Apparently beheading the premier isn’t hate.

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This week there was yet another protest outside Queen’s park because #fuckford. It will forever be the conservative burden to inherit deficits in the billions, make the unpopular decisions necessary to balance the budget. Then they inevitably find themselves dethroned by tax and spend liberals who go back to running up deficits. We have created a culture in our politics where funding is commensurate with compassion. And unless we’re spending money on it, we don’t care about it.

By the way, ignore the marxist flag donning the hammer and sickle. Marxism is a conservative conspiracy. It doesn’t exist on the left or in academia or anywhere. The marxist lie is a conservative straw man. It’s probably photoshopped, right? PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN!

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If teachers experience cuts, the PC government must hate teachers. If healthcare experiences cuts, the PC government must hate doctors and nurses. If cut taxes then this must only mean the PC government loves evil corporations. Are we really making the case that government has been 100% efficient and there is no room at all for cuts of any kind? Are we really arguing that while the rest of us in the private world have to endure the fluctuating risk the economy threatens us with every day, those who work for the government, whose payroll exists off of the taxes we pay, should never have to worry about their job security? Are we really arguing that there is NO wiggle room for innovation  to find efficiencies in government at any level?

What’s been really bothering me since the election is to see the change in Andrea Horwath. The language she’s been espousing has been increasingly unparliamentary and she now has taken a position to simply oppose anything and everything proposed by this conservative government. The latest example was her absolute opposition to free dental care for seniors. I believe Horwath is now in part responsible for an increase in vitriolic anti-government activism we’re seeing unfold.

TVO featured “Ontario’s new political landscape” where a panel reacted to the election results where Brittany Andrew-Amofah of the broadbent institute literally said, “what happened last night was a false majority that can only be produced under a first-past-the-post system.” Keep in mind that the conservatives took 76 seats out of the total 134 seat legislature, the NDP won 40, the Liberals 7 and the Green 1. To form majority a party only needs 63 seats. With 76 seats awarded to Doug Ford’s PC government, I have no problem speculating that even if we had used a different method besides first-past-the-post we likely still would’ve seen a conservative majority.

What Brittany is really saying that unless they have a political party who promotes their ideologies then that government will be illegitimate in their eyes. In the panel discussion Steve Paikin asks Brittany, “Are you prepared to give this guy a chance or do you see job one right now as defeating him?” This was Brittany’s response:

I see job one right now as amplifying the need for progressive movement within our province and also discussing what will potentially be at stake. So the search for efficiencies is a very scary search. Where are we going to be cutting from? Where are the efficiencies going to be coming from? And I think that needs, that deserves interrogation and hasn’t been interrogated enough. When we talk about efficiencies are we talking about social services? Are we talking about the money that is being given to our shelter system?

Steve: Well you do know he’s got a pharma care plan. It might not be as good as the other two parties but he’s got something. He’s got a childcare plan. You may not like it as much as the other two parties but he’s got one. He’s got a mental health spending plan as well. He’s got a transit plan. It may not be –

Steve’s interrupted by Brittany, “as in depth as it probably should be.”

“Or might be,” Steve continues, “but he’s got something to say about these things. Does that help you at all?”

Brittany, “no, because this party has been focussed on talking about efficiencies and talking about cleaning up what’s happening at Queen’s Park. Yes, Wynne has gone wrong and maybe several different areas when it comes to hydro, when it came to a number of different issues but there are a lot of progressive gains that need to continue to be made and that needs to be built upon from when Wynne had left. So I think that’s a risk here and if we’re focussing solely on his (she then performs air quotes) “search for efficiencies” then I don’t know how true those statements are.

Let me remind you that the recording of this episode took place the day after election day. This is her reaction to the conservatives the DAY after election day. What we see here isn’t a realistic critique of job performance or policy legislation, this is her simply disqualifying the new majority government as elected by the people due to nothing more than their political identity. This is what hyper partisanship looks like. She sits there and equates budget cuts to punishment and uses it to fear monger that this government will use their power to punish the weak and marginalized. It’s not a political analysis, it’s a post-modern style deconstruction framed around intersectional narratives. Notice her inability to acknowledge minority group support for Doug Ford and Ford Nation? Because it’s counter narrative, which could never be true, so it’s obviously just lies. Conservative Rhetoric. Misinformation. Fake news. Far-right conspiracies. etc, etc, etc.

This was the rhetoric coming out of those left of the political spectrum the day after election day. The NDP put forth more radical candidates than ever before. Like Laura Kimiker who ran in my riding of Mississauga Center was a self described Marxist and called Poppies war glorification. I’ve greatly respected Andrea Horwath throughout her role as opposition throughout my lifetime watching provincial politics. She’s a veteran in the game and I truly believe she sincerely advocates for truly vulnerable people and for opening opportunities to everyone. However she’s seen how greatly her party benefited from a more populist, radical campaign message and she’s changed her tune to appeal to exactly this populism.

That’s why Andrea Horwath today has no problem openly calling Doug Ford a ‘dictator’. Which if it came from a conservative, would be called a dog whistle promoting violence and hate. So what is it when it’s done on the left? Oh, NOW it’s just free speech. Horwath has the freedom to express any view she wants. And I’m equally allowed to call her a silly fucken hack for choosing to do so. I believe the more she shifts towards the social radical marxist types, the more she will dispossess the grass roots supporters of the parties who just wanted better health care, not a marxist reform. My prediction is once the party is nothing but radicals then this will simply disqualify them and I think we will see more surge in Green support as an alternative to what has been the alternative for decades. I think Green will replace the NDP.

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She’s had no problem throwing out slurs, parliamentary disruptions, calls to activism and yet she refuses to take responsibility for how discourse has been changing around Queens park. If you only pay attention to the mainstream news outlets, CTV, CBC, Macleans, etc, you’d believe that the only reason conservatives are surging in support around the country is believe of Facebook fake news and white supremacy. When in reality we’ve seen, in my opinion, more openly hateful protests against conservatives than anyone else.

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The following images were taken from the office of MPP Laurie Scott’s office upon amending the minimum wage bill.

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Several months ago truckers from around the country rallied and drove to Ottawa to show their support for pipelines. They donned yellow vests inspired by french protests against their carbon taxes. They felt Trudeau has turned his back on Albertans and waste billions of dollars and Saudi Oil rather than cycling it back to the Canadian economy. There were online forums where these people organized and shared talking points. Apparently some have shared anti-immigrant sentiments. Faith Goldy and Rebel Media also attended the protest. The media took these details and slandered the entire protest as one of promoting hate and violence. The convoy was portrayed as just a group of white supremacists. The usual slurs aimed at disqualifying dissent and aimed at banning wrongthink.

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The only point I’m making here is simply this. Populism is increasing as polarization increases. This is not just happening among conservatives but also with liberals. If not more. We all need to hold ourselves accountable at the individual level. But this is just another example of the media’s bias against conservatives. Conservatives simply show up to peacefully protest and they’re labelled racists. But if you’re protesting conservatives, that’s just your civil right. Despite how inappropriate your conduct is.

Like, what exactly are they trying to say here? If you question social justice initiatives you disqualify yourself from public discourse? Well, that seems to be the case from what I’m seeing media wide. You watch how the media treats Scheer or Ford versus how they treat Trudeau and Horwath and it’s easy to see. If you have anything to say about Trudeau’s #welcometoCanada? Guess what, you’re a nazi. Bring a guillotine to Queens Park and behead an effigy of Doug Ford? That’s just you’re civil right.

Do these people have a right to call for the death of politicians? Actually no, that’s incitement of violence. Murder and policy critique are two very different things. If I followed the same logic that the social justice leftists follow then Andrea Horwath would be a Marxist for having posed for pictures with a group who had Marxists among them. However I don’t follow social justice logic so, no, I don’t think Andrea Horwath is a Marxist by association. But when she’s posing next to a skeleton and signs reading #fuckford then I simply have this to ask you. What if roles were reversed and it was Doug Ford protesting an NDP government by posing with skeletons and hashtags #fuckhorwath. All media everywhere would be reporting this as a KKK rally. So if it would be inappropriate to one party, it should be equally condemned on the other front.

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But what we’re seeing here isn’t any effort to consider any of that. Even if this conservative government for some reason matched the same policies as the previous liberals and their government mirrored one another, you would still see vitriolic protests. There is nothing this government can do to appease the angry social justice mob. It’s not about the cuts or the budget. It’s about capitalism and hatred. Hatred for everyone who disagrees with the social justice narrative. Feminist narratives of empowering women fall short when conservative female MPPs need to hire security over death threats. It is literally and metaphorically a call for the death of our political system and a call to complete reform to socialism. And while the conservatives come under constant attack on all fronts, they’re tasked with saving this province from itself. Remember this in 3 years when we’re back at the ballot box.

Even Slavoj Zizek himself thinks that political correctness is exactly what perpetuates prejudice and racism. So put that in your Marxist Vape Pens and smoke it 500 metres away from any public entryway.

 

 

“one needs to be very precise not to fight racism in a way which ultimately reproduces, if not racism itself, at least the conditions of racism.” – Slavoj Zizek

CBC interviews terrorist on EASTER SUNDAY

Watch the True North Initiative recap the events of Omar Kadhr:

Watch CBC episode on Omar Khadr:

 

Dear everyone who claims there is no culture war going on and everything is a conservative conspiracy, why is CBC choosing to interview a convicted terrorist who fought alongside a terrorist organization responsible for killing hundreds of Christians every year? A terrorist who pleaded guilty to murdering an american medic and injuring another american soldier?

Why, out of 365 days in a year, does CBC choose EASTER sunday to hold this interview with this terrorist? Is there a place and time to hold this conversation? Sure. I don’t like it but sure. But EASTER SUNDAY? from now on anyone who wants to cite any CBC article to me, you can expect me to simply refer you to this as my response. CBC is completely morally bankrupt at this point as far as I’m concerned.

I can appreciate the exploration of grey areas but this is pretty black and white to me. I have no problem seeing what’s obviously wrong with this. But I’m not surprised by it. And this is why it’s clear to me that the CBC should no longer receive federal subsidization. Let their ideas face the free market and see if anyone will support their trash out in the real world alongside all the other media.

how is this not a direct assault on Christians? and a slap in the face to all of our veterans? You want to talk about dreaming of an ordinary life? Why don’t you ask that of the widow and children of the medic HE MURDERED? Just when I thought the Omar Khadr affair couldn’t stoop any lower, CBC proves me wrong. Wow. Defunding the CBC just became a huge voting issue for me.

 

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“Terrorism works better as a tactic for dictatorships, or for would-be dictators, than for revolutionaries.”
― Christopher Hitchens

Rule #4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. An Easter reflection of my journey to better understand God.

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In a few months I will have been attending church for a year now. But I haven’t admitted this to any of my close friends. There’s just so much stigma attached to church-goers that I worry that it will actually damage my friendships. I’ve justified keeping it to myself by trying to form good arguments to defend why I would do such a thing. Aimed at challenging the stereotypical preconceptions and typical tropes against Christianity.

But I think this also may just be an excuse to hide behind my own embarrassment. Which, I think, comes from a place of insecurity. I never grew up with any religious upbringing and I used to be that guy who mocked religious people as brainless cultists. Sam Harris would’ve been proud. So I feel like a complete imposter when I find myself sitting in a pew.

That being said, there I find myself, watching an easter play about Jesus saving us. So how did I get here? I never grew up with any religious upbringing. I’ve never studied the bible before now nor have I ever attended any sort of Catholic school. I grew up on Star Trek, The Next Generation. They were having conversations around AI, finite resources, authoritarianism, democracy, genocide, racism, social hierarchies, trauma, foreign aid, foreign conflict, and so much more. Hell, if Picard broke the prime directive I lost sleep! What if their interference changed that civilization forever?

It represented a future where we truly transcended all the petty issues which hold us back. All of Earth was united by what was the greater good for humanity as a whole. Though the planet united under one federation it didn’t stand in the way of national pride or prevent the celebration of individuality and local culture. People got to choose their career paths out of sheer self interest and for pride in serving humanity. Secular values could unite where our individual differences could divide.

We would be a shining example of diversity, inclusion and equality. And because of our values we would shock the universe by our adaptability and our ability to outpace other planets who did not share the same ethics. We had the ability to look to our past as it truly was and learn from it. Exploration of Earth came with it colonization that could reap dramatic consequences to foreign peoples in foreign lands. From this we would establish the prime directive, the law against intervening with any underdeveloped planets. And instead the exploration was focussed more on the pursuit of knowledge and truth than that of conquering and assimilation.

Finally, the utopia was here. This vision of the future would be the basis of my optimism as I grew up. And then 911 happened. And it would set in motion a series of events that would, I believe, take us to our current culture war which threatens the future of the entire western world. A war that, if lost, will make the burning of the library of Alexandria look like a dumpster fire by comparison. And here I sit, pondering how we got here from when Gene Roddenberry dreamt up his grand dream.

 

Watch Inspirational speeches of Star Trek:

 

The reality is he took for granted the actual complexities around what a meaningful life represents. He dismissed the narratives of the Bible as “the dark ages of superstition”. Roddenberry underestimated the narratives in the Bible which provide a framework to guide us through life. It is ancient wisdom which provides a context from which we can discern reality. Truths that predate science. Symbols and interpretations which can provide helpful perspective.

Nietzsche proclaimed that God was dead and in his estimate he believed that we would need to produce our own new system of values from which society could function. But there’s this odd assessment from people in today’s society that the only rule we need is just simply to just ‘be good’. ‘Care’. Because if we all just agree to love instead of hate then we will never have differences or disagreements. While being totally naive to the fact that we almost ended the world in the 20th century over our philosophical and ethical disagreements.

The cold war revolved around communism over democracy. The second world war revolved around one single man’s warped Darwinian conceptualization of a master race. Social hierarchical restructuring that resulted in genocide and concentration camps. Paranoid conspiracies that would divide nations from within. And in a post-theistic world, we now see the creation of more religions today than there ever were. If you don’t know what I’m talking about do yourself a favour and read a couple books. Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men or Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good & Evil. It probably also wouldn’t hurt reading books from Ayn Rand or about Ayn Rand.

The point I’m trying to make is that secular values may claim to consist of logic, empathy and reason but people widely believed that the enlightenment was a breaking off from religion however it ignorantly dismisses the foundation religion provided which influence logic, empathy and reason. With a Christian context the basis for logic, empathy and reason was nested in virtues the Bible impressed upon us. The sovereignty of the individual, the discipline to identify the vices that make us weak and relationship building that allowed us to be better neighbours, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues, etc. Through this foundation our logic would be sound, our empathy wouldn’t be misplaced and our reason would remain reasonable. Without that foundation the only thing we have is self interest.

Logic, empathy and reason is not presented to us by a world of objective truths, it is concluded based on the motivations of our worldview. Or the ideology from which we subscribe. And this means we do not live in a world of objective truths, we live in a world of narratives and we map out the world by projecting those narratives onto it. I can pick up a tree branch and depending on the circumstance that branch can be firewood. Or it could be a weapon. Or a tool. Maybe it can be all three but is it equally all three despite the circumstances around it?

We underestimate how subjective logic, empathy and reason are. Some of the best work documenting this, I feel, is Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind and I think Amy Chua’s Political Tribes also offers a lot of great insights into this. Globalists hold different values than nationalists, liberals hold different values than conservatives, socialists hold different values than capitalists. Adolf Hitler was a nationalist but so were other people George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Socialism has resulted in the deaths of millions of people but that’s not to say incorporating certain socialist concepts can’t be beneficial, such as universal healthcare or variations of it.

This is why the cake of utopia was always a lie. There are certain differences between cultures and ethnicities around Earth that make it impossible to unite under one single umbrella. In this post truth world there’s no way we would ever achieve a united earth federation like that from Star Trek. But that’s not to invalidate Roddenberry’s dream. His vision of the future may not be exactly as he foresaw but it serves as blueprints towards building whatever is next to come. If we can manage to survive today’s culture war and whatever comes from it’s fallout.

 

Watch Mark Osborne’s short “MORE”:

 

But going back to how I, personally, found myself on this path today. I grew up in a relatively significantly dysfunctional household. However compared to how the majority of how everyone else grew up I am reluctant to even acknowledge it as really much of a deviation from norm. I am no historian but I’d gamble that families have never been more dysfunctional today than ever before. Children are growing up in single parent households where they reach adulthood without having even seen a two-parent household. The rate of fatherhood was better in slavery times than they are today. Despite all the incentives and welfare programs that were put in place to make poor families stronger.

We are anti-fragile beings who can adapt to whatever tragedy comes our way but it’s malevolence that traumatizes us, destroys us. Without a foundation to assist us with reacting to the malevolence of the world we are vulnerable to disaster fatigue. Without inspiration we can become bitter and cynical about this malevolent world. Because life is suffering. If you have nothing to offset your suffering you can easily slip into apathy and nihilism. The kind of apathy that places you behind the wheel of a vehicle after too much to drink and ends with wiping an entire family off the face of the Earth. The kind of nihilism that finds you bringing a gun to school or workplace. Misery loves company it’s far easier to tilt the world towards hell than it is to tilt it away. It’s easy to find a devil behind a transformation like this. And we all hold the capacity for evil like this.

I used to be the champion of the grey area argument. I prided myself on my centrism. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative. A man’s man with a soft side. But now I see a society obsessed with the grey area. Where all rules are oppressive and must be torn down to mean nothing. Everything must be open ended and all variations of the truth must be valued as an equal truth. Like in today’s gender debate. Where radical leftists actually believe that biological sex does not exist. To the point where Twitter will now ban you for misgendering an individual and doctors are being compelled to not specify the sex on the birth certificate of newborns.

It’s gotten so out of hand that it has actually fractured the feminist community to where women who now advocate for women-only spaces are being discredited as “radical feminists” and labelled as “TERFs” (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists). So if you believe we should have a woman-only gym or shelter to protect women who have been sexually assaulted and traumatized by male genitalia then you are being deemed a bigot for simply not qualifying a trans-woman as a legitimate woman and insisting they be segregated based on their genitalia. Some people now actually referring to biological women as “bleeders” in an attempt to be “inclusive” to trans-women. How about you? You ready to sit your daughter down and explain to her that she is a “bleeder”? All in the name of progress.

These ideas are nowhere near as fringe as I would’ve thought. I saw this in my own friends who are all well educated people. Justin Trudeau initiated a new rule at Service Canada where staff are no longer to refer to parents as “mother” and “father” because those terms are now deemed offensive. Yet my friends react to these things with this odd acceptance almost as a way of signalling how accepting and compassionate they are. Compassionate to who, exactly? We ALL have a mother and a father regardless whether or not that relationship extended to our upbringing it was the very product of our conception. This remains true through the animal kingdom. All Mammals have a mother and a father. So how the fuck would that ever not apply to anyone existing on planet Earth today? There is no exception to that rule.

But such is the consequence of conflating subjective identity with biological realty. Because the social construct argument denotes reality itself. Which means legislature accommodating such beliefs are actually legislating law that actually contradicts factual reality. All in the name of appearing progressive by accepting ALL world views. Even though the worldviews you’re attempting to accommodate for actually hold you in contempt and actively seek to cause you direct harm. Because it’s not gay as in happy, it’s queer as in fuck you. Google it.

This virtue signalling doesn’t prevent us from calling our own parents mom and dad. This acceptance of biological fluidity doesn’t prevent us from wearing our girly clothes or guy accessories. It doesn’t prevent us from seeking partners that are identifiably attractive based on their biology. It doesn’t stop women from loving their chick flicks or guys from building their man caves. But we’re expected to constantly contest any form of stereotype that reveals itself to us. As if adopting the progressive narrative has become more important than just living in reality. It’s scary to see the level of self flagellation we will embrace towards seeking the approval of others. Of complete strangers.

We are all expected to condemn masculinity in all it’s forms and deem it toxic but then we turn around and reminisce of our hockey days and how much fun it was scrapping with the opposing team. But we must advocate against exactly these fond memories to the next generation, without a single mindful thought on how shaming and social engineering children for their sex differences would impact their growth into adulthood. Despite the declines we are seeing in sexual relationships, academic success and overall competence among boys growing up today. Warren Farrell documents these declines in his book The Boy Crisis and Christina Hoff Sommers in her book The War Against Boys.

But we put seeking approval above actually improving the quality of life. Above fixing the world. I mentioned 911. After 911 it’s like we awoke to a reality we never really knew existed. I started watching news for the first time and I never stopped. I felt naive and vulnerable that I didn’t know what the Trade Towers were and I wanted to develop a sense of defense by understanding the world around me better. Images of Muslims celebrating the attack filled the news coverage of the day. The assault on America was an assault on the entire western world and, to paraphrase Jordan Peterson, the question wasn’t what fell but what remained standing.

The loss of thousands from that attack would have a ripple affect around the entire world but largely within all of America. Every single American and many Canadians were either directly or indirectly attached to a family who suffered a loss on 911. That tragedy would transform into anger. We needed someone to blame in a situation where those directly involved were already dead and we needed to make sense out of a situation that would never make sense.

We discriminated against people different than us. We mocked and attacked Indian Sikhs when the people who committed the crime were Wahabi Muslims from Saudi Arabia. But that didn’t stop us from calling Sikhs diaper heads or terrorists. Nor did it stop America from doing billions of dollars in business with Saudi Arabia. A large portion of the American public believed that Barack Obama was disqualified to run for president simply by the fact his middle name was Hussein, like Saddam Hussein, and his last name was Obama, similar to Osama (Bin-Laden).

Luckily this alone did not prevent the rest of America from voting for America’s first black president. Twice. But this was right at the same moment the great recession hit the world economy. And in those 8 years of Obama’s presidency we started seeing a cultural shift. As social media grew more powerful and attractive it drew in everyone around the world from all the corners of the internet into one single place where we would now all be faced with one another. Websites like Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and Instagram would centralize public discourse.

Now the fringes of the internet like 4chan would be more accessible than ever before with all it’s content, good and bad, constantly being shoved in our faces by trolls and clickbaiters. And all our cleeks and tribes would clash in ways like never before. And for the first time we had to take a hard look at ourselves for how prejudicial and ignorant we ALL are. The fallout of this would spark real world movements like black lives matter and occupy wall street.

However a new form of progressive politics would emerge out of these movements. Early in things like #gamergate and later in things like #Metoo. Other more specific moments like when Kathleen Wynne would tell Ontario media that systemic racism did exists and was thriving well. Moments like Justin Trudeau making it mandatory to be pro-choice in order to sit on the Liberal caucus and initiating a gender parity cabinet “because it’s 2015”. By all accounts the data shows that America was left more polarized and prejudicial after Obama’s 8 years in office. Coming up to the 2019 Canadian federal election I would say the same is true for here in Canada after 4 years of a feminist Prime Minister. And this is to not even mention the Brexit vote in the UK or any of the events coming out of the Asylum seeker crisis. And then Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, in many ways, represents a boiling point when everything in our culture just erupted in chaos. In many ways on both sides of the political spectrum. I truly believed that Trumps reputation alone was enough to disqualify him for president so when I saw him win the republican primaries I was stunned and thought this would be a shoe in for Hillary. Not to my pleasure, I have never been a fan of Hillary Clinton. But I believed she was the obvious choice in comparison to Trump, at least. But I was wrong.

And in 2016 after I watched Trump win his presidency when all polls claimed a landslide victory for Clinton, I decided that I was in a bubble and I needed to start doing more listening and looking for my news beyond the usual ABC, CNN, CBC, BBC, PBS, TVO. I came to the realization that ignorance was no longer an old world concept that would die out with the aging generation of yesterday but it was thriving in today’s youth in ways I was blind to. I would seek out truth and call out ignorance wherever I saw it. But to my further shock, the most manipulative, audacious ignorance I would find would actually be on the left-wing. Not the right-wing.

Right-Wing media would report with it’s obvious right-wing bias. This is why I’ve always dismissed Fox News as not actual news because they couldn’t be objective. However other channels like CNN and MNSBC went absolutely bonkers, reporting actual lies on top of a new doubled down left-wing bias like never before. The language I see coming out of those on the left is more dehumanizing than I’ve ever seen before.

And these views really are only from a fringe minority but they are propped up by the left-biased media to create the perception that these are majority views. An effort to kowtow everyone into their respective lanes where they are expected to stay and shut the fuck up. I fell in love with Stephen Colbert when he roasted Bush at the 2006 white house correspondents dinner. Now he is more of an embittered Trump fact checker than anything that passes for comedy. I’ve never seen more vitriol than jokes in comedy than what I’ve seen since Trump won presidency. Which, fair enough, but what is the role of a comedian when they stop being funny? I won’t even address the changes going on in the Comedian world.

This is true with Brexit, it was true with Trump and it was True in Ontario with a super majority conservative provincial government lead by Doug Ford. But the reaction to this was not humility and introspection, it was of doubling down with identity politics and intersectional narratives coming out of academia and political circles. One of the most successful and outspoken proponents against tribalism and ideological possession would have to be Jordan Peterson. He warns about the dangers of equality of outcomes and censoring free speech. And it’s because he’s been so successful in his lecture based world tour he has become the single largest target of fake news hit pieces next to Donald Trump himself.

Jordan Peterson and his book 12 rules for life helped me see the errors in my own thinking. He taught me just because the ideal judged me, that did not mean the ideal was not worth striving towards. To merely condemn it out of my own insecurities would only produce more suffering than it would prevent. And in his 4 part debate with Sam Harris he truly challenged my preconceived notions around both the Bible and of reality itself. This was where, I believed, he proved that in order for us to come to the proper logic, empathy and reason we needed the proper context behind it. That context was best provided by the Bible. Ancient wisdom that was designed to unlock deep truths about ourselves. Thousands of years in refining and interpretation, the Bible was much deeper and thorough than anything drummed up since the enlightenment.

 

Watch Jordan Peterson on the meaning of life:

 

I learned that we truly need that context. Or as the marxists call it, the ‘lense’ from which our reality is shaped. Because the reason why smart people buy into stupid, dangerous, regressive ideas are because you can convincingly argue the reasons why. If you live in nothing but grey area then you have no foundation in which to oppose these bad ideas so you are compelled by logic, reason and empathy into submission.

That’s why everything in the social justice movement is presented to us in the guise of compassion. More similar to the compassion a mother bear has for her cubs when she has to decide whether you are friend or foe. But compassion nonetheless. So who doesn’t want to look empathetic, caring, kind and ‘inclusive’? But in your submission in guise of your compassion is also consent for a worldview you are now subscribed to. You don’t get to be a mom or a dad in social constructionism. That’s biological essentialism and that’s bigoted. You’re not a bigot, are you? Even if you like to play one at home, the people you propped up will condemn you for doing so.

No one is realizing that if speaking out about these issues represents protest then silence and complicitness is by the same logic consent. And we are dealing with a movement that by design pushes you to the cliffs edge of your comfort zone and only lets up when you push back. Otherwise you will find descending the cliffside and it will be considered consensual. But the problem with arguing with these ideologies is that you as soon as you play the game by their rules you are destined to fail. In their game they decide the rules of engagement. This is how they eliminate the grey area and all forms of centrism. There is no intersection for that.

As a “CIS white male” I am disqualified to have opinions about anything outside the boundaries of “CIS white male” issues. There’s a reason why people seek “allyship” and not membership. Because you do not belong and you will always be the enemy. It’s just a political correct form of racism, discrimination, ignorance and hate. Fascism is something we all agree must be opposed but make it look progressive and it’s just the latest hipster movement. In that is a deep seeded ignorance which is a product of the arrogance that comes from conventional education but with a lack of knowledge about the history of the systems we rely on to function in daily life.

We are born into this world and we only live to a point and the accumulated knowledge and wisdom we obtain in that life dies along with our body. We only trust that the legacy we leave behind can be utilized by the next generation to pick up where we left off to improve the future in the same way for the next generation. Of course society grows, evolves, changes as we also grow, evolve and change as individuals and not all rules of yesterday can work in the society of tomorrow. But in today’s culture war we are faced with a very judgemental ideal and instead of contending with this ideal we are attempting to burn it down. With complete lack of appreciation that you can only hit the big red reset button so many times before there is no recovery. We attempted that enough in the 20th century to prove this point to be true.

When I look down the road to where this all leads us, what the naive utopians see as a renaissance, I see as a cultural collapse. We have a resentment of our father and we are conspiring to erase him. But the truth is we need to journey into the abyss to save him otherwise we will share his fate. I mean that we need to truly understand the history we come from and view that history accurately. In the context that we are those people from our history. We are as capable of the atrocities they committed but also as capable of the miracles they performed. To see yourself as both the nazi camp guard but also as Mother Teresa. That’s the only way to truly understand history. And to appreciate our role in carrying the torch before passing it on.

I believe there is no reasoning, no logic, no empathy without a strong foundation to provide a sufficient context. And so how do I participate in this culture war without becoming the same beast that I am opposing? How do I not find myself slipping into some tribal group of just a different variation of mob justice? This is how the real white supremacists are recruiting. But out of all the ideologues I have noticed that it’s the Christians who seem to be the boldest in their opposition to the SJWs, best at discerning right from wrong and best at drawing clear boundaries around virtues and vices. Though they worship as a tribe, as a community, they operate as individuals.

It’s that acknowledgement that we are all made equal under God that I believe can serve to be the best method of inoculation against this regressive movement of hate and division. The entire structure to intersectionality is predicated on segregating us based on our superficial differences and sorting us out on an artificial social hierarchy where those who are deemed guilty and tainted have no human rights and those higher up the ladder are deemed righteous and operate as a protected class. This movement has been tried and defeated before. It was a sentiment held by the Nazis, the communists, Islamists and it’s always been defeated and it will always be defeated. Because this notion that each human being is not of individual intrinsic value equal to that of the next individual human is just wrong and it always will be wrong. None among us are perfect, therefore there are none among us who are above scrutiny. Period.

 

Watch a reading an conceptualization of “Tarantulas” by Friedrich Nietzsche:

 

Fighting this battle as a CIS white male from the bottom of the hierarchy is a fight that has been lost from the start. But as a man created by God, with a destiny of my own, I can refute your reality and invite the dispossessed among you back into the fold through offerings of a meaningful life of love and happiness. Because good Christians love their enemies. Good Christians attract others from the inner peace they radiate outward into the world. Because love will always conquer hate. Seeking the approval of man will only result in conflict whereas seeking the approval of God will only bear fruit.

The utopia is a lie. There are no entitlements in this world other than the guarantee of suffering. And you cannot transfer suffering, you can only create more. And there are a lot of people who are tilting this world towards hell. And I believe this is the only way to correct for what is going wrong. That is what has put me on the journey for deep truth so I can equip myself with the tools I need from the narratives of the Bible to bring peace. The peace can only begin from within so this is where I start.

It’s also clear to me that by now that none of us ever stopped worshipping. I think worship is far deeper ingrained in our DNA than we realize. Even atheists who denounce religion still operate in terms of idolization and engage in the sacred. Only the idols we worship on mass today in the west are things like iPhones and clothes brands. We engage in sacred language as we emphasize on things we view as pure and other things we regard to be tainted or corrupted.

I believe this has also manifested itself in the trend of organic foods, GMO free foods and other dietary quirks. We are desiring purity. This is also evident in how trendy yoga has become. There’s a taste of spirituality to it. Look at Sam Harris, the most outspoken atheist out there next to Dawkins himself. One of the 4 horsemen. Constantly promotes the benefits of meditation. Well what is meditation? What are you actually doing? You don’t believe in a man in the sky by apparently you can connect to the universe by sitting cross legged and square breathing? Get real dude, if this isn’t the biggest case of denial, I don’t know what is.

I truly believe we are a body which requires sustenance, we are a mind which requires stimulation but I now also truly, deeply believe we are also a spirit which also hungers. And the more we deprive ourselves of spiritual fulfillment the more we seek it out. Like desiring a food containing a vitamine you’re deficient in. So instead of eating junk food you’re serving yourself better by eating higher quality food. A baby cries because it’s hungry. If it’s not hungry there is something wrong. This is literally true about us, symbolically true about us and metaphysically true about us.

Just looking at how political parties are treated in the US shows that party membership is synonymous with religious communities. Families are not coming over for holiday dinners over how they voted in the last election. It has devolved into religious warfare. Intersectionality operates just the same. Original sin to the SJWs is the white man and whiteness, colonization and european traditions. You are inherently guilty and tainted if you fit in this identity group membership. If you speak out against the narratives being put forth, if you are Terry Cruz questioning whether or not Liam Neeson is a racist then you are guilty of wrongthink and you are henceforth a heretic until you repent. You spoke out against the group consensus and deviated from your ‘lane’. We all know you must stay in your lane and shut the fuck up. It absolutely has rituals in which people engage. Just look at land acknowledgements.

What we have are two incompatible sacred values in society and until one value system wins the culture war will continue to rage on. And there’s no telling how bad things can get. The grey area is wrong and centrism has no home anymore. So I will look at where I see the persecution and I will identify with the persecuted as God revealed himself to the lowest of man, the sheppard. I believe there is no coincidence that my pursuit of truth has lead me away from secularism and on the path to God.

 

Watch Jonathan Haidt discuss incompatible values in universities:

 

However now I have the huge task ahead of me of understanding what it means to build a relationship with God. I don’t think I even really understand what worship is, what that means or what it looks like. I have never prayed, at least not in the way I see others pray. Because I don’t understand what it means to speak with God. But I do know that when I’m watching the sun come up as it beams rays of light through the clouds, it sure feels like God talking to me.

I’ve been really enjoying speaking with members of the church I’ve been attending about what God means to them and how their relationship with God has improved their lives. In a time where I see nothing but self interest and deep narcissism and cynicism about the world, I found myself at church surrounded by people who could not be more grateful for simply having another day on this planet. Grateful for the gift of life and even the trials that life presents us. And the courage to trust God in the face of adversity. It was something that reduced me to tears to witness. It felt like affirmation that this is what’s correct.

On this Easter weekend I reflect on my life and realize that I’m becoming a new version of myself as I follow this path. But part of growing up, part of becoming wise is burning off the dead wood that was your old self. Our life and society itself constantly goes through a state of life, death and rebirth. That is how I see the resurrection to be real. I don’t have all the answers nor do I claim to have. I don’t even understand God and may never really have the capacity to conceptualize God anymore than an ant can conceptualize man.

I do know that I’ve witnessed enough of this natural world to believe there is a design to it. And you simply do not have a design without a designer. Whatever that may be. So my challenge ahead is to embrace this path and solidify my beliefs. And stand in the light wearing my truth in the open unafraid of petty, superficial trials. I went into this to battle conflict, so I can’t allow myself to shy away from it. I seek to do right by all those around me. I will carry my burden and ascend to the city of God where I will take my place in the greater destiny of the world. I encourage you to contemplate on this and at least step outside of your grey area to stand for something. Because if you stand for nothing you fall for everything. Happy Easter.

 

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“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8)

Jordan Peterson is Marilyn Manson From 1998

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Having had some time to digest Christchurch I couldn’t help but think back to the gutted feeling I felt back when I heard about the columbine shooting. Which brought on the question, “was bowling for columbine the first documentary that got me into documentaries?” Good old Michael Moore. And then I thought of my favourite part of that movie. The scene where he sat down with Marilyn Manson, who was largely being blamed as responsible for the Columbine shooting because of the manipulative nature of his “evil” song lyrics. Parents were deranged by the Marilyn Manson hysteria, thinking his music would seduce their children into becoming Satanists. Even my mom didn’t want me listening to Marilyn Manson. She was afraid it would radicalize me.

Watch Michael Moore interview Marilyn Manson in Bowling for Columbine:

That’s when it hit me. Jordan Peterson and other alternative media content creators who are finding themselves being blamed for the Christchurch shooting is all based on the same ignorance that came from blaming Marilyn Manson for Columbine. Perhaps there’s a link there. And I think there is. Perhaps it’s the ‘ignorance’ part. Back when I was a kid Marilyn Manson was accused of radicalizing teens into Satanists. Pokemon and Harry Potter allegedly corrupted children’s minds because wizardry was the work of the devil. Seriously, anyone my age remember this?

Watch old video on the evils of Pokemon:

Now, for all the pointing and laughing I did at these people I find myself today looking at shows like Sabrina on Netflix and literally hoping parents don’t let their kids watch such a morally ambiguous, ultra-dark, adult-themed show. But let’s be real, this fucken show is 100% aimed at robbing children of their innocence. It’s completely fucked up. I am a guy who loves his adult themes and dark side to humanity but Sabrina is darker than dark. It’s actual occult indoctrination. And that’s fucked up. Can’t wait to see the next generation post generation Z.

Next I will be the one holding the signs at the street corner preaching the end is Nye. Bill Nye. When morals are politicized and dictated to us by the morally ambiguous.  After the Christchurch shooting one of the first people to find himself a target of the SJW mob was Jordan Peterson. The greatest intellectual of our time that we don’t deserve. Only in today’s world could a self help book be banned in the wake of a mass shooting by a white supremacist. But you still have complete access to mein kampf. With a lazy excuse cited regarding someone Jordan took a picture with.

Watch We the Internet TV debunk Bill Nye (+ Is Bill Nye Thanos?):

Having attended one of Jordan’s lectures as he tours the world, I happen to know in order to get a photo like this with Jordan you need to buy a VIP ticket. Then at the end of the talk you line up with all the other VIPs and one by one each person gets about 15 seconds with Jordan to say a quick hello and take a photo then you move on and are issued a password to log onto the website later to search for your photo. Jordan has done this with literally THOUSANDS of people and frankly whether or not he was aware of what this shirt read is totally irrelevant.

What’s he going to do? Tell the dude who paid $200 for a VIP ticket to go change his shirt? To leave? Sure, he could, if he was a dick. Do you take responsibility for every single person’s political and moral views before you take a photo with them? Oh but sure, let’s hold others accountable for a standard we don’t hold ourselves to. Let’s all get out our yearbook and now own the guilt by association of everyone from that class photo who went on to commit wrongdoing. No holes in that logic. None at all. I genuinely do not understand this guilt by association concept. As if you need to justify why you follow a certain individual.

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I watch people like Tim Pool, Styxhexenhammer, Ben Shapiro and others. Does that mean I automatically agree with everything they say? Not at all. These are all guys who have a knack for thinking about things in very different, creative ways than how I’m use to looking at them. And I value that. Ben Shapiro in particular has challenged my views on abortion in a very big way. And it’s shown me that there is a lot more to consider before making up my mind. I appreciate having my ideas challenged.

Jordan Peterson challenged my simplistic views of the bible and of western society. And after reading his book I’ve applied his rules to my life to the best of my ability and I’m seeing my life improve dramatically. If this doesn’t work for other people, fair enough. But why does that make ME a bad person? Why does any of this make Jordan a bad person? It doesn’t. Is it better to follow people like Kim Kardashian and live a superficial, mediocre existence?

People are more engaged in real issues today more than ever and that’s only a good thing. If the only reason we shouldn’t be following people within the Intellectual Dark Web is because they’re contrarians and disagreeable people make you feel bad then frankly it’s time to grow the hell up. Bill O’Reilly reacted to the tsunami in Japan which caused the Nuclear plant meltdowns by saying, “God remembers pearl harbour.” People didn’t say shit then nor do they care now. Rush Limbaugh has said shit that would probably actually justify comparing him to Hitler. There’s a reason why people don’t give a shit about those ACTUAL far-right wing figures. They’re not very influential. Because that brand of extreme politics actually isn’t very popular.

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And the majority of people who tuned into their shows were old, retired, hard leaning conservatives. The “get the F off my lawn” crowd. That brand has nothing to do with the IDW crowd. Yet the IDW crowd continuously gets labelled as “alt-right”. And I really do believe that the reason things are so polarized now is frankly because of Trump people are only paying attention now. Most elections don’t see a large voter turnout. If you’ve discovered politics for the first time then, yes, I understand the hysteria. Politics is ugly. And if you don’t understand how politics work then you’re just going to act like chicken-little screaming about the sky falling. Which pretty accurately describes SJWs. Oh if I don’t get a gender neutral bathroom then that’s genocide. How about we drop you off in the Congo, todays Congo. And if you can survive the month, you’ll come home as grateful as you should be and you will kiss the dirt ground.

Richard Spencer and his brand of legit ethno-nationalist views are what true “alt-right” is. He’s the one who coined the term. No one in the IDW sits down with Richard Spencer (because his ideas are just not interesting and no one is interested in ethno-nationalism). In fact now that Milo has progressed further right, interacting with the ethno-nationalists, has caused the IDW to no longer sit down with Milo either. Nor is anyone in the community pushing to hear from either of them. Yet the media still labels the community as alt-right.

It’s not meant to accurately describe the community, it’s just meant to slander. And frankly anyone who fails to see this clear as day is just selectively ignorant and obviously perfectly happy mischaracterizing good people and are totally cool with supporting the billion dollar corporations who seek to amend our rights until we’re essentially living in our own social credit system like China. The IDW is the last non-conformist movement left and it’s under constant assault by people looking to strip the world of all differences. In the name of diversity. Maybe we need to check what you think diversity actually means.

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*Rare image of the pope co opting the ok symbol to signal his white supremacy to billions of nazis*

But believe it or not, to a large mass of people, this makes a lot of sense. So what do these people have in common with the Pokemon, Harry Potter, Marilyn Manson blasphemy law enforcers? Their ignorance. None of those people really actually looked into pokemon or ever read harry potter or actually listened to what Marilyn Manson was saying. They allowed their emotions and assumptions the bias of their individual worldview to guide their judgements. In this same way, most people who buy into these cheap insults of Peterson aren’t actually familiar with any of his content. It’s no coincidence such lazy thinking leads to people actually believing that Peterson promotes ‘enforced monogamy’.

Watch Jordan Peterson explain ‘enforced monogamy’:

That’s exactly what’s going on with those who condemn people like Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro and Bret Weinstein. Slander is dressed up as “critique” where activist based narrative news media refer to these people as “alt-right, problematic or grifters”. Because these terms are intended to disqualify without requiring a cohesive argument to contend with the credentials behind the person espousing such ideas. When in reality it’s, as they call it, a ‘dog whistle’ to signal that these individuals and the content they represent is pure blasphemy. There’s a reason why replacing the word “alt-right” with the word “heretic” ends up meaning the same thing. Because the SJW mob is just a modern day witch hunt.

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Where disagreeability represents the embodiment of sin when ideology becomes worshipped as sacred. The calls to ban in 1998 were no different than the calls to ban in 2019. We are now the exact ignoramuses from our youth. And instead of engaging in honest discussion over the ideas that people like Peterson share people fall back on a misconstrued clickbait article or sound bite that allows them simply defame the man so they don’t need to contend with the ideas. But with now over 3 million copies sold around the globe, Jordan Peterson isn’t going to be losing sleep over any of it anytime soon regardless. But I sure would appreciate someone explaining to me the difference between modern day book bans and old school book burning.

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Going back to my main point, I think it was wrong to blame Marilyn Manson for Columbine, but blame they did. I think it’s also wrong to blame people like Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro (who constantly call out ethno-nationalists) for what happened in Christchurch. And while I’m in a reflective mood, if I think back to what’s been going on during this culture war. I suppose it really kicked off when Pepe became officially deemed hate speech by the SPLC. In a world where text dominates human interaction it’s no surprise that memes have been used as a form of expression to convey reactions, thoughts and feelings. And sometimes when peering into that abyss, it takes us to dark places. And there could be no better example of this then that of Pepe.

I also believe that it’s worthy of noting the symbolism of the frog itself. For many cultures the frog represents transformation, change, adaptation. Like tadpole to frog. It can represent the transient nature of life itself. Often a positive sign of fortune or wealth. As an omen, it can indicate a pending disaster in the future. Pepe did exactly this. Transforming from one conceptualization to another based on the individual poster, creating an actual auction market for unique Pepe art but also valuable to each individual using the meme to articulate a reaction or feeling or identity in a way that they couldn’t with words. And possibly foreshadowing the coming culture war that would revolve around exactly these reactions, feelings and identities. RIP Pepe.

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I think the most notable next major meme evolution must be the NPC meme. Inspired by things like Trump derangement (orange man bad) and exactly the bad faith hit pieces I’m mentioning here, Memers created the NPC meme. I believe around the same time this simulation theory became popular. Where people actually believe that this world isn’t real and everything is just a simulation like the Matrix with Keanu Reeves. A conspiracy seducing even the smartest among us as Elon Musk mused over it with Joe Rogan.

The point being everyone starts looking the same and sounding the same and ideas start becoming less and less interesting when all you see everywhere around you are the same narratives being preached by the same ‘bad actors’. This is why all those who manage to break free of the narratives and see the world for what it really is, is considered “red pilled”.

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Watch Jimmy Dore covering Rachel Maddow; All Russia. All the Time:

But now we are seeing a new meme emerge and it seems to be sticking. It’s a type of clown world meme where Pepe is now donning clown garb. It’s being used to convey feelings of dismissal over the hypocrisy and hyperbole people see at every angle from all sides. It may be perceived to be a way of making light of the heavy times we live in. But I think it’s actually deeper than that. It’s a product of deep nihilism where you laugh off serious things that are not jokes. It’s a way of opting out, shutting down and closing our eyes from real things that really matter.

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Watch Paul Joseph Watson discuss the clown world meme:

A guy who by all accounts disqualifies himself for presidency goes on to become president. A feminist Prime Minister boots 2 powerful women from the party caucus for a scandal HE initiated. He lies about the scandal and about both women but then threatens to sue the critical opposition for “telling lies”. A nazi shoots up a mosque and a self help book gets banned but you can still buy Mein Kampf. Police show up at the doors of those who misgender people on Twitter.

Public trust in news media is at an all time low then time magazine names the news media people of the year. It’s easy to understand why people feel the world is upside down. But the honk honk comes from a place of deeply seeded apathy. And that’s a really dangerous place for dispossessed people to be. Is this the blue-pill alternative to the red-pill? Or is this pill black?

Watch Styxhexenhammer discuss the blackpill generation:

The reason why I enjoyed Bowling for Columbine so much when I was younger was because of the interview with Manson I featured at the start of this blog. When it seemed like EVERYONE had an answer to why the columbine shooting happened, Manson was the only one to say that what HE would do was just listen to the kids, because that’s what no one else was doing. And it’s a sentiment that rings true to this day. The teen angst of the 90s society of high expectations is the same as today’s wrongthink in the post truth era.

The tools of censorship, used by conservatives in the past, are the same tools now used by the leftists. Only in today’s social media world the stakes are higher than ever before when it comes to exactly what gets censored. There is overwhelming evidence that the way to actually de-radicalize someone who’s gone too far is to allow them to feel free to speak their mind, make them feel heard and open opportunities for them to walk outside of their bubble.

When dealing with deeply rooted tribal individuals you must present them with an even greater tribe for them to identify with. Like most people with most issues, all they really need is a simple change of perspective. These are paranoid individuals. You do not want to back a paranoid individual into a corner. But people are happy to do it regardless, because revenge is more fun than justice. Honk honk.

Watch Daryl Davis speak at TEDxNaperville:

Watch Aaron Stark speak at TEDxBoulder:

Watch Theo E.J. Wilson speak at TEDxMileHigh:

Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Life After Hate:

I believe, symbolically, this represents a numbness that comes from disaster fatigue. When people become overwhelmed by bad news. Similar to compassion fatigue. Where we begin to drown in our own empathy by grieving vicariously through other victims or  unfortunate situations totally detached from our own individual lives. I, myself, needed a couple of days to tune out after the Christchurch shooting. Sometimes you just need time for your heart to grieve. I think there’s something healthy about feeling grief for others’ suffering. Almost like the heart’s way of saying a little prayer for someone else. But having the awareness to identify these feelings and embrace them by providing an outlet for them is the healthy way of handling it.

Watch TEDx with Juliette Watt; Compassion Fatigue: What is it and do you have it?

I believe it’s when you try to repress such feelings is when you run the risk of burning out or even worse, lashing out. And let’s face facts, it’s the lashing out part we are all concerned about when people feel that they are at their limits and ready to burst. In my opinion I think the clown world meme represents being burnt out but the fact it is a circulating meme tells me it’s acting as an outlet so I can only hope that after a few chuckles people can return to their seats at the table for dialogue so we can continue to move forward together.

Maybe the whole Trump derangement stuff is just that, disaster fatigue without a sufficient outlet. Certainly lying about good people like Jordan Peterson isn’t going to help anyone. It’s just going to further polarize society. And it’s the polarization that’s the real threat to society and the real people and families trying to live their lives. Jordan has worked miracles in bringing meaning to people’s lives. And he’s done more to actually de-radicalize individuals than ANY mainstream media or government body anywhere.

Not to suggest that Peterson ought to be exempt from any scrutiny, of course not. And many people have taken aim at him. His debates have been a large part of how he’s risen to international fame. But when people read something from the New York Times they expect a certain level of journalistic integrity and intellectual rigor. But instead what we receive is mischaracterizations, misleading statements, slurs and literal baseless lies. It’s pretty precious that these are the same institutions who preach to us the importance of truth and accuracy. But worse yet, they are refusing to actually utilize Peterson’s growing influence to spark a real dialogue which actually could serve some good in the world. But that’s not happening because these people don’t want to make things better, they only wish to tear things down in utter contempt.

One critique of Peterson is that his world-tour lectures attract a lot of “young white men”. Well if that’s a point of contention with you then that only tells us more about you then it does about Jordan. I’ll just leave it at that. In a video critique of David Pakman he claimed, without any citation, that Jordan’s ideas around hierarchies have been ‘widely debunked’. Like really dude? If anyone hears that and thinks there’s any legitimacy in it you need to give your head a shake and start exploring outside of your bubble. Because Jordan has never claimed that hierarchies were ever HIS idea in the first place.

Watch a fan-made parody impersonation of the odd nature of the Peterson critiques. A comedic attempt to demonstrate how manipulative taking speech out of context can be:

The whole point to chapter 1 in his book: Stand up straight with your shoulders back, is to simply point out that lobsters, one of the world’s oldest creatures have operated along a social hierarchy system. This means that evolutionary trait would’ve dated back to when WE would’ve been fish. That means hierarchies are older than the existence of trees. Not hundreds of years old, billions. We see other creatures in the animal kingdom play out other hierarchical orders as well. The “stand up straight” part is to reference the evidence that suggests when we do just that, we feel more confident. Because this is a self help book, after all.

This whole point was simply to rebut the lazy notion that capitalism invented social hierarchies simply to dispossess and marginalize people. It has nothing to do with capitalism. No one is proud to see we have homeless among us. Or that others live in poverty. It’s a multi-varied social phenomenon that will not be solved by merely altering our politics. These are not otherwise PERFECTLY ‘normal’ people who are simply oppressed by the patriarchy or of capitalism. According to ScienceDaily.com roughly 50% of homeless men had at least one traumatic brain injury in their lives. And that’s just one contributing variable to consider.

The point is social hierarchies aren’t a product of politics. It’s deeper than that. But sure, you can go on calling Jordan the crazy lobster guy. He’ll continue profiting off of that by selling his lobster merch. So go ahead, ban his book. But if you think you’re hurting Peterson by doing that, you’re wrong. It’s everyone else who have reasons for buying a self help book that will be the ones to suffer. So it’s no surprise to see the clown world meme emerging from an ever more ignorant world developing around us.

Maybe if we all just wrapped out heads in Hijabs and joined in Muslim prayer that would solve all the world’s problems. This is the real problem with guilt by association. If you let the boundaries around such blanket sweeping conditions become too loose then it’s just a matter of time until you’re assigning ALL people of a group identity as guilty and tainted for the sins of a minority among them. Merely on the basis of their biological makeup. Bringing nothing but shame to otherwise completely innocent people. Not to say there isn’t a place for discussions around culture but to infer that white supremacy, ethno-nationalism and mass murder are all products of ‘white culture’ is profoundly ridiculous and just straight up racist. Not only are these sentiments shared in other areas around the world but these are very fringe minorities who subscribe to such ideologies. The western world was founded in exactly the opposite of such sentiments. Where the individual was of unique infinite value and therefore was entitled to rights and freedoms as an individual sovereign entity. But you don’t hear about that anymore

Watch the New Zealand Prime Minister wearing a Hijab:

Unless the New Zealand Prime Minister is Muslim, why would she wear a Hijab? It’s not like she was “off duty”. A Prime Minister is never “off duty”. So what message is she sending to her country or the world? Should we all convert to Islam? Are we bad in some way if we don’t at least attempt to conform to Muslim Culture? Whites are wrong? Muslims are right? The only thing weirder than how Justin Trudeau looked on his India trip would’ve been if he looked that way here in Canada. That’s no knock on Canadian-Indians but even the Indians over there were standing around him in suits like, “dude what the fuck are you wearing”.

Aside from this breaking the PC narrative around cultural appropriation, how is this not an attempt to politicize a tragedy? Maybe she had good intentions but she’s ignorant if that’s all it was. If this was one of the hundreds of Islamist attacks that go on every year killing people all around the world, would it ever be acceptable to hold all Muslims culpable for the actions of Islamists? This is not a false equivalency argument either. Islamists are a real threat. Just like white supremacists are a real threat. If what we want to work towards is true equal rights and opportunities for all people then we must hold everyone to the same ideal standards.

There is no harm in calling out inconsistencies anywhere they may occur. Because the funny thing about ‘the ideal’ is it judges us. To differentiate others based on ignorance is a form of prejudice. Assumptions based on preconceived notions. Usually rooted from anecdotal evidence rather than the scientific method. But repentance for actions that are not our own can also be based in prejudicial ignorance. Both serve to develop stigmas against groups of people rather than holding individuals accountable as the deviants they are. Don’t get me wrong, we should all seek repentance but forgiveness can only be granted to us as individuals over our individual actions. No amount of finger pointing ever granted anyone righteousness. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.

Jordan Peterson has nothing to do with nazis nor does he radicalize anyone. And as long as we keep playing this stupid game of pin the tail on the alt-right we actually end up doing what the Christchurch shooter actually wanted from what he reveals to us in his own manifesto. Further polarization. Because what happened in Christchurch wasn’t the end game for this man. It was a recruiting tactic for his cause. And he was smart enough to understand that if you can’t recruit by seducing people into your tribe with your ideology then you just need the other tribes to exile their own.

And when those people have nowhere else to turn, the ideas won’t matter anymore. And the media is doing a fine job carrying out this man’s wishes. Which, at best, is a disgrace to the families and community who suffered at the hands of this monster. And, at worst, is nothing more than an attempt to ignite an actual civil war in the western world. Rule #6: set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.

Watch Jordan Peterson in his own words:

 

“Yes, I’m reckless and sometime express no concern for my own well being, and I express a misanthropic view of the world, but to have an opinion, you can’t be a nihilist.”

– Marilyn Manson

Jesus for Dummies

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Reza Aslan presented a talk at the Aspen Institute in July 2015 where he performed a deconstruction of Jesus. This was pitched to us as the Aspen Institute titled “The Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith”. The only problem with that title is that it suggests that we would explore the significance of the many roles Jesus has played throughout time and history. What we got was a neo-marxist deconstruction of Jesus through the intersection lense of TODAY’S sense of social justice. As you could probably guess, it was a rather less than charitable interpretation of Jesus.

Reza is theologically unqualified and intellectually dishonest at best but he’s a comrade who furthers the narratives of the culture war so why not put him on a stage to speak to a crowd. Clap, clap, clap. How woke. Have a watch and if you care to share, comment below.

 

Watch Reza Aslan in, “The Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith”:

 

If anyone thinks this was an honest discussion about Judeo-Christian faith can think again. This was nothing more than a marxist deconstruction and the only context from which Reza was speaking was through the ideologically possessed lense of post-modernism and intersectionality. held to a modern standard of what social justice means today, there’s a reason why even his question period had to consist of a gender parity. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that, just funny how he had to virtue signal that to premise the Q&A.

The only goal here was to undermine Christianity by attempting to remove the righteous claim from Jesus and to paint him as just a flawed man, not someone who lived a life on the path to God. And to slander jews by questioning their motivations behind their religious institutions as a front for Muslim segregation and discrimination. Sure sounds pretty similar to the Jewish conspiracy to me. I personally consider his discussion around Jews to be anti-semitic.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what sheer contempt hiding behind a smile looks like. There are far more interesting and intellectually honest theistic conversations going on through Jordan Peterson’s psychological biblical series and through the various youtube channels by churches and theologians like the Logos Christian Family Church channel or the Living Stones Christian Reformed channel. But let’s be real. You don’t see academic institutions entertaining theologians. We all know they aren’t intellectuals right? Because NO indoctrination ever occurs in academia. Ever.

What we saw here wasn’t a religious conversation about pluralism or even an honest critique about judeo-christian ethics, it wasn’t even really about jesus. It was a lecture about the religion of intersectionality (neo-marxism) and we see clearly here that deconstruction is solely designed to break down concepts to highlight their vulnerabilities and represent them as weaknesses, it is not a method which has ever been used to actually solve any problems.

And intersectionality truly is a religion in the various ways it’s cultists refuse any other version of reality to exist. And like Islam, those who do not adopt the teaching of Intersectionality are infidels and apostates are condemned and shunned. You are not sovereign in your individuality, you STAY IN YOUR LANE. And that lane is dictated to you by the authoritarians who claim to ascend the intersectional high ground. You are assigned to a group and that is where you will conform.

To the intersectionality crowd, this world is nothing more than oppressors and victims and there are no unique individuals, only groups based on identity and life itself is a zero sum game over power struggles. And in that game you have players like Reza who are desperately trying to climb up the hierarchy with his woke points. No different than scientology’s tiers to xenu.

The fact Reza seems almost giddy to answer questions like “could you talk about jesus family life, like his sketchy girlfriends” (36:10) I think really just highlights the real motivations behind the entire talk and just how misleading a title for this content is, “The Jesus of History versus the Christ of Faith” from the Aspen Institute. Clearly a more accurate title would’ve been, “a modern deconstruction of Jesus through history”. There’s a reason why they want to frame such a narrow minded view of Jesus as this sort of “Jesus for dummies” approach. because they’re expecting you to accept this opinion as fact. Reza Aslan who is theologically unqualified and intellectually dishonest at best. do yourself a favour, don’t drink the kool aid.

 

 

“The kids are starting to burn this place and to trash it. They’re dragging a grand piano down the stairs. It’s the destruction of high culture, about which they’re nothing but cynical, because they don’t believe that hard work and sacrifice can produce something of any value. They want to bring it down and destroy it. You can see it in the story of Cain and Abel. Abel is hard working and everyone likes him, and he makes the proper sacrifices, so his life goes really well. And that’s part of the reason that Cain hates him. He’s jealous and resentful, but worse than that – if you’re not doing very well and you’re around someone who is doing very well it’s painful, because the mere fact of their Being judges you. And so it’s very easy to want to destroy that ideal so that you don’t have to live with the terrible consequences of seeing it embodied in front of you. And so part of the reason that people want to tear things down is so that they don’t have anything to contrast themselves against and to feel bad. And that’s exactly what’s happening here. Kids are destroying all of this culture, because the fact that it exists judges them.”

Jordan Peterson – Maps of Meaning 4: Marionettes and Individuals (Part 3) [54:55-56:15]

Jordan Peele Finds Himself in The Sunken Place

Jordan Peele

Watch Philip Defranco discuss the controversy around Jordan Peele’s comments:

Today Jordan Peele found himself in the sunken place of the culture war when he advocated for white genocide. Or so you would think given the reaction of some people online. But such is the state of our polarized, outrage addicted culture. The quote that the clickbait journalism ran with to illicit the backlash was, “I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie.” And with that the culture war exploded in outrage as all the SJWs, Nazis, shitlords and Otherkin converged on their local parks and engaged in a Ron Burgundy style brawl that was so intense that I’m sure we’ll see some popular figures in the new Smash Bros DLC.

Ok, it wasn’t THAT bad. And in fact Jordan Peele went on to say:

“Not that I don’t like white dudes but I’ve seen that movie. It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is the feeling like we are in this time – a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false. The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes.”

But in the cesspool that is the twitterverse we, of course, saw a lot of people take the bait. Of course the point of this tabloid was to incite outrage and draw attention and benefit from all the clicks and views propped up by everyone on all sides road raging about it online. Because like the ex girlfriend who stalked me, negative attention is still attention. But we all apparently have yet to truly learn that. And one such poor bastard happened to be someone whose content I enjoy, Jeremy over at TheQuartering (on twitter, youtube, minds, facebook). Jeremy tweeted out the article with the comment, “Imagine saying…’I don’t see myself hiring white dudes’ and being applauded. These times…”

The Quartering

Watch TheQuartering explain the situation around his tweet:

This picked up attention from others online and made its way onto the Philip Defranco show who reported on the controversy. Now I’m just not going to touch on the ouroboros nature of these incidents where journalists produce clickbait, then content creators expose clickbait, therefore effectively taking the bait. Then indie dude, like myself, with nothing better to do shares said click baited click bait to all his friends which only produces further clickbait. BUT there’s a real point to be made through all this noise. Jeremy isn’t wrong. But he’s also not right. And most of us are usually in this boat.

To simply dismiss legitimate claims of racism is only making the situation worse. There is no such thing as ‘reverse racism’ or the ‘false equivalency’ of comparing blacks and whites to black and white situations. But the real question here is was there any real racism that took place here? On the surface it sure looks that way. And let’s not kid ourselves, you replace the word “white” with the word “black” or “latino” or “asian” or whatever and of course it would be a morally wrong thing to say. So if the goal here is equality then we should be striving for nothing less. But is this a racist incident?

I’m about to sound like I work for Patreon but I really think these things need to be observed through a case-by-case basis. And in order to understand the words we really must understand the person. Look at what happened to Kevin Hart. He was fired from hosting the Oscars after online outrage over a tweet from 2011 which read, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

Watch Ellen sit down with Kevin Hart to help re-hire him as Oscars Host:

Despite the fact this is something Kevin Hart has already addressed in the past, according to him, this didn’t stop the Oscars from dropping him faster than they hired him. Like Hart said himself in a snapchat reaction to the news, do people actually think that someone can’t grow and learn in 8 years? Do we all just start to view all of history through the critical lense of today’s cultural context? And where exactly are these flawless people? These pure, innocent people, who’ve never made a mistake, that these trolls seem to believe exist. Guess what? They don’t exist. We’re all horrible, flawed monsters navigating our way through the fog of life, just coasting along to whatever solid ground we can find.

Kevin Hart watched a life-long dream crumble beneath him. Even after Ellen sat him down and attempted to get him to fight for his job, the damage had already been done. Not the defamation against him but the damage to his dream. The fun, glamour and social relevance that this ceremony represented to him throughout his life, which he put on a pedestal, all came crashing down with their weak willed, bad faith, reactionary abandon of principal at the first sight of risk.

Oh, and the online trolls then came for Ellen, attempting to reduce probably one of the biggest LGBT icons to “just another white woman”. I’m sorry, Ellen is one of the kindest, sweetest, most positive people we have out there so to try and diminish the reputation and presence she’s earned, only reveals your own ill intentions. Ellen didn’t emerge in a time when your ethnicity and sexual orientation were celebrated in society like they are today. She was the rose that bloomed from the crack in the hard concrete when you lost you’re sitcom for your sexual identity.

But to be real, that’s really all she is to the intersectional community. Just another white woman. How dare she not stay in her lane. These social justice warriors are sadists. Sadists who are addicted to the dopamine hit that a good lynching provides. To me, they’re just as dangerous as these white supremacists advocating for a civil war. So don’t kid yourself, there’s no difference between antifa and those antifa target.

Watch SJW mob surround Tucker Carlson’s home where his wife hid in their closet:

The only thing more pathetic than the boy who cried wolf is the fool who listened to the false claim. And after everything the Oscars represented to Kevin, for them to sell him out so quick to appease a minority, faux-outrage mob of trolls reveals that, to them, he’s really nothing more than their dancing monkey to use for ratings. And once you see it, you cannot unsee it. Good on Hart for not giving THEM a second chance. They don’t deserve him. And so ever further the Oscars spiral into irrelevancy. Because they bent the knee to the social justice mob who aims to run black men out of town in the name of progress. When you don’t stand for anything you’ll fall for everything.

My point about Jordan Peele is just that, context. I wouldn’t describe myself as a Jordan Peele “fan” but I’ve always enjoyed his work. And When I watched “Get Out” I didn’t see the persecution of white people despite the fact literally every white actor in the film was a villain. I empathized with the main lead, believe it or not, despite the fact our skin looks different. Go figure!

But I know I was able to do so because the story and the actors enabled that relationship. When I was presented with the “black boyfriend” narrative it didn’t come across as political propaganda. It felt like cultural relevance. Even if it was a little political. But I was happy to support it given that if this was political, this is how you do it right. Because the concept, the acting, the writing was good. It was something the entire audience could unite under.

Watch Jordan Peele discuss how white audiences reacted to “Get Out”:

The issues he’s talking about are real issues. It’s always been cringey when studios feel the need to cast white actors in place of other ethnic roles like when they cast Christian Bale as an Egyptian. I think there is a real conversation to be had around visible representation in movies and shows. BUT THAT BEING SAID. So much of our content has been used as social justice propaganda that I completely understand people who may be suffering from political fatigue and just groan at every mention of “empowerment” and “dominance position” this versus “power group” that, yadda, yadda, yadda.

There just seems to be this odd idea that the only way to empower someone is to tear someone else down. Like the only way for a white person to be an “ally” is to just SHUT THE FUCK UP. Wow, great. For me, to be honest, I take more offense to the part where he says, “I’ve seen that movie before”. I totally understand push back against that. What is he even saying? Everything Hitchcock made, everything Kubrick made, star wars, lord of the rings, star trek, etc etc etc are all just the same movie because they were made and starred by whites? I have a feeling that Jordan, himself, was really caught off guard with this interview and was baited into saying some stupid crap. Otherwise he needs to invest in a publicist before he opens his mouth.

Be honest with yourself, when you go to a movie do you think to yourself, “I can’t wait to see all the statistically accurate visible representation according to the demographics of the region where the movie takes place,” or do you think to yourself “this movie looks interesting, I want to see what happens,”?

Racism is racism. Period. Whether you’re white or black or whatever. Period. And like Jordan said himself, the reality is he can now turn to a studio and say “I wanna make a movie about black people” and receive funding. That’s progress. So to keep moving forward let’s focus on how to unite audiences, not divide them. The less risk to a studio the less doubt they can have to fund these sorts of projects. And take risks on new up and comers like Jordan Peele.

I just don’t understand why Peele felt he had to even say this at all. He would have meant the same thing by just saying, “I hire who I feel best fits into my story,” and just left it at that. I feel like he was probably baited into weighing in about identity politics and just fell for the bait. Probably an example of someone who surrounds themselves with yes people and gets so caught up with confirmation bias they are lulled into a false sense of security by the wrong people.

But that being said, Jordan Peele is now a Hollywood elite, regardless his roots and so if what we want is true equality then he needs to take the public reaction for whatever it is and deal with it. This is the nature of the Hollywood beast. And he’s a big boy, he can take responsibility for the things he says. I’m sure he’s not losing sleep over what guys like me think. Nor am I losing sleep over shit people like him say. Everything else from everyone else is just playing the outrage game. On both ends of the spectrum. I didn’t really care for “US” but I’m still looking forward to his next one.

It’s easy to see politics everywhere you look these days. But I do think these situations must be evaluated as a case by case basis otherwise we just paint with broad brushes and end up dehumanizing people in the same way as the SJW. We can’t rob people of their individual sovereignty based on surface level evidence that we use to act as judge, jury and executioner. We’re all entitled to our opinions but we also all need to be mindful of when dialogue devolves into rhetoric. Because we’re ALL guilty of that.

Sometimes if we forget to take proper care of ourselves and reconnect with the outside world then our oversaturated minds can easily regurgitate these narratives as we project this rhetoric overtop of otherwise innocent situations. Not that these comments are innocent but I do not believe Jordan Peele is guilty of any wrongdoing.

Dear outrage mobs, this is how you look:

 

“I’ll say this: The scariest monster in the world is human beings and what we are capable of, especially when we get together.”

– Jordan Peele

At least you got a Mueller report

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the Mueller investigation in the news lately. Devastating a lot of democrats to find out that there will be no further indictments into the Russian collusion probe. I can’t help but sit back, looking at the state of affairs here in Canadian Politics in juxtaposition to our neighbours south of the border screeching in satisfaction and think to myself, “at least you’re lucky enough to have the checks and balances in place to even have the investigation take place at all.”

Here in Canada, apparently when a majority government doesn’t want the public to know about something they can just use and abuse their majority power to shut down all attempts to bring about an investigation. And it begs the question, does our majority government have too much power? What exactly is going on with the SNC-Lavalin situation? Is it a scandal? Is it out right corruption? Bribery? A violation of ethics? And apparently according to most media, why should any of us really even care? Well, let’s review what’s been going on and attempt to ask some of those tough questions.

The first breaking article from the Globe and Mail, “PMO pressed Wilson-Raybould to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin; Trudeau denies his office ‘directed’ her,” was published on Feburary 7th. It’s now March 27th and we still have yet to hear the whole story from Jody Wilson-Raybould who was the initial whistleblower to the SNC-Lavalin controversy. At first the justice committee didn’t even feel the need to hear any testimony at all. They were satisfied with Trudeau’s initial rejection of the Globe and Mail article.

But as questions mounted and most mainstream outlets and opposition the Justice committee finally granted Wilson-Raybould the opportunity to sit before the Justice Committee and testify. Wilson-Raybould would not share her story with the media because she was concerned that due to solicitor-client privilege she could be disbarred if she were to disclose any details regarding the situation around the SNC-Lavalin deferred prosecution agreement. Given that her role at the time was as Attorney General of Canada.

Watch what is a deferred prosecution agreement and what does it mean?:

What does the Attorney General of Canada do?

Also known as “MOJAG” the Attorney General litigates on behalf of the Crown and serves as the chief legal advisor to the Government of Canada. Most prosecution functions of the Attorney General have been assigned to the Public Prosection Service of Canada. The Salary of the Attorney General is $255,300 per year (2017).

Finally on Feb 27 Jody Wilson-Raybould delivered a 37 minute testimony and then answered questions for about 2 hours afterwards. Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

What were the key details of her testimony?

  • Wilson-Raybould was asked by the PMO to overrule the prosecution decision not to grant a DPA to SNC-Lavalin because of Canadian jobs and that there was an election coming up. Wilson-Raybould turned down the requests citing political reasons as an inappropriate reason to overrule the prosecution.
  • The “consistent and sustained pressure” she received from the PMO to overrule the the prosecutor’s decision went on over the course of 4 months by multiple MPs (and the PCO Michael Wernick who is supposed to be non-partisan)
  • Trudeau’s principal secretary, best friend, Gerald Butts (whom Trudeau has asserted speaks for him) told Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff at one point that there “is no solution here that doesn’t involve some interference.Gerald Butts then resigned on Feb 18 after the Globe and Mail article.
  • Then Trudeau’s Chief of staff Katie Telford tells Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff, “we don’t want to debate legalities any more.
  • After the cabinet shuffle the then deputy minister was given directives that the new Attorney General David Lametti was holding conversations with the PM emphasizing the priority of the SNC-Lavalin case.
  • During questions Wilson-Raybould was asked if she thought the pressure was illegal and she said, “no”. (important to note that the only thing she claimed was not illegal was whether or not SHE THOUGHT the PRESSURE PUT ON HER was ILLEGAL and that’s very important to remember given how frequently Liberals are now citing this question as a total exoneration of their conduct and justification to shut down the SNC-Lavalin probe.)

 

Long story short, After Wilson-Raybould determined that she would not grant SNC-Lavalin a DPA there was a cabinet shuffle where she was removed as attorney general and appointed the position of Minister of Veterans Affairs. This demotion was seen as a direct punishment for not giving in to the PMO insistence of granting SNC-Lavalin a DPA. This was at the heart of the interference allegation, since it was seen that the newly appointed Attorney General would now seek to pursue the DPA for SNC-Lavalin, the issue Wilson-Raybould has already made her decision on. The then deputy minister was given directives that the new Attorney General David Lametti was holding conversations with the PM emphasizing the priority of the SNC-Lavalin case.

The only problem with her testimony was that Trudeau had not completely lifted solicitor-client privilege and so there were holes in Wilson-Raybould’s testimony of details she could not disclose. Details like specifically what was discussed in closed door and official meetings. Essentially the meat and potatoes to her whistle blowing. Trudeau has slightly lifted privilege for her testimony which, as he continuously references, was unprecedented. The new Liberal buzzword. And the fact alone that this was unprecedented he now cites as his excuse to why he isn’t fully lifting solicitor-client privilege so Wilson-Raybould can fill in the gaps of her testimony. To justify shutting down the SNC probe over the simple reason for it being unprecedented is literally a political way of saying, “well this has never happened before so there’s no reason to start doing it now.” These are unprecedented times with unprecedented conduct so we need to hear the whole truth on whether this is a scandal or not.

Since Wilson-Raybould’s testimony we have heard from the PCO Michael Wernick twice and Gerald Butts who have all out-right refuted Wilson-Raybould’s claims. Trudeau himself has had every opportunity during every single development to comment to the situation himself. But Jody Wilson-Raybould has never been given the opportunity to return to rebuttal all the allegations now against her from all the other testimony nor has privilege been lifted for her to tell us the whole truth. And now the Liberals have shut down the entire probe and unless the opposition or someone can bring about new information then that’s where this whole thing dies. And that’s not right, this is an abuse of power over something that’s even attracted the attention of the OECD over suspicion of bribery.

The following is my paraphrasing of the Liberal narrative (with citations) since the globe and mail story broke to serve as a cliffnotes summary of the entire Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC-Lavalin scandal:

  1. (Trudeau reacts to Globe and Mail article) Trudeau: there’s nothing to this and the globe and mail article is fake news. We didn’t direct anyone to do anything. wilson-raybould’s account of events are being misconstrued and misinterpreted and her seat on cabinet should speak for itself. Nanny-nanny-boo-boo, get rekt opposition. LOL.
  2. (Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet and lawyers up) Trudeau: well I’m very sad to see her go but I’m very confused and if she had any concerns then she should’ve brought this to my attention, which she never did. This whole thing is just really one big misunderstand.
  3. (then Butts resigns) Trudeau: Well it’s the respect Butts has for our institutions is the reason why he’s stepping down because he felt it would be best and he continues to have my full confidence and friendship and gratitude. It wasn’t Butts who failed us, it was all of us who fail him. And by us I really mean you. All of you.
  4. (After Wilson-Raybould’s testimony) Trudeau: Well this has been a tough last few weeks because of a few minor disagreements. But first let’s talk about all this great stuff we’re doing that’s really more important. like progressive reforms over criminal justice. Jody spoke today and she really was great and fantastic and her truth is just so beautiful. but I already told you, we didn’t direct shit. So we just agree to disagree. Her decision about SNC-Lavalin was hers alone to make, not mine. I’m no lawyer. So I disagree with everything she said. But hey, we got ourselves an ethic commissioner on the payroll, I’m more than happy to let this dude with no legal authority to look into whether or not anything criminal went down. More than happy to let that guy and that guy alone to look into this.
  5. (At a press conference to discuss a Lunar mission) Trudeau: There was a time when people used the stars to navigate, the sun to tell time and that’s just cool man. You see I brought my daughter with me? I’m doing my part guys! Girls in STEM! We all know science is better when we embrace feminism. Let’s talk science! Can’t we all just get along!? STOP ASKING ME QUESTIONS ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN!!!
  6. (then Jane Philpott resigns over lack of confidence in Trudeau) Trudeau: Well Philpott did great work and we appreciate it and will continue it. But this is just an example to how we embrace diverse opinions and points of view and Ms. Philpott is entitled to her truth and I’m entitled to my truth and we’ll continue to listen with open ears and open hearts and oh and by the way, did I mention climate change is really important?
  7. Wernick’s testimony: Jesus H double hockey sticks guys, there is just SO much partisanship going on here right now with all these questions that I really think come the election, we’re gonna see some assassination attempts. Everyone is just bullying us and that’s not fair! I didn’t do nothing wrong!
  8. Butt’s testimony: Jody’s fantastic and credible and did I mention fantastic? And she has her truth and in her truth she experiences things very truthfully. However in MY truth she’s a lying fucking bitch. And I’m also entitled to my truth.
  9. Trudeau: Well you know it’s my job to protect jobs so if protecting jobs makes me wrong, I don’t wanna be right, baby. That all just comes with the pressure of the job and I guess the pressure of such burdens was too much for Jody. She could’ve come to me but she didn’t and boy-o-boy I wish she had. Dialogue is crucial and it’s clear this was a case of an erosion of trust. My daddy and me have different governing styles but one thing we both really cared about was the principle of justice. Daddy always wanted a just society and those are the values he raised me on. So justice is something I’m really passionate the most about out of every one of us. Speaking of justice, did I mention that reconciliation and justice for our first nations people is what really matters here? Let’s talk about that.
  10. Wernick’s 2nd testimony: I HAVE SUBMITTED ALL MY FACEBOOK COMMENTS BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO MEAN TO ME AND I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT IT! SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT A PLACE FOR NEGATIVE COMMENTS! HOW DARE YOU OR ANYONE ACCUSE ME OF PARTISANSHIP! I’VE BEEN A CAREER POLITICIAN SINCE PAUL MARTIN. I HAVE MADE GOOD FRIENDS IN MY CAREER, AND SOME OF THOSE FRIENDS NOW WORK AT SNC-LAVALIN AND HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO MY OFFICE WITH MY DIRECT EXTENSION TO REACH ME PERSONALLY AT ANY TIME! THEY EVEN INVITE ME TO ALL THEIR OFFICE GET TOGETHERS! WE’RE BASICALLY FAMILY! THEY MIGHT AS WELL JUST PUT ME ON THEIR PAYROLL!!! *oppositions’ jaws drop to the floor*
  11. (days later Wernick declares his retirement and effectively resigns from office) Wernick: YEAH WELL THE CONSERVATIVES ACCUSE ME OF NOT LIKING THEM, WELL GUESS WHAT I DON’T LIKE THEM EITHER! HOW DARE THEY ACCUSE ME OF PARTISANSHIP! THOSE DIRTY FUCKING CONSERVATIVE NEANDERTHALS!!!
  12. *Opposition tables an emergency meeting to call Wilson-Raybould back before the committee to speak with full solicitor-client privilege lifted* *Liberals use their majority power to immediately end the meeting before anyone can take a vote on the matter and then use their majority to finally end the SNC-Lavalin probe before presenting the new federal budget to the house and for the media to now report on the budget rather than SNC-Lavalin* Opposition:COVER UP!
  13. *Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes resigns the Liberal party and declares she will be running as an independent in the next election and also alleges mistreatment and hostility from the PM* Trudeau: Look, we’ve been over this. Her truth, my truth, blah blah blah, whatever she was a fucking bitch anyway.
  14. Liberals/Trudeau: Guys, look at our budget, see what I did there? Money for millenials, money for the seniors, money for all! I’m giving you all the money we’ve got! Actually, technically, I’m taking money from your children and grandchildren and giving that to you as well. Name 1 person you know who’s more generous than me. THAT’S RIGHT! YOU CAN’T! What’s that? Who? Who? Wilson-Raybould? Oh, shit, I remember her! Yeah, see, the thing is we COULD get more testimony and we COULD lift solicitor-client privilege BUT, BUT, BUUUUUUT, we’ve heard from so many different people and there’s just so much information out there and I mean, how many times do we expect Jody to talk afterall? I mean, I could lift privilege but that’s never been done before so… why would we do that now? She could always stand up in the house and talk for 60 seconds without privilege lifted. Man, oh, man, I really spoil her. She’s spoiled.
  15. Jane Philpott: ‘There’s much more to the story that needs to be told’

 

 

Why does any of this matter?

 

This situation IS important to follow and to know about. And it does make us ask a lot of tough questions:


1. Can the attorney general operate as a partisan MP?

Does the attorney general need to be completely detached from the government? If the government that ran on ethics and reform and transparency and progressivism in such a big way STILL allows corporate lobbyists to gain direct access to the PMO then we have a real problem. And so we need to figure out how to prevent future interference from happening. Simply replacing the government with another party won’t solve this problem. If interference CAN happen it inevitably WILL happen. That being said, I do believe that SNC-Lavalin has every right to donate to a party and lobby that party for favours. But I expect that party to operate within the boundaries of the law, not just create loop holes to create a system of rewarding those within the party’s inner circle and punish those who aren’t. and sure, there’s a lot of that that goes on at all levels of government but apathy is not the correct response to this behaviour. This is the kind of thing you’d expect to see in Russia with Putin. Not Canada.

We need reforms. and I believe the DPA remediation agreements reeks of just this. There may be a role for DPA if it prevents corporations from fucking around with their taxes but if it protects companies like SNC-Lavalin then it’s not right. BUT a court ruled that SNC wouldn’t qualify for a remediation agreement. So maybe the DPA itself isn’t the problem here. It’s a complex issue that’s going on here and I think the real issue now is that the cover up is becoming worse than the crime. We won’t get a chance to even find out what exactly went wrong here unless we can get the whole truth from Jody Wilson-Raybould. A person who I think, honestly, is a modern day hero for not letting partisanship interfere with her role as attorney general.

 

2. When is it appropriate to impose public/legal investigations on a majority government? (And how do we prevent opposition from abusing this process?)

With the Liberal majority government simply shutting down the scandal probe, there really are no sufficient checks and balances in place to hold the government accountable in moments of conflict like this. The only real option the opposition has here is to put forth a motion of non-confidence but I don’t even really know if anything would come of that and without any third party investigations it seems way overkill over something we are in the dark about. First Wilson-Raybould comes forth as a whistle blower. And the Liberals basically treated her as a rabble rouser, a fringe conspiracy theorist and there was nothing to see here. and if it wasn’t for the opposition and great work from almost exclusively the Globe and Mail, they would’ve just swept this under the rug.

Then Butts resigned, signalling just how big of a deal this could be if he was going to be a fall guy. considering how close he worked with Trudeau and how firmly Trudeau affirmed that Butts speaks for him. Then Jane Philpott resigned. Not some backbencher MP, the head of the treasury. directly denouncing the government and their handling of the situation. everything but out right cries of corruption. and we’re not supposed to listen to that? Everything that’s developed since Wilson-Raybould’s testimony has only further validated everything she’s come forth with and contradicted everything Trudeau has said. Except for the testimony of individuals who have resigned over the issue.

but after everything that has transpired Trudeau still refuses to lift privilege to allow Wilson-Raybould to give us the whole truth of what is at the heart of the reason for her whistle blowing. And when the opposition tried to table an emergency meeting to call for a second testimony they used their majority power to adjourn the meeting immediately. Just simply shut down all debate over the subject. If this is not a direct act of contempt for the operations of a democratic operations of our parliament then I do not know what is. And as easy as it is to dismiss howling conservatives proclaiming “cover up! cover up!” I just don’t see how at this stage in the game these actions would be defined any other way. I do believe that we are witnessing a direct attempt to cover something up that the majority government is using their power to keep in the dark. and although Wilson-Raybould said no one has broken the law, that doesn’t mean ethics violations are criminal acts and it’s the severity of the ethical violation that is the very reason why the OECD has come out stating it is concerned about this government’s actions. And if they suspect bribery then how the hell do we not demand answers?

 

3. What do Liberal voters do now with their vote?

If this liberal government is guilty of corruption, let’s just say, then what do liberal voters do come election time? This is why I wanted vote reform. I don’t know what that reform would look like. It’s hard. but majority of us vote against parties rather than for them. That’s what I’ll be doing in election time. I believe this government has broken most of it’s promises and crossed too many ethical lines and I think this government has polarized this country more than it’s united us. So I will be voting conservative to bring down the Liberal government. And then maybe in another 4 years I’ll find myself voting Liberal to bring down that Conservative government, assuming they win. Even if they don’t, at least to hopefully reduce them to a minority government to limit the powers they clearly have no problem abusing.

As much as Trudeau wants to label the conservative government as like the ghost of stephen harper, it really is a renewed party with fresh faces. The party fails an election and they hold new leadership races and others step down to make way for new candidates. And some of those new faces are really remarkable people who were clearly born to do this. Yes, they operate within the same conservative governing philosophy but this is as close to a new party as we get. The liberal party transformed several times before they finally took government. People forget that it was the NDP who were official opposition before the last election. And I think it’s perfectly fair that if a party fails to meet their major promises or crosses an ethical line that people choose to vote them out of power. And if that means trying out a reformed conservative party then so be it. If it means voting for the first time for the NDP, so be it. It sends a clear message to Liberals that, “no we are not happy with the direction you’ve gone. go back to the drawing board and bring something new to the table.” and that may very well lead to a stronger, better party. OR we see that the reformed conservative party has actually done a bang up job and we decide to grant them another 4 years to keep it up. Or NDP. We are the ultimate deciders when it comes to politicians term limits.

But that’s also part of the problem with the way we vote. I’m not actually voting against a party or for a party even though that’s the way my vote functions. I’m actually just voting on a local representative to be my MP. even though I’ll likely never meet them or have a conversation or any interaction with them. Or I may really like my MP and insist on voting for them, even if I hate the party leader and caucus members. But am I now meant to punish the MP I like best and vote for my second choice or third choice MP to be able to have my vote act as protest to the leader and caucus I oppose? Do I vote against my philosophical values and preferred governing style to vote against the actions of the party philosophically and governing style-wise I align with so I can punish their reprehensible behaviour? You can’t vote for the devil you know without then voting for the devil.

And I really believe we all do better when we are more focussed on our local municipalities than we are focussed on the country as a whole. I may be pro-choice without a religious upbringing but why should I care what a pro-life bible thumper in alberta thinks? That doesn’t affect my life or my community. So why should my vote impact alberta? why should alberta’s vote impact me? again, I don’t have the answers to these things but this is a big question that needs to be asked because it’s a really relevant one that affects us all.

Politicians and most of the commentators really aren’t asking these questions and having these conversations. To the media, this is all just a big game as if election time is just a new season of game of thrones. Politics actually isn’t sports. and to treat it so flippantly is to just to avoid actually trying to improve the country. Media has a responsibility to do more than merely react to news, they are supposed to be facilitating the debate around it so we can move forward together. not stand stagnant and indifferent and watch everything deteriorate around us. But I say let’s not respond to these things with apathy, let’s do our best to care and to value our vote as we value our own existence and our voices and roles in society to make it function and thrive. So however you vote, make sure you believe in it.

 

 

“Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.”
– George Carlin