When I first heard the news of Tucker Carlson’s firing 24 hours ago. I was instantly enraged — and the feeling has not diminished.
Friends have told me that no worries, he will go on to better things. As the saying goes, when one door shuts another one opens. But there is little consolation to be found in the assurance that he will return on another platform, and be more richly remunerated to boot. The reality is, however, that TV is still King, and that a very great number of people who need exposure to the kind of information that his program has afforded will no longer see or hear it. Relatively few of us “stream”.
This circumstance is particularly devastating to his Canadian viewers. Carlson was our “Radio Free Europe”. By consistently interviewing Canadian dissidents he gave them a pipeline to a vast constituency of Canadians who instinctively understood that their state broadcaster and its clones were lying to them. Despite the laudable efforts of outlets like Rebel News, True North and The Western Standard, most sceptical viewers lacked the ammunition to fire back at them—or the dupes in their social network who parrot CBC talking points. Blood relatives being the most notorious of them.
Moreover, many of the American commentators that Carlson hosted—people like Victor David Hanson or Heather McDonald or Dr. Scott Atlas for example—articulated views that resonated with Canadian patriots. They helped us understand that while we are nationalists, we are part of a transnational movement. Brothers in Arms. We differ on several issues, but we are in unison on the ones that count most.
That being the case, those patriots who love liberty must take an interest in the struggles of patriots in other lands, especially the lands closest to theirs, geographically, ethnically or culturally. Their tribulations are ours as well. What happens to Tucker Carlson or Mark Steyn or Christine Anderson matters to us, even if some of us have not heard of some of them.
The question is, how can we help each other? What can we do, as Canadians, to send Fox News a message? How can we offset the loss of Carlson’s show with gains on other fronts?
I didn’t know what to do with my anger. I cursed. I kicked the chair. Then I stormed outside, grabbed an axe and took it out on logs that needed chopping. Venting pent up rage in such a manner is both understandable and forgivable. But it’s a temporary fix, and it doesn’t punish our oppressors or hit them where it hurts them the most.
In fact, the wisest of their strategists know that providing harmless outlets for discontent serve them best. By allowing us to let off steam they can better manage us, and by obliging them in that fashion we in effect become our own controlled opposition. Keyboard warriors too often think that simulating action with online rants is equivalent to actual action.
But merely writing about our predicament and leaving it at that accomplishes little. As our Marxist foes remind us, understanding the world does not change it. It is about praxis, comrades. praxis. If you can’t get out on the street and demonstrate, or run for office, or launch a petition, you can at least financially contribute to those who do. Now of course there are dozens of causes that warrant financial support, and those of little means or scarce dollars like myself cannot help them all. But we must help some, even if in small amounts.
An hour after splitting wood and clearing up debris from our last mega-storm, I was physically exhausted. So I went inside and went to my computer, found the website of the United Conservative Party of Alberta, and then made a donation to their campaign war chest. We can’t vote our way out of this global mess, but we must at least hold the line while we can.
Premier Danielle Smith and her party are the only governing politicians left to defend our fortress. She is not a messiah and doesn’t cover all policy bases or match all of our views. But she is fighting for our most basic liberties. Freedom of speech, the right to make our own medical choices without coercion, and provincial sovereignty are most salient. You know she is on the right track when you take notice of who is more hysterically determined to bring her down. The rule is, if CBC journalists want to destroy you, your cause is righteous.
Alberta is our Alamo, and we can’t afford to surrender it. Danielle Smith must be re-elected.
Do it for Alberta. Do it for Canada. And do it in honour of Tucker Carlson’s accomplishments.