Sunday, March 9, 2008

We'll either die free or we die trying.

The title of today's post comes from a line in the movie "Chicken Run", when Ginger rallies the flock to board the untested escape airplane immediately, before the farmer can put the birds in his newly repaired "pie making" machine.

While Chicken Run is a humorous spoof of classic WWII prison camp movies, the fundamental message of striving against all odds to preserve life and liberty shines through quite clearly. Yet when we look around us what do we see? The vast majority of our population sits idle, content to watch "American Idol" or discuss who gets voted off the island as if these were topics of real importance or concern. Even when something is truly compelling or important, it is either dismissed with a sound bite, twisted for partisan advantage or both. One only has to look at the reportage of Afghanistan in the Canadian media to understand. The news reporters are always sure to insert the number of Canadian dead, without really attempting to say why they died or what was so important that their friends and comrades willingly continue to serve under conditions of extreme peril.

Even within Canada, we need to step up to the plate. Many readers in the Blogosphere (and increasingly in the media) are now aware of the heroic efforts of Ezra Levant, Connie and Mark Fournier and Mark Steyn to fight for our rights to freedom of speech and expression, but seriously, what have you, the reader done to help them? A small donation to offset their legal expenses? Letters of support to your local newspaper? A message to your elected officials that these star chambers are not on in a free and democratic society?

The fight to maintain our rights and liberties is ongoing. The service and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces or brave individuals like Ezra, Connie or Mark maintain liberty for this generation, our sons and daughters will have to be prepared to continue the fight for their children, and so on down the line. Even when the odds are overwhelmingly against us, as honorable people there is really no other way to go:

Ginger: Listen. We'll either die free chickens or we die trying.
Babs: Are those the only choices?

Yes, they are the only choices

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