Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh Canada, Oh Ottawa

The words to the Canadian national anthem and a few words after it:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Our great friends to the north in Ottawa and all of Canada I know my sentiments are like so many in the beloved nation to your south even with the discord that exists within it.

We stand with you as you stand with us for human rights sketched with much blood over centuries. We see how important the rights of man are -- the right of free speech, of a free press, the right to believe in a supreme being, a God, a creator as we choose even if it is not to believe at all.

We empathize for those who receive that which the worst evils of our nature bestow. We reject violence as an expression of disagreement no matter how strong the inclination is to it as we reject all inhumanity that is uncivilized and extreme.

We defend those precious rights that can disappear on a whim. We defend them even to the loss of our own life. Why? Because they are the gift that those who came before bestowed upon us and so that their lives will not have been in vain.

Oh, Canada we, indeed, stand on guard for you and for ourselves!

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