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Experience and common sense tells me that what people can "get away" with saying usually has something of greater punch and teeth lying in their hearts.
I am in no way inferring that you have beers with David Duke, but listening to your show and reading your "letters" would give me credence to lay a fairly large sized bet with Vegas that you would prefer your Canada all white, god-fearing, Queen-ass kissing, etc. At least afford me the respect that I am not too far off in that remark.
I honestly don't care what kind of country you wish Canada to be–filled with Stephen Harpers, Mike Harrisites, etc.
Seriously. I don't care. If you want to "your" country to live in some halcyon days of Ward Cleaver meets John Wayne meets John Birch Society…go for it! Use all your resources of radio and print to let that message of insularity, fear, myopia, xeroxed whiteness packaged in outrage and disgust fly as free as you think this country is not.
Adler, I am waaaay more Canadian than you. I played compettive hockey from the age of 7 until 42. I saw Max Webster and April Wine in the 70's. I own every single Tragically Hip album. I drink Canadian beer. I saw Team Canada play hockey in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. Shall I go on in checking off the Canadiana checklist for you?
Do I worship the Queen. Hell no. Do I worship Jesus Christ? Jesus who? Am I over 75? heh…?
You choose your questions for defining Canadian and I will choose mine.
Keep those wondefully clever invectives veiled in free speech and us vs. "them" coming…I don't have XM Radio..and such, can't access comedy as freely as I would like to:)
Sunil Singh<—what kind of Kanadian name is that?????
P.S Never play checkers when the real game being played is chess…
Mr Singh, I want to thank you for sending me this note. Your PS BS is what motivates me. You fancy yourself to be a chess player, I gather. I have a soft spot in my heart for chess. As you may know from listening to the show, while watching the Ward Cleavers was part of my childhood experience, I was not unclear about the fact that my dad hadn't lived Ward's life. There was no episode of Leave it to Beaver where Ward is held in a Siberian forced labour camp for 3 years, watching men around him being executed or so depressed that they wish to be executed, and surviving by keeping his mind alive with his faith in God, his deep seemingly irrational desire to be reunited with his family, and his opportunity to play Chess. The rudimentary chess board and the rudimentary chess pieces helped to prevent his mind and soul from hitting the wall of atrophy. Atrophy isn't a checkers term, Mr Singh. It's much more of a chess player's term. The tailor's son is fully bilingual, Mr Singh. Ask any talent headhunter in our industry whether yours truly's brand has as much appeal to the chess players as the checker players. I have a soft spot in my heart for Chess, Mr Singh. But if you don't mind me using a chess term – you remind me of a pawn. The pawns on the board as you know are to be used by those higher on the food chain. They're cannon fodder for the Royalty on the board. Are you royalty Mr Singh or just a pawn whose time on the board is limited? Your attempts to portray me, but more to the point, your attempts to portray citizens of Adler Nation as Old White Bigots makes you one more pseudo intellectual pawn in the contemporary liberal approach to the all political argument in Canada today. Sophomoric unresearched fluff.
If you did your homework on my audience you would find out that in percentage terms, they're not uneducated or uncultured. And when it comes to minorities, in many parts of the country our brand has done better with minorities than it has with Liberal Wasps who are the Kings and Queens of the Canadian Liberal Chessboard. Isn't that true Mr Singh? And to continue with our little Chess game you know that the Queen and King of Liberalism have a couple of knights. One of them is the Toronto Star and the other is that far more deadly knight, their knight in shining armor -THE CBC with its unique window on the world of Canadian education. It's unique entry into the minds of school teachers and the children we entrust with them. They like you Mr Singh, indoctrinated with the CBC vision of Canada - And by the way they don't play Chess with the history of Canada. No, it's not subtle and nuanced and Chess-like. It's all Checkers, Mr Sing.
The CBC sees Canada as a cold, cold country with a cold, cold heart , the bastion of a bigoted uncultured crew of white Christians mainly from the British Isles who sought to benefit themselves by exploiting as many minorities as they could, first the native Indians who they infected with venereal diseases, who they exploited by giving them trinkets for their animal skins and then these White Christians from the British Isles conquered the French, leaving their church in place and its ideology to keep the French down in place, and then there were those immigrant waves from Europe and North Asia, and then much later South Asia and Africa, the Caribbean and then Central and South America. These ugly small-hearted White Christians from Great Britain looked down their noses at the East Europeans, gave them lots of land, but kept their opportunity to make money off the land as small as possible, opened the gates to the Chinese so they could turn them into virtual slave labourers, to work in agriculture and the railroads, closed the door in the late forties to a ship of Jews who looking for a place to find refuge from Adolf Hitler's ovens, discriminated against Blacks who managed to run from slavery by taking the underground railroad all the way to Nova Scotia and in much more contemporary times brought in people from Caribbean countries like Jamaica and encouraged many of them to live in a part of Toronto where some were able to engage in predatory practices against the many, and the usual triangle of underclass behavior, guns drugs and whores.
Do I need to go further Singh? That's Contemporary Canadian Liberalism's view – The CBC view of Canada. The Checkered view. They see Canada as the Story of Oppression. I see Canada as the Story of Opportunity. I totally understand where your letter is coming from. If you have been a victim of the oppressive Canadian Liberal establishment, been subjected to regular brain washing by their house organ, I totally get why you would feel alienated by my Dear Prime Minister letter and virtually everything else we do on this program.
I mean the CBC's perspective that all little Omar was doing was being David, firing his slingshot at the American Goliath and Amerikkka then tortured the boy into saying things that weren't true in order to spare his life, his life which was initially put in jeopardy by a man who was struggling with his identity, wanting to find a way to defeat the American Goliath and using some extreme methods to do so, a man by the way who was bailed out of a Pakistani jail by Jean Chretien, one of the Rooks on the Canadian Liberal chessboard. He rooked the Canadian taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to give to the family of this misguided man who was just a victim of White Oppression.
Look, I have no trouble Mr Singh understanding why you would want to portray my listeners and yours truly as an old white bigot. That's your philosophical orientation. Now I don't want you to think that I haven't read your entire letter, because I have and I will be only too happy to read it again, now that I have commented on it and the audience can determine whether there is a lick of horse sense in here.
You start by writing, “Experience and common sense tells me that what people can ‘get away’ with saying usually has something of greater punch and teeth lying in their hearts.”
Getting away from who Mr Singh…is that code for at the moment I can speak my mind, but in your ideal version of a country, you would criminalize me…do you wish to criminalize my Dear Prime Minister letter? Do you wish to send me to jail Mr Singh? Since you’re so focused on the idea of my skin being white and the idea that the audience is too white, Do you think if you only allowed members of visible minorities to vote on your ideal Canada, do you think you could even get 10 percent of them to vote to put me in jail so that I could not speak my mind? You say I have something of great punch and teeth lying in my heart? And, what would that be Mr Singh? Greater punch and teeth? Floss your own Teeth, Mr Singh. If you have a specific charge to make it, make it. We're grown-ups here.
You go on to say, “I am in no way inferring that you have beers with David Duke, but listening to your show and reading your "letters" would give me credence to lay a fairly large sized bet with Vegas that you would prefer your Canada all white, god-fearing, Queen-butt kissing, etc. At least afford me the respect that I am not too far off in that remark.” Mr Singh, I have afforded you lots of respect. I have not called you any names. I have told you that you are a victim of Liberal cultural malfeasance. You have fallen into the trap of believing that those of us who haven't been drinking the Kool-Aid are a bunch of David Dukes. Duke, the former Klansman who ran for Governor of Louisiana who appeared in my Toronto radio show on Martin Luther King Day. I scheduled him on that day for a reason. Contemporary liberals were aghast. They complained to the boss of the radio station at that time, telling him to silence his right wing shock jock which is how they referenced me. I invited them into the studio to listen to my interview with David Duke who became unglued on this Martin Luther King day, when I quoted liberally from Martin Luther King's speech and asked David Duke which parts were incorrect. His classic cool composure turned red hot as he became unraveled. He scampered off the radio stage like a cockroach that just had experienced the disinfectant of light. I said Goodbye Mr Duke and played Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech. I then asked members of the Liberal establishment of Toronto if they wished to participate in a discussion with me once the speech was concluded. They turned me down flat. They left the stage with tails tucked between their spindly little legs. After the speech I took call after call from Torontonians most of whom were of Jamaican heritage thanking me for the dismembering of Duke and the playing of I Have a Dream today.
Mr Singh, I have a dream today. I dream that you will listen to this show with the open-mind that I am sure you claim to have.
I'm not looking to check you or check mate you.
Our stated aim here is to Engage, Enlighten and Inspire.
I have a dream that someday you will not see my audience as a narrow-minded people who want to force Stephen Harper down your throat or Jesus Christ or any of the icons that you are taking cheap checker shots at. I know that you're a better man than how you come across in your attempt to bring a good man down. I forgive you for being a pawn of Liberalism. You're so surrounded by it. You're like a lobster in the pot, as Jacques Parizeau used to say. Just want to address one more thing, Mr Singh. Your name at the end of your email. Sunil Singh. And, you ask sarcastically what kind of Kanadian name is that???? You then put four question marks beside the word Canadian which you spell with a K. I am not foggy on why you are firing that little spit ball. I said in the tail of end of my Letter to the Prime Minister that the Khadrs had already taken too much from Canada, that this wasn't their country. It was our country and that Canada was spelled CANADA, not Khanada. There is no code in there, Mr Singh. I was crystal clear in saying that I felt the Khadrs had used us as an ATM for years and it had to stop – this country isn't their personal property. It belongs to everyone. The country is spelled CANADA, not KHANADA, means it's everyone's Canada not their personal fiefdom. Now Mr Singh, you can imply that I don't say what I mean and don't mean what I say. But it's a very thin blade of grass that you wish to stand on. As far as your name is concerned I see it as no less Canadian than MacDonald, or Cartier. Most Canadians don't judge other Canadians by names on birth certificates. You may have noticed my last name is not similar to any of the Fathers of Confederation. It's about your last name. It's about your character. It's about what you value.
One of the things I value about Democracy is dissent. I don't want to jail you for yours. I want to welcome you, as I have today and will again if you choose to come through the door. Thanks for your email, Mr Singh. Someday we may be able to meet somewhere, have a glass of beer and play a little chess. We're living in the greatest country in the world, Mr Singh. A toast. To the Queen.