"We accept in the fullest sense of the word the settled and persistent will of the people. All this idea of a group superman or super-planners...making the masses of the people do what they think is good for them, without any check or balance, is a violation of democracy."
- Winston S. Churchill, House Of Commons, 11 November 1947
As someone who adheres to no political party now, viewing them all as truly detrimental to true Parliamentary Democracy, I was flattered to be asked to write a short review of Betrayal. My aversion to political parties comes from their dogmatic fixation on party policies. Just recently Sheldon Clare President and CEO of the National Firearm Association and a former Reform Party activist was quoted as saying, "he’s “sickened” by how the party system stifles dissent and prevents MPs from representing the views of constituents." Party solidarity is all and woe to those people who question what the party leader says or allows to happen. Betrayal is about what can happen to anyone when you do.
Some of what is written in the book is public knowledge. Some is revealed for the first time. Yet Connie, by her own admission, admits there is much that is left out. If anything shows the sad state of affairs to which free speech has been undermined in Canada it is the fact they were compelled to remain silent on much of it. Conservatives believe in property rights, privacy rights, free speech, and the supremacy of the family. Social Conservatives believe in moral absolutes as well. When your party policies attack or undermine any of the them you can no longer be considered either. The rules of logic state you cannot be both for and against something at the same time. Saying one thing yet turning around and doing the opposite is a clear violation of those rules. I also feel it important to point out that in advertising if you promise a particular good or level of service to get people into your establishment and then produce a different one that is called "bait and switch" and is a felony.
As an avid amateur historian I tend to look for sea changes in the broadest sense in society and I see two happening that are of real interest. One is the large number of conservatives speaking out against Bill C-51 and the other is the mounting parental opposition to the sex ed here in Ontario. While one is federal in nature with the other provincial the fact is both are in opposition to growing intrusive top-down government central planning at both levels. I find it hard to accept one party using one "label" and the other using another "label" for advertising, and that is all it is, when they are both doing exactly the same thing. Needless to say Sir Winston would take a very dim view of both.
This has not been a 'review' in the strictest sense as I'm sure your by now well aware. I have merely tried to show - in as few words as possible - why Connie was compelled to write Betrayal in the first place. As you read it you might also be struck with the same notion that I was. Which is that Connie has inadvertently written a modern day Gothic horror novel. Since Connie started her book with what is said to be a Chinese saying I will end my minor effort with another, "...that a journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step." If you are considering purchasing Betrayal I urge you to take that first step. If you were informed about it by a friend, a family member, or even a casual acquaintance telling you about it they have already taken the second step.
So you have some catching up to do.
August 28, 2015