Screamers and Yellers of both Right and Left are guilty of the same offences and of equally undermining democracy. Pushed to their logical ends (as Mr. Spock would have it), both roads end up in the darkness of tyranny and slaughter of all who stand in their way. As Spock tells us, “It is illogical to say that an illegal occupation by the forces of the Right is better or worse than an equally illegal occupation by the forces of the Left.”
The discussion of Fascism current today in the social and mainstream media usually ignores and is largely ignorant of the real, historical experience of Fascism. This is deplorable when these examples are still within living memory of our oldest citizens, many of whom are survivors of the terror of having lived under real fascist governments and persecution.
That evening in mid-June 1864, George senses that a once-in-a-lifetime moment has come. It is time to set aside personal hostility and old grudges for the greater good, for the country, for the future of all British North America. He doesn’t call together advisors whom he knows will try to argue him out of his conviction. He calls in a member of Macdonald’s party he respects and asks him to tell Mr. Macdonald that he wants to offer him a way forward. He tells him he must bring M. Cartier of Canada East into it from the get-go to make it work. Brown already knows, respects, and likes Cartier, contrary to his supposed firm dislike of French Catholics. Cartier likes Brown. Thet became fast friends for life. Throughout the sleepless night, the messages go back and forth until the two rivals finally meet and agree to work together. They exchange their first handshake in fifteen years.
In our new enlightenment about the sins of our forefathers and foremothers, we accept our (as the children and heirs of their actions) guilt and shame. We profess the need and duty to somehow compensate the descendants of the victims, somehow find a road to reconciliation. Here in Canada this means most especially finding resolution with our indigenous peoples while not forgetting the descendants of Africans transported as slaves from their homes.