Canadians just voted for the “devil they know” after the Conservative Party abandoned core conservative principles in response to MSM bullying

In the Epoch Times: “No Matter the Election Outcome, Small-C Conservatives and Classical Liberals Are on the Losing End”

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Commentary by Corey Morgan, Sept. 8, 2021

No matter which party wins the 2021 election, small-c conservatives and classical liberals will lose. Progressives and a complicit mainstream media establishment have created an environment where any leader who deviates from their worldview is labelled as extreme. If a leader stands up for civil liberties, they are castigated as wanting to put the majority at risk for the sake of a minority. If a leader tries to keep their personal views to themselves, they are accused of being fanatics with a hidden agenda.

Elections are no longer about the exchange of ideas and policies. They are now races where leaders fall over each other to land in an inoffensive, progressive, mushy middle ground created by the establishment.

In 2019, Andrew Scheer fell victim to the hidden agenda card. While the Conservative Party had nothing in their policies that would usher in any form of social conservatism, they weren’t decrying it either. Scheer wouldn’t expand on his personal views and refused to condemn social conservatism in general.

The media were relentless, as were the Liberals. Scheer couldn’t get through a press conference without being questioned on his personal views. In refusing to play ball on the matter, Scheer invited political rivals and pundits to fill in the blanks on his behalf. He was painted as a person with a hidden agenda who would surely regulate abortion and reverse same-sex marriage rights despite there being utterly no real evidence of this. It was made abundantly clear that for one to personally hold socially conservative views is a disqualification for office as far as the establishment was concerned.

Erin O’Toole is taking a different approach in this election. Whenever it looks like he is about to be accused of deviating from the progressive establishment narrative, he flip-flops and embraces the progressive point of view.

O’Toole has been reticent on embracing vaccine passports for months. After weeks of browbeating from the media and activists on the issue, he is now proposing a national vaccine passport system. While he is still claiming that he opposes mandatory vaccination for civil servants, he is proposing an aggressive testing system which would likely prove so uncomfortable and awkward that it would morph into a full mandatory vaccination scheme.



[NB – Recently, several Conservative provincial leaders caved into some sort of pressure to impose vaccine passports (e.g., Doug Ford, Jason Kenny – some after they said they wouldn’t. Why? It’s not public health, since that’s not served by Covid vaccines. What pressures and incentive — bribes and threats — were placed on them to get them to acquiesce? That is another article]

O’Toole won his leadership by promising his conservative base in no uncertain terms that he wouldn’t support a carbon tax. He has since released a plan for a carbon tax. O’Toole vowed to defund the CBC. Now he wants to “review” the national broadcaster.

In their official campaign platform, the Conservatives made it crystal clear that they would be repealing Trudeau’s sweeping legislation banning a number of firearms. O’Toole has now come out in complete contradiction of his own platform and is stating that he would not repeal the legislation.

Reality Check by Dave Whamond for February 19, 2017 ...

While the Conservative Party was making strong gains in the polls during the first half of the campaign, they are now appearing to be in total retreat from their own policies and principles. They don’t even try to defend their position when the media turns their attention to a policy. They simply reverse course.

One of the most damning poll results on Canadian leaders recently was one that found most Canadians felt that Justin Trudeau would say anything to get elected. I suspect that number is shifting toward O’Toole as his campaign can’t seem to get out of reverse gear. It must be exhausting for his candidates to have to keep track of which principles they are supposed to be abandoning day by day. People want to see strength in leadership and if O’Toole keeps backing off on things, I suspect that many uncertain voters will simply go back to the devil they know.

With flip-flops building up and a list of high-spending and intrusive policies, the Conservative Party under O’Toole is quickly becoming indistinguishable from the Trudeau Liberals. Is this indeed the only way to win? Is it impossible to gain votes through standing up for positions when the legacy media labels them as controversial?

In two short weeks, we will know whether O’Toole’s gambit to chase progressive policies will pay off or not. Standing up for individual rights, property rights, and small government simply isn’t considered to be a winning strategy anymore. It is clear now though that no matter which party wins, conservatives will be the losers.

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"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment. "Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts. "Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"

2 thoughts on “Canadians just voted for the “devil they know” after the Conservative Party abandoned core conservative principles in response to MSM bullying”

  1. A liquer store is a store to sell liquer. A abortion clinic is the only place to get an abortion. A church is a meeting place for worshiping (and can be done anywhere) one doesn’t need a building. ~js

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I appreciate it. Here is a response to that argument from a traditional Christian perspective:

      1) Abortions are morally wrong and should not happen in the first place, but occur in a secular society in which the value of human life and the eternal soul (which enters the body at conception) is devalued. The values of the anti-Christian Leftist state are revealed by their giving priority to abortion over churches.

      2) Yes, while the church building is a just building and not the true church (i.e., the body of Christ), there are several arguments in favour of keeping churches open:

      (a) Communal worship is an ancient and necessary part of worship, and to infringe on it is a violation of freedom of religion, similar to that which happens in Communist and Islamic countries where Christians are persecuted; this is why several pastors risked arrest during the lockdowns. While the state authorities said all “non-essential” places were shut down, this actually isn’t true (see (c) below). The Book of Hebrews advises churches to stay open no matter the degree of hardship: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb 10:25).

      (b) Certain Christian sacraments – including the Eucharist, which occurs in every ‘high church’ denomination (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican) are embodied rituals and the presence of several participants and objects such as a chalice and bread (the blood and body) and altars upon which to place them. And the physical buildings – such as cathedrals – are specially built for worship, and are considered essential to it. Private prayer is not the same thing as communal worship.

      (c) Churches were closed on the pretext of not being “essential” even though other services – such as casinos and box stores – were allowed to stay open, and even though BLM rallies were allowed to happen. This reveals a pattern of secular discrimination against them. However, from a traditional Christain perspective, they are spiritually “essential”, not some private activity and the state was wrong to discriminate again them this way. The designation of what’s “essential” and what not is arbitrary and discriminatory.

      (d) Several churches closed doors forever due to the lockdown and of the people who normally attended some could log on via zoom or some equivalent online service, but many older people who are not computing literate could not — and they relied on the church for the spiritual and social well-being. Jesus told Satan, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:4) Many older people died alone, feeling abandoned by friends and families who were told they couldn’t visit, resulting in many premature deaths, and much loneliness and suffering. It was state-imposed cruelty in response to an unspectacular disease that has a low mortality and transmission rate, and which for which asymptotic transmission is rare — all for nefarious political purposes.

      The hypocrisy of our leaders who ignored their own Covid restrictions revealed how seriously they took them – meaning not at all. Yet they had the audacity to impose them on the rest of us — and violate the inalienable right of freedom of religion in the process. The argument for solidarity prayer is not a good one if one understands the communal history and nature of worship and its deep social value for practitioners. Since I have bothered to write this up, I may also post it as an article. Thanks for making me think of it again!

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