COLUMN: Adler – Comrade Tony’s flirtation with communism

- July 13th, 2012

China’s useful idiot

by Charles Adler

Communist regimes were perhaps the single most evil and destructive force of the 20th century.

This brutish and inhumane form of government stripped away individualism and freedom. It subjected all people to a harsh and all-powerful totalitarian state.

There was no room for dissent or disagreement. If someone opposed or even questioned the state, they were exiled, arrested or, far too often, murdered without trial.

Thankfully, communism eventually failed under the weight of its own inefficiencies and the inevitable failures of central planners. It was rendered to the ash heap of history as Ronald Reagan wisely predicted.

As we try to put communism behind us, one member of our federal government is actually spending money to commemorate a famous Maoist communist. That’s right, Treasury Board president and allegedly Conservative MP Tony Clement is championing a memorial to an ally of Chairman Mao. You know, one of humanity’s most brutal dictators, a guy responsible for the death of more than 60 million Chinese during his vicious reign. Yes, your hard-earned tax dollars are going to a communist memorial in Canada.

Tony Clement, king of pork-and-barrel spending on Parliament Hill, has generously allocated $2.5 million of your taxpayer dollars to honour one of Chairman Mao’s lackeys.

In a complete spectacle, Clement arrived at the pork announcement in a rickshaw of all things. Yes, apparently this Ottawa bigwig likes being charioted by us common folk, in a bizarre, degrading arrival.

Clement then stood at attention for the playing of the Red Chinese national anthem.

And who is this communist idol being worshipped with your tax dollars? Norman Bethune, a Canadian-born doctor.

After going to fight for the communists in the Spanish Civil War, Bethune headed to China to tend to Mao’s communist troops.

The communists later turned Bethune into a messiah, the way communist states use propaganda and revisionist history to brew nationalism and subversion. School children in China are still taught about this supposed heroic martyr.

Folks, I don’t take communism lightly. I have a personal connection to communism. I was smuggled out of communist Hungary in a backpack as a child. I was fortunate to escape life behind the Iron Curtain, but millions upon millions of innocent people remain trapped under the iron grip of communism.

There is zero excuse for Tony Clement’s disgraceful shenanigans. The Chinese can prop up false idols to hide the horrors of communism, but Canada should play no part in this.

Canadians deserve better. They deserve more accountability for their hard-earned tax dollars. Surely there are better ways for Stephen Harper to build bridges with China than to pay homage to one of Mao’s favourite defectors. Shame on him and shame on Tony Clement.

The Bethune Memorial House, the ridiculous statues and any other institution celebrating deadly communist regimes should never be built on Canadian soil, let alone receive public money from Canadians.

Tony Clement should be ashamed of himself.

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10 comments

  1. Greg says:

    So just because a person leaves a communist country they need to wage war against any organization or person that supports communism.

    I feel people should be able to practice and want to believe what they want. I thought that in a free society people can do that. Of course if we want to become a dictatorship then I think that sort of thought is alright.

    These McCarthyist attitudes and behaviors are at work on this matter. It is nothing but the Red Scare. I thought the Cold War ended long ago. With the way things are going, the media will probably need to come up with talking points for Russia / China / Iran / Syria. Remember there are many roads to Persia.

    People have to think long and hard what type of agenda they want governments to take. Remember governments usually want war. People usually don’t want war.

    I support diplomacy, peacekeeping and trying to avoid war before it happens. That way, we adopt an independent foreign policy. Right now, we are just following the USA and the rest of the Western nations. I hope that things will change and people will become much more aware of what could go on. We need to concentrate on our economies and not worry about war right now. People are suffering. War is the last thing we need.

    I support Tony Clement on this matter because regardless of ideology people should be celebrated. I hope this happens more. If the Conservatives become more open to all people then it is good for Canada.

    Thank you.

  2. john bilas says:

    Why not tell the government let China pay 100% for Dr Bethune’s museum. Let people at least know that it is Communist China’s viewpoint so their citizens that come out here know that this is there government sponsoring this and not Canada’s

  3. Bill Elder says:

    Hey Greg; Maybe people who have lived under the tyranny of communist oppression and escaped feel they have a duty to warn smug apologetic Canadians how Communist governing systems are completely incompatible with free societies, human rights and constitutionally limited liberal democratic government.

    Maybe these people who have experienced tyranny first hand are shocked at how apathetic Canadians are towards freedom and civil liberty – maybe they are shocked at how we take our freedom for granted and are so tolerant of political systems which remove these freedoms.

    Maybe that’s it. Maybe they don’t “have to” denounce communism at all, maybe they feel it’s a duty to humanity to do so. I mean, 100s of millions murdered by Communist regimes in the 20th century is hardly the type of glowing report card that should elicit the promotion of such a system. People who are tolerant of, or willfully ignorant of communism’s necrometrics have their head in a very awkward position.

  4. Doug says:

    Greg the ideology that you & Clement want to celebrate & pay homage to is precisely what prevents people from freely speaking & living as they wish, as you claim to want people to be able to do. If you & Clement want to memorialize a champion of grotesque suppression of freedom of speech and conscience then you both are free to put YOUR money where YOUR mouths are. Better yet try living as an average person is forced to in China or Cuba or North Korea or Sudan for a year then come back & tell us how un-aware the U.S & Western World is & how we’re the one’s who want to wage war.

    There’s no need for me to re-state the hypocrisy & depravity of communist behavior that Mr. Adler has so eloquently written, just try to comprehend Greg why clear thinking people don’t want to “celebrate” or be “open to” proponents of systematic oppression & mass murder as you feel we should.

  5. Greg says:

    @Doug – You sure like to make assumptions and assuming the way you are is not smart because you are slandering. Clement and others like him that want to honour people are just celebrating people who have achieved good things. I doubt Clement and the Conservative party is celebrating communism. I feel that communism is a bad ideology. I don’t support it. I support smaller parties and independence movements. I don’t want Canada to be communist. I support the capitalist system. Adler is just riled up because he lived under such a system. It could be revenge I don’t know.

    I feel that Sudan, China, North Korea and Cuba are not good systems and I don’t support them. I want all nations to have democracy and whatever the outcome we as people in the West should support them. The same thing goes for the Middle East. If Egypt and Middle Eastern nations accept the Muslim Brotherhood we should work with them.

    People need to realize that you cannot fight ideologies. We need to act like adults which this network is not used to. You cannot have the same ideologies throughout the world. Remember that all systems have flaws and there have been mass murder even by capitalist forces. I know it is hard to believe to you. People ignore those atrocities especially if people support the capitalist system and it happens under that system.

    The fact is I don’t support what you accuse me of. I want democracy, diplomacy, peacemaking and I want war to be stopped before it even happens. Therefore I want an independent foreign policy for Canada.

    You cannot win an argument with me.

    The kind of ideology I believe you may support is probably wanting a restart to the Cold War mentality and wanting maybe to fight proxy wars. That could start up WW3. Many people don’t want a return to that era.

    Hope that you understand this before parroting Adler’s agenda.

    Peace out!

  6. Doug says:

    Greg – People must loudly & without cowering, verbally fight communist ideologies by exposing the grotesque inhuman deeds of people who’ve held or hold those types of views. Unfortunately you seem to at best equivocate those of us who expose the nature of communist ideology with the practicers of it & at worst that we actually provoke it.

    You’ve mentioned the cold war a few times yet you don’t seem to be able to grasp that it wasn’t the people who fought for human freedom that caused it or sustained it. The iconic symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was broken through because free people with a superior military refused for decades to back down.

    My argument is the same as all those who want tyrranical & murderous ideologies exposed & not given memorials of honor to & who want people to be free to exercise & reach their full potential. I & they already won our argument with you.

  7. Alain says:

    Greg, it seems you are still missing the point here. Most of us object to honouring ideologies that are based on the extermination of all who reject them with no limit to the number of exterminations. I agree that other countries that espouse the same ideologies are free to do so, and I think we should stay out of it. However it is a very different matter to import them here and to honour them and their supporters with tax payers’ money. Let the supporters of this cover the cost through donations, and I shall not say a word.

    Your analysis of war is rather amusing in that you assume it is a one-way affair. The cold war was not a one-way street, and by the way it has not ended in spite of it being officially declared over. Try following the Russian media and you will see that it works both ways. Also like it or not we are already engaged in WW3, although it seems far too many remain with their heads in the sand. It is not a foreign war in that it is taking place from within. It is the determination to impose Islamic ideology throughout the world, which by the way rejects any concept of democracy, individual freedom, freedom of religion, equality of the sexes and a whole lot more. I suggest you wake up to reality before it is too late.

  8. Bill Elder says:

    Greg: I will support your wanting an independent foreign policy for Canada. I agree we have to support our friends and allies militarily but our policy should be decided by Canadian stabdards of what is right. Defensive war is justified, offensive wars and military entanglements are not. Danada should not “invade: bu help stop invasions. We should not be involved in toppling regimes or protecting puppet regimes.

    Afgahnistan has been a grey area and we really don’t know what the frik we are doing there, shoring up democracy and saving feedom or caught in the crossfire brtween 2 types of nationalist despotism of a wreched culture that is too unevolved to value freedom or democracy or our sacrifices for it.

  9. Paul says:

    What I don’t understand is why there is no outrage by Greg for the lack of memorials to the Kamloops Kid. For shame, Canada, for shame.

  10. Greg says:

    @Bill Elder – I support a small party called the Progressive Canadian party and it is the successor of the old Progressive Conservative party of Canada and it wants a balanced foreign policy just like the old PC party.

    I feel that understanding the gravity of the direction we are going in terms of foreign policy is probably best. We should not rush into things and just simply follow nations. We need to be a strong ally and try to talk our allies and friends into making the right decisions. We also need to ask the Canadian people and truly see if they would like to have a major interventionist policy.

    I think Iran and / or Syria is on the agenda. There are many roads to Persia as they say. Communism is in the past and it is small compared to what may come in the future. Russia and China are more like state capitalist now.

    I will always support peace over aggression.

    Hopefully, people understand that hating for the sake of hating just because of our differences is dangerous and will mean more divisions and eventually us being on an island by ourselves. I am basically a person that is kind and wants to make sure people are listened to before we judge. I’d like to say that I am pragmatic, centrist and a person that wants everyone to be heard.

    I just wanted to say one final thing and that is about memorials being made to everyone I am just saying that Bethune may have been or had good intentions but I won’t hate someone because of their ideology. I agree that communism is bad but people are allowed to do what they want. I know there may be a lot of misinformation on here but I am not for memorials for all. I am for fiscal responsibility, balanced foreign policy, and a social liberal agenda. Something between the Liberals and Conservatives.

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