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December 09, 2004

Hoist the Red Ensign

I belong to a group of loose-knit Canadian and "friends-of-Canada" bloggers called the Red Ensign Brigade. Via this group of generally-but-not-exclusively center-right bloggers I have learned more about Canada in six months than I had in my prior life (which, of course, is a complaint Canadians have about us "Murican's, eh?). Most of it good - but some of it bad, too. Like the iron grip the PC thought police have up there - a grip that takes advantage in many ways of the seemingly natural tendency of Canadians to be respectful and accomodating.

The Red Ensign Brigade adopted as a symbol a flag that Canada used prior to the Maple Leaf - one that they fought under in WWII, as a symbol of a more muscular Canada. Unfortunately, some of the darker elements of Canadian society use that flag as well. This has led to some leftie Canadian bloggers trying to tar the Brigade by essentially saying that the Red Ensign, because some hosers have latched on to it - is the equivalent in the US of the Stars and Bars of the Confederate Battle Flag.

There are huge differences between the two situations, though you couldn't tell that from the attack a few lefty bloggers have mounted. We members of the Brigade feel that the Ensign should be fought for - and not allowed to be appropriated by default. Some members of the Brigade have paid a real personal price in that defense.

See for yourself the people who fly the Red Ensign- via the Red Ensign Standard #10.

Comments on Hoist the Red Ensign
cw4billt briefed on December 9, 2004 08:44 AM

Standard scumbucket tactic: "Never let the facts get in the way of a smear-job." I'm surprised that they haven't started squealing that Scott Joplin was a right-wing-running-dog-tool-of-the-capitalist-warmongering-Red-Ensign because he wrote "The Maple Leaf Rag"...

Andrew briefed on December 9, 2004 09:01 AM

Thanks for the excellent post, John.

Ciggy briefed on December 9, 2004 11:06 AM

Communism didn't die with the Soviet Union. It just dissipated into Western Europe, Canada, New Zealand, and the Blue States of America. They call it by other names to keep it in disguise, but it's alive and well, as a cancer that will eat away at us, and many of them have allied themselves with Islamofascists to accentuate their attacks on free market economics and western industrial culture. Joe McCarthy was right--he just couldn't prove it well enough.