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Alberta needs a Moderate!

Dave 07I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that I’m a small C conservative who believes that the politics we get result from the culture we create.

This blog, and the Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO™) online community, are dedicated to fostering a culture in which individual rights are protected, not overrun, by the State; a culture where parents and not the State, are acknowledged as those who have the legitimate and primary interest in the greatest good for their children.

LDIO™ is about fostering a culture where citizens, cooperating at the most local level possible, is recognized as preferable to governments, “doing something.”

I have believed, and have argued for many years, that one of the biggest problems for conservatism is timidity; our leaders making a panicky grab for the reverse gear as soon as someone from the mainstream/left-wing media challenges one of our ideas. That has to end.

During the United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership race, I would have preferred to remain neutral. But I’m concerned that Brian Jean – who I absolutely believe is a good man – has proven repeatedly that he is terrified of the media, and that the very phrase, “bozo eruption” causes his heart to palpitate. That’s a problem.

Objecting to Alberta Education inserting itself between children and their parents is not a bozo eruption. It’s the common sense, moderate position.

Objecting to children being provided links to pornography on the Alberta Education (Alberta taxpayers funded), Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA website, is not a bozo eruption. Nor is it being “hysterical”, or “sensationalist”, as suggested by Kris Wells, Alberta Education’s advisor on the project. Again, it’s the common sense, moderate position.

Yet, the Alberta government and its “comrades” (that’s a word they actually use) in the radical LGBTQ community, have managed to characterize themselves, and their agenda, as moderate. Very few in the political arena have pointed out the obvious absurdity.

As the NDP government continues to advance it’s objective of sidelining parents from their children, and stamping out educational choice, their many support organizations like Progress Alberta, and the Alberta Teachers Association, brazenly misinform the public.

They lie about the economic realities of alternate schools, which, in fact, subsidize the public system, and they lie about the rights of parents to choose their child’s education, which, in fact, is the law, and, by the way, common sense, and they attack anyone who objects.

The only UCP leadership candidate that has been prepared to vocally stand up to this radically immoderate and illegal nonsense, is Jason Kenney. Conservatives need to remember that over the next few days, as they choose a new leader for the United Conservative Party of Alberta.

I’ve heard Jason Kenney described as a slick politician, but I’ve known him and watched him for a number of years, and what he clearly is, is a very polished politician. There’s a huge difference between slick and polished, and in national and international negotiations, it will make a huge difference.

Of course, Brian Jean is a good man, and if he’s chosen leader, his conservative resolve can be strengthened by knowing that the majority of Albertans have his back.

The crucial issue is that the Radical Progressivists must be removed, and, positive for the left, that will make room for the NDP to be refurbished with moderate leftists, like Rachel Notley’s father. When the apple fell off that tree, it rolled a long way down hill!

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I’m Dave Reesor

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Just because you’re a boy doesn’t mean you’re a boy.

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“Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.” This ridiclous and completely unscientific nonsense is a direct quote from Planned Parenthood, and it’s exactly the same bizarre propaganda pushed by the LGBTQ activist organization, EGALE, an organization that is dedicated to normalizing virtually every kind of sexual disorder.

Astonishingly, EGALE is the organization which Alberta Education engaged to guide the setting up of Alberta’s Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA clubs. Current Education minister, David Eggen hired radical activist, Kris Wells, to supervise the development and operation of the GSA website. Is this beginning to sound a bit disquieting? Read further. It actually gets creepy.

Until it was investigated and reported by Theresa Ng, of Informed Albertans, the Kris Wells supervised website had multiple links to sexually explicit sites, which Wells apparently considered suitable for kindergarten through grade 12.

I say apparently considered suitable, because Dr. Wells attacked Theresa Ng for being hysterical and sensationalist for calling the links “un-suitable.” Does this character actually think explicitly sexually explicit material is suitable for elementary school children? Wells then attempted to raise money on his own Facebook page to finance opposition to Ms. Ng.

Like I said, creepy. This guy has a PhD. In what, you might ask?

GSA clubs are a recruitment tool for radical activists, and if a child joins one, parents are not to be notified without the child’s permission. A friend of ours was recently talking to a woman that she met at a petroleum conference. This woman related that their 10-year-old son had come home and asked: “How can I be sure that I’m a boy?” That’s a very disturbing question to have come out of the blue. Where would it come from?

You can bet it came from exposure to absurdities like the Gender Bannock Bread Person, now a regular feature in Alberta schools.

Confuse em, then Recruit em!
Confuse em, then Recruit em!

And you can bet that there are thousands more kids that will have the same question planted in their minds. Camille Paglia, a lesbian feminist educator, speaker,  and writer, says it’s child abuse. Yes it is, on a massive scale, and paid for by you.

Alberta’s GSA clubs should be disbanded and replaced by instituting something like a School Without Bullying, or SWB standard, with simple rules that children are expected to adhere to. That would mean no bullying of any child, for being awkward, wearing glasses, being a different colour, struggling with Gender Identity Disorder, coming out as a teenager, adhering to a different religion, or wearing different clothes, or any other reason for which children are bullied.

Let’s wrap up on a somewhat humorous note. A couple of days ago, Kris Wells had a press conference at which he featured research which, in his view, supports the Wells / Eggen position that little children must not be “outed” to their parents. Except the research paper concludes with 4 points, 3 of which explicitly state that parents and families are a “key source of support for young people.” Of course, those points directly contradict Wells and Eggen, two fellows who are, it would seem, not very bright.

Kris WellsBut Kris Wells is still David Eggen’s advisor, and David Eggen is still David EggenRachel Notley’s Education Minister. In a rational world, Kris Wells, David Eggen, and EGALE, would all be dismissed and prevented from ever again having anything to do with Alberta’s children. And, if it’s still a rational world, Rachel Notley’s political career will be ended at the next election.

How each of the United Conservative Party leadership candidates have responded to the GSA issue is critical in their upcoming leadership election, and in the next provincial election. I discussed those responses in more detail, in an earlier blog, here.

Please, participate in the UCP election. Alberta’s kids need you.

Thank you!

Dave Reesor

A clarification. In my last blog I talked about a couple of things that I felt were critical to sustaining a marriage for 50 years. I haven’t received any negative feedback, but I do want to say that I didn’t mean to imply that all marriages are sustainable. It takes two people, both working very hard at it, to make a marriage work. One person cannot do it on their own. Wherever you are in your current relationship, give it all you’ve got. It’s worth it!

And a sincere Thanks! – to each of you for all your good wishes!

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The First Fifty

Calgary-20110825-0002950 years ago today, in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Meritha and I said: “I do,” “I will,” etc.. And we have.

I find it quite remarkable that I’ve been married to the same woman for 50 years; after all, that’s an entire half  century! Of course, the corollary to that is that Meritha has been married to me for 50 years, which I suspect some people will find far more remarkable.

I often get asked: “How do you stay married so long?” My usual, flippant sounding, but entirely honest answer is: “Don’t get divorced.” They look at me for a moment; the penny drops, and they say: “You’re not joking.”

If I’ve learned anything, (this isn’t currently trendy but I think it’s extremely important), it’s that the husband should remember, every day,  that he is married to a woman. And I think it’s equally important that, every day, the wife remembers that she is married to a man. And yes, I guarantee they’ll be the same gender this morning as they were last night.

I’m grateful every day for our relationship, our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandson, our friends, the many adventures we’ve shared, and even the many setbacks. (And of course, my readers!)

And for the daily realization that we are, each of us, objects of God’s love.

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– to be continued.