When Your Country Betrays You, Burn Its Flag

March 1st, 2020 | CW

“Be the flame, not the moth.”  Giacomo Casanova

One of the biggest impediments to Alberta Independence is the sentimentality of Canada in the hearts and minds of Albertans. They may complain and moan about partisan politics, but when it comes to patriotism, they beam with pride. It’s hardwired for people to believe that loving your country is a part of being a good person. No matter how dysfunctional and corrupt Canada becomes, Albertans still have a belief in the country that transcends the issues of the day.

They shouldn’t.

If Alberta is going to build something new, we are going to need to diminish, demoralize and degrade the notion of Canada in the hearts and minds of ordinary Albertans. One shock and awe tactic for doing this is to begin ritualistically burning Canadian flags.

Flag burning is a gut punch . The symbolism of it is so powerful that the impact would be undeniable. The seriousness of separatism would be loud and clear, far beyond the endless pontificating that we are currently stuck with. You want media attention and emotional escalation? Burn the flag. You want to drive the separatism issue into the forefront of debate? Burn the flag. You want to polarize a clear deviation between people who are serious and people who aren’t? Burn the flag.

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Here are four main benefits from using this tactic.

1. It will drive  leftists and critics of Alberta separatism  insane

The image of a giant flag burning ceremony would be an absolute outrage to people who love Canada. I remember the great flag burning debate in the United States back in the late1980s. Back then, it was leftists burning American flags and outraging conservatives.

Conservatives began to split into two factions. Those for whom the burning was an act of treasonous disrespect, deserving of criminal prosecution and those who said things like, “I love this country and your right to burn the flag is the type of freedom the flag stands for.”

The debate became about whether flag burning should be legal. It forced people to assess their views and question their beliefs. Eventually the issue died out as being nothing more than a fad and the spectacle receded into the background.

In Canada’s case, it would be Alberta patriots doing the burning and the most outraged would be the progressive mainstream for whom Canada is a leftist utopia beyond criticism. (The extreme left that hates Canada wouldn’t know how to react.) Consequently, this action would strike deeply into the hearts of people from across the nation and it would incite a new level of contempt and anger towards Alberta the likes of which has only been hinted at so far.

Why is this good?

2. It will radicalize normal Albertans

Normal, middle-ground Albertans will be appalled at the site of flag burning ceremonies. They will condemn and apologize and try to distance themselves from the actions. They will be embarrassed and ashamed, because the rest of the country will see Alberta as being totally disrespectful of Canada.

The vitriol coming at us will be severe and this vitriol will have the effect of getting normal Albertans offended at the over-reaction.

This was a tactic used by Quebec in the 1990s. Separatist leaders at the time would head to English Canada and appear on radio shows advocating separatism. Angry rubes would call into the shows and tear of strip off the politicians and condemn Quebec in reaction to their perceived treasonous behaviour. The politician would calmly sit there and take it. When the show ended, he’d leave, and then later he would use the audio clips that he recorded during the taping to play back to people in Quebec. Here’s what English Canada thinks of you Quebec! Play the tape!

The effect: even on federalist supporters in Quebec was resentment and defensiveness. It helped to get people asking, “Maybe Canadians actually do hate us and maybe we should separate.”

3. Polarization

An action like this would separate the wheat from the chaff. People saying, “we should separate” are for the most part, not serious. Actions like the Buffalo Declaration are just gatekeeping in the service of the status quo. When it comes down to it, Albertans won’t risk anything tangible in order to build a new country and all this posturing about doing so is akin to anime enthusiasts larping.

If you can’t stomach burning a flag, then you don’t have what it’s going to take to start a new country.

"The symbolism of it is so powerful that the impact would be undeniable."

Likely, the pretenders will reveal themselves with op-eds about how “This isn’t the right way to go about this,” and “we can love Alberta without disrespecting Canada!” Cuckservatism is strong in Alberta and most power-players fall into this category. Nevertheless, the outcome would be revealing, and people would be forced to question their loyalties one way or another.

Most people would react negatively against an action like this and that’s okay. The fraction of people who react favourably would be more motivated than ever. But best of all…

4. Less radical actions would now pale in comparison

The spectacle of hundreds of people showing up to watch a Canadian flag burn (and burn their own along with it) would be nuclear. Suddenly, “moderates” would be the people looking to do firewall stuff like set up a provincial police force or pension plan. Suddenly, revising equalization formulas looks very reasonable compared with giant flag burning ceremonies. Suddenly, all the stuff that looked impossible a year or two ago, now looks very reasonable compared with flag burning madness.

Much like FLQ radicalism precipitated the mainstreaming of the PQ and the Quebec sovereigntist movement, a flag burning event would hasten compromising moderation in the form of a better deal for Alberta.

If not, then maybe, we scale up even more, just as our fake Wet’suwet’en “supporters” have shown us.

Albertans should show no sentimentality for the Canadian flag. It was a cobbled together Liberal logo during the Pearson era. Anti-colonialism was a fad at the time and our red ensign was viewed as stuffy and “not-politically-correct”. They gave us the new flag in order to represent the new liberal Canada. This was the early days of Canada’s transformation into a progressive backwater filled with a culturally Marxist ethos and a Prime Minister in waiting who said he’d rather live in a communist country than a capitalist one. Canada’s flag is a representation of polluted modernity that deserves to be burned with or without the issue of Alberta Independence attached. A flag burning ceremony would mark the beginning of a new relationship between Alberta and Canada or the beginning of the end of that relationship. Either way, it’s an action of confidence and assertiveness that should not be restrained by a misguided sense of patriotic sentimentality.

Let’s go burn some flags!

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