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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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Meeting the Corona Challenge

dwr.jpgDear friends

The world has changed. I believe much of the change will be permanent, and while it is tragic for those that lose loved ones from the virus, I believe that much of the change will be for the good. For us, one great thing is that our kids and grandkids have been delivering food to us while we’ve been under quarantine for the last two weeks after getting home from the US. Our oldest granddaughter was by again this afternoon with several grocery bags, the third or fourth time we’ve seen her in two weeks. She’s usually working, and full-time in university, so we’re just fine with this! For many of us, this will be a time to spend more time connecting with family and friends.

.jpegA geopolitical plus is that this virus has thrown a massive wrench into the gears of China’s expansionist ambitions. Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and his gang have caused the Chinese people to lose face around the world, and they won’t like it. The virus is not their fault, and I think that Mr. Xi will pay a price for his lies and incompetence, and will look back on 2020 as his annus horribilus, as Queen Elizabeth once referred to a particularly bad year.

Best of all, I think that this pandemic will help us focus on the things that we can do, together, as individuals and families and communities. Yesterday I was working on a blog in which I used John Donne’s famous quote: “No man is an island”, etc.. But I modified it this way.

No person or family is an island entire of itself; every person or family is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, the continent is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were;

any person’s isolation or sickness or death diminishes me, because I am involved in humanity.

MTE5-john-donne-8Then today, from a friend in Ottawa, I serendipitously received the link to this well written article inspired by the poetry of John Donne. My friend identifies himself as an agnostic, and although the writer apparently is a Christian, this article will appeal to people of all faiths or no faith.

Stay safe, and look after each other!

Dave

 

 

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Donald Trump; the good and the bad.

dwr.jpgMost of you who’ve read my blogs know that I don’t suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome, TDS. Nor do I suffer from its opposite number, Trump Adoration Syndrome, or TAS. I don’t care for Donald Trump’s New York brashness; his oratorical skills are mediocre; and he exaggerates a lot. Of course, Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama and the Clintons who are prolific and polished liars. (Trump’s supporters take him seriously, but not literally; his detractors taken literally but not seriously.)

But Trump’s accomplishments as President are many, solid, and transformative, in a positive direction. Furthermore, if, as is likely, he wins a second term this November, he’ll have an opportunity to undertake more of the gargantuan task of draining the Washington swamp. I’d love to see Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, John Brennan the Bidens and a few other nasty swamp critters headed for prison!

A lot of us have friends who have symptoms of, or even advanced cases of TDS.  I think this is largely attributable to grossly biased reporting by the mainstream media.  Independent research in the US indicates that approximately 92 percent of all media reporting is negative toward Trump.  In Canada, I’m guessing the negative bias would be north of 99 percent.  It’s small wonder that most Canadians have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump.

But when I engage people in discussions about US politics I find that most detractors are hard pressed to come up with even one concrete example of an action Trump has taken that is fundamentally negative for the USA, or for their democratic system of governance. The nastiness has overwhelmingly originated, from day one, from left-wing media and Democrats, and no, Trump doesn’t turn the other cheek.

TrumpBut when one examines his record since being inaugurated in January 2017, Donald Trump’s accomplishments have already been many.  I try to keep a short-list of his significant accomplishments in the back of my mind so I can discuss them with friends suffering from TDS. Those of you  who support Trump’s presidency, even if not his personality, might want to do the same.

My personal talking points include record low unemployment for American Blacks and Hispanics; and an overdue initiative against China’s industrial espionage; appointment of judges who support the Constitution, and protection for freedom of speech, and other individual and religious rights and freedoms.

My friend Rod Blair has put together a longer, very meticulously researched list of Trump accomplishments . I’d recommend you pick a few points and make them your own. They will help you to sooth at least some of the symptoms of TDS in your family and friends.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m Dave Reesor

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LESLYN LEWIS. Remember that name.

dwr.jpgFor those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter and in my IWUZ.ME blogs, I don’t think it’s a surprise for me to tell you that I’m a social conservative. But I’m a moderate social conservative. I do believe in traditional marriage and I believe that it was breathtakingly presumptuous for Progressivists to insist that we throw out thousands of years of tradition which recognized marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in favor of same-sex marriage. And many in the LGBT community agreed. Same-sex relationships being recognized in law as civil unions, as they are in many “progressive” European countries, would have been fine. But that ship has sailed, and it’s up to us that believe in traditional marriage to make it stronger.

Regarding women’s rights, I am pro-choice, just not unlimited choice. I’m pro-life, but I recognize the fact that we will never completely end abortions, and therefore believe we should compromise and set limits around abortion. I agree with the author of the guest blog I published last week, that social conservatives need to take a well thought out position, and then to articulate that position over and over again until people understand it. And we should be pragmatic; Gain what is possible.

indexWe need to do that as individual conservatives, but in the public sphere it would be wonderful if we had exceptionally well-qualified people to articulate the socially conservative position. A few days ago I ran across the name Leslyn Lewis, and I am convinced that Ms. Lewis is one of those persons.

She’s hardly known as yet, but she’s running for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Ms. Lewis would bring a new gravitas to the entire spectrum of debate; from fiscal conservatism, to social conservatism, to legal conservatism.

Here’s a rundown of her qualifications. Single mom, Entrepreneur, a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toronto Trinity College, graduating Magna Cum Laude; a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University; an MBA Concentration in Business and Environment from the Schulich School of Business; a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a PhD in International Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. I’m not aware of any leader of any political party in Canada, or the United States, in my lifetime, with equal, non-political qualifications.

I think that even if Ms. Lewis doesn’t win the leadership of the Conservative party, and she probably can’t, she would elevate the level of the discussion around Conservative leadership enormously. Because of that, Meritha and I are supporting her for leadership of the Conservative party. If you’d like to see a higher level of debate, here’s what to do.

  1. Have a valid membership in the Conservative party. If you’re not sure, or can’t find your number, phone the party at 1-866-808-8407 and get your membership number.
  2. Go to her website, http://www.leslynlewis.ca and click on Nomination Form, and fill it out carefully.

Let’s make sure that as the Conservative Party elects a new leader, they have the highest quality debate possible!

I’m Dave Reesor

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Alberta Politics Canadian Politics Politics Socialism The left US Politics

How Conservatives Win!

dwr.jpgRather than writing my own blog this week, I’m going to provide a link to an excellent article that should be read by every Albertan, and every Canadian, and every American, and every sentient citizen in the Western world. It examines the stark contrast between the intellectually chaotic and unrealistic world of modern Progressivist policy, against a carefully researched and analyzed political platform that should be a feature of every election campaign.

The article provides the most authoritative analysis of the recent Alberta election that you are ever likely to read. It’s 5 to 10 minutes long, and worth every second.

Mark MilkeMark Milke is an economist’s economist, and it was brilliant of Jason Kenney to get him involved early in developing Alberta’s United Conservative Party’s platform.

And since winning the election, the Kenney government has tasked an expert panel to develop a roadmap to get Alberta’s economy back on track. It is led by former Saskatchewan NDP, (yes, that’s N D P) Minister of Finance, Janice McKinnon, who guided Saskatchewan from fiscal ruin to balanced and surplus budgets. No matter whether you are a Jason fan or not, you must admit it was a brilliant managerial and political move by Jason Kenney!

Have a great week!

Dave Reesor

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The Economist and TDS

Dave 07An Open Letter to the Economist Magazine

June 26, 2018

Dear Sir or Mdm.

As a long-term subscriber to the Economist magazine, I feel compelled to write to you about my concerns regarding your magazine’s symptoms of extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome or TDS. Since 1843, your magazine has arguably been the premier English language source, worldwide, for hard news, delivered competently and dispassionately. Yet I fear that over the last number of years, and particularly since the candidacy and inauguration of Donald Trump, you have increasingly become an advocacy magazine rather than a news magazine.

Trump the Wrecker.jpgNo matter what the story, your take is overwhelmingly negative towards anything Donald Trump does. Let me make it clear; I don’t like Donald Trump. He is a bombastic egotist, although I must point out that his predecessor was simply a more refined egotist.

(Regarding this Economist cover: you forget that Trump was elected to shake up (wreck if you will), the failed modus operandi of the past.)

Presidents are not elected to be refined, but to provide leadership; in other words, to get things done. Elegant and articulate speeches that lead nowhere are not leadership. In that regard, Churchill was an articulate leader; Obama was an articulate failure.

12summit-handshake-jumbo-v4Just to give a couple of recent examples of your ever more absurd coverage of all things Trump; you called Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore “a stunt.” So far, that stunt has brought American hostages home; suspended North Korea’s annual “hate America” festival; and apparently will result in repatriating the bodies of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.

Most importantly, it elicited a commitment from Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal. If he fails to do it, sanctions and military exercises can be resumed. That’s a better start than any of Obama’s stunts.

You call the US withdrawal from United Nations Human Rights Council, “an empty gesture.” If so, it’s a long overdue empty gesture. Fiddling around the edges of a hopelessly dysfunctional and discredited organization is a waste of time. The HRC needs to be disbanded, and sanely reconstituted.

Recent separation of illegal immigrant families under the Trump Administration are no different in kind than what happened under the Obama administration, yet under Trump you imply that it’s a far more serious moral issue. Is it?

The manifestations of your magazine’s advanced TDS would fill a book, and it distresses me to say that on things Trump, the Economist now has little more credibility than media organizations like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN; organizations that have made no secret of their intention to forgo objective news in their campaign to unseat Donald Trump.

Please do better.

Yours truly

Dave W Reesor

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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John Robson and Rolls Royce and the pursuit of Excellence

Dave 07As many of you know, a few years ago I founded an organization called Let’s Do It Ourselves or LDIO™. It is based on the belief that common sense conservatives must Cooperate, Contribute, and Communicate if we are to have any hope of reversing the cultural and economic deterioration of Western democracies.

To expand a bit: we want to build a virtual community where we can share resources, ideas, strategies, technology, and, where it’s relevant, our contacts.

We want to encourage conservatives to contribute consistently, so that organizations that are at the forefront of the battle for free speech, parent’s rights, property rights, and so on, are not spending so much time just raising funds. Tens of millions of Canadians and Americans are common sense conservatives, and if they each contributed, consistently, three or four or five dollars a month to a half a dozen organizations, the conservative movement would be abundantly financed.

And we need to communicate more effectively, particularly to Millennials. That will involve producing very short videos that make points that Millennials can relate to.

John RobsonFrom time to time we’re going to feature people that I know, that are doing the work, and who deserve our support. John Robson is one of those people. Watch his video, and then have a look at his website, and sign up for 5 or $10 a month. You be glad you did.

And of course, we encourage you to become members of Let’s Do It Ourselves. We need to update our website, (certainly need to get somebody new in the videos), and hire an assistant, but we can’t do it without your help.

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Have a great weekend!

Dave

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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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But, we did suggest that we would provide his company a totally legitimate invoice for Memberships, and that we would then provide an annual membership to about 30 university or high school students. He thought that was a great idea.

So we’re seeking two or three enthusiastic members, at each of 10 or 15 universities or high schools, across Canada. They will become the front-line troops of our expansion in those institutions. If you know someone who you think might qualify, let us know.

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No true conservative could vote for Donald Trump

Dave 07

Donald Trump is no conservative and never has been. In addition to his myriad other non-conservative views and actions in the past, Trump has flat out said: “I love EMINENT DOMAIN!”

 Now, the legal definition of eminent domain is a (government’s) power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character.

 Expropriation of land through the application of eminent domain has always been understood to apply to major projects such as railways, major roads, public facilities etc. that will benefit a wide spectrum of the public.

 But Trump loves eminent domain because he can use it to force private individuals to sell him property on which to develop his casinos and golf courses. In other words, Donald Trump loves that the government will help him run over fellow citizen’s property rights so he can expand his entertainment empire. 

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Trump Casino

 That is the very antithesis of conservatism. NO TRUE CONSERVATIVE CAN SUPPORT THIS.

 If you want more detail, here’s a start. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/265171/donald-trump-and-eminent-domain-robert-verbruggen

 Another hallmark of common-sense conservatism is being practical, and realistic. Trump’s stated goal, to round up 11 million illegal immigrants and their American-born children is pure fantasy. Logistically, legally, and practically, it cannot be done.

 Sure, they’re illegals, but don’t give me the crap that simply because they entered the United States illegally, they are therefore, serious lawbreakers.  Anybody out there ever slow down in an area where you know that photo radar is common, and then exceed the speed limit in areas where you’ve never see a cop? Laws that are unenforced are obviously not very important, and people act accordingly.

 National borders should be secured, and American administrations and congresses to date have completely failed to do their job. If securing the US borders is important, then vote for politicians that believe it’s important, but that also have a practical solution.

 And once the borders are secure, there must be a way for hard-working, law-abiding, immigrants to achieve legal status, maybe by five years of law-abiding, and hard work.

 And finally, send a message to the small percentage who do commit serious crimes, (and to dopey municipal governments like San Francisco’s), by imprisoning them, and then, without fail, shipping them back to their country of origin with the guarantee of a massive prison sentence if they return.

That’s probably only a few hundred thousand people, and deporting that many may actually be doable. In fact, many might even self deport if the penalties for illegals breaking the law are stiff enough.

 Donald Trump is a windbag, albeit one who has performed a valuable service for America by putting serious issues on the table, however clumsy, obnoxious, and completely unrealistic his solutions are.

Trump waves goodbyBut this November’s election is critical, and it’s time for The Donald to fade from the political landscape, and for Americans to focus, not just on issues, but on realistic solutions to those issues.

 Trump’s “Unfavorable” ratings in national polls suggest that in the general election, he would lose. But the alternative being Clinton or Sanders, Republicans would be forced to get out and vote Trump, to at least try and stop an ever more damaging experiment with “Progressivism”.

 True conservatives will never put themselves in that position.

 Anyway, that’s the view from across the Northern Fence.

I’m Dave Reesor, in Calgary Alberta.