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Prejudice is a Human Disease

Dave 07One of the unforeseen results of the Obama years was an increase in racial tensions in the United States. Rather than being the Great Uniter, President Obama poked at the fires of racial disharmony whenever he got the opportunity, even when the pretext turned out to be false.

As a result, organizations like Black Lives Matter have garnered wide attention for their rallies, and sadly, for their calls to kill police officers. They take offense to the suggestion that “all lives matter.”

Even though the Apostle Paul in his letter to the slave owner, Philemon, had graciously asked Philemon to welcome back his runaway slave, Onesimus, as a brother, slavery remained legal in virtually every society in the world, until the collective consciences of British Christians were stirred and slavery was finally outlawed in the British Empire in 1807. It is now outlawed, in theory, in every country.

But still, for some inexplicable reason, more “whiteness” still seems to be a desired trait in most cultures. I was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in about 1991, and one evening I invited Agrey and Anna Mponguliana to join me at my hotel for dinner. I had met Agrey a couple of trips earlier, and we’d kind of hit it off.

In the course of the evening’s conversation we discovered that, like Meritha and I, they’d been married in 1967. So the conversation turned to courtship and marriage in our culture, and theirs. Anna told me that Agrey had paid 10 cows for her; then added, that if she’d had a lighter skin, he might have had to pay up to 20 cows.

I was a bit dumbfounded, and suggested that the honorific we humans have bestowed upon ourselves; Homo Sapiens, or wise man, is hardly appropriate given that we whites will lay on the beach risking skin cancer in order to become darker, while Africans and Southeast Asians, and Chinese will do everything possible to become lighter, all to no practical purpose.

And it’s not just about cosmetics. Whether it’s people of another colour, creed, culture, tribe, or community; when one group finds itself in a position to dominate another group, its innate tendency is to do so.

chesterton-quotePrejudice is not a white disease, it’s a human disease.  We all need to agree with British author and raconteur, G. K. Chesterton who was once asked by The Times of London to answer the question: “What’s wrong with the world today?”

Chesterton responded: “Dear Sir, I am.  Yours, G. K. Chesterton.”

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Forgive him, for he was a Democrat

Dave 07Donald Trump has been in the news a lot lately. (That’s my entry in the understatement of the century contest.) The left, and the mainstream media – yes I know, it’s the same thing – dined out during the election, and still do, on Donald Trump’s past crudeness and vulgarity, and his disrespect for women.

Most famously, in 2005, Donald Trump had a recorded conversation in which he made vulgar and unconscionable comments about his modus operandi for “seducing” women; hardly the appropriate word, but anyway. It was characterized by his supporters as locker room talk; that’s hardly a locker room any decent man would want to be in.

But here’s a fact, and I’m astonished that, to my knowledge, no one else has brought this up. In 2005, Donald Trump was a Democrat, and he was simply carrying on like Democrats carry on.

Consider this. While married to Jackie Kennedy, and, while President, the iconic John F. Kennedy dallied almost daily, with a long string of mistresses. LBJNot to be outshone, Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon Johnson, bragged that he’d had more women by accident than Kennedy ever had on purpose. Johnson’s respect for women apparently extended to those who would sleep with him.

Bill Clinton’s high profile, illicit sexual encounters began during his time as Arkansas governor and didn’t end with his Presidency. The Oval Office had to be sterilized after he left in 2001. (Just kidding, but not much.)

hillaryAnd on the “ladies” side, there are numerous eyewitness accounts illustrating that Hillary Clinton possesses one of the foulest mouths on the planet. As someone said, she is a very nasty woman indeed. Follow the links if you don’t believe me.

Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards carried on an affair while his wife was dying of cancer, and the unfortunately unforgettable Democratic congressman, Anthony Weiner, achieved fame for his very personalized selfies. Weinergate was named after him.

Every one of them – except the thoroughly nasty Hillary – could be characterized as a misogynist, yet, for some reason yet undiscovered by psychiatry, Democratic men are still revered by modern feminists; you know, the ditzes who favor homophobic and misogynistic, sharia law governed countries, over modern and libertarian Israel.

Be that as it may, my point is that in 2009, four years after his locker room verbal hemorrhage, Trump converted to Republicanism. (Maybe guilt overtook him.) Considering his two steps forward, one step back pattern of behavior, he’s still, quite obviously, a recovering Democrat. He still has some distance to go, but overall, his behavior has improved as a Republican.

And that’s the perspective from The Great White North.

Best regards to each of you

Dave Reesor

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O’Leary would be a Loser

Dave 07Last week’s blog was entitled: “O’Leary isn’t Trump” and I linked to an interview I did for Poletical. I briefly made the case that I didn’t think Kevin O’Leary could win government as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Some disagreed with me so here’s a more complete list of the reasons I believe O’Leary would be a loser.

To begin; it doesn’t matter who wins the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. What matters is; “Can that person beat Justin Trudeau?”

Second. In a year when the voter’s mood was decidedly anti-establishment, the Democrats handed a gift to the Republicans by running a reckless, untruthful, unlikable, “establishment in a pantsuit” candidate, named Hillary Clinton. In spite of all that, Donald Trump lost the popular vote, by nearly 3 million votes.

Do you honestly believe that if the Democrats had run a more likable candidate, Donald Trump would be President? I certainly don’t. In fact, the Trump team must now assume that the Democrats will regain their senses and choose a more appealing candidate for the next presidential election, and so, govern themselves accordingly.

Third. The Democratic/Republican vote split in the United States is generally in the 48 to 53 percent range, give or take. Canada’s left-wing parties; the Liberals and NDP, consistently take 60 to 65, or even up to 70 percent of the vote, with the Conservatives taking what’s left.

The Conservatives always need to round up every available vote to win a majority.

Which brings us to Fourth. Québec, and parts of New Brunswick and Ontario are French speaking, and have over 25% of the seats in the House of Commons. Kevin O’Leary doesn’t speak French. You can write off a whack of seats right there.

And Fifth. O’Leary might have a Canadian passport, but for practical purposes, he lives in Boston. Now if I remember correctly, in 2011 the Liberals were desperate to return from political exile so they imported a visitor from Boston named Michael Ignatieff. How’d that work out? And yet some Conservatives are now suggesting that they want to try a visitor from Boston. Really?

And Finally, Arlene Dixon, who was O’Leary’s colleague on Dragon’s Den, describes Kevin O’Leary as a “narcissistic, opportunistic, self-promoter who lacks empathy”. Do you really think that’s going to sell?

You might be totally convinced that there’s a VACANCY sign behind that sunny smile of Justin Trudeau’s, but the fact is that that sunny smile is the first thing many people see. In fact, that sunny smile is the only thing a lot of people see.

oleary-sneerSo unless Conservatives want to lose, I’d suggest that they might not want to run Kevin O’Leary’s sneer against that.

And that’s my perspective.

Best to each of you!

Dave Reesor

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Memo to Conservatives: O’Leary isn’t Trump

Dave 07This week I’ve linked to an interview I did with Poletical, an edgy, online news magazine about politics. It seems they wanted a view from a political outsider.

I belong to no political party, but I tend to strongly favour Maxime Bernier bernier-tip-300x300for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He has stated all his policy positions clearly, and, in emphasizing his determination to end supply management in the dairy and poultry industries, extremely courageously. His riding in Quebec is at the epicentre of the dairy industry in Canada, yet he wins by wide margins.

olearyI just as strongly believe that Kevin -“just visiting from Boston” O’Leary, as leader, would mean at least an extra 4 depressing years of Justin Trudeau. Donald Trump’s unexpected electoral success in the United States is only superficially analogous to an O’Leary candidacy in Canada.

Anyway, that’s my perspective.

Dave Reesor

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It’s a Left-Wing Meltdown! Y’all Come!

Dave 07

I’ll admit it’s been amusing, in a sadistic sort of way, to watch the left-wing meltdown since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States on November 8.

First of all, and the US Constitution notwithstanding, they insisted was an illegitimate result because Trump only won the Electoral College, but not the plurality of votes. Enclaves in New York and California had given that to Hillary Clinton, and everyone knows that the folks in New York and Los Angeles should run things, by divine right so to speak; that is, if there were such a thing as the divine.

Then the effort was to have the Electoral College itself overturn the election result and install Hillary Clinton. All this of course was accompanied by demonstrations and riots; although when asked, many of their participants had forgotten to vote.

ashley-juddBut the best part of the show has been since Inauguration Day. The day after, there was a big women’s march, and one of the speakers was Ashley Judd. It was like watching a slo-mo train wreck as she tried her best to channel Dr. Martin Luther King. But somehow her repetition of “I am a nasty woman” – which ironically has a ring of truth to it – just seemed silly beside Dr. King’s, “I have a dream.”

Another star performer in the Left-Wing Meltdown has been Madonna. She’s made a career, and millions, not from her voice but from her unrelenting pursuit of vulgarity. I always wondered how women can insist on respect when they act out like Madonna, or who allow themselves to be called “hoes,” “bitches,” and worse. Donald Trump is low class?

Another trigger for The Meltdown has been the “Muslim ban.” Never mind that it’s not a ban, on either Muslims or refugees, but a temporary suspension on immigrants of all faiths from a list of seven countries, prepared by the Obama administration. It was clumsily rolled out, but when you are sick of slick politicians and elect someone who isn’t a politician at all you should anticipate a lack of slickness. You got it.

neil-mcdonaldAnd we have the horrific killing of seven Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Québec City. The shooter was a disturbed young man, with a Christian name. But that name alone was enough to have Neil McDonald of the CBC prattling on about how most of the killers in North America are Christians.

Canadian taxpayers, you pay this guy’s salary.

It was the same narrative put out by the left-wing media after Anders Breivik massacred 77 people in Norway in 2011. He was a Christian. Except it turns out that actually he was an atheist, and a National Socialist, and, according to the exacting science of psychiatry, a narcissist. But then, the left has called Adolf Hitler a Christian simply because he was baptized as a child.

So the biggest star so far in the Left-Wing Meltdown, has been the mainstream media. They have dedicated themselves for the next four years to delegitimizing everything that the Trump Administration does, good or bad.

There is not a doubt that the Trump administration will do more unslick things. But the media’s wildly biased approach is exactly why very few people trust the media.

And I predict that four years from now, even fewer will.

Best to each of you!

Dave Reesor

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