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If You’re Conservative – Who Are You?

Not so long ago I was accused of hiding behind a bi-partisan smokescreen to justify my criticism of the Conservative government specifically and some ultra-conservatives in general. I wasn’t overly offended by the accusation. It came from someone who patterns himself as a highly moral and open-minded conservative but who spends his time verbally attacking and blaming everyone but people like him for the criticisms being leveled at conservatives.

It’s the same kind of culture of victimization that too many groups use to rationalize the failings of those they support or to try and justify their own brand of intolerance against others.

The fact is that I am not bi-partisan. I am a conservative/libertarian who believes in small, transparent and accountable government, fiscal responsibility and who is opposed to stupidity and hypocrisy. Conservative values have always centred around tolerance, family, self-reliance, respect for our military and the rights and freedoms to which we are all entitled. That’s what I believe in and what I support.

I make no apology for  any criticism I level against anyone be it progressive or conservative in defense of traditional conservative values. I have little use for the progressive ideology be it Liberal or NDP but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to constantly attack and smear the character of progressives who don’t agree with me. I consider that demeaning – not to them but to me.

If I can’t win the argument based on my values and the facts then it may be an indication that I need to revisit the facts or reconsider my opinion. I think it is self-degrading to try to win based on smearing the character of an opponent for nothing more than disagreeing with you.

Too many conservatives conduct themselves in exactly the same manner in which they accuse progressives of doing. They revere Stephen Harper in much the same way they accuse progressives of drooling over Justin Trudeau. They turn a blind eye to thing done by Stephen Harper that they loudly condemn in Trudeau. Continue reading

The Bear – A New Force Of Nature

Yesterday, I had this comment posted under my piece about the conservative fear of Justin Trudeau.

“Take a good look at Mr. Trudeau’s body and how he takes care of it. Now look at Mr. Harper’s gut. Exactly what kind of message does that send to out? That svelte shiny pony is going to take the prize in 2015.”

It prompted quite a few other comments including this plaintiff plea from one of my regular readers:

“Please tell me that you aren’t old enough to vote! Please?”

Unfortunately he is and proudly announced that he was 47 and voting for Justin Trudeau – no doubt because Justin is svelte and the Prime Minister isn’t. In subsequent updates to his original statement, he went on to point out that there was a connection between ability and weight. Hmmmm.

I pointed out that I thought his theory needed a bit of a rethink, mentioning some of the lean and svelte folks that don’t fit his premise like Dalton McGuinty, former Premier of Ontario, who pretty much decimated the province’s economy, accumulated more debt than all previous premiers combined and who led what is now considered by many to be the most dishonest and corrupt government in the province’s history.

He didn’t reply specifically to that but did the usual fancy soft-shoe side-step so many have learned when the facts don’t fit their opinions or their bias and prejudice. Perhaps I should have used former New York Mayoralty candidate Anthony Wiener who is even more lean and svelte than Justin Trudeau. It didn’t, however, lead to a higher IQ or even a basic set of morals. Mr. Weiner’s wiener has been seen by almost as many people as Miley Cyrus’ tongue which causes me to wonder if Mr. Weiner and his wiener share the one IQ. Continue reading

The Conservatives’ Obsessive Fear of Peter Pan

There is reality and then there is politics and increasingly, the only thing more disengaged from reality than politics is – conservative politics. I’m in a bit of a mood today so best you stay close and keep alert. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

For the record – as if it bears repeating – I’m a conservative with libertarian leanings or a libertarian with conservative leanings. I always get those two confused so I’m never quite sure which I am. But I know this much. While I may be annoying, I’m not stupid and there is just way too much stupidity going on in and around the conservative world these days.

During the primaries for the last Presidential Election, Republicans did a better job of destroying their own candidates than the Democrats could have ever hoped to achieve. I saw more outrageously negative tweets and posts about this candidate or that from Republicans than I did from Democrats.

One by one, they politically assassinated their candidates until only a severely wounded Mitt Romney was left standing. The fact that he did as well in the election as he did is a testament to the fact that he was a far better candidate than for which his own party gave him credit – or support. Continue reading

Traffic Cones & Taxes

“Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.”
Art Buchwald

Earlier today our local Police Chief announced that in order to offset budget increases for the coming year, the police would be assessing and charging a fee for performing background checks.

I don’t mind admitting that I found his announcement annoying.

It is my understanding that part of law enforcement is crime prevention and it seems to me that part of crime prevention is performing criminal background checks on persons applying for positions to work in high-trust positions and to work with children. It made me wonder how long it would be before they started charging for showing up at the scene of a crime or an accident – when they choose to show up at all.

I almost drove off the road when the Chief tried to justify the need for this new ‘revenue tool’ because his resources are being stretched too thin. Continue reading

The Villagers Are Getting Restless

“You arrive at a village, and in this calm environment, one starts to hear echo.”
Yannick Noah

Every day I watch the political debate pass through my various timelines on social media and in the mainstream media. I’m being generous in calling it political debate because it is less debate than ideological posturing, venting of frustration of anger and simply joining the choir to sing along, regardless of what they’re singing.

Occasionally, I see or read something that is intellectually provocative but not often. Usually it’s just more of the same uninformed, reactive comments that are based on emotional reactions and lack of knowledge. It usually starts the same way. Either some media columnist writes an opinion piece that brings out the crowd or someone on social media shares a blog post or writes an opinion that causes their friends and followers to comment without much thought. Continue reading

65

“My friends are gone and my hair is grey. I ache in the places where I used to play”
Leonard Cohen

So – I’ve turned sixty-five this weekend and I am now officially old or as the politically correct call it; a senior citizen. What a degrading term that is. I’m neither senior nor a very good citizen. I am a grumpy old fart. I know this because I am reminded of it frequently by my family. I take some pride in the fact that I’m consistently quite good at it.

The good news is that once you turn sixty-five, nobody expects much else so it kind of mitigates it.

Turning sixty-five isn’t easy. Young folk tend to think you’ve lost your value as a human being unless, of course, you’re one of their grandparents and have a penchant for generous gifts. The thing I find most amusing about the attitude most young people have about the elderly is that pretty much everyone hopes to live long enough to be old.

Sixty-five is also one of those benchmark ages that the government uses to intrude into your life with various new forms and applications. This usually entails speaking to someone at Service Canada, which as it turns out is a much an oxymoron as military intelligence. I am convinced that the people who work for Service Canada were trained in the customer service department of Bell Canada.

Fortunately, I don’t qualify for most of the things the government was offering so it reduced my paperwork considerably although I did toy with the idea of filling them out wrong and sending them in just to annoy some bureaucrat somewhere.

There are other advantages to turning sixty-five. Continue reading