Today, a rather extreme moderate republican and prominent member of Citizens for a Canadian Republic Charles Roach has passed away. He was a prominent lawyer and activist from Toronto who, inexplicably, despite his republicanism, decided to fight the monarchy through the courts, dumping all the money and time into changing an oath of allegiance.
I found out about it here. I also found, in the comments page, the goddamned stupid royalists from all walks of life come out full swing. The first thirty minutes have been nothing but racist rants about immigration, and variations of that old anti-democratic hymn: “if you don’t like it, then leave.” This one’s a classic, coming from a cunty joe-canuck user named Paying My Way: “The NDP also should understand that Canada is still a democracy, subject to the will of the majority. Being a free country, anyone who doesn’t like how it’s run or whether or not it’s part of a monarchy is entirely free to leave.” First off, you should understand we’re not a democracy because monarchy is not democratic because it is an unelected, hereditary title of nobility. Secondly, if there are some things we disagree with then why not change them or remove them rather than remove ourselves? What the fuck is the point of democracy, let alone dissent or any form of criticism? And thirdly, I prefer a nation subject to laws that can be made, changed or abolished by a government that is and can be elected by the people, rather than a nation subject to the whims of the majority, or the impulses of the minority, or the influence of money or religion.
At the same time, Roach picked the wrong battle to fight. You can’t abolish monarchy through the courts. Plus he focussed on changing an oath, not on getting rid of the institution behind the oath. You abolish the institution, you can change the oath. Simple. But no, not for Roach. Time, effort and money has been wasted thanks to the ubercautious, cowardly, stale white-breaded stock photographer Tom Freda, who has, like Layton did with a lot of the left, compromised his principals and neutered the cause, making it even more soft to attacks from the royalists, causing the CCR to stop holding protests out of fear of “drawing extremists,” and even cannibalizing their fellow republicans who they deem “too passionate.”
Good riddance to Roach, who fought the wrong battle in a just war against a Satanic invention.