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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.

Well played!

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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  • Bert_1

    I think that this might be a good place to start: http://www.ncln.ca/blog/press-release-former-pro-life-club/
    I think that we should get behind this effort morally and financially.

    • MaggiesBear

      It’s a great link Bert. I shared it on my Facebook page. It’s about time people started fighting back against bigots and cowards.

  • CanadaGoose1

    Didn’t saw the Liberals are the only ones, just the worst. Are you clapping for Tinkerbell Trudeau?

  • CanadaGoose1

    Since when do the Liberals believe in democracy. They usually crown their leader and are the worst for parachuting candidates into ridings over the objections of the local executive and members.

    Anyway if you believe in Tinkerbell Trudeau, clap your hands….

    • MaggiesBear

      They all do it. The NDP parachuted in candidates in the last BC election, Mulroney overrode the odd local riding association to appoint one of his own. That’s politics at its worst and I agree it is undemocratic but it is a very forgiving view of history to think only the Liberals engage in it.

    • Open2Debate

      clap clap, I love that you are afraid of shiny pony

      • MaggiesBear

        absolutely trembling. It’s all I can do to remain standing

  • Open2Debate

    Just as Mitt and the republicans hit the reality wall so will the CPC in 2015.
    Canadians deserve a two way conversation like the ones Justin Trudeau gives freely and unscripted on the streets of this great nation.

    • MaggiesBear

      Don’t mistake my criticism of some conservatives for support for Justin Trudeau. He will have his own issues to face once Canadians begin to understand that those two-way conversations to which you refer are simply empty chatter with no substance behind them.

      • Open2Debate

        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.

        • Gramma Barb

          I am & will be, much happier with what is between the ears and comes out of the mouth, than sizing up someone’s ‘shape’! If that is what one basis the business and security of a country on … or is the reason one casts a vote….. God help us all!

        • Bert_1

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

          • Open2Debate

            I’m 47 years old and voting for Justin Trudeau.

            • Bert_1

              Because of his abs?

              • Open2Debate

                Because he walks down the street and talks WITH Canadians. Harper talks TO Canadians.

                • Bert_1

                  That’s a bit different than the reasoning you gave originally. Winston Churchill was a bit portly, to put it mildly, but was one of the greatest politicians in history. Both Josef Stalin and Pol Pot kept themselves in fairly good shape but were brutal dictators.

                  Seeing someone announce that they are choosing one politician over another based solely upon his/her physical attributes is frightening. Bear talked about conservatives being afraid of JT. I’m not afraid of him but I am frightened as a Canadian that he may become PM one day thanks to people like you.

                  • MaggiesBear

                    I disagree. I think Winston Churchill was a terrible politician which is why he got booted out after the war – but – he was a great leader and he was the right leader at the right time for Britain. He will be remembered long after many ‘great’ politicians are forgotten.

                  • Open2Debate

                    Your welcome.

        • MaggiesBear

          I think I’m less interested in the size of a politician’s body than the size of his or her mind. I think that if you put your partisanship aside for a moment that you will find that Justin Trudeau’s mind is as lean and svelt as his body.

          • Open2Debate

            Those who fail to make the connection between body health and mind health are doomed to be controlled by their anger, mistrust, misery and cynicism.

            • MaggiesBear

              Give it a rest. There’s nothing wrong with Stephen Harper’s mind. His personality could use some work but he’s a long way from stupid. As for Peter Pan, he looks great, has an engaging personality and has never walked passed a mirror he didn’t fall in love with.

              • Open2Debate

                Obama still trumps Mittens and besides he goes to work with the military industrial gun to his head every day. To think that a sitting US president is in charge of anything is to beLIEve the lie.

                • oldwhiteguy

                  wow. the drivel you spout is classic.

  • Jen S

    Lovely post, so on point. Definitely one of your better ones. This is one of the few Canadian conservative blogs that I can read these days because of exactly what you point out.

    We’ve become a bunch of power hungry, partisan sycophants.

    I don’t know Stephen Harper personally, so I can’t really comment on if the popular description of him being all about power are correct or not, but as goes the captain, so goes the ship and such.

    I do know Preston personally however, and I think his comments in the past year about how parties in power tend to begin to harvest their intellectual capital from the civil service while allowing their own democratic grassroots infrastructure to atrophy is fairly apt.

    They started off great, then they got power, then they consolidated that power, then all the voices that contributed to that vision that got them power were either silenced or turned away, and now you have an echo chamber with progressively less and less brains to shout in it.

    • MaggiesBear

      I share your thoughts. It irks me that so many conservatives continue to present conservatives as victims of the mainstream media, mindless Trudeau supporters or whatever. The simple fact is that many conservatives look at Stephen Harper with the same adoration as they claim the great unwashed look at Trudeau. The foolishness of that is that both men are merely human with strengths and flaws just like the rest of us.

      I think we need to spend less time bashing Justin Trudeau and more time promoting what we stand for and are trying to accomplish. I think the Prime Minister missed an opportunity to connect with Canadians over the Senate expense scandal. His penchant for dismissing those who criticize or with whom he disagrees is not helping him or conservatives in general.

      Canadians are a decent people by and large and if you want their support, you have to appear to be a decent kind of person. We’re failing in that regard. Increasingly conservatives appear shrill, hypocritical and arrogant. That isn’t going to help keep us in power.

      Thank you for the kind words about the blog. I appreciate it.

      • Open2Debate

        I’ll say it again Canadians DESERVE a two way conversation. It is what my Grandfather fought for.

        • oldwhiteguy

          your comments do not denote a two way anything. you are a liberal socialist and will accept nothing other than your own beliefs.

          • Open2Debate

            And my vote for Justin in 2015 cancels your vote for Dear Leader.

            • oldwhiteguy

              and you just have to prove I am correct.

              • oldwhiteguy

                continue confirming your credentials as a rabid left wing ideologue.

                • MaggiesBear

                  or an idiot :-)

  • independencemp3

    agree, the media loves a liberal happy ending, and unfortunately it has always held sway. Never give in to youthful folly, that is our modern downfall.

    • MaggiesBear

      I think the media enjoy a good hanging and there is no question that if it can be a conservative that gets hung then they’re thrilled. But this isn’t only about the media. It’s about us – about conservatives – we’ve become shrill and inflexible. We don’t lead by example, we try to lead by shouting and accusing. If what we offer is better than what the other guys have, then why aren’t we promoting it rather than simply yelling about how stupid they are?

  • Steve c

    Conservatives are very concerned about young Trudeau because as we recently saw with Obama, it’s the low-information voter that has the power to swing elections, and a celebrity like Trudeau has great appeal to that block. With the help of the main stream media covering for his hapless gaffs, and when anyone criticizing or exposes the precious boy is called a “bully”, Conservatives are facing in Trudeau their most formidable opponent in ten years and are totally helpless to do anything to stop him.

    • MaggiesBear

      The conservatives could try promoting what they stand for and want to accomplish instead of acting like frightened schoolgirls. Your analogy isn’t accurate. Obama had the support of a broad cross-section of American society including many business leaders, Republicans and the middle class. It’s wishful thinking and just one more conservative fantasy that elections are lost because of others rather than because of our own failings.

      The simple truth is that conservatives are not living their values. Yesterday there was all kinds of conservative criticism of Trudeau’s photo taken at the Army Race. They accused him of fraudulently pretending he participated. They were wrong. Today – not one word from those same conservatives about Dean Del Masestro being charged on four counts by Elections Canada. We talk the talk but we don’t walk our talk and a lot of Canadians are noticing that.

      • oldwhiteguy

        I have said this in the past. whenever a candian has a problem the first words out of their mouths would seem to be “what is the government going to do”. with an attitude like that and political parties that all follow the same play book, conservatives have become just another socialist political party. I consider myself to be a small government, low tax and spend conservative. you can promote that all you want but Canadians want big government and government control of their lives, they prove it daily. I think kim Campbell’s observation that Canadians are not involved enough was a valid one. she of course meant involvement at the party level not just the ballot box. in order to promote conservative values one must actually possess them.

        • MaggiesBear

          You and I don’t always agree but I’ll say this about you. When you’re right you’re right and I think you’re bang on with this comment.

      • Bert_1

        The question for me, though, is “Why did Obama have the support of a broad cross-section of American society?”. Romney did a pretty good job, I thought, of articulating conservative values and of promoting what he and all conservatives believe. He didn’t spend much time at all bashing Obama. But, Obama’s camp spent a fair amount of time bashing Romney and they couldn’t articulate what they believe in because they don’t believe much of substance. Yet, Obama won. And that is what I am afraid of in Canada. As Steve pointed out, it is the low information voter who will swing this in Trudeau’s favor and no amount of good will on the part of concerned conservatives will change that.

        • MaggiesBear

          Obama won the first election because a majority of Americans were caught up in the mystique of electing America’s first black president. It wasn’t a swing vote that got him in, a majority of the middle class, business and even many Republicans voted for him.

          In the second election, I believe two things happened.

          First was the unwillingness by many to accept that they had been wrong first time around. They had voted for Obama less for his ability than his race and to vote against him would be to acknowledge that. Many were uncomfortable with having to admit it even to themselves and race did become an issue in the election. Many media personalities accused those who criticized Obama of being racists and that’s a sensitive issue in the States.

          Secondly and I believe more important, the Republicans absolutely crippled themselves during the primaries. One by one they did a hatchet job on the different candidates. Cain was first to go and then they fell like dominoes. By the time it appeared that Romney would clinch it, Republicans supporting other remaining candidates started attacking him. When he finally won the election, he was a severely wounded candidate who was far back in the polls because of the job his own party had done on him. The fact that he made up as much ground as he did in the last three months of the election campaign indicates that he was a stronger candidate than his party credited him of being and that it was his own party, not Democrats, who killed him.

          We’re seeing it play out here now. We’re so afraid of Justin Trudeau that we’re running around like frightened forest creatures rather than standing tall with confidence in our values and our agenda. We’re reacting to him rather than promoting the benefit of our own program. Stephen Harper is famous for relying more on attacking the opposition than promoting his own agenda and it isn’t working the way it did once.

          We’re not going to beat Justin Trudeau by attacking him. That merely exposes that conservatives are afraid of him which elevates him to a status he hasn’t earned. If our program isn’t enough to cause Canadians to vote for the conservative ticket then either it isn’t a very good program or we haven’t done enough to sell it. Either way bashing Trudeau isn’t a winning strategy.

    • Open2Debate

      The hapless gaffs make Justin more human than the scripted robot Harper. The CPC brand is damaged and this shiny pony is going to replace ‘control’ with leadership that listens.

      Squirm CPC squirm!

  • Gramma Barb

    conservatives have become bullies on the field with very little to back up the behavior they believe they are entitled to just because they scored a majority of the public votes. How sad, and the leader, PMH in which we all had so much confidence in seems to have joined in on the bully tactics. This behavior is so yesterday in politics! or for that matter in the public field of acceptability. We all know what happens to bullies, and my gosh, I do not even want to entertain the possibility of the alternative!

    • MaggiesBear

      I agree.

    • Open2Debate

      The alternative? It is the opposite of cynicism and lack of transparency. I’d rather see Justin Trudeau fail than not know what the CPC is really up to until it is too late.

      • Gramma Barb

        Fail? I doubt running a country is a game of rolling the dice! I believe it is never too late, every four years, we get to freely let our voices be heard at the ballot box! If cynicism and lack of transparency is all your worried about, no need to participate, all our political parties are guilty of exercising those qualities.

        • Open2Debate

          Call me old fashioned but I believe in leadership that listens and in an open democracy that answers tough questions. Julie Vaux’s (Press Secretary to Prime Minister Harper) undemocratic actions taken to silence Li Xue Jiang at Raglan Mine opened my eyes to the new Canada we live in under the carefully guarded CPC. My Grandfather fought to protect a democratic Canada and soon we will return to one.

    • Open2Debate

      Conservative Senator Don Plett’s mistreatment of the media is a good example of entitled bullying and has not gone unnoticed. Behavior like this does a good job of damaging the CPC brand.

  • kerryforrest

    too damned right, and very likely why I blogged about WWE last time out. Why can we hang onto taking personal responsibility and doing the right thing, instead of becoming everything we hated about the other guys

    • MaggiesBear

      We have become what we opposed.

      • oldwhiteguy

        I think that is the end result every time. power has a way of changing people.