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By Olivia Pierson
[First published on Incite 2/4/19]
Just as Angela Merkel wrecked Germany for future generations on her watch as Chancellor by flooding her country with ideological aliens, Jacinda Ardern and her government are embarking on the process of screwing over New Zealand’s future in an attempt to look merciful after the Christchurch shootings.
Our leaders should not be exploiting a one-off tragedy on our shores by clamping down on the natural rights of New Zealand citizens, like free speech. They should instead be promoting a long-term vision of keeping our liberties firmly intact and being careful that immigrants who come here hold views that are deeply consonant with those liberties.
One of the greatest virtues of excellent political leadership is the ability of a leader to have a long-range view into a country’s future and act for its improvement. Individual liberty is the standard of value; the measuring stick. Sometimes the beginnings of improvement require short-term pain, but if a leader’s reasoning is sound and just, long-term gain is the result.
Thomas Jefferson is a great example of such a leader, considering it was he who wrote the Declaration of Independence which severed the thirteen British Colonies of America from England, igniting the bloody War of Independence. The result of winning that war was the beginning of the great experiment of self-governance. This noble experiment was Jefferson’s far-seeing intention.
When Jefferson became America’s third president, his attitude toward freedom of expression was plainly stated in his inaugural speech:
"If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it.” [Thomas Jefferson 1801]
Abraham Lincoln was also another far-seeing leader. Not wanting to break the Union which his Founding Fathers had created (Jefferson died when Lincoln was seventeen years of age), he presided over the outbreak of a terrible civil war in order to halt new territories extending slavery further into the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Lincoln’s famous “House Divided Speech” which he made at the Republican Convention of 1858, two years before the Civil War broke out, shows just how complicated and divisive the whole issue had become for the nation:
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing,or all the other.” [Abraham Lincoln 1858]
The slave state of South Carolina was the first to withdraw from the Union and fired the first cannons of war upon Fort Sumter in 1860. Three years later in January of 1863, Lincoln managed to enact the Emancipation Proclamation declaring all the black slaves of ‘the states in rebellion’ to be free. Enormous war powers constitutionally given to the President enabled him to take his opportunity for this action. But the congressional vote for the 13th Amendment hung on procuring just two more votes and Lincoln’s words to his cabinet to get those votes shows just how morally far-reaching his vision was:
"The abolition of slavery by constitutional provision settles the fate, for all coming time, not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come — a measure of such importance that those two votes must be procured. I leave it to you to determine how it shall be done; but remember I am President of the United States, clothed with immense power, and I expect you to procure those votes.” [Abraham Lincoln 1853]
In stark contrast to these iconic leaders of yore, the Ardern administration here in New Zealand is using immediate emotional gains to ruin the future for millions of yet unborn Kiwis, who will not be able to speak their minds openly on any issue whatsoever, but instead will have to over-censor themselves lest they be slapped with a “hate speech” charge.
This reduces citizens into nothing more than subjects; slaves who can be taxed, bossed around and fined, or imprisoned for expressing the “wrong” ideas. Welcome to Jacinda’s Brave New World.
If Ardern cannot enact her policies of increasing the refugee quota and implementing the insidious UN Global Migration Compact without cracking down on her own citizens’ civil liberties – especially freedom of expression – it is clear that she is on a political path which is deeply hostile to New Zealand’s way of life.
Ardern’s reasoning is far from sound and just, it is purely emotional, womanish, showy and despotic.
Our prime minister ought to take a leaf out of Jefferson’s book and let all dissenting New Zealanders “stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it.” But will she use reason and persuasion to combat verbal dissent among her citizens, or only repair to criminalising peaceful, outspoken Kiwis?
Whether she likes it or not, the answer to this question will be Jacinda Ardern’s legacy.
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