Thursday, June 05, 2008

Human Rights Commissions

I made the following comment on a blog which urged that the various Canadian Human Rights Commissions be shut down, due to the threat they pose to free speech, their excessive powers, lack of judicial oversight and controls, etc. Here's my comment:

Yes, they should be shut down, but they won't because in the minds of most people it is the HRC which is the guardian of human rights, and shutting down the HRC would be akin to declaring that you don't care about human rights.

Of course the HRC is not the guardian of human rights. The guardian of human rights is in the collective understanding of the people of the nation. Unfortunately in a multi-cultural society that common understanding fades, and so it must be replaced by HRC and constitutions and arbitrary laws.

Having created a structure that replaces our collective understanding, it is easy for the liberal elite to get control of the structure and drive the agenda, including expanding the definition of what constitutes human rights.

One key to changing this situation is to abandon the idea of multiculturalism and embrace the melting pot concept, where people from all over the world come here and add to what we have rather than maintaining the exact same culture they had in the country which they chose to leave. A unified nation with a common culture could be very powerful. A nation where everyone's primary loyalty is to the culture and nation that they left, can never be strong.

Let me expand a bit. I am delighted that the best and brightest from around the world chose to come to Canada. The energy, optimism and work ethic they bring enriches this country. And I don't think that people need to forget where they came from. But can Canada really be considered a nation if we are a bunch of people who all maintain our own cultures, all have a strong allegiance to the country we came from, and have only two things in common with each other; we all live within specific geographic bounds and we all have permission to work within those geographic bounds.


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