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.
I didn’t get into any further with the original commenter. He’s one of those people who likes to prowl blogs like mine and toss out a provocative comment or two just to prove to himself that he’s relevant in the grander scheme of things and I had more important things on my mind.
I was dealing with the revelation that I am a person of influence; a veritable force of nature. I didn’t know this until I was told in no uncertain terms that I was on Thursday evening. It came about as a result of a post I put on my Facebook wall.
“I find it interesting that FB and Twitter were aflame yesterday with tweets and posts by conservatives about Justin Trudeau maybe faking his participation in the Army Race but I haven’t seen one tweet or post from a conservative remarking today on Dean Del Maestro being charged on four counts by Elections Canada. There’s no hypocrisy or double standard there.”
I wasn’t trying to rally the troops to form a lynch mob to go after Dean Del Maestro. In fact, I respect Mr. Del Maestro for doing the principled thing and immediately resigning from caucus until his situation is resolved. It is what politicians used to do back in the days when ‘honourable’ was a word that was more than just part of a meaningless partisan campaign slogan.
My point was that too many conservatives are very quick to seize even the slightest rumour about Justin Trudeau or some other political opponent and hammer the crap out of it but have a completely different standard – some might say a double standard – when it comes to one of our own.
Because I have never considered myself as a person of influence (or of interest to law enforcement either for that matter), it never occurred to me that my musing would attract much attention. But it did and some of the villagers came out in a hurry. In fact, no other comment I’ve made on Facebook drew as much comment including an accusation that I was being destructive to . . .
“the present Conservative government [which] is the last stand keeping us from total annihilation in a world where violence, terrorism, and the slaughter of innocent victims is becoming the norm.”
Phew! That’s serious stuff and took my breath away. Stupidly, I had believed that we were being protected by organizations like NATO which is a coalition of many countries both liberal and conservative but I am always grateful to learn something new every day from guys like this.
I was even more gratified to learn that I was a force of nature that along with a few others of my ilk (good word that) I could bring my critical influence to bear and destroy the powerful Conservative Party that is the only thing protecting us from total annihilation threatened by a tiny little blog out on what Andrew Coyne calls the dark edges of the Internet.
That’s a heavy responsibility for any one blogger to shoulder but I don’t mind admitting that I was somewhat flattered. In fact, it was the first thing I blurted out when Maggie called from Newfoundland where she was attending a conference.
I was very excited to have been told I had that much power. She replied, “That very nice dear and I’m happy for you. Did you remember to feed the dog and take out the garbage?”
Oops! I told her I had so that she wouldn’t worry and immediately fed the dog and took out the garbage after we finished our call. Even veritable forces of nature have chores to do and wives to whom they report.
Since then, I’m learning to accept the heavy burden of influence and power I now carry. I gave serious consideration to ascending the top of the mountain from where I could wiggle my fingers at people and groups I might wish to destroy (relax; I would only wiggle my fingers. I’m not Anthony Weiner) but I was forced to give up that idea. We don’t really have any mountains around here and I couldn’t really think of anyone at whom I might want to direct my awesome new power.
The fact is that I don’t influence too many people and I’m happy with that. My blog only generates slightly more than a million page views a year and I am grateful for all those folks who do support it. But in terms of the Internet with its more than a billion websites, my site is pretty small potatoes. A tiny little village where hopefully sanity and common sense prevail and we are free to defend conservative values (and values in general) rather than try to justify what is politically expedient.
That’s all this blog’s about and along with trying to be a decent husband, dad and an especially good grandfather – it’s pretty much all I’m about and trying to achieve. I don’t care who people vote for or if they agree with me or not. I believe we were given two ears but only one mouth because we learn twice as much from listening to each other as we do from talking at each other. All I ask is that the people I interact with think, apply consistent principles to issues and when we disagree that they maintain a sense of humour and some civility.
It they can’t do that; I may be forced to wiggle more than just my fingers at them.
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