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Racism is Other-ism

dwr.jpgRacism, 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.

DalitOther-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.

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Transformative Politician Needed. One Is Available!

dwr.jpgOnce in a lifetime, perhaps only once in two or three lifetimes, a transformative politician comes along and sets a country in a new direction. Margaret Thatcher comes to mind. She became British Prime Minister in 1979 when the nation was in social disarray, and economic peril, and had sunk from a leading position during World War II to where Britain was commonly referred to as “The Sick Man of Europe”. Margaret Thatcher took on the unions, and socialism, and transformed Britain back into Europe’s most important nation, with London again as the world’s most important city after New York.

More recently, Hugo Chavez and his socialist comrades, successfully, but in the wrong direction, transformed Venezuela from the wealthiest country in South America to the poorest, in just 20 years!

Canada’s Pierre Trudeau came close to Chavez’s record. First elected in 1968, the socialist policies he initiated had by 1993, transformed Canada from an economic success to an massively indebted nation where 4/10 of every tax dollar was spent on interest on the debt.  in January 1995, the Wall Street Journal declared Canada an honorary member of the Third World.

JT  bestNow, for 4 ½ years we have endured Pierre Trudeau’s offspring who  theatrically declared that he would: “Grow the economy from the heart outward” and that “The federal budget will balance itself.” Instead, his policies have driven hundreds of billions of dollars of investment, and tens of thousands of jobs from Canada. A third term of Justin’s “growing” and “balancing” act would leave Canada in the same position as Venezuela. Transformation is critical!

DSC5610_2-removebgEnter Dr. Leslyn Lewis If Dr. Lewis is elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, she will be the most transformative Prime Minister since Pierre Trudeau, only transformative in the right direction. And she will beat Justin Trudeau quite easily as a large, independent, randomized poll recently proved. Here’s the exact question posed to  Canadians.

Below are four biographies.Choose the one you think would be best to lead the Conservative Party of Canada in the next election:

Male. Former MP and Cabinet Minister. Lawyer. Former Crown Prosecutor. Former leader of a political party. Non-visible minority.

Male. Current MP and former Cabinet Minister. Air Force veteran. Lawyer. Non-visible minority.

Male. Current first-term MP. Lawyer and former small business owner. Non-visible minority.

Female. Lawyer and entrepreneur. PhD in law and Masters in Environmental studies. Visible minority.

The result? Leslyn Lewis beat each of McKay, O’Toole and Sloan by over 2 to 1 overall, and by even wider margins with WOMEN, and nearly 3 to 1 with MILLENNIALS! This is solid majority win territory!

To check out the survey, Search leslynlewis.ca and then MENU. Click on MEDIA. Choose NEWSLETTERS from the dropdown, and scroll down to, LESLYN CAN WIN! Also check out MILLENNIALS, and WOMEN. There are many more excellent and encouraging articles.

Stay on MEDIA, or follow the sames steps to MEDIA and drop down to MEDIA where there are many interviews and newspaper articles. If you like what you see, and I’ve even had NDP supporters tell me that they do, then share her website link directly, or Like, and Share this blog. And talk to your friends and family! Leslyn started in January as a political unknown but her visibility is rocketing up. She’s clearly what is needed to rebrand the Conservative Party, and WIN. We need to help her increase her visibility, so she can win the leadership of the Conservative Party in August, and then end Justin’s political career, permanently, in the next federal election!

Have a great summer!

Dave

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Rebranding Conservatism

Conservatism and the Conservative Party are in desperate need of re-branding. Former leftists, and “undecideds” have told me that the common view from outside of the conservative wall is that “Conservatives don’t like immigrants, non-whites, or women with power”. It’s nonsense, but like it or not, conservatism’s political opponents, academia, the media, and conservative apathy, have made that the conservative brand to many Canadians. It’s a basic rule in marketing that you’d better brand yourself or your opponents will do it for you. And so they have. It’s time for Conservatives to re-brand themselves.

Now we can! When Conservatives vote for a new leader for the Conservative Party of Canada this August, there’s a radically new option available, and her name is Dr. Leslyn Lewis. She is more than well educated for the job of Prime Minister, with two Masters Degrees in Environment and Business, and two Doctorates in Canadian and International Law. She’s practiced law on Bay Street, established her own law firm, and is a mom. If you read her policies on her website, and please do, you’ll find out that they are carefully thought out, transparently presented, easily defended, and doable. In interviews, she is polite, but resolute and unflappable. Not one of those three middle-aged men still in the race will catch the public’s imagination and re-brand conservatism like Dr. Lewis will.

Any marketer will tell you that “sizzle closes sales”, so here it is again. Dr. Lewis’s remarkable education and experience is extremely appropriate for a Canadian Prime Minister. The facts that she was an immigrant to Canada at age 5, is a woman, and is black are irrelevant to the requirements of the job, but are extremely critical in the sorely needed re-branding of the Conservative party an,d conservatism. Her background takes the old left-wing accusations of xenophobia, racism and misogyny, right off the table. Conservative Party members, remember that as you consider your vote for the new leader.

From reading her policies and watching her videos, I’ve become convinced that the next federal election she’d win votes from moderates across the political spectrum. In fact, a new, independent poll suggests that Canadians overwhelmingly believe that a leader with Dr. Lewis’s personal attributes and qualifications would be the best leader for the Conservatives in the next election. None of the four candidates were named, but the response strongly suggests that Canadians across the board would vote for someone like Dr. Lewis.

In the next federal election Justin Trudeau’s political career can be ended, or it will be extended. Choose wisely Conservatives, it’s up to you!

I’m Dave Reesor

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