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The Children of the Smaller Gods

It’s never too soon to teach your children prejudice, intolerance and hatred. Just ask the good Christian folks at this Baptist church in the United States.

I seldom talk about my faith and have never written about it in my blog before but I’m going to write about it today.

I’m a Christian although not a very good one despite having contemplated becoming a priest at one time. My only hope is that God is quite patient and has a sense of humour. Otherwise, I’m pretty much screwed. Nonetheless, while a true and complete understanding of the nature and love of God passes far beyond my understanding, I have a considerable faith that God is more forgiving than we are and far less concerned with the trivial and petty things that seem to consume us.

It is inconceivable to me that God is overly concerned with things like sexual orientation, skin colour or whether or not your football team wins the big game. That would be a pretty small god and I believe God is infinite.

Christians, like those who stood and cheered this little boy in church for parroting what can only be termed hatred, like to quote Leviticus from the Old Testament. They ignore the simple but profound statement that God, through Christ, made a new covenant with humanity and it was to be based on love, tolerance and forgiveness.
I don’t speak for God but neither does anyone else. It is beyond hubris, even arrogance for anyone to presume they do but that hasn’t prevented people from perverting the basic tenets of their faith to support their intolerance, their prejudice and their hatred. Some have even used it to become quite wealthy.
The Klan did it to justify their hatred and killing of blacks. The IRA and its supporters did it to justify their hatred of British rule in Northern Ireland and the killings they carried out as a result. Protestant extremists were right in there with them, justifying their violence with scriptural quotes as if the only reason Christ walked on earth was to stir things up and induce more hatred and killing.
The Inquisition tortured and murdered to root out heretics who were nothing more than people with a different approach to their faith in God. Bloody Mary, Henry VIII’s daughter was responsible for the burning of hundreds of protestants and it was protestants who burned and murdered women they claimed were witches in places like Salem.
When it comes to our faith, most of us may not be very good at it but we try. Unfortunately, there are those among us who don’t try. They confuse their hatred for someone or something with the love of God and have become quite accomplished at twisting the teachings of their faith to support their personal prejudices and biases. No group exemplifies this better than the Westboro Baptist Church who celebrate the deaths of military personnel by protesting their funerals and promoting hatred against everyone and anyone that doesn’t fit their narrow, close-minded definition of Christianity.
This isn’t a uniquely Christian phenomenon.
Extremist Sikhs, an ultra conservative part of the Hindu religion were able to justify the blowing up of an Air India flight in the name of God and virtually every day, Sunnis and Shiite Muslims are at each other’s throats like junk yard dogs, all in the name of Allah. Many Muslim’s tolerate so-called Honour Killings, which are nothing more than the murder of women (primarily) who have violated a family’s paternalistic concept of honour.

Muslims kill Jews and Jews respond by killing Muslims, usually not the Muslims who initiated the original attack. They claim their faith condones an eye for an eye but usually that means, bringing the person who committed the offense to justice. In practice, it has become indiscriminate retaliation that too often kills the innocent.

There is nothing in either the holy books of the Hindu faith or the Quran about strapping some C4 to your chest and blowing up and indiscriminately killing men, women and children just because you don’t like them. No faith condones the murder of innocents to satisfy another’s personal sense of being offended or for revenge.
I can already hear the atheists marshalling their arguments against a belief in God as they preen their feathers in moral superiority. Stand down boys and girls, there is as much intolerance and prejudice on your side of the river that divides us as there is over here. But on this one small point, atheists and I agree.

Religion has been perverted by those who only think they believe and who cannot see beyond their personal prejudice. As a result, horrendous crimes have been committed in the name of religion but then, you don’t have to be one of the faithful to commit horrendous crimes. Atheists bring no moral superiority to the failings of humanity. There are many atheists who are as fallible, intolerant and prejudiced as the rest of us.

The world’s great religions do not preach the hatred, violence and intolerance that too many have and continue to practice today in the name of God. That has nothing to do with the teachings of religion and are the refuge of the weak-minded and frightened. 

It doesn’t matter what a person’s beliefs are about things like homosexuality, it isn’t for us to judge. It doesn’t matter what a person’s belief are about other religions, other races, other cultures and other political opinions might be. It isn’t for us to judge. It is one thing to hate the sin and another completely to hate the sinner.The bible, as are the scriptures of all faiths, is clear on that singular point.
We are not called on to engage in a holy war of hatred. Even the Quran’s call for a holy war has nothing to do with promoting hatred and killing indiscriminately. That is just one more human distortion of the teaching.

We are commanded to live according to the basic tenets of our individual faiths and if you’re a Christian that means, compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. There is nothing in the New Testament, which is the book of Christianity, that preaches hatred and there is only one instance in the entire book where Christ displayed true anger.

He threw the money changers out of the temple for turning the House Of God into a financial whorehouse. Imagine how he might feel to watch adults who have taught small children to hate others, cheer on those children in a church as they sing words  of hatred they don’t even understand. Christ said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” What he didn’t say was, “Teach your kids to hate others, especially homos!”
There are a lot of convenient interpretations of scripture, all scriptures in all faiths. While I’m not a biblical scholar, I know this much. If your interpretation allows you to judge others and condemn them or treat them with intolerance and hatred, you’re interpretation is wrong. While we all have our prejudices, it is how we act on them that is important. 

That’s what scripture is all about. It is meant to guide us through our own failings in order to get us to sit up straight and fly right. We do not honour ourselves or our faith, let alone God, by perverting those teachings to support those things in us that we are meant to struggle to correct.

Need more proof?
The intolerant among us are quick to quote Leviticus when it comes to justifying not only their prejudice of homosexuality but in support of any actions they may take against gays. They are equally slow to acknowledge the sixth commandment when it comes to supporting their belief in laws like the Stand Your Ground law in Florida or in some extreme cases, defending the rights of the unborn by murdering doctors. You cannot prevent a sin by committing sin and you can’t be righteous by being unrighteous.
At the end of the day, there are really only two commandments that define Christianity and when we live lives that are contrary to them, we have failed as Christians. Christ said, 
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord 
our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, 
and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. 
This is the first and great commandment. And the 
second is like unto it: thou shalt love thy neighbour 
as thyself. On these two commandments hang all 
the law and the prophets.”

It couldn’t be more clear. All of the law, all of the tenets of our Christian faith hang on these two commandments. It isn’t possible to love God while hating others. It isn’t possible to be a good Christian by loving others but ignoring the word of God. 
That really is all there is to being a Christian. Love God, love your neighbour. Every action can be measured against those two commandments and if we do something that is contradictory to one or both of them, we have broken faith with our faith.
If a person can’t rise above their prejudice and hatred to live these two commandments to the best of their ability, or at least prepared to try, then it’s probably time to quit the charade and hand in their membership card ‘cause whatever they are……they ain’t Christian.
That won’t happen, of course. There is nothing more sanctimonious than someone who believes that the true light of Jesus burns within them and that this gives them the right to condemn and judge others as a result. These are the people who do not rise up and strive to be what God intended but rather reduce and trivialize God to a small and narrow-minded concept that is all too human rather than divine.
All of this makes me think sometimes that God must wish he had better fan clubs than the ones most of us have provided. Hopefully God’s patience won’t wear thin any time soon.

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A Foot By Mail – See? There Really Is An Advantage To Using Email!

I just spent thirty minutes on the phone with Sears Canada trying to arrange a service appointment for my John Deere lawn tractor. Making the appointment took about three minutes. The rest of the time was spent by every person to whom I was transferred asking for my phone number, my address and how long my male equipment might be. 
I understand that the person who makes the actual appointment needs to know where I live because the service technician is coming to the house but I resent being asked for that information by everyone I speak to before I get to that person and before they even know why I’m calling.
It’s been that kind of day, although I’m probably having a better day than the Conservative party. They received a human foot in the mail today and it makes you wonder a couple of things.

My first thought was that the Conservatives should probably be thankful it wasn’t somebody’s ass that got sent although that would probably be redundant considering the number of asses already in the Conservative caucus.

But, this is a serious matter that does raise some serious questions and we shouldn’t joke about it.

You have to ask yourself who would think of sending a body part by mail to a political party? Even the Mafia only sends a dead fish when they want to deliver a message and they usually have it delivered rather than mailed. The post office is not always the most reliable and the costs for packages sent by mail are horrific these days.

It also begs the question, who donated the foot? Did the sender cut off one of his or her own feet or did they find it lying in a field.

Maybe he or she robbed a cemetery or work in a morgue. Perhaps they work in a funeral home and know that the grieving family won’t miss a foot from grandma who has moved on to her just reward. After all, nobody looks below that half of the casket that is always closed during the wake.

Perhaps, they murdered a Conservative and are sending the parts back bit by bit or maybe they’re medical students who have access to lab cadavers used for research.
The real question though is whether or not this is the only part that’s coming. Perhaps this is the first of many parts to be sent or perhaps it’s the beginning of new protest trend.
If it is the beginning of a new protest trend, it would certainly give new meaning to protesting on foot but the real question is, where will it lead?
Instead of rioting in the streets, will Occupy protesters now cut off a hand or a foot and mail it to Wall Street? Perhaps student protesters will pick a body part that they aren’t using and mail that to the government to support their demands for free tuition. My fear would be that this could lead to a lot of students walking around headless.
And then there is Parliament itself. There is already a fair degree of vitriolic in the House, would this new trend result in Members of Parliament hurling body parts at each other across the aisle instead of just the usual  churlish and childish insults? Wouldn’t you just hate to be on the night cleaning staff after one of those debates?
To be honest, I’m less concerned with the fact that a foot has been mailed to the Conservative Headquarters than I am with the fact that somebody actually thought this up. How do you come up with an idea like this? Are you sitting around one day, annoyed and frustrated by what’s going on in government, look down at your feet and say to yourself, “I don’t need both of those.” ?
Maybe the sender is aware that in the Middle East, throwing a slipper at someone is considered an insult and they thought they would like to make a stronger political statement. The scary thought is what body parts are going to get mailed when the debate moves to sexual orientation and related issues and, of course, who’s going to donate those parts?

They certainly can’t have mine, I’m not finished with them yet.

Whatever and whoever is behind this, the matter has been turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s finest.  I am quite certain they are looking for someone with a decided limp caused by being a foot shorter, so to speak and there’s no doubt the RCMP will get their man….or woman. They’re good at stuff like this and besides, they  have already caught part of the perpetrator, they just need to round up the rest of his or her body to close the case.
But here’s the thing. When people start mailing body parts to others in order to express their outrage or political opinion or just to say I love you, it is a fairly strong indication that the world has gone mad. It tends to prove that old adage that if you give them an inch they’ll only end up giving you a foot in return. It’s probably too late to do anything about that now but on the bright side….
….one thing you can say about email is that it’s pretty hard to attach a body part to it before you hit send. 
And that, my friends, is just one more advantage of email over the post office. Ain’t technology grand?


Sticks And Stones

There Ain’t No Cure For Stupid – Drunk Sings Queen In Squad Car

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A Grand And Noble People

While we were busy this weekend, 32 children were slaughtered in Syria.

While we debated over whether or not we should get involved in Syria; while we fussed over the cost, the validity, the politics, the aftermath and the role that NATO played in Libya; while we patted ourselves on the back for committing another $350 million to Afghanistan…
…32 children, mostly under the age of 10 were killed by Syrian military artillery. They died never even seeing who cared so little that they took their lives with such violent indifference.
While Republicans and Democrats argued over who really has America’s interest at heart…
…32 small children died in an explosive hell of terror and pain.
While students continued their arrogant and selfish grandstanding in Montreal over a fifty cent a day increase in tuition, supported by unions, academics, artists and other members of a clueless and sanctimonious intelligentsia…
…32 children died, caught in the middle of a civil war where thousands have died in a desperate attempt to win the fundamentals of democracy for themselves, that conceited fools and the self-absorbed take for granted here.
While Occupy continued its adolescent and pathetic attempt to portray itself as being oppressed, relevant and even aware…
…32 children died as the result of a fight against true oppression that has killed thousands.
While teachers planned more work to rule in British Columbia and stamped their feet in Ontario over temporary wage freezes; while too many of us continued to demand more from others than we are prepared to pay ourselves and while we commented with outrage over refinements to the Employment Insurance Act, about Obama’s birth certificate or Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman….
…32 children, some no older than my grandson, died needlessly, painfully and anonymously.
While the Democrats and the Republicans accused each other of being at war with women; while President Obama tried to dignify, as legitimate class warfare, the disruption and violence in the streets he lacks the courage to confront; and while yet another small gang of Wall Street firms tried to figure out how to wriggle out from under the Facebook IPO fiasco they caused with their stupidity and greed….
…32 children died and neither their lives nor their deaths are of any consequence to us. We are too busy with important issues to concern ourselves with the deaths of children in some far away country. 
What a grand and noble people we have become!
Canada and the United States are two of, if not the two, freest countries in the world. We have privilege. We have opportunity and yes, we have problems but we also have the wealth, the expertise, the ability and the means to address those problems. Unfortunately we are too busy these days blaming each other to work together and take advantage of our freedom and our opportunity to address them.
We take for granted the privilege and freedom we have, a freedom people flock too by the thousands every year from all over the world. We spit on our privileged lifestyle and the opportunities we have even as others die just to achieve the basic freedom many of us now call oppression.
We have traded our values for softer toilet paper, iPhones and demands for more entitlements rather than respecting and appreciating those we have already. We have traded our self-respect for a level of petty greed that would make even Bernie Madoff wince.
We have sold ourselves very cheaply indeed.
Unions demand more. Wall Street skims a little more. Occupy pillages and destroys. Student protesters burn and vandalize and for what? For pennies, my friends; we have built societies that are destroying our nations for pennies. We are like feral animals fighting over food scraps and violent beggars squabbling in the street over loose change. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that.
Our two nations were born out of a hope for something better, an ideal of freedom based on respect, equality and the rule of law, personal responsibility and pride in ourselves and each other. Our ancestors set down principles and values that laid the foundation for a better life for their children and their children’s children but we have desecrated their memory. We are so consumed by ourselves that we rob our own children and their children of a better future so that we can have more pennies, today. We have made a mockery of those principles and long ago sold our values for whatever we could get.
32 children died this weekend and it is beyond tragedy. It is a horror.
What is even worse is that more than just those 32 children died this weekend. In fact, we are too busy to know just how many children were slaughtered around the world in the past 48 hours. But the greatest tragedy of all is that we have sold ourselves so cheaply, we no longer have the values to take notice of how many died, let alone care.
We have protests for more entitlements to attend and more hissy-fits to throw and to justify when we don’t get our own way. We have academic papers praising socialism and condemning capitalism to write. We have governments to criticize and the rights and property of others to trample so that we can a have a few more pennies we didn’t really earn.
We inherited two noble nations. We have proven we lack the values, the dignity or the integrity to deserve them. There are no Abraham Lincoln’s or Martin Luther Kings;  no Lester Pearson’s, Tommy Douglas’s or John f. Kennedy’s today. There is just us and what a sad legacy we are for those who went before us and worked so hard to try and provide us with a better society.
32 children died this weekend but the good news is that we still have our smart phones and iPads to organize our protests. We still have an Internet that is unregulated and which allows us to steal the intellectual and creative property of others. 
Most encouraging of all is that support for our struggle to end oppression by our own democratically elected governments is up in the polls. Perhaps when we extort some more free stuff with our threats of violence we will have time then to turn our attention to trying to prevent more children from being slaughtered. Unfortunately, until then, our struggle for freedom continues and they will just have to hang on as best they can.
What a grand and noble people we are.
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There Is Not Much That Is Progressive On The Left These Days

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child,
I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.
– 1 Corinthians 13:11
I am conservative by nature but not always by how I vote and throughout my life I have voted for both Conservatives and for Liberals. I tend to vote for whomever I believe demonstrates the most common sense at the time or failing that being an available option, whoever I believe will do the least damage to the country, the province or the city in which I live.
In my experience, both the right and the left have had their share of corruption, dishonesty, lack of vision and vested self-interest but lately it seems that it is the left that has become more disengaged from reality.
It has become fashionable, especially on the left, to declare that labels like right and left are dead. Whether that is true or not, a rose by any other name is still a rose and so is a pig. Part of the right in the United States now likes to call itself the Tea Party and in Canada, the right fled the Progressive Conservative label opting for Reform Party then the Canadian Alliance only to finally settle, just a few years ago, on a new name, The Conservative Party of Canada. It seems like an awful lot of effort to me just to basically arrive back where you started.
For their part, the left has sub-divided into a variety of labels including Labour Party, Liberal, New Democratic Party and Democrats but regardless of the various political party labels, the left has tried, by and large, to brand itself with the word ‘progressives’.
Irrespective of what they now call themselves, there was a time when the left in most democracies stood for protecting the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and for trying to create what one former Canadian Liberal prime minister referred to as a ‘Just Society’. Those days appear to be gone.
Today it has degenerated into strident, intolerant and self-obsessed and loosely allied factions more interested in clinging to their entitlements than in advancing the welfare of the most disadvantaged or of working together to build a stronger, more prosperous and successful society.
Where they once stood up for the under-privileged and disadvantaged, progressives now fight for better pay and benefits for teachers and union workers. Where it once had a fundamental respect for democracy, it now puts its view of its own right to free speech, freedom of assembly and protest ahead of the same rights for others. Too many progressives have little respect for the property rights of others and while it is a minority that does the actual rioting and vandalism, they are encouraged by progressive activist groups, unions, civil rights organizations and others whenever the bad boys and girls hit the streets.

Progressives are always quick to blame the police for brutality and to defend the rights of rioters to demonstrate but very slow to condemn the destruction of private and public property or the breaking of the law during a riot.

There was a time when the left spoke up for the rights of all, now it speaks up only for its own.
The progressive ideology is one that has failed to learn from its own history. It promotes a culture of victimization and sees itself as the victims of everything from global warming to Wall Street. Progressives portray rail and yell about how they are victimized by oppressive governments (most of whom are or have been left-leaning governments for which they voted), by Christians, corporations,  smokers, universities, doctors, fur trappers, police brutality, the wealthy, a successful resource-based economy, pipelines, anyone who is pro-life or who wants to discuss when life begins, Israel and a thousand other threats; real and imagined.
At the end of the day, progressives are about blame not solutions and the proof of that is in their own record. In Canada, it is the left that has formed the federal government for all but about 16 of the last 40 years. What does it have to show for its management? Not much.
Their understanding of the economy is so adolescent that it boggles the mind. In Canada, the NDP managed to run the economy of Ontario into the ground in just four years. Since then, the current Liberal government has taken what was once Canada’s economic engine and turned it into a have-not province that actually receives the equivalent of welfare payments from the federal government and which has been put on a credit watch by major bond rating agencies.

Some progressives point to the economic record of the Liberal government during the 90’s and early 2000’s as proof of economic management and to some extent they’re correct. The Chretien government did balance the budget but only by reneging on a campaign promise to eliminate the Goods and Services Tax and by slashing funding to health care and other social programs that progressives instituted in the first place.

In the U.S., the situation isn’t any different. The current progressive leadership of Barrack Obama made the same promise that all progressives make; his administration would change things and he did. He has successful ly changed the $7.5 trillion deficit he inherited from a Republican president into a $15 trillion deficit and in less than four years. 
Through it all, progressive administrations have increased the size and cost of the public sector on the backs of taxpayers and at the expense of the private sector where all a nation’s true wealth originates.
Their record on health care isn’t much better.
President Obama introduced a health care program informally referred to as Obama Care which is anything but universal, has seen many Americans lose their private insurance and which cherry-picks the health care services for which it will pay.
In Canada, where universal health care is a cherished program, it is progressives who have done the most damage to the system. It was the Liberal government of Jean Chretien that slashed health care spending and it was a conservative government that not only restored those funds but provided a guaranteed increase in annual funding to the provinces for the next decade.

In Ontario, it is a Liberal premier who is attacking doctors, slashing $1 billion from their fee structure in order to save his treasured $1.5 billion full-day kindergarten program which is nothing more than free day care. The premier has stated that the cut in doctors’ fees is necessary because of the province’s dismal economic circumstance but less than two week’s after making the announcement, he found $350 million for new spending where a bi-election is to be held. This is what progressives now consider ethical politics.

The left progressive agenda has claimed the environment as its most important cause. It has elevated climate change and sustainable energy almost into a cult-religion. But here too, the progressive agenda has failed repeatedly.

Perhaps this no more spectacularly illustrated than with the Kyoto Accord. Progressives were outraged that the conservatives scrapped the agreement and I am hard pressed to understand why. It was a Liberal prime minister who signed the Kyoto Accord and then promptly tucked it away on the shelf for his three terms in office. In other words, the left when it had its hands on the levers of power, did nothing beyond attend a conference, sign a piece of paper and then pose for the photo op.

Indeed, it was during those same three terms of Liberal environmental concern that green house gas emissions rose by 17% in Canada while they dropped by 2% under the Republican administration of George Bush.

It was a slap in the face to the much vaunted progressive approach to environmental protection, that the Sierra Club of Canada awarded former PM Brian Mulroney, a conservative, recognition for being the greenest prime minister in Canadian history.
PETA, which considers itself very progressive, kills more animals than the Humane Society and the SPCA combined, all the while lecturing the rest of the world on the ethical treatment of animals.
The Occupy Movement, goaded on and supported by progressives has terrorized and vandalized public and private property. It has put children at risk, condoned rape, disease and illegal drug use within its former camps. It routinely shouts down others, often flash mobbing a meeting to disrupt and trample their to free speech and freedom of assembly. It has vandalized churches, stood in solidarity with convicts in San Quentin and violated almost every tenet in which most progressives claim to believe. None of this has prevented the progressive left from supporting this self-indulgent temper-tantrum of destructive violence.
In Canada, Human Rights Tribunals sit in judgment of disputes between parties over issues like discrimination. These kangaroo courts which were introduced by progressive governments deny the defendant’s constitutional right to presumption of innocence and even go so far as to provide financial support to the complainant for legal assistance but not a nickel to the accused.
Progressives refer to this as fair and equitable in the same way that they demand that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes but support the fact that unions pay no tax whatsoever on membership dues or the investment income made from those dues. The progressive view of the world is a little like Animal Farm. All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.
Celebrities take a few moments away from their privileged lifestyles to fly in to voice their concern and even outrage over a pipeline, carbon emissions, tuition costs or whatever was on the front page this morning. They get their pictures taken, pontificate for the media, sign a few autographs and then jet off for the next film festival, concert tour or court appearance for drug use, shop lifting or just being a general pain in the ass.
No issue seems too trivial for the left these days. It is progressives in the New York City Dept. Of Education who banned words like dancing, dinosaur and bodily functions from all testing and it is the left that is offended by words like Christmas and Halloween.
In her book Atlas Shrugged, Ms Rand predicted that the left would eventually destroy modern society by elevating mediocrity, political correctness and self-righteous attacks on the wealthy to fund their entitlements. Quite frankly, while I enjoyed the book, I thought she was wrong. I found her characterization of the left to be a characature of reality and her hypothesis more than just a bit extreme. I didn’t accept her basic premise because I didn’t believe anyone could be that stupid.
I was wrong.
The thinking on the left has become adolescent, shallow and intolerant. It is increasingly being expressed hysterically in our streets at the expense of the success and well-being of our communities and our nations. The left is angry at everything and everyone, sometimes justifiably but increasingly over losing entitlements for groups within its collective. It has become strident, bellicose and ill-informed on almost every major cause or issue it embraces and rejects any information, opinion or proven fact which contradicts its version of reality.
The left bullies, threatens, attacks, demeans, ridicules and pouts. When all else fails, it takes to the street or supports and encourages others to take to the streets in an attempt to win its point.
It uses mob tactics on social media to attack and silence those who hold contrary opinions and who exercise their right to voice those opinions.
Virtually every issue is elevated to a crisis and divergent opinion is taken as a personal slight. Some days it almost appears as if many progressives are looking for reasons to be offended.
The left has become thoughtless, academically dishonest and intellectually lazy.They are inconsistent to the point of being schizophrenic.
It is the left that took up arms against cigarette smoking while at the same time advocating the legalization of smoking marijuana and setting up safe inhalation rooms for the smoking of crack cocaine. In the name of conserving energy and protecting the environment, is the left that promoted the use of those funny little spermatozoa-like light bulbs from China despite the fact that they consume more energy in their manufacture and shipping than they save in their use or that they contain lead which ends up in our landfills.
According to the dictionary, progressive is defined as advocating or implementing social reform or new liberal ideas. They are misnamed. There are no new ideas on the left and no social reform. There is only a constant demand for more entitlement for special interest groups on the left, more sacrifice by everyone else and a continual assault on the rights of indivuals to free speech and to pursue their own lives while enjoying without interference, the rewards of their own hard work.
My personal belief is that the strongest society is one which has a complimentary balance of the right’s focus on the freedom and creativity of the individual and the left’s focus on our social responsibility to help those who are truly disadvantaged.
We are seriously out of balance these days. There is no question that there is a lot of extreme rhetoric and more than just a little greed on the right and after the Facebook IPO fiasco, it is fairly clear that Wall Street didn’t learn much in 2008. But the reality is that virtually the same can be said about progressives with the additional caveat that the left wants it both ways. They want social responsibility, they just want someone else to pay for it so that they can continue to receive the entitlements to which they feel……well….entitled.
The left no longer provide that social balance, they fight for entitlements.
Need proof? When was the last time you saw Occupy, a student group or any other progressive organization protest for children at risk or to end child poverty? Don’t strain yourself trying to remember, all the protests these days are over tuition, pensions and other benefits for various progressive special interest group.
Even teachers in Ontario can’t find the time to march for children at risk or to end child poverty but have more than ample to time to take to the streets to protest proposed salary freezes for themselves.
In fact, the left believes that even our children should be indoctrinated or as they prefer to call it ‘taught’ to think the correct way. Last week a teacher in Toronto took her grade 3 class out into the streets to protest the oils sands in Alberta. I wonder how the left would react to a conservative teacher dragging their class of 9-year olds down to the stock exchange for a day of learning the art of futures trading in hog bellies.
Ayn Rand was right. The left is undermining our society by dragging everything down to the lowest common denominator and no effective society was ever advanced on mediocrity, political correctness or a constant demand that those who can achieve should pay for those who can’t be bothered trying.
St. Paul was even more correct. There is a time in our lives for thinking foolishly like children but when we grow up, we are meant to put away childish, self-centred notions and take responsibility for our own lives. The left no longer seems to understood that. Instead, they have cloaked themselves in a failed ideology of entitlement, mediocrity and blame that they label progressive.
There are many things that the left could be called but progressive isn’t one of them.

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The Contradictory Ideology Of The Left

The Demonization Ideology Of The Bourgoisie Elite

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Responding To The Criticism That Our Generation Wasn’t Green

I remember my nephew coming to me a couple of years ago and giving me a good natured shot about his generation and all the technology they use so easily now. His closing comment was that I was probably envious of the gadgets they now had and I responded that I agreed that all this technology was pretty neat, which is why my generation invented most of it.

If you’re like me, you’re getting just a bit tired of the arrogance of the young lecturing us on how much smarter they are or how much harder things are today. One of their favourites is how environmentally illiterate we were when we were younger and what a mess we made of the planet for future generations.

There is nothing quite as silly as the arrogance of youth, especially those who never bother to do a little research before they open their mouths to lecture us about how unenlightened we are. For their benefit, here’s an article of just how environmentally unenlightened we were back in the old days.

I didn’t write this but I wish I had. It’s brilliant.
Being Green

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. 
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” 
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” 
She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. 
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day. 
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. 
But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then. 
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. 
But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day. 
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. 
But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day. 
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. 
But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then. 
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. 
But we didn’t have the green thing back then. 
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. 
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then? 
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a young person. 
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to tick us off.
One of my FB contacts posted this and I contacted her to get permission to share it with you but she wasn’t the author. She found it on the web as an anonymous article. I am sharing it here without really knowing who wrote it but whoever it was should have a bridge or a city park named after them.

I get tired of the sanctimonious arrogance of the young with their ill-informed criticism and arrogance and sometimes, just sometimes mind you, when I see what’s happening in our streets and hear all that whining, I think my generation did make one big mistake………….we procreated!


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Environmentalist Opportunism

George Carlin & The Bear On Saving The Planet

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Who Really Has The Hidden Agenda – The Left or The Right?

Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper

For a very long time, the left in Canada has accused the current prime minister and the Conservative Party of having a secret, hidden agenda that they would implement  to the detriment of society and life as we know it once they were elected. He has been in office for six years now and aside from the usual careless mistakes, bouts of mean-spirited political campaigning and the odd bit of sheer stupidity that all parties seem to bring to office with them, it’s all been fairly stable in the Great White North and pretty much been business as (except for the odd riot here and there of course).

It’s hard to understand where this fear of a secret agenda came from until I read something posted on a friend’s Facebook page this morning. For some reason, it reminded me of something my mother used to tell me. “Those with something to hide tend to be the ones who are quickest to accuse others of the same thing” or to put it a little differently,

“The thing we fear in others is the thing we most fear in ourselves.”

I won’t accuse anyone of having a secret agenda, I’ll let the words below speak for themselves and you can decide for yourself what they mean to you.
The words are from “ The Naked Communist” and are part of the United States Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963.
Here are some key excerpts.

Montreal student riots\
(photo: Toronto Sun)
  • Get control of teachers’ associations. 
  • Put the party line in textbooks. 
  • Gain control of all student newspapers. 
  • Use student riots to foment public protests. (the student riots in Montreal have been picked up by the Occupy Movement in the United States and the Canadian labour movement is now calling on students in other provinces to follow the lead of students in Montreal)
  • Infiltrate the press 
  • Get control of editorial writing
  • Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use united force to solve economic, political or social problems.
  • Get control of the schools 
  • Use [schools] as transmission belts for socialism & current propaganda (In the United States, some schools introduced pro Obama cult-like indoctrination for young black males while in Canada just a couple of weeks ago, a grade 3 teacher marched her class out onto the streets of Toronto with their cute signs to protest the Alberta Oil Sands and the Gateway Pipeline)
  • Soften the curriculum 
  • Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
  • Infiltrate and gain control of big business
  • Discredit the family as an institution. 
  • Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
  • Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. 
  • Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. (In Canada, Human Rights Tribunals now have judicial authority with none of the rights for the accused of the judicial process)
  • Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
  • Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc. (the ongoing attack on the rights of the individual in favour of the rights of a collective has been increasing violently over the past decade in almost all major democracies)
Canadian Human Rights Commission
I was particularly struck by the accusation by the teacher who organized her grade 3 class when she was interviewed on camera by the Winnipeg Sun (link below). She proceeded to lecture the reporter about the biased, unbalanced Conservative agenda represented by The Sun, completely oblivious to the hypocrisy of her own actions or attitudes.
The complete record is linked below and when compared to what is happening in our schools, our streets and our institution, it could be quite alarming although I’m certain that any similarity to what was written and what is happening today is merely coincidence. The left would never do something as dishonest as that which they accuse the right of doing……or would they? You decide but as for me…..
So much for the secret agenda of the conservative right! I think I’m a little more concerned with the actions and sanctimonious rhetoric of the left these days.

The Congressional Record 1963

The Political Indoctrination Of Children

Grade 3 students taken into streets to protest Keystone Pipeline

The Contradictory Ideology Of The Left

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