TO GET RIGHT INTO THE CRUX OF THIS EDITORIAL . . . the vast majority of people who read this BLOG are Americans, by 87%. The next group is Canadian, with the following Nationality being Israelis.
I know this, because of Google Analytics, which is SCARY precise, and is far too knowledgeable of the People it is monitoring . . . but it is what it is.
And with each passing day, more and more Canadians are signing up to the Galganov.com Directory, which is GREAT. And with each passing day, more Canadians are asking me to write more about what’s happening in Canada. And with each passing request for financial support for this BLOG, more Canadians are contributing . . . which is also GREAT.
That’s not to say that this BLOG will be getting rich anytime soon, but it is showing a definite trend . . . but to get back on track.
TO MY CANADIAN COUNTRYMEN – and my American Friends – I say the following:
I write almost exclusively about what’s happening in the United States of America, because the American Constitution makes Political Change possible from the GROUND-UP, where the people still have control over National, State and Local Politics . . . which for all intents and purposes, is virtually NON-EXISTENT in Canada. Which is a tragedy.
When the FRAMERS of the United States of America’s Constitution established the Bill of Rights following the Declaration of Independence, it was done by the Anti-Federalists to give as much Power to the People and the States . . . with limited Power to the Federal Government, in order to have a Government Of The People, By The People, And For The People, as was much later enunciated so brilliantly by President Abraham Lincoln during his Gettysburg Address.
In Canada, we have NEVER Declared our Independence from anyone, and to this day, we still recognize the Sovereign of another Country, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd of Great Britain, as Canada’s Official Head of State.
AS A MATTER OF FACT . . . Canada’s current Constitution was created, drafted and passed WITHOUT the input of the People, and WITHOUT any serious guarantees that gave real PRECEDENCE to the of WILL OF THE PEOPLE, over the Will of the Government with INALIENABLE RIGHTS, as are GUARANTEED in the FIRST TEN AMENDMENTS of the US Constitution.
When Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, father of the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, created and ratified Canada’s Constitution in 1982, it was primarily crafted to establish Government and Collective Rights, opposed to Individual Rights, which would be defined through the Courts as a work in progress.
And was so fashioned, as to make any changes or AMENDMENTS to the Canadian Constitution literally IMPOSSIBLE, leaving the POWER of Individual Freedoms in the hands of the Government and the Courts.
And because of the cost of fighting for a Constitutional Right in Canada, such as FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, as I have done several times, where I have argued that no Government in Canada, at any level, should be able to FORCE a Private Businesses to use a language, which they do not wish to use in their advertising and corporate description, would cost MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS to defend, only to lose from the lower Courts to the Supreme Court, if the Supreme Court even deigned to hear the challenge.
In all reality, and much like what is regrettably happening now in the United States of America, the cost to FIGHT for individual RIGHTS in Canada, where the loser pays the costs for both sides, has made it Nearly Impossible to challenge government assaults on Individual Rights and Freedoms.
In essence . . . the government is using a weapon of FINANCIAL INTIMIDATION against anyone brave enough to defend Individual Rights.
As long as Constitutionalists hold Office and Power in the USA . . . Canada and all Canadians will have a beacon to look towards. And if push ever came to shove, it is also a country Canadians of merit can hope to immigrate to, where we could enjoy the Freedoms the US Constitution provides to all people on American Soil.
It’s not as if Anne and I ever questioned the greatness of America. But there is a difference between reading and hearing about it . . . rather than living it.
A couple of years ago, as Anne and I were crossing into the USA to spend the winter in Texas with our Firearms and Ammunition, with written permits from the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) to do so, we were told by the New York State Police, that we could travel through the State of New York with our guns and ammunition, as long as we didn’t do . . . and did do the following:
1 – Keep the Weapons Trigger Locked and Locked in a Case.
2 – Keep the Weapons locked in the trunk of the vehicle, or away from where anyone can touch them.
3 – Keep the Ammunition Locked in a separate Case away from the Firearms.
4 – Have no Bullets Loaded in any Magazines.
Since these are laws, which apply to Canadians who are allowed to own Guns in Canada, they were no big deal . . . But the following blew us away:
5 – Do NOT stop in the State of New York with our guns other than to get gas, go to the washroom, and/or have a quick meal.
6 – Sleeping in the State of New York with guns is ILLEGAL.
7 – And if stopped by a State Police Officer FOR ANY REASON, the first thing we are MANDATED to tell the officer, is that we have Guns and Ammunition in the vehicle, to which he or she can decide what to do next.
BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY SAID . . . which got us thinking:
At the Border . . . in the USA, we declared to the Border Agent, that we were traveling with Firearms and Ammunition, and presented the Permits we received from the ATF to do so.
At that point, we were asked to pull over and park, so Homeland Security could check our ATF documents and match them to our Firearms. Not only was this requirement NOT confrontational, it was extremely informative and helpful.
IT WAS HOMELAND SECURITY, which brought up the rules of New York State.
We were told by Homeland Security the following about the things we should know about the demands New York State places on the transport of Firearms and Ammunition:
1 – The moment we crossed into the United States of America, we were FULLY PROTECTED by the American Constitution and Bill of Rights . . . meaning:
2 – Even though we had to abide by New York State’s Laws on transporting Guns and Ammunition – we had RIGHTS, which New York State had no authority to ABRIDGE, such as . . .
3 – We were protected by the 2nd Amendment, meaning that we could transport Guns throughout the United States of America, as long as we abided by State Rules and had a RIGHT enter and travel through the USA with Firearms and ammunition by the ATF.
4 – If pulled over by the Police for any reason whatsoever, because of the 5th Amendment, we were under no obligation to INCRIMINATE ourselves by volunteering that we had Firearms and/or Ammunition on board.
5 – Because of the 4th Amendment, no Officer of the law in any State can search or seize property without PROBABLE CAUSE.
6 – And finally, by Federal Statute, we have the RIGHT to travel throughout the United States, where no State can impose a law prohibiting us from sleeping in its State while lawfully passing through with or without Firearms and Ammunition.
CANADA HAS NO SUCH LAWS . . . and if we have any laws that are even remote to these American Constitutional Laws, they are at best fragile, and at worst up to the discretion of a Judge, who might be biased in one way or the other, without any clear delineation of what our FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS REALLY ARE.
Just knowing that we were protected by the US Constitution in this fashion, made both of us think really hard, feeling kind of special in the USA and deprived in Canada.
So . . . Taken all of that in – I hope you can understand why my concern for the RIGHTS and FREEDOMS, which are thus far GUARANTEED in the USA, are so much of SELFISH importance to me . . .
Because, as far as I’m concerned – As long as America is FREE, there will be hope for Canada and the rest of the world. But the rest of the world aside, I SIMPLY CARE that America’s Freedoms will act in some way as an anchor for Canada.
AND IF NOT . . . At the very least, there might be a home for Conservative Loving Canadians like Anne and Myself to look towards South of our Border . . . for a place where we could go, to where our Freedoms would be understood and defended.
SO FOR MY SELFISH-SELF . . . America must remain FREE, and I will do whatever I can to help this remain true to the American Dream.
PS – As of last night (March 15, 2016) . . . I would feel equally good if either Trump or Cruz would win the Nomination. At this point I don’t really care which.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov