First of all, my apologies for going such a long time between blogs. As many of you know, this September Meritha had a successful Whipple operation for pancreatic cancer, but she still has very serious chemo treatment ahead of her. I’ve had issues this year, also with cancer, (squamous cell carcinoma), and more recently with a diagnosis of severe stenosis of the spine – operation about nine months out – and double hernias – first operation about five months out. So it’s been multiple doctor’s visits each week.
On November 14, I published a blog called The Road to Zimbabwe. In it I suggested that no matter who wins, the US election must be seen to be fair and legal with every legitimate vote counted, and every illegitimate vote rejected. (Nearly 10% of Democrats say there was corruption.) The blatant corruption in the US election, and the dismissive attitude of the current Canadian government to political norms and regulations, are very worrying trends. (I had previously blogged Lessons from Zimbabwe as it relates to the decline of Canada)
I made five fairly extensive trips to Zimbabwe during the second decade of the Robert Mugabe regime, and it was sad to watch the mindless destruction of a once beautiful and prosperous country. If you think it can’t happen in Canada or the US, think again! It is happening. Just ask the citizens of Portland Oregon, or San Francisco.
Serendipitously, a few nights ago, Meritha and I watched Candace Owens in a wide-ranging interview with Melissa Tate, a woman who grew up in Zimbabwe and then moved to the United States. These are two extremely bright, very articulate women, discussing some of the most critical issues of our time.
This interview should be watched by every adult person in the Western world, no matter on which side of the political fence you sit.Please, encourage your children and grandchildren to watch it, especially if they are at all enthralled by socialism. Ms. Tate lived it.
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From Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis A senior devil advising an apprentice on turning people, (and nations) towards Hell.
“Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
I turned 20 in 1963, just a couple of months before John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. I’d been mildly interested in US politics before that, but the assassination triggered a lifelong interest in US politics. (I have cousins across the United States, mostly Canadian born and I’ve traveled in 45 of the lower 48 states, some of them many times.)
In my investigations I soon found out that four presidents had been assassinated in the then, 164 year history of the United States, and two injured in assassination attempts, and that political corruption was commonplace.
I discovered that John F. Kennedy himself had almost certainly won the 1960 election against Richard Nixon, because his father, the morally bankrupt Joe Kennedy, had heavily financed the Democratic campaign, including shenanigans in Chicago.
I learned that Chicago had been run by Democrats, (and in 1960 it was the Richard Daley Democrats), since the 1930s. There was little possibility of a Republican winning a significant political position in Chicago because the Democrats had bought and paid for, the mayor, the police, and the judiciary, and as expected, they had stepped up for Kennedy. It’s dangerous when political corruption becomes, “… the way we do business.” I believe a Canadian Liberal leader said that.
Over the years I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to a number of developing countries, including five extensive trips to Zimbabwe during some of the years Robert Mugabe was “winning elections” by controlling who was allowed to observe. International observers were harassed and interfered with, and would report that the election wasn’t legitimate. Mugabe ignored them.
In this latest US election, there is crystal-clear video evidence of Republican observers being denied access to observe the voting, or to observe the counting of votes. There have also been numerous instances of the Dominion brand of electronic vote counting machines, “malfunctioning”, with thousands of votes mysteriously, and consistently, going to Joe Biden.
It’s possible that Donald Trump legitimately lost this election. In fact, it will be a miracle if he hasn’t, because since he first declared his candidacy in 2016, there has been a nonstop campaign to delegitimize his presidency, and even to unseat him, in other words, a nonstop attempted coup. In spite of all that, this election is remarkably close, and the pollsters again were exposed as fools.
The media has overwhelmingly and dishonestly opposed Trump. I believe it’s because in 2009 Trump abandoned the Progressivist Left tribe.Opposing Trump was also for ratings. Here’s Van Jones, a high profile, very senior CNN commentator, caught on video, admitting that the forty million dollar Russia investigation was a “Nothing Burger, and further admitting that it was all about ratings. That’s journalistic prostitution, and in Washington and New York, the whorehouses are ubiquitous.
It is beyond question that there have been voting irregularities, and therefore Trump must call for legal votes to be counted, and illegal votes thrown out. Every American, no matter on which side of the political spectrum, deserves to know that their legal vote was counted, and that their vote was not cancelled by someone, maybe even a dead person, voting illegally. (Asians honor their dead with an annual “death anniversary” ceremony. Democrats honor their dead by allowing them to vote)
If a demonstrably honest vote count isn’t produced, the United States, with its perplexing inability to hold credible elections, takes one more step on the road to becoming a political Zimbabwe. No sensible person could wish for that.
I’m Dave Reesor
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If it wasn’t for the pandemic, the US Presidential Election would be a Trump landslide. No, I’m not talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m talking about the Trump Derangement Syndrome pandemic, or TDS.
I don’t like Donald Trump, don’t like his personality, his braggadocio, or narcissism. He’s a habitual BS’er although if you don’t have TDS, you recognize that Trump’s BS is just that, BS.
As in: “40,000 people at our “Make America Great Again rally”, but the police counted 20,000. Or: “Our depressed neighborhood investment initiative has seen investment of $100 billion!”, when the actual number to date is only about 30 or 40 billion, with 100 billion not projected until 2028.
Of course, when it comes to helping black Americans or depressed inner-city neighborhoods, Joe Biden doesn’t have a starting point from which to exaggerate. 47 years in Washington with no significant accomplishment, of any kind, except consistently a racist, saying that black Americans all think alike, and that .. if you don’t automatically vote Democrat: “you ain’t black.”
Here’s BS from Barack upon his 2016 nomination as Democratic Presidential candidate: “…. this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow…….” If BS bothers you, you’ll never step in a bigger pile.
But here’s a big LIE. “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” That was a carefully rehearsed lie from Obama/Biden, about Obamacare.
Joe Biden has a Masters in BS, but conservatives haven’t wasted time keeping track of it because they understand what it is. But when Joe Biden looks into the camera and says: “Not one American lost their health insurance because of Obamacare, that’s a big LIE.
And when Joe says that when he and son Hunter flew for 13 hours on Air Force Two, to China, but didn’t discuss Hunter’s business purposes for the trip, that’s a big, obvious, LIE.
Biden has been accused of sexual assault by a number of women, including one who accused him of rape. She’s prepared to take a lie detectortest, Biden isn’t. Connect the dots unless your TDS disallows it.
In office for 47 years, Biden did nothing to counter China’s rapacious intellectual property theft, their suppression of human rights, their military buildup, and their bullying of their smaller neighbors around the South China Sea. Biden did nothing about North Korea, freeloading NATO allies, the criminally mismanaged Veteran Affairs, and NOTHING for black employment, or investment in inner cities. Trump has acted, decisively on all of the above.
VP candidate Kamala Harris is dangerous, and she could well become POTUS because of Joe’s dementia. As California’s Attorney General she was totally ideological in the administration of justice, ignoring Planned Parenthood’s illegal trade in baby parts, but prosecuting the undercover reporters that exposed it. She has been described as: “… a politician with ‘frightening’ authoritarian instincts’.”
Trump’s problem is that he’s an outsider, he left the Left Wing / Democrat tribe, and so is regarded as a traitor, and he’s an imminent threat to the corrupt inhabitants of the Deep State/Swamp. I’ve been to Washington a couple of times and have seen the beautiful white marble buildings. I was reminded of Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees, when he told them that; on the outside you look like beautifully whitewashed sepulchers, but inside you’re a rotten mess. That’s Washington, before Trump. No wonder they hate him!
So I’m sorry to be so blunt, butit seems to me, that on November 3, anyone with a functioning moral compass should find it impossible to vote for the Biden/Harris Democratic ticket.
I’m Dave Reesor
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I looked this up. The Prime Minister … “… determines the general direction of Government’s activities ….”
So what is the general direction of the Liberal government’s activities under leadership of Justin Trudeau? If you can go by the past five years and the recent throne speech, and his follow-up content-less address to the nation, and his further follow-up, platitude-ridden address to the United Nations, it would seem that Canada’s direction is Progressivist virtue signalling, full throttle, at any cost.
And away from the interests of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and consequently, the interests of Canada. We’re going green! green! green!, with absolutely no regard for or recognition of the disastrous “going green” experiences of Ontario and Germany and Japan. Instead of only Ontario residents experiencing massive increases in their cost of heat and electricity, the Trudeau government wants equality of misery for all Canadians. Besides, it’s well-established that “going green” isn’t green.
Rather than recognizing the centrality of the petroleum industry to Alberta’s economy and to Canada’s economic well-being, Justin Trudeau has kicked sand in Albertan’s faces, again. Or perhaps flipped us the bird like his father did 50 years ago. There was absolutely nothing in the throne speech to help Alberta in its dire straights in spite of the fact that Albertans have contributed over 600 billion net dollars to Canada over the past 60 years.
Trudeau almost seems determined to give Albertans justification to separate. It’s working, and if Justin Trudeau or Jason Kenney think the separatist movement is a myth, or that it’s just people blowing off steam, they need to give their heads a shake. When you have world class economists like Jack Mintz saying that it might become the only option, then you’d better take it seriously! As I’ve said before, when people in Québec voted, many knew that Québec couldn’t afford to go. Albertans are increasingly aware that they can’t afford to stay.
And a brief note on the US Presidential election. Over the past couple of months, it’s been well-established, by Joe Biden, that Joe Biden is a racist. (To a black journalist Biden said that if he, the black journalist, wasn’t voting Democrat, he wasn’t black.) It’s also well-established that he’s fond of fondling, and there is credible evidence that he committed rape. (The woman who accuses him is willing to take a lie detector test. Joe Biden isn’t.) The Ukrainian and Chinese revelations are also well on the way to establishing that he is also blatantly corrupt.
And while Biden is unable to point to any significant accomplishment during his 48 years in public office, in just three years Trump was able to: Establish a roaring US economy with record low black unemployment, record high black employment, new investment in the blighted inner cities where Democrats rule but have done nothing, brought in reforms that released thousands of over sentenced prisoners, read the riot act to China regarding their intellectual property theft and unfair trade practices, and called out NATO members for reneging on their commitment to spend 2% of their GDP on defense. I’m not a Trump the person fan, but I am definitely a Trump the President fan.
I know a number of people that exhibit full blown Trump Derangement Syndrome, which means being incapable, and I mean, literally incapable, of acknowledging any of the positive things that Trump has done. It’s a troubling phenomenon and I suspect that some day it will become the subject of psychological studies.
Anyway, that’s the view from here. Meritha is making good progress after her cancer surgery, and in a couple of months she’ll be fit, and spoiled, and rebuilding the honey-do list, and…….I’m in trouble!
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”…From the 1971 hit song by the Five Man Electrical Band.
Yes, read the sign, but caveat lector, or, let the reader beware. Last Monday, Meritha and I drove out to Priddis, a beautiful area southwest of Calgary, to look at the fall colors. The trees were still green, and so we’ve made a date to return on October 7, our 53rd anniversary. It’s also two weeks after her surgery for pancreatic cancer. (The update is that the operation was successful, and she is now beginning her 4th day of recovery and is doing well, although recovery from this surgery is quite complicated. We are video chatting each day – aren’t we modern – and highly recommend it!)
Here is a SIGN we saw on the way back from Priddis. I was dumbfounded because it clearly shows, in huge letters and arrows in white reflective paint, that there are two lanes for eastbound traffic on Stoney Trail. The other sign on the overpass clearly indicates that northbound Stoney Trail is not open for traffic.
But look at the westbound traffic in a lane that is clearly marked EAST. I had a conversation with the signalman in the yellow suit, and he told me that contractors assume that the orange pylons will signal to drivers that there are opposing lanes. (He also told me that in his job he sees a lot of misleading signage, although this one is probably the most dangerous.)
Let’s assume that late some night someone veers and knocks down a few pylons west of the overpass, and then someone else takes the sign literally. It’s a head-on waiting to happen and borders on criminal neglect. I’ve driven all over Canada and the United States, driven in Istanbul and have been in numerous other cities in Europe and South America. Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – I’ve driven there – is the only place I’ve seen that has sloppier signage than we do. OK, Dar es Salaam is much worse.
I’m embarrassed to have friends from out of province or country, drive into Calgary. Even at the shiny new Foothills Hospital Parkade, this is the sign you see when you are exiting. Don’t see it? It’s that little 12 x 12 green patch on the extreme left side of the opening. It could easily have been four or five times as large, but then, this is Calgary. Who is in charge of traffic signs in this province?
Meritha’s care at Foothills has been excellent, the doctors and nurses professional, and with spot on bedside manners. We couldn’t be happier. But here is a photo of the entrance doors, to the hospital. They’re not frosted, just dirty. I don’t think I’ve seen a service station or tire shop with doors so filthy. Foothills has a 4 ½ billion dollar budget. There’s no excuse.
That’s today’s rant, and update. I really want to thank the hundreds of people that have sent prayers and best wishes to Meritha and me during this past six weeks. We’ve had a lot of bumps on our road so we’re used to this sort of thing, and I can honestly say that we came to this one with confidence.
Next week, maybe we’ll take a look at the Liberal budget, and the great concern expressed (OK, I’m joking) for Western Canada’s oil industry, and the tens of thousands of unemployed workers. Arrgghh!!
I apologize that it’s been about three weeks since I’ve published a blog, and it certainly hasn’t been because there has been nothing happening on the political scene. But there have been things happening here as well, that have disrupted our lives, at least temporarily.
We experienced an attempt to steal my identity. Below, I’ve included details from the very real looking email I got from “Amazon”, and the explanatory note that I sent to Trevor, the policeman that came and investigated. It is an extremely well constructed scam, and fortunately I’ve been in business a long time and was prepared to keep asking questions until I became convinced of what it was.
The other really big issue that’s been disrupting our lives is that in mid August, an ultrasound discovered a growth on Meritha’s pancreas. After blood tests and a CT scan, it was diagnosed as probably cancer, but also, probably at stage one. The surgeon that will be doing her surgery on September 23, looked at the ultrasound and said three of the best words I’ve ever heard. “Everything looks fixable.” If you believe in prayer, it would be appreciated.
Meritha’s been extremely busy with doctor’s visits, and shutting down Internal Affairs Ltd, the home cleaning company she’s operated for nearly 20 years. It’s been a scramble and I’ve been helping her as much as possible. I have my own issues with a hernia and quite severe stenosis in my lower back, so Covid has been one of the least of our issues this year! We’ll keep you posted.
Here’s the identity theft scam email in Blue. I’ve Bolded or Underlined clues that it’s a scam, like questionable English for example.
Dear Dave Reesor,
Thank you for your order. You will be notified by another email with your tracking details when the order is shipped out. You can check the estimated time of delivery for this order below. You will be able to make changes to this order once the order has been approved by our Security assessment team and is ready tobe shipped.
For any assistance, Call our Order Assessment Team at 1-877-611-4906 between 10:30 AM – 20:00 PM EST as we are working with limited staff amid Global Covid-19 situation.
You Patience is highly appreciated
Details of Your Purchase
118-48SAG2104017 Order Placed on Sunday, September 6 2020 If you did not place this order please call our Order Assessment Team at 1-877-611-4906
It then goes on with a photo of an apple MacBook Pro, for $2499 and an Apple watch costing $414.
And then: If you wish to make any changes to this order call our Order Assessment Team at 1-877-611-4906 or is you order is already approved you can check our Help page for more information.
If you use a mobile device, you may choose to receive update and notifications about the delivery of your package and track it from our free official app available on Google Play Store or Apple Store.
Please see the product’s Detail Page for the available quantity of product you purchased if your orders exceeds this quantity it will be automatically cancelled or partially delivered.
And they end up with: We hope to see you again soon AMAZON.COM
It was laid out almost exactly like an Amazon order, including the colors. All very convincing if you read it quickly!
Here’s my note to the constable that came to investigate.
As we discussed and as is shown in the invoice copy I sent you, the scam is very cleverly set up. I got the email advising me of an order that I knew I had not made and with a ship-to location that I have no connection with. But it also says, if you did not make this order, phone the 877 number. So of course I did.
The people on the other end of the line had East Indian or Pakistani accents, but could have been located somewhere else in the world. We had a considerable discussion about the fact that I live in Canada but that the ship to was in Massachusetts, that I had cancelled my Amazon account weeks before, that the credit card number had the wrong last four digits, I don’t use Apple, etc..
They asked for the account number shown on the invoice, and when I read it to them, they said that it was not an Amazon number, and someone was obviously trying to steal my identity. Please hold for a moment.
They came back and informed me that my identity had been stolen, and that someone had set up an Amazon account, and an AMAZON card with a credit limit of $8,000 and that I would be billed for whatever was shipped. Of course they had the solution.
They first said I needed to go to an Amazon store, but I told them that we don’t have an Amazon store and they confirmed it. Then they suggested I go to a local grocery store and get what they called a security code that would put an end to the scam. When they couldn’t tell me exactly what it would cost or what the process was, I continued trying to get it out of them. It was all very vague, so I told them that I was concerned about security, and would phone them from a police station which was only about 20 minutes away. They hung up.
For the most part, their presentation was the slickest that I’ve encountered, but as I asked questions there were some things that gave it away.
Friends, these sorts of things make me quite angry, but they are everywhere and will undoubtedly continue to increase in number and the slickness of the presentation. I hope you never are a target, but if you are, I hope this helps.
Next blog, back to politics or social issues, particularly the Rex Murphy for Prime Minister Facebook Group, and restarting Lets Do It Ourselves at ldio.org. And an update on Meritha.
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As I proposed in a previous blog entitled: Racism is Other-ism, I believe that racism, and racist, are very misleading terms and they start us down the wrong path. We are all the same race. A better term is, “Other-ism”, looking at people of “other” ethnicity, tribe, gender, caste, profession; whatever “other” that we can use to make ourselves feel superior, and therefore better. The propensity to this nasty, pride induced habit – let’s call it a sin – is found in every human heart, and that’s where we have to fight it.
In spite of the chaos of the summer of 2020, which is being excused by the killing of George Floyd, most Other-ism is largely ignored. Marxism inspired, anarchic and terrorist organizations like Black Lives Matter, and the crypto-fascist, Antifa, and professional race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, ignore, as does the media, the dozens of black lives being lost each month, in cities like Chicago, and Detroit, and Baltimore, every one of them, incidentally, is run by Democrats. Look it up if you think I made it up.
If the sad plight of such a significant portion of black Americans is based on their blackness, why are so many other black Americans doing so well? The black community in the United States, and Canada, has leaders in every industry, a solid middle class, and a significant number of billionaires. Immigrants to the United States, from from South and East Asia, and Nigeria, are more successful, on average, than white Americans. Every Nigerian that I’ve met is black, so the problem clearly isn’t colour. What it is, is culture, and the US clearly has two very distinct black cultures, with cynical influencers like Oprah Winfrey trying to play on both sides.
One black culture is not all that much different from the broader American culture. People speak English, dress appropriately for whatever occasion, treat everyone with respect, and get on with their lives. The other black culture is loosely based on hip-hop, and sadly, it’s influence has made its way into the general population. Clear English is literally frowned upon, males can’t muster the energy to pull their pants up, even for job interviews, and they refer to their wives and girlfriends as bitches and hoes. You want respect? Show some. On the Internet a few weeks ago, there was a picture of a couple of black mothers with children about six or seven years old. The children were holding signs saying: “F**k the Police”. Here’s a suggestion. Don’t want your kids to end up in the morgue? You might want to rethink that sign.
And why the violence? Because openly Marxist/Fascist organizations like Black Lives Matter, and Antifa, and race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have discovered that fomenting violence gets them headlines, and lots of money from guilt ridden and supposedly “woke”, but intellectually catatonic white liberals.
It’s encouraging to see that increasing numbers of black Americans are rejecting the hip-hop culture and tribalistically voting Democrat, and are listening to thought leaders like Candace Owens, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, and Jason L Riley. Long live that revolution! And by the way you Americans, Candace Owens for POTUS in 2032!
Meritha (my wife) and I often get into political discussions, and a recent morning was no exception. How is it that the Left can undertake projects – some of them certifiably insane – and are successful, while conservatives see things that need to be done, or more often, undone, but can’t succeed?
Conclusion? Leftist culture is, by nature, collectivist, whereas conservatives are, by nature, individualists and leery of anything that could be associated with a herd mentality.
No question, herd mentality, or tribalism if you will, really dumbs things down, but that has nothing to do with conservatives working together to undertake big projects. In fact, in 2012, I began an online community based on the idea that conservatives were going to have to work together as a community if we were going to stop the Post Modern, Marxist advance. I called the community Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO™) taken from a line in Mark Steyn’s book, After America, Armageddon.
We produced several videos, and one of them included the fact that my very conservative Mennonite ancestors have, for centuries, and still do, come together for Big Projects. Go to this link and click on, “Going Back for our Future”)
The current Big Project for conservatives, is to reverse 80 years of Post Modern Marxist destruction of Western culture. We cannot do it as individuals.World War II wasn’t won by little platoons, it was won by the Allied Forces. This will require us to build a community of tens, and then hundreds of thousands, and then millions, of thoughtful, moderate, committed conservatives. If we don’t do it, Western civilization will end.
Projects need a catalyst, and in 2013, LDIO™ lacked one because the Conservative Party was in power in Ottawa, and the Purportedly Conservatives were in power in Alberta, and conservatives were apathetic. Then from 2015-19, Rachel Notley and the NDP gave Albertans a taste of, government of the people, by unionists, and for the unions. Justin Trudeau gave us 4 years of chaos, corruption, and embarrassment. Somnolent conservatives began stirring. Then in the fall of 2019, the rationally impossible happened when Justin Trudeau was re-elected Prime Minister. Conservatives finally awakened and said: “Enough!”
A year or so before I started LDIO™, another fellow named Bill Baerg had also recognized the need for an online conservative community, and so began a Facebook Group called: “Rex Murphy for Prime Minister”. The group didn’t grow much during the first few years, but after the 2019 re-election of Justin Trudeau, it took off. It’s now at over 7000 members and growing rapidly.
I met Bill recently, and we found that we share the vision for a community where conservatives that think carefully about issues, want serious conversations about solutions, understand strategy, and want to be involved in coordinated, pragmatic action, can find a home.
Bill is in ill health and has asked me to take over administration of Rex Murphy for Prime Minister. I’m honored to do so. If you’re not yet a member, I would encourage you to join us! Go to Facebook and click on the Groups icon, (heads), and search for the Rex Murphy for Prime Minister group.
More in subsequent blogs, on ways to perpetuate Rex’s legacy of intelligence, common sense wisdom, and wit.
I’m Dave Reesor
If you have family or friends that would enjoy or benefit from membership in a group that takes issues seriously, but with good will and good humor, encourage them to join Facebook, if only to join the Rex Murphy for Prime Minister group!
Let me say right up front, that having listened to dozens of US and Canadian radio talk show hosts, I think that QR77’s Danielle Smith is one of the best in North America. But she still is plagued by some massive blind spots of the type that led her, as Wildrose Party leader, to cross the floor and join the corrupt and unpopular Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta.
Currently, it’s her fundamentalist Progressivism that steers her into the ditch. Listening to a recent show, she dismissed both Derek Sloan and Leslyn Lewis as potential leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada, because, they have some non-Progressivist positions on social issues, and she says: “Canadians don’t want to go backwards on social issues.” Actually, many of us would argue that we need to go back to regain sanity.
Irregardless, Danielle completely ignored Lewis’s five specific, and only positions on social issues.
Lewis will do nothing on same-sex marriage because that ship has sailed, and I agree with her. Canada made a deal with same sex couples, and while I oppose the demands of the LGBT radicals to co-opt whatever cultural traditions they wish, I absolutely detest people and companies and countries that break contracts.
Lewis’s other foray into social issues is abortion, and she’s laid out four specific policies that the overwhelming majority of Canadians agree with.
1. She would outlaw aborting baby girls just because they’re baby girls. 91% of Canadians agree.
2. She would outlaw coerced abortions. Anyone who would object to that should be ignored.
3. She would increase funding for counseling and support for women and girls facing unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. That’s an initiative that the pro-choice side has been advocating for decades.
4. Lewis would end funding abortions in developing countries, for the very good reason, that most people in these developing countries, and I know this for a fact, oppose this cultural imposition. They view it as 21st century colonialism, and someone should let Justin Trudeau know.
And Danielle Smith needs to break out of her intellectual straitjacket on some of these social issues, and do a 3 C rethink, that is, think Carefully, Courageously, and Completely.
Racism, and Racist, are bad words. It’s not so much that they are meant to describe a nasty human trait, but that they are etymologically incorrect. (My wife opined, correctly I believe, that they’re political words.) Every human being is of the same race, that is, the human race, so it follows that the only racists are haters of humans, individuals like David Suzuki who has described humans as the Earth’s “maggots”. (Comically hypocritical coming from a guy who has five kids.)
The correct word is Other-ism, and we’re all potential Other-ists. We’re prone to looking at others and making judgments based on their “other” skin colour, clothing, ethnic origin, caste, tribe, weight, occupation, and anything else whereby we can identify them as being other and lesser than us, and therefore us being better than them. Other-ism is the root cause of bullying, unjustified discrimination, and indifference.
Other-ism lurks in every human heart, and left unchecked becomes part of our life and our culture. India is Possibly the most Other-ist nation on earth. in addition to all the standard Other-isms, divisions based on the caste system still exist, and why wouldn’t they? In Eastern religions, your situation, good or bad, is simply karma for your deeds in a previous incarnation. If you’re an Untouchable (Dalit) cleaning sewers, (pictured), that’s your lot in this life, and it’s your own fault.
In Africa, Other-ism is rampant. Other tribe, other social status, other rung on the upward mobility ladder, even other shade of brown. I was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and had invited our driver from a previous trip, and his wife, to join me at my hotel for dinner. They were Aggrey and Anna Mponguliana, and during dinner we discovered that they, and Meritha and I, had been married the same year. The conversation turned to our courtships, and Anna revealed to me that Aggrey had paid 10 cows for her. Then she added, that if her skin had been lighter, Aggrey might have had to pay 20 cows. I suggested that Homo sapiens, which ironically means “wise humans”, should actually be called Homo stupidus, because while Africans and Asians go to great lengths to lighten their skin colour, Caucasians lie on the beach risking skin cancer to look more like Africans and Asians.
On every trip to Africa, I experienced Other-ism myself. I learned a few words of Swahili, and one of them was Mzungu, meaning white man, and many times in elevators and on the streets, it was pretty clear that the Mzungu was being dissed.
I once was told that aboriginal North Americans could not possibly be racist, (Other-ist) because they were themselves subjected to Other-ism. A few weeks later, a prominent aboriginal chief stated, publicly, that Hitler had not been unreasonable when he “fried 6 million Jews”.
Other-ism is found in every culture, but it’s solution is not to be found in legislation, nor in burning down your neighborhood. Rather, it’s in a change of perspective brought about by self-examination. Other-ism is rooted in PRIDE, and as CS Lewis said, pride is what turned Lucifer, an angel of light, into the Devil himself. Pride lurks in every human heart, and it’s in our individual hearts that solutions begin.
Almost everyone experiences Other-ism at some point in their life, and every one of us, without exception, is a potential Other-ist. Let’s begin solving Other-ism by ruthlessly rooting out the problem where it starts.
I’m Dave Reesor
Next blog; Tribalism; the good, the bad, and the ugly. And the stupid.