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.
It’s not any different in Canada. Conservatives don’t know how to handle success. We finally get a majority government after spending a couple of decades in the wilderness and too many of us are acting like PETA demonstrators at one of their bizarre protests.
We’ve become narrow-minded, small-thinking, paranoid and shrill to the point that it is virtually impossible to know what conservatives stand for anymore or what conservative values actually are.
I know what my values are and they used to align pretty comfortably with the conservative ideology but not so much these days. There is too much angry accusation and hypocrisy in the conservative movement and not enough creativity, confidence and vision.
Arrogance, my friends, is a poor substitute for self-confidence and anger is a secondary emotion; quite frequently a symptom of fear which is a primary emotion and there is no question that conservatives are full of anger these days.
Take the latest stupidity to emerge over conservative’s favourite demon child; Justin Trudeau.
A couple of bloggers out west published a story that the picture of Justin Trudeau running in the annual Army Run was a fraud – he had only pretended to participate in order to get a photo op. They based their story on the fact that Justin Trudeau was wearing a big assigned to another runner and that there was no final race result for him in the race’s results data base.
The horror of it was enough to set the conservative lynch mob off and running. Both the conservative mainstream media and too many on social media were quick off the mark with accusations of hypocrisy and demeaning statements about his character. Unfortunately, it appears that Mr. Trudeau did actually run the race and once again, conservatives – even those of us who didn’t join the choir of discord – look like petty, buffoons.
I’m tired of the never-ending adolescent criticism of every public appearance and I’m tired of the paranoid fear too many conservatives have of Canada’s Peter Pan. It never ends and all it has accomplished is to elevate Justin Trudeau to a level of importance he has neither earned nor deserves.
The mainstream conservative media analyze every word Justin speaks, every gesture is scrutinized. I’m convinced they’d go through his garbage and send his underwear out for forensic examination if they thought they could get away with it.
When our Justin admitted he has smoked a joint, the conservative media devoted weeks to the story and conservative politicians couldn’t wait to denounce him for his illegal behaviour and the poor example he was setting for children – as if stealing money from taxpayers and then lying about it to try and cover it up is a better example for children.
And the stupidity of it was that Canadians weren’t listening. More than 2/3 of Canadians support legalization of the demon weed and saw the conservative hysteria as absurd. How do I know this? Read the polls. We ain’t winning the hearts and minds of the public with this ongoing barrage of accusation and character assassination.
Despite the best efforts of the conservative media, the lunatic fringe on social media and the smart kids in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) who actually went so far as to disguise themselves as students to protest a Trudeau press conference; Justin Trudeau’s popularity and credibility are climbing while that of the Prime Minister and conservatism in general are plummeting. The latest poll showed Justin with more than twice the popular support of that of the Prime Minister and they can both thank conservatives for that.
The truly stupid part of it all is that Justin Trudeau hasn’t earned the level of credibility that conservatives are providing him.
He’s no doubt a nice guy; a good father and husband but he is vain, shallow and vacuous. He is a celebrity, not a leader; the equivalent of Barack Obama – all icing and no cake. That hasn’t stopped conservatives, however, from elevating him to a level of threat that borders on paranoia.
The best approach to Justin Trudeau was indifference. He has a habit of tripping over his own ego and naïveté and the Mainstream Media were picking up on his lack of policy initiatives and criticizing him for it. Instead of allowing that to work and undermine his credibility, conservatives have actually enhanced Justin’s stature by elevating him to a credible candidate for Prime Minister and guess what? He hasn’t even had to utter one single policy announcement or idea.
Some conservatives are now criticizing the public for being stupid for supporting him which will no doubt win conservatives even more support down the road. Nothing is more effective at winning support than calling stupid those you depend on for votes
Two questions keep coming to mind. The first is, “What in the hell are we so afraid of?” Do we really have so little confidence in our own values and our own sense of purpose that we are this threatened by a celebrity with no ideas and even less experience?
Christ in Heaven! He’s managed to turn many conservatives into shrill, frightened sheep bleating in fear out in the pasture at night and that, my friends, isn’t winning the conservative movement many friends from the moderate swing vote. We look like a bunch of bumbling Captain Hooks afraid of a kid in green tights.
Peter Pan is fictional character with no connection to reality and too many conservatives have become afraid of too many bits of fiction and fantasy of their own creation. Justin Trudeau is merely the personification of that obsession and it has made us petulant and , revealed our lack of confidence in what we stand for.
And that is the other question I keep asking myself, “What do we, as conservatives, stand for anymore?” Clearly we no longer stand for the respect of the rights or opinions of others, a reformed and elected Senate, accountability and transparency in government or smaller more efficient government. The current Conservative government now has more Parliamentary Secretaries than any government in history.
I know conservatives don’t like Justin Trudeau, its pretty much all they talk about at the federal level when they aren’t bashing Muslims or Quebec but what do we stand for? Are we as bankrupt of ideas as we accuse Justin Trudeau of being or do we just lack sufficient confidence in our values and ideas that rather than promote them, we spend all of our time attacking others?
It’s become so bad that Sun Media;s commentator or whatever he is (because he ain’t no journalist) Ezra Levant actually criticized former Reform Party Founder and Leader, Preston Manning for daring to voice an alternate opinion about the use of specific consultants in Calgary regarding the oil sands.
Preston Manning? Good Christ; if there was ever a conservative with intellect, integrity and dignity; it’s Preston Manning but rather than listen to him and consider what he has to say the extreme conservative media attacks him.
I’m tired of the lack of confidence some conservatives have in conservative values. I’m tired of the conservative hypocrisy that claims a set of values it doesn’t live. I’m tired of the obsessive fear of Justin Trudeau but most of all, I’m just tired of the noise. We’re increasingly becoming like small cornered animals, snarling in fear and the stupid thing is that what we fear is a shadow not a real threat. It’s clouded our thinking and our perception to the point that we don’t know who we are anymore or what we have to offer.
But then, the sad truth is that we don’t offer much of anything anymore except shrill accusations and paranoid fears of Peter Pan. If the conservative message gets lost, if we lose the next election; it won’t be Justin Trudeau or anyone else other than ourselves who made it happen.
We used to be better than that but then, that was a time when we lived what we stood for and knew the difference between debating ideas and merely assassinating the character of our opponents.
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