Redneck Neanderthal racists are
Western separatists. They are far right and have white nationalists in their
midst. They don’t understand modern concepts of open borders, care of our
fellow man, openness and tolerance of others no matter what they believe since separatists
are all neo Nazis…
You’ll never know how hard that was for me to write because I know it isn’t true. Or is it?
We are told by the media that every time there is an assembly of Westerners protesting the murder of the oil industry, Justin Trudeau’s visit, unfair equalization or just wanting to become free of eastern domination our ranks are full of skin heads or worse. And when that doesn’t discourage they either wildly underestimate the crowd size or accuse us of being a violent bunch that is not representative of western Canadians. After all, everyone knows that “real” Canadians love Canada and support our Liberal government, right? We all know that simply by voting Conservative all our problems will be solved and we’ll be equals in confederation, right? Of course we all know that it is positively un-Canadian to speak badly of Quebec and about our dislike unchecked illegal immigration. Oops! Did I say illegal? I surely meant to say “irregular”.
We are in a critical juncture in the independence movement. In fact so critical that it may spell the end of the movement all together. What is it, you may ask? Well, it’s actually a bunch of things, some mundane, some insane, some internal, some external. Some will sound like a rehashing of old issues, some we’d rather not talk about.
It is a given that every movement must endure a certain amount of internal and external torture and bloodletting before emerging as a finished product. It’s like sharpening a knife. In the sharpening process it’s inevitable that unwanted metal is cast aside in order to make a keen edge.
Where to start…
Let’s go external first.
According to the Edmonton Journal,
“Stupid, stupid Albertans. So out of touch with the rest of the country. Live and die by your federal conservative mentality. The ‘blue wave’ is isolated and dead and only two supporting provinces share the legacy of ignoring change. Now we all suffer for your ignorance. Shame on you.”
According to VICE,
“There is a persistent belief among many of the separatists that no one outside this in-group of “real Albertans” should get any say in daily life here. Alberta belongs to the True Albertan (presumably, a white dude riding a horse around a farm or a giant truck around the oil sands) and everybody else—Eastern Bastards, First Nations, immigrants, leftists, and Muslims—can get fucked. What can we say? Here in God’s Country, the right leans white.”
And then of course, there’s the National Post headline,
“Why Alberta separatism is the dumbest political movement in Canada today”
Says it all, doesn’t it?
And this is just a sampling of what we are up against. We are not taken seriously but constantly watched for signs of whatever “ism” can be applied to us, real or not. We seem to attract an inordinate amount of scrutiny for something so inconsequential and laughable. As Western Separatists it is important, nay vital, that we are always on guard to those forces observing and reporting on us. Contrary to popular belief, they are not our friends!
So why do we give them ammunition to fire at us?
This is perhaps the more difficult issue to address. There is so much internal squabbling between the various groups that I just don’t know where to start. Let’s just use as a starting point that everyone wants independence for the West in general but these days for Alberta in particular. From here on the road branches out in different directions and under different influences.
A disclaimer! Much of what I say here is second or third hand information, some substantiated and some not. I leave it to you, dear reader, to sort this out in your mind. My intention here is to show that just before a provincial election, confusion reigns supreme and there is much ammunition for our foes to pick from. Now if I were watching from the outside….
The RCMP and CSIS are watching. Part of their responsibilities is to protect Canada against destructive forces from outside and inside the country. Separation for the West from Canada by organized groups? Sounds fishy better keep an eye on them and make sure they don’t get too far. Check √
One leader has been publicly open to discussing personal family issues that have been rectified and no longer pose a problem…or so he thinks! We all know that the more uncompromising and perhaps nefarious amongst us simply will not allow that to stand! Internal finger pointing and nastiness. Check √
Rather dark forces of intolerance have made some inroads into the movement. Leaders assure us that this is not the spirit of the cause and they don’t represent the party/group/movement. Denying publicly without public action equals mistrust in the public. Check √
Refusal to accept all into the movement. “I don’t want those (insert race/ sexual preference/ religion/ colour/ origin here). This movement is for real Westerners! Whatever that is… Time travelers to 1958 simply cannot deal with issues in 2019. Check √
Refusal to join in a common front to achieve independence for all. Fragmentation. Check √
Turf wars between individuals within the same group or party not staying on message. This shows poor leadership and control. Check √
Well? You do see what I’m saying, right? We are simply not yet ready for prime time. Sure, the goal is good and right but the packaging is shoddy and the food unpalatable. We are not a threat to Canada, no matter what we think. It’s more than just needing a leader, it’s needing a common mindset.