There are three photos in this post. The first was taken during WWII and shows young soldiers marching down a village street in France in 1944.
The other two were taken recently in Montreal in May of 2012.
In the 1944 photo, the young soldiers were marching to free the people of the village because it was the start of the liberation of France.
It was a great day. It was D.Day, June 6, 1944. However, a full year would go by before the war would actually be over and they could go home — assuming they even survived.
Those young people fought against tyranny for both individual and collective freedoms, free and democratic elections and the rule of law.
Now compare the 1944 photo to the other two taken in Quebec recently. The differences are striking.
Heroes versus petulant and spoiled narcissists.
The 2012 young people are not fighting against tyranny and for freedom.Rather they are tyranizing others by taking away person freedoms (by wearing masks and blocking their fellow students from attending classes).
And, judging by the riots and mayhem, the 2012 young people are completely ignoring the rule of law.
The crux of the matter is that, whereas in 1944 thousands upon thousands of young people were willing to give everything they had in the fight for freedom (including their lives), in 2012, thousands and thousands of Quebec’s student protestors fight so that they might have free tuition.
Update 1 May 25th 12noon: It seems the Quebec student unrest has spread. (H/T JNW #1) Meaning, that we have whiny, spoiled, entitled children all over Canada, instigated by the student union movement and big labour. Mind you, it is not all young people by a long shot. In fact, it is likely a noisy minority. But, as I said in the above post, narcisissm is alive and well in far too many young people who feel society owes them everything.
Remember John F. Kennedy said: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. In our protesting youth, it would be: Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you.
Update May 25th, 5pm: Check out Blue Like You’s post on a related topic — that Wilfred Laurier faculty are going to contribute to the Quebec riots. Marxism and fascism is alive and well and it is very scary.