and you think you are smarter than me by ethnic default and are going to trick me and blind me from seeing your ugly truth.
And don’t think your will deflect my attention by throwing a neo-Victorian temper tantrum.
Or talk in a slow patronizing tone how there is no such thing as truth.
No, that’s a lie, too.
You just want things your own way without earning them or having to put in effort or investment. That fantasy world where people give you everything because you are innately special is pathetic and not aligned with reality.
The Internet’s inherent flaws enabled that kind of delusional thinking. People stopping working and thinking, and the humbling they needed to transmute into decent and compassionate human beings was deny to them, and then their ugliness spiralled out of control.
You can be wronged, but still be a creep. You can be a victim who turns into a villain. It doesn’t justify your cruelty, and it gives you less of an excuse to be cruel.
But the humbling is coming. The arrogance and the self-aggrandizing theories that festered as a result of the mass spoiling will compel people to think their theories are reality and then try to prove it.
It will all collapse at once.
There is no quick fixes. There is no fix where some They does it all for you.
There will be a lot of crash and burn casualties out there. We are already seeing the implosion of digital news outlets who thought they could wing it and fake it by being cocky and garish.
That’s not useful. That’s not reality.
And that’s the truth.
When you speak the truth, you have nothing to apologize for. If people do not like that truth, it is up to them to consider the reality of the situation and then put in thought sensitivity, and effort to improve the situation.
Not holler at the messenger who should never back down or apologize for exposing a reality that makes cowards uncomfortable…