Another textbook example of how things are becoming overly politically correct in Canada happened recently as the Federal House of Commons debated making changes to the national anthem.
The change being debated is changing “in all thy sons command” to ‘in all of us command’, and was brought up by ailing Ottawa area MP Mauril Bélanger.
Trying to please everyone is honourable, however, it is a fools errand, as by the time that you do include every denomination, religion, race etc, the anthem would likely be amazingly complicated and thus it is foolish to try.
Already in Canada, we get flak from Companies when we wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ and are advised to say ‘Happy Holidays,’ Many schools also don’t celebrate Halloween because of political correctness. Now we must govern how we honour our country because somebody might just happen to feel excluded. Maybe the onus should be on the individual to enter in to a greater degree, rather than seek for their exception rule the rest of the population.
This is the obligation of the “one”, as a citizen, to find a way of appreciating the “whole”.
Individuals touting the wrong idea of “political correctness” have tried to use it as a trump card to shut down historical and cultural references due to their own narrow ideals.
If this is Canada's definition of “political correctness” than it is in major internal conflict with its multi-cultural aspirations. “Political correctness” is a philosophy of inclusion, even to values held religiously and historically as different between individuals. It is supposed to support multi-culturalism not dismantle the past that gave birth to it! Designed to engender the idea of personal inquiry about another's beliefs without conflict and appreciating difference as an expression of the individual, it can be a wonderful thing if handled “correctly”.
“in all our sons command” is simply a reference to the historically culture values Canada has always held. The reference to “sons” is historically referencing everyone who identifies themselves as a true Canadian as if natural born. It means, Canada is in MY blood and so I am compelled by this identification to defend this country and it's culture.
It is also silly to think that the Federal Government is taking time to debate a song that has unified Canadians since it was released, rather than using that time to talk about the issues truly affecting Canadians, such as employment, safety of all Canadians, foreign policy, the country’s failing infrastructure and others.
This debate exemplifies how truly inconsequential many of the things debated in the House are, to the lives of everyday Canadians. This does not help feed the country, help people feel safer, instead it is more of a legacy project for those wanting to be written in the history books of the future.
This movement is starting with “in all thy sons command” but nobody should believe that the government will stop there. Political Correctness can act like a virus and after one thing is changed, it will open the floodgates for more debate and discussion on the age old song.
There is no doubt that making something gender equal is an honourable notion, but the appetite for this change is just not here. Canadians do not want their lives to be interrupted by this silly subtle change, when a little education as to the historically cultural meaning of the use of the word “sons” would do better to establish to many the idea that they already live in a society that values individuals equally. This only serves to confuse the issue and create the impression that these ideas are not firmly held in our wonderful country. None of us need this change to happen.
It is unfortunate that this has come as far as it has, and hopefully this does not start a “political correctness” trend.
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