Marching for freedom in 1944 vs marching for free tuition in 2012

Photo # 1: Marching into France on D.Day, June 6, 1944.

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.

Photo # 2: Student blocking students.

Photo # 3: Montreal Protest May 23, 2012.

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. 

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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.

11 thoughts on “Marching for freedom in 1944 vs marching for free tuition in 2012

  1. I believe the whole mess began when the Occupy people were allowed to stay overnight in the parks. The occupation went on for months and nobody had the guts to stand up to them. Everyone learned that the police and the municipal governments were afraid of young people and that businesses around the parks or those who wanted to use the parks were left to fend for themselves.

    What is needed is a true reform of the educational system from top to bottom as we see the mindlessness of the graduates. Glad my father who served in WWII and after isn’t around to see how fascism is reappearing in our country.

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  2. As always a very good perspective, as the pampered princes and princesses march for ” freedom” for them of course.
    Freedom is not free it was bought with the blood and lives of people who have given the incredible gift of Democracy to us all.
    The boycotting brats have no shame their parents and teachers have raised self indulgent little monsters.
    They should be very, very ashamed.
    Anyone else is shouted down and bullied without mercy, co conspirators helping with money and support are just as guilty.
    Mob rule people, this is what fascism looks like.
    My sympathies to the Police officers badly injured and mercilessly beaten by these thugs.
    Also to the people in downtown Montreal who just want to live in peace without the idiots “protesting” their pathetic little travails.
    Grow a pair Charest, man up and clean up this sorry mess.

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  3. I understand Nicola. We do have to remember that the protestors are the noisy minority but it is hard. My dad fought in WWII as well for the entire six years, badly wounded once. He was both a paratrooper and a war correspondent/photographer. If still alive he too would be discouraged. They gave so much so that the student union movement and big labour could turn back the clock to fascism — and the leftists can’t see it!

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  4. The problem is that none of them have actually read the law they are protesting against…
    The law was going to raise the tuition by 300$ per year for 5 years. It also contained provisions to guarantee student loans to pretty much every student, and to forgive part or even all of the loan if they could not find sufficiently gainful employment after getting their degree. These are just a couple of the points… It had a huge amount of benefit for the students, and even AFTER the entire 5 year raise, we would still be cheaper than ontario after their 30% reduction.

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  5. sob, i have more than i need and i pay for nothing and i want more. there, that is all you need to know about the students in quebec.

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  6. My dad said to me a couple of years ago, “I wont be hear when the shit hits the fan with this entitlement bunch, but it will get very violent , be prepared”. I thought he was a little bit mad at the time , how wrong I was. Miss you dad …. Steve O

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  7. Thanks for sharing Steve O. Sort of goes along with what OWG and James said. But, it is not all young people. I had lunch with my 20 year old granddaughter. She thinks the whole protest thing is just crazy. She is in a two year physiotherapist program in a private college and has to pay over $10,000 a year. She has student loans, lives at home and works every spare minute in a part-time tourist type of job. Very traditional in that sense.

    Plus, as know from Nicola, her son is similar. He just wants to attend his classes but is being blocked by the protestors. Too scary but so far left, they are fascist. Their way by force of bullying and intimidation.

    I spoke to an older woman yesterday whose family immigrated from Germany just after WWII. She says, from from she can remember (in that she was very young at the time) the fact that labour unions and professors are supporting the student protests is similar to what happened in Germany starting in the early 1930s. And, we all know from studying history where that went.

    In other words, we really ought not to forget our history, even if we didn’t live at that time. I mean, who would have thought that 40% of Canadians would think Omar Khadr should come home to Canada and receive compensation. For murdering a US soldier?

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  8. Last year, an Ottawa university student complained online that she would be unable to maintain her current “standard of living” when she graduated unless she had a job with a $40 000 salary. Her current standard of living was supplemented by her parents. I wonder what happened to the days when people lived in basement apartments but took pride that they were paying for it on their own. Many new graduates seem focused on buying an overpriced condo straight out of university.

    Many parents have also associated success with a university degree, when many college diplomas or trades occupations yield greater financial rewards. Children are then raised to pursue a university education with the prospects of greater costs and less job prospects after graduation.

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  9. Matt — That’s right. Our memories of university days are always about when we had to live as inexpensively as we could. To expect a $40,000 a year job out of university is just unrealistic. People have to get experience, earn their dues, before that happens. As far as I know, even brand new teachers don’t earn that for a year or two. Perhaps you can correct me if I am wrong about present-day starting salaries for teachers.

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