When Oliver Cromwell became the Lord Protector of England he instituted a series of laws designed to guarantee the purity of his theocracy. It wasn’t enough that he had banished the monarchy and executed Charles I. He had to control the thoughts and actions of Englishmen as well. Called the “Blue Laws” they were designed to enforce his strictly puritanical view of what English life should be.
Absolute power corrupted absolutely
Fresh from his victory in the English civil war, he had the power to enforce virtually any law he wanted to, and so the Blue Laws were pushed through. As is so often the case, the vast majority of the population kept their heads down and tried their best to go about their everyday lives. As time went by, however, it became evident that life in England had become miserable.
A sigh of relief and a return to sanity
No one was happy in Cromwell’s new paradise. No surprise there. Cromwell outlawed Christmas and forbid dancing around the maypole, something the English loved. Makeup was banned, and too colourful dress was punished. Many inns and theatres were closed. The English were forced to fast one day a month. Not surprisingly, a sombre mood settled over a once merry land. To enforce these rules soldiers roamed the streets punishing or brutalizing those who disobeyed.
Small wonder then, that when his son succeeded him, the whole thing collapsed. The English restored their monarchy, along with maypoles, makeup and Christmas, and the entire country breathed a sigh of relief. What had seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be an unmitigated disaster and a nightmare for all involved.
A Lesson for Canada. Welcome back Mr. Cromwell.
What lesson does this contain for us? I submit that there is a crucial one. Canada is rapidly becoming Cromwell’s England. Now, I don’t mean to suggest that we are becoming a Puritan theocracy. Far from it. That’s not my point. In fact, the opposite is true. The Blue Laws are back, but they are anything but Christian. In our new Liberal Progressive Theocracy ( hereinafter referred to as the LPT) we are forbidden by law to criticize. In fact, as many are now coming to realize, we are losing our free speech and fundamental rights in a torrent of LPT laws that prevent us from even daring to express ourselves. Welcome back Mr. Cromwell.
No freedom, no humour, and no enjoyment please
Like him, our present LPT government doesn’t want us to enjoy ourselves. For them there is only one truth, a humourless fanatic one that prevents even the hint of criticism or humour in case someone, heaven knows who, becomes offended. Bills like C-16 and motions like M-103, along with other pieces of legislation like Quebec’s Bill C-18 and Ontario’s Bill 89, are being used to tell us what words we can use, and who we can and cannot criticize.
The Blue Laws are back, and they are no less draconian and tyrannical than they were in Cromwell’s day. There is no room in the LPT theocracy for humour or freedom. If you are deemed heretical you will be punished. They will tell you what language you may use, what groups to love and which to revile, and, if you are smart you will not run afoul of the Human Rights Commissions, special committees and government officials eager to correct your world view in much the same way as Cromwell’s troops did.
A Breaking Point is coming, and it won’t be easy.
No people who have fought so hard to pursue and defend their freedoms, whose heritage includes the Magna Carta, Charter, Bill of Rights and other enlightened documents should ever submit to the re-instatement of this historic tyranny. Like the English, I predict that a breaking point will come and we will grow tired of being told how to think, act, speak and live. Our task is to hasten that moment as much as possible by acting in opposition to the New Blue Laws as much as we can.
It is never easy to correct a great social wrong or to rectify a terrible political mistake. We shouldn’t expect it to be painless. But the truth is that we may be amongst the few who even realize it is happening, and part of the very few who even know that it is wrong. Because of this, in large ways and small, it’s up to us to start correcting things. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going outside to dance around the maypole.