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The Right to Discriminate

Dave 07To Discriminate means to recognize a distinction between things. I think that even the dimmest among us recognizes that red and green are two different colors and that some people have better voices than others and some people are better athletes than others. So we discriminate when we go to a concert, or an athletic event.

But discrimination also means to make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age. I think that most people recognize that that type of discrimination is seriously wrong, but should it be illegal? As a Christian with a distinctly libertarian bent, I don’t think so, unless it advocates, or acts out violence.

But then, at an even deeper level, discrimination finds itself at the intersect between choices, and rights, and that’s where a lot of seriously wrongheaded thinking takes place, particularly as regards sexuality.

I’m straight, and I had no choice in that matter; it’s just what I am. But nearly 52 years ago I made a choice to end my single existence, and to get married. However, my choice was not automatically granted; I had to ask Meritha, (it was on about the 5th date and at first she thought I was joking), and she had to accept, otherwise I might still be single.

My heterosexuality was not a choice; but to be married was, and it was contingent on the acceptance of my choice by someone else. And even then, after I had Meritha on side, we  had to choose when and where to be married; who to perform the ceremony; who to cater, and so on. And every one of our choices had to be agreed to by someone else, and every one of those individuals had every right to refuse our choice, on any grounds whatsoever.

Recently, the US Supreme Court upheld a Colorado baker’s right to refuse to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. It’s regarded as a victory for freedom of religion, but there are some questions as to how effective it will be in the long run. Because there is increasingly a lot of severely muddle-headed thinking around sexuality.

So again, here’s what I think. It’s not scientifically supported, but let’s allow that the same-sex couple in Colorado were both born gay and that they had no choice in their sexual attraction. But their “marriage” unequivocally represented a continuum of choices. First of all, who to marry. Once they were past that hurdle, who to perform the ceremony, where to hold the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. Then, who to cater the event, and who they chose to make the cake.

Every one of those was a choice, not a right, and for the marriage plans to go forward, those choices either had be accepted by the other parties involved, or a different choice made. I personally see no reason that those choices could not be refused on any grounds whatsoever, but for certain, a person should have been able to refuse them on the grounds of their freedom of association, or of conscience. Those are universally recognized human rights. Marriage is not an inherent human right, nor are the rituals surrounding marriage.

trans-man-having-babyWe need to start to think clearly about sexuality, because when you don’t you end up with situations like this.

Try to figure it out.

Then think of the child.

I’m Dave Reesor, and please let me know what you think.

** For more perspective, I wrote a blog about this issue a few years ago.

 

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Free Speech and the Left

Dave 07As you know, John Carpay and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) are in the forefront of fighting back against Progressivist attacks on basic human rights, including attacks on free speech.

Free speech used to mean that you could say anything you wanted, provided it didn’t promote or incite violence. Free speech even included hate speech, provided it didn’t promote or incite violence.

For example, you could say that you hated old white men, or even more specifically, that you hate Dave Reesor, and by the way, so should everyone else. In fact, I’d defend your right to say exactly that, in public and in private, or even to take out an ad in the newspaper advocating: “Hate Dave Reesor.” Only if you promote violence have you stepped over the line.

That’s free speech, or at least it was.

But now, in our “I’m a victim”, post-modern / post-rational new world, you can find yourself in trouble if you hurt someone’s feelings, or even say something that might hurt someone’s or some group’s feelings. And apparently, there are endless groups that are victims of white privilege, or ancient wrongs done to their ancestors, or some other debilitating grievance.

So we have endless groups that must not be offended; that is, with the exception of conservatives, practicing Christians and Jews, aboriginal Canadians and women who don’t vote Progressivist, etc.. In the United States, the old free speech rules apply to conservative women and conservative African-Americans; everyone else is a victim, and must not be offended.

John CarpayThis imbalance around free speech is enthusiastically abetted by most Canadian and American universities. In this short video, John Carpay explains exactly how universities are shutting down free speech. The JCCF believes in free speech, including your free speech; it fights unfair university policies, and it usually wins! If you believe in free speech, you should support them.

And if you haven’t already, it would be greatly appreciated if you supported us by becoming a member of the Let’s Do It Ourselves online community.

Have a great weekend!

Dave

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The Intellectual Rock Star from Fairview Alberta

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I think it was about a year ago that Meritha and I attended a weekend conference put on by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their Millennials wing which they call Generation Screwed; as in, the people in power are running up debts and will be leaving us the bill.

The keynote speaker was Jordan Peterson, and if you haven’t heard of him you haven’t been paying close attention to the cultural debate raging between common sense conservatives and the radical left, all across Western Society. And I mean worldwide Western Society because Jordan Peterson is possibly the biggest thing to come out of Canada since The Guess Who.

Peterson has dozens of videos on YouTube where he systematically and ruthlessly shreds all things Marxist. He’s already sold over 1 million copies of his book, 12 Rules for Life since it came out in January. And, his biggest appeal is to Millennials! Don’t tell me the situation is hopeless.

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I’ll let Barbara Kay take over telling you about him. She’s a great writer and also one of Canada’s leading intellectuals, and she has a very insightful and extremely encouraging article in the latest C2C Journal.

 

Have a great week!

Dave

 

 

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Exposing Lies, and Totalitarianism

Dave 07Rather than a regular blog this week, I’m going to encourage you to watch the following two, very brief videos. One is by Theresa Ng of Parents for Choice in Education. The other is by John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom.

Theresa exposes the lie that alternate schools are a financial burden on the public education system. The fact is, that it’s the opposite, by hundreds of millions of dollars. Follow this link to the video.

Theresa Ng

John CarpayJohn speaks about the fact that free speech is under broad attack by the Progressivist Left, including the Liberal Party of Canada. And it’s not just free speech; it’s freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion, that are also under attack. Follow this link to the video.

The Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO) online community is committed to encouraging, and assisting moderate conservative individuals and organizations to Cooperate with each other, Contribute regularly, and Communicate effectively.

Parents for Choice and the JCCF are two organizations that are doing critical work for you, your children, and your grandchildren, and I enthusiastically encourage you to support them, regularly.

And there are other excellent organizations that I will be referring to in the coming weeks. Unsurprisingly, I believe that LDIO at www.ldio.org is another one worth supporting. If you agree, please do. And thanks to those of you who already do!

I’m Dave Reesor

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Please accept …. my apology

Dave 07Back in the mists of time, 1960 to be exact, or prehistory to Millennials, Brenda Lee had a monster hit called “I’m Sorry”. One of the lines was: “I’m sorry, so sorry; please accept my apology.” With some slight modifications, it could have been the theme song for Canadian governments for the past 20 years or so.

Here’s the curve ball; I think apologies are okay, and even helpful if done sincerely, and properly contextualized.

In 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologized to Japanese Canadians for their internment during World War II, and paid a symbolic redress. Japanese Canadians were wronged, although in the context of World War II, and with Japanese advances throughout the Pacific and even into the Aleutian Islands, paranoia was understandable, if not excusable.

In the 1800s, Chinese laborers/navvies were brought to Canada, and the United States, to build canals and railways. When the projects were completed, the Chinese men naturally wanted to bring their families to join them. In Canada they were faced with a $50 per person poll tax, which was raised to $100, and then $500. For decades, that tax successfully minimized Chinese immigration. In 2006, the Harper government apologized, and gave a token compensation to Chinese Canadians, or their descendants, for their mistreatment.

More recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to aboriginal Canadians who were abused in Newfoundland/Labrador residential schools. I believe it was appropriate, as long as we remember the context.

Not all aboriginal Canadians look back on the residential school as unremittingly negative. It also must be remembered, that in the context of the times, transportation from isolated communities was extremely difficult. Furthermore, it was sincerely, and to some extent, justifiably believed, that assimilation into white society would provide a better future for native children.

Obviously, the program went too far, and just as obviously, not enough care was taken to weed out the sadists and perverts that managed to insinuate themselves into the system.

Most recently, Prime Minister Trudeau has apologized to those members of the LGBTQ community who were abused under Canadian law, by the Canadian government. I happen to agree with that apology as well.

In 1963, at age 19, I moved to Calgary, from the tiny community of Consul Saskatchewan, where homosexuality was regarded – at least by me – as a myth. Being a hard-working farm boy, I soon got a job, and I made some friends among my colleagues. After about five months of wondering why Jack never wanted to go on a double date with me, the penny dropped, and I realized that homosexuality was real, and that Jack was homosexual. (The word gay had yet to be co-opted)

On a visit back to the farm, I told my dad about Jack. He was pretty sanguine about it, and said that he had known some homosexuals in the Air Force. He seemed to regard them as mostly regular people who had a significant psychological disorder, and I accepted that. I haven’t changed my mind.

But 55 years ago, disdain and abuse were part of everyday life for homosexuals. One Saturday evening, another buddy and I were out looking for something to do and we bumped into a group of three or four fellows our age. They suggested: “Let’s go to Memorial Park and beat up some fags.”

I didn’t understand them at first and when they explained what they were suggesting, I said: “Why would we do that? They have enough problems already.” My buddy and I went one direction; I don’t know where the other guys went. But reporting them to the police wouldn’t have accomplished anything; back then the police might’ve gone along for the entertainment, or even have joined in.

It got even worse, and I hate to say this, but I was talking about homosexuality to an older “Christian” man one day, and he said: “In my opinion, they should all be taken out and shot.” I was appalled, and I asked if he thought that would be Jesus’ attitude. I don’t remember his answer, but I’m still sickened at the memory of the conversation.

55 years ago, homosexuals who were quietly living their lives could be arrested and locked up. So when Pierre Trudeau said: “The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation,” I agreed with him. But the fact is, that for years, the Canadian government did aid and abet and practice, indefensible abuse of what we now call the LGBTQ community. An apology for that was not out of line; it was the right thing to do.

Trans man having babyBut of course, there’s a ditch on both sides of the road, and we’ve gone from horribly abusing homosexuals, to mindlessly normalizing every sexual disorder imaginable, and insisting that it be celebrated. That’s intellectually and scientifically and socially dishonest, and if I do have a phobia, it’s about the intellectual dishonesty which itself has become normalized.

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Who Cares?

Dave 07The media has been gaga for the past week or so, because……. wait for it………. Prince Harry is engaged!! Well I suppose it’s about time; he’s in his 30s after all.

But there’s  more!! He’s engaged to a woman “of colour”!!! Here’s the breathless prose used by many of the newspapers that use The Associated Press.

“For some black women, Megan Markel and Prince Harry’s engagement was something more. One of the world’s most eligible bachelors has chosen someone who looks like them and grew up like them.”

Meghan MarkleOh really? Here’s a picture of Meghan Markel, and I can tell you that we have grandsons that are multiple shades browner than she is, especially after they go shirtless and hatless most of the summer. I know, they’re supposed to cover up, but good luck with that.

But, apparently, Ms. Markel’s heritage is half African-American, so let’s get right to the really important question which I sincerely believe should be: “Who Cares?” We should’ve gotten past the mixed colour marriage issue about 3000 years ago, when Moses married a black woman from southern Sudan. Yes, that Moses. Look it up.

Most of us are mixed race. Meritha and I have ordered Ancestry.com DNA kits for each other for ‘Christmas, so we can finally find out who we’re living with. With my Celtic ancestry, I’m concerned about how much Neanderthal DNA might still be in there, and then, Meritha’s inevitable comment: “We spent $100 to find out something that I already knew?”

Anyway, it seems to me that the real story is Harry’s red hair. Here we have a mixed race American actress marrying an English red head. Now that’s a story, because, let’s face it, there are far fewer redheads in the entire world than there are people of mixed race.

It actually does astonish and dismay me that mixed race couples are still a news item in 2017. I had hoped that with the election of Barack Obama nine years ago, race relations would improve, and the racial origin fixation would abate. Sadly, under Obama they both became worse, certainly in part because he insisted on taking a racially biased position on several incidents between Caucasian and African-Americans, even before the facts were known.

I’ve always insisted that racism is not a white disease, it’s a human disease. I’ve told this story before, but in the late 80s and early 90s I made several trips to Africa on business. On one of them, the Canadian embassy in Dar es Salaam provided a car, and a driver named Aggrey Mponguliana. Sounds kind of Ndebele/Italian doesn’t it?

Anyway, on a subsequent trip to Tanzania I invited Aggrey and his wife Anna to join me for dinner at my hotel in downtown Dar es Salaam, and during our conversation we discovered that we had several things in common. But we really had different experiences when it came to marriage customs. Anna revealed to me that Aggrey had paid 10 cows for her. I don’t think we had cows on the farm when Meritha and I were married, so I suppose I’d have had to pay her dad about 50 sheep!

Anna went on, that had she been lighter skinned, Aggrey would have had to pay up to 20 cows to her father. That’s 10 extra cows for less pigmentation! It struck me again how ridiculous the whole skin colour issue is.

I said that it seemed to me that that the human race must be crazy. Caucasians lie on tanning beds or the beach, to turn brown; East Asians wear enormous hats to prevent browning, and African men give extra cows for a lighter skin. Some people actually bleach their skin to become whiter, and others spray on brown to become browner.

And all this to satisfy the notion – unfortunately sometimes true – that a different skin colour will help you be more successful, even though it won’t make the slightest difference to the kind of person you are. Homo Sapiens? No, Homo Stupidus.

So I’m with Billington Bulworth who famously suggested – and I’ll have to clean up his language, a lot – that we should keep inter-marrying until we’re all the same colour. Not a bad idea.

Because then maybe we can focus our conversations, and our headlines, on more important things.

I’m Dave Reesor

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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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Only one choice for Real Conservatives

Dave 07During the United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership race, I would have preferred to be able to remain neutral. But I can’t. I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that I’m a small C conservative who believes that the politics we get are a result of the culture we’ve created.

This blog and the Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO™) online community, are dedicated to creating a culture in which individual rights are protected by the State – not overrun by the state; where parents and not the State, are acknowledged as those who have the primary interest in the greatest good for their children, and where citizens cooperating on the most local level possible, to accomplish important tasks, is recognized as preferable to governments, “doing something.”

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

I’m concerned that with Brian Jean, it won’t. He has proven repeatedly that he is terrified of the media, and that the very phrase, “bozo eruption” causes his heart to palpitate.

Objecting to school administrations coming between children and their parents is absolutely not a bozo eruption. Brian Jean seems to believe that it is.

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. Yet that’s what the Alberta government and its comrades in the radical LGBTQ community have done, and said, and no one in the political arena has spoken out against it.

As the NDP government continues to advance it’s objective of sidelining parents from their children, their many support organizations like Progress Alberta, and the Alberta Teachers Association, brazenly misinform the public about the economic realities of alternate schools, (in fact they subsidize the public system), and the rights of parents to choose their child’s education, (it’s the law, and common sense), and they attack anyone who objects.

The fact is that the only UCP candidate that has been prepared to stand up to this illegal behaviour by the Alberta government, is Jason Kenney.

Jason KenneySince founding LDIO™, I have tried to focus on policies rather than supporting specific political parties. But we are at a critical point in the culture wars, and so I have joined the UCP, and I am supporting Jason Kenney because he seems to be the only leadership candidate not missing a couple of vertebra from his backbone.

There are only 8 days left to join the UCP so that you can take part in this particular battle in the culture war. Buy your membership here!

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I’m Dave Reesor

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They’re Embarrassing!

Dave 07I’ve always readily affirmed that Donald Trump regularly does and says things that are embarrassing, ill considered, and too often detrimental to his own cause.

And of course, Canadians, especially those with a full blown case of DTS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) love to jump on these indiscretions and point out what an idiot the Americans have chosen for a President.

If you’re one of those, I’d suggest that you peruse the following photos. JT at Pride 2

JT at Pride

Now reflect on some of Justin Trudeau’s more famous observations, such as:  “the budget will balance itself; I admire China’s basic dictatorship; Fidel Castro was a great revolutionary; and, we can grow the economy from the heart outward. If you know what that means………

J A MacDonald150 years ago we had John A. MacDonald; flawed but with a vision for the Canadian Nation.

Now we have Justin Trudeau, announcing to the world that Canada is not a nation.

 

So reflect on this: Do we Canadians have any justification in jeering at the leader of the United States?

 

 

 

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Trump Was Right!

Dave 07I’ve done a few blogs saying: “Trump is wrong,” so I think it’s fair, that in the interests of balance, but mostly because it’s true, that I point out that Trump got it right; on the Charlottesville riot, and on North Korea. I’ve been working on two blogs making the case for each assertion, but Conrad Black trumped me with his column in today’s National Post. It’s an excellent, and very readable analysis, and one which there is absolutely no chance you will see on the CBC, or in the Toronto Star, or the New York Times.

But here’s my take. Trump’s initial comment on Charlottesville was that there was blame on both sides. Unless you have a full blown case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it should be obvious that there was. Because, like it or not, the white supremacist nutters had a permit to demonstrate. Like it or not, the so-called antifascist (Antifa) and Black Lives Matter nutters didn’t. Both sides came armed. They’re all racists and fanatics. There was blame on both sides. Both sides should be marginalized by decent society.

My perspective is that Nazis, Fascists, Marxists, Antifa, BLM, etc., are all part of the same dystopian tribe, and that the mayhem in Charlottesville was nothing more than a violent family feud; one that the police should have stopped long before someone died.

I detest everything that the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan stand for, but mostly I regard them as fools, best to to be ignored. Until Barack Obama unwisely spent eight years poking and blowing on the dying embers of race-based conflict in the United States, the KKK and neo-Nazis were largely ignored, which is the last thing they want. Based on his handling of race relations alone, Obama should have returned his Nobel Peace Prize.

Hitler ChamberlainOn North Korea. In 1994, President Bill Clinton paid the North Koreans $4 billion to end their nuclear program and bought “… Peace for our time.” Oh, sorry; I got my history mixed up. It was actually Neville Chamberlain who said that in 1938, after he bought peace by appeasing Hitler over Czechoslovakia. How did that work out?

Churchill, who at the time was regarded as an unstable warmonger, (sort of like Trump), because he advocated stopping Hitler, was ignored. If Churchill had been listened to, the cost of ending Hitler’s Third Reich in 1938/1939 would probably have been less than 1% of the 50 million who died during World War II, from 1939 to 1945.

Anyway, Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s trash talking dictator, recently threatened to send his missiles to Guam, which is a US territory in the South Pacific. Donald Trump said that such an action would result in North Korea being subject to an onslaught of fire and fury like the world has never seen. Obviously that’s trash talk from an unstable warmonger.

 

Kim Jong UnBut for some reason, Kim Jong Un just announced that he’ll allow Guam to exist for a while longer.

Sleep well!

I’m Dave Reesor