Reader Letter To The Silo Regarding Motion 103 And Hamilton Protest Rally

Dear Silo, there was a protest rally held at City Hall in Hamilton this past weekend. The purpose was to discuss or protest “Motion-103 “the motion put forth by one Ms. Iqra Khalid to stop as she sees it “Islamophobia.” For many the idea of “M-103” seems almost redundant as hate speech and any sort of hate crime based on religion is already under the “Criminal Code, The Charter of Human Rights & The Constitution.” Some have opined that Ms. Khalid is grandstanding & perhaps they may be correct.

The protest was as it went peaceful & low key. The police presence was minimal and well placed. Directly on site there were six uniforms, but a bit further back there were two mounted units, and further back out of sight behind city hall were three more mounted units.

The speaker at this event was a Muslim woman who was well spoken and exhorted the crowd with slogans, chants & political sayings, touting the Liberal regime and downplaying the Conservative aspect.It was my understanding that there would be both aspects of this motion represented at the protest, but for the near 3 hours I was present I only heard one side of the story [but] perhaps another side spoke later. I saw on the 6:00 pm news, things turned a bit ugly, and the police stepped in to quell any further incident, so who knows.

For many, it seemed a “ family event,” and I saw a few children there, [but] in my humble opinion [this] is no place for kids. In the “ Vietnam” years when the protest was clearly in many cases, a daily event, there never were any children present, mostly due to the fact protests can at any given time turn from something sedate to an angry, ugly mess, ergo no kids. I for one seriously have to ponder the parental abilities of such an action.

There was a few tables set up, all proffering their political views, the Communist Party, ( the mainstay at any protest), a painting table where you could add your hand to a large almost like paint-by-numbers setup where you could if so inclined could add your hand to it. There was a Muslim table set up and two young men who would engage you in conversation about their faith and handed out books & pamphlets, one of them at the time I stopped by, was engaged in a somewhat intense conversation with a Christian young man. Several people were working the crowd by handing out flyers, pamphlets and flash cards with their message on it. The “ Socialist group”, ever present at any event, was handing out small flyers promoting  worker solidarity,” the Marxist group was there too, handing out flyers to combat racism, the “ No Borders Manifesto,” an 18 point small booklet promoting a “ grassroots movement “ to promote the movement to the “ new world.” There were “ Stop the War Coalition,” the “ Know your Rights,” group & “ Hamilton Against Fascism,” and regarding [this]protest it seemed a well-rounded outpouring that way.

As I said, as protests go it was for the 3 hours I was there a peaceful, almost fun event. Later after things went south and everyone had done their barking and bitching sessions, they packed up their wares, printed material and children, and went home to read the tea leaves of the event and to generally pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

Protests are an integral part of the Canadian fabric and should be allowed at all times. The message I received from this one was that the potential for “ free speech,“ could be quashed possibly if this motion is put into a bill and becomes law. Do we have concern?? Perhaps as many feel we do, and it becomes the responsibility of all of us, to be open-minded, observant of what our government says and does. It falls to us to yes question what they tell us so that democracy as we live it will be ongoing and ever present so that we may all move forward with a proper sense of things for all who live and come to this great country we know it.


James R. Charlton

Letter to the Silo: How to catch Wild pigs

*The opinions expressed in Letters to the Silo do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Silo/Mith Media

A thought to remember, Marx said,

“Remove one freedom per generation

and soon you will have no freedom

and no one would have noticed.”

Wild pigs


This is a word to the wise, if you can understand

what’s going on around you…. *


There was a chemistry professor in a large college

that had some exchange students in the class.


One day, the professor noticed one young man,

an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back

and stretching as if his back hurt.  The professor

asked the young man what was the matter.


The student told him he had a bullet lodged in

his back. He had been shot while fighting

communists in his native country who were

trying to overthrow his country’s government

and install a new communist regime. In the

midst of his story, he looked at the professor

and asked a strange question.


He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”


The professor thought it was a joke and asked

for the punch line.

The young man said that it was no joke.


“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place

in the woods and putting corn on the ground.

The pigs find it and begin to come every day to

eat the free corn.


“When they are used to coming every day, you

put a fence down one side of the place where

they are used to coming. When they get used

to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again

and you put up another side of the fence.


“They get used to that and start to eat again. You

continue until you have all four sides of the fence

up with a gate in the last side.


“The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start

to come through the gate to eat that free corn

again. You then slam the gate on them and catch

the whole herd.


“Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom.

They run around and around inside the fence,

but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating

the free corn. They are so used to it that they

have forgotten how to forage in the woods for

themselves, so they accept their captivity.”


The young man then told the professor that is

exactly what he sees happening in North America .

The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading

the free corn out in the form of programs such

as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned

income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies,

welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.


One should always remember two truths: There is

no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never

hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper

than you can do it yourself.


If you see that all of this wonderful government

“help” is a problem confronting the future of

democracy in North America , you might want to share

this with your friends.


If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life,

then you will probably not share this.


BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!


Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered.”