Complaint About Pickup Trucks Is The Kind Of Absurd Weakness That Afflicts Canada’s ‘Elites’

How could we expect Canada to be a strong country when fools are scared of some trucks on the road?

Around the world, Canada is seen as a weak country.

It wasn’t always this way of course.

At one point, Canada had a reputation of a country of tough and hardy people who managed to build up a strong and vibrant nation in quite inhospitable territory.

But now, years and years of Canadians being told we are a ‘peacekeeping nation’ (which is false), and that being ‘nice’ is our core attribute has resulted in much of Canada being a nation of pushovers.

It’s why countries like China find it so easy to bully us.

It’s why we have so little influence on the world stage – far less than many countries with smaller populations.

And it’s why so much of our elitist class is able to get away with a level of truly pathetic weakness that wouldn’t happen in other places.

Just consider this article by Toronto columnist Marcus Gee of the Globe & Mail, as he claims “pickup trucks are a plague on Canadian streets.”

Here are some excerpts:

“Many things have changed in pandemic times. One that has not is North America’s love affair with the pickup truck. Even in the midst of economic uncertainty, consumers lined up to buy these hulking, belching kings of the road. Once the vehicle of the cowboy, the contractor and the good old boy, pickups have become the continent’s mainstream ride. Even city parking lots are simply full of them. In Canada, Ford’s F-150 has been the best-selling auto for years.”

You can literally see the low-testosterone of the Globe & Mail writer through the words:

“All harmless fun, you might say. Is it? Even though automakers have greatly improved the fuel efficiency of the modern pickup – and electric versions are coming soon – having all those mastodons on the highway isn’t exactly kind to the planet. A recent U.S. report found that more than half a million diesel pickups had been fitted with devices that override their emissions controls, dumping pollutants into the air. In the charming practice known as rolling coal, some pickup drivers blow past cyclists and electric vehicles and deliberately spew black smoke at them.

Then there is safety. Anyone who has travelled a Canadian highway lately has been tailgated by a speeding pickup driver. Being up there in that big cab over that huge engine seems to make the drivers think they own the road, lesser vehicles be damned. An investigation by Consumer Reports last month, titled The Hidden Danger of Big Trucks, said that hoods are higher on current models and “drivers have poorer front sight lines, creating a blind spot that can hide a pedestrian or smaller car right in front.””

He concludes by basically confirming that his whole article is about him being scared and intimidated:

“Even if they weren’t polluting and dangerous, the parade of pickups would be a blight on the roadscape and a finger in the eye of other drivers – a way of saying to everyone else: I am bigger, badder and richer than you. A vehicle that started as a practical tool for hard-working people has become, for many, an obnoxious assertion of dominance and division.”

At one time, this kind of weakness would have been widely mocked and ridiculed, and that’s as it should be.

Our country is increasingly being run by people who want to control the lives of others, because they are too scared to take control of their own lives and take personal responsibility.

As I recently wrote about, the more our country abandons personal responsibility, the more authoritarian we become:

“Here in Canada, our country is clearly on a slide from freedom towards a more authoritarian, Communist-style nation.

This is happening as many individual Canadians abandon any notion of personal responsibility, as fear causes them to seek safety in the arms of a bigger and bigger government.”

Of course, Gee has the right to write about this, and I support free speech for opinions I find absurd.

We also have the right to push back, and if you look at the response to Gee’s column many are doing so.

The fact is, Canada’s elites have disdain for working class Canadians, perhaps because they are a constant reminder that the elitist class needs working class people to keep our country functioning, but working Canadians don’t need the elites.

We see it in the energy sector, with all the elites who are glad to take Alberta’s money, use oil in their own lives, travel all over the place, and then look down on the sector as ‘dirty oil’ and virtue-signal as if they are ‘above’ all of that.

A dangerous attitude

Ironically, while Gee cries about pickup trucks being ‘divisive’ (itself an absurd statement), Gee is participating in the same division he claims to be opposing.

Rather than simply leave Canadians alone to make our own choices, the elitist class wants to control everything, and impose their will on the nation to protect themselves from feeling ‘intimidated’ and ‘scared.’

They use their own weakness as some sort of shield, without considering that maybe they should focus on becoming stronger themselves rather than trying to dictate to others.

Start lifting weights

This is why – and I say this in all seriousness – more and more people (especially men) should be lifting weights.

Physical weakness and mental weakness (real illness exempted of course) often go together.

And as we saw over the past year, the political class wants to talk about everything except how people can become stronger and more resilient.

Which is exactly why we should talk about it.

If our country is to return to being a tougher and more hardy nation, we need to become physically stronger and physically more resilient.

This also goes for conservative politicians. If they are going to talk about ‘strength’ and ‘resilience,’ it’s essential to look the part.

The danger of weakness

Many people have been lulled into a false sense of security in recent times.

But history shows that a weak nation will inevitably be controlled by those who are stronger, as our treatment at the hands of China makes clear.

Weakness is a danger Canadians can’t afford, especially in a hostile world.

If we keep listening to weak elites who complain about things like ‘scary’ trucks on the road, those complaints will soon look quant compared to what will come our way.

Spencer Fernando

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