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Kevin O’Leary

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So there has been talk lately of Kevin O’Leary possibly running for the federal Conservative leadership.

First he offers Rachel Notley a  cool million dollars to step down as Premier of Alberta, then he muses to CBC that he’d consider a run at the leadership.  In a recent poll of Conservatives, he comes out tied with Peter McKay at 25% each in terms of support.  Supposedly the whole Trump phenomenon, the appeal of a plain spoken businessman and what such a person could offer politics has crossed the border.

It’s a stupid idea and should go away.

First, Kevin O’Leary is bald as f*ck.  Yes, we put this first.  People do not like bald males unless they’re studly Hollywood actors (see Dwayne Johnson, Patrick Stewart et al), athletes (see George St. Pierre) or babies.  Bald men are villains.  A disproportionate number of referees in sports tend to be bald, ever notice that?  They didn’t draw Mr. Burns in the Simpsons with a full head of hair.  There are numerous studies out there that bald men generally have an uphill battle against perceptions of vigour, sexual attractiveness and trustworthiness.  So, do we want O’Leary up against Trudeau in a televised debate?

Second, he’s an entertainer.  When you watch him on Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank, he says a lot of provocative things that are meant to draw a reaction.  Politicians aren’t supposed to draw reactions, they’re supposed to deal with reactions.  Once you cross that threshold to where you’re saying shit just to get people riled up, you’ve made it really difficult to come back to the real world where we generally prefer calm, reasonable leadership.

Third, he’s a caricature of a greedy capitalist.  Nothing pisses us off more than portrayals of conservatives as being obsessed about money.   We should be obsessed about economic liberty and the triumph of free markets over government control and over-regulation.  Increase economic liberty and wealth is created – for everyone.  Capitalism is not synonymous with free markets and competition.  Just the opposite.  What would Kevin O’Leary (or Donald Trump for that matter) do if they were offered a business opportunity in a sector that had limited or no competition due to government regulation?  They’d jump on it.  Capitalists are not necessarily champions of the free market, they’re champions of money.  And if that’s your only calling card, you expose yourself to attack from the left as being uncaring for those who are disadvantaged in our society, and that is not true about conservatives.

Fourth, and last – he’s worked for the CBC.  What self-respecting “conservative” takes a government paycheque from the worst example of a leftist-biased organization when there are plenty of private sector avenues for him?

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Government Comedians

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Ezra Levant was on the Stephen Crowder show a couple of weeks ago to talk about Canadian politics and has a good point about “government comedians”.  It’s true; what kind of self respecting comedian accepts a government paycheque and willingly belongs to a union?  It’s absurd.

It’s a good listen if you can make it through the poor sound quality in spots (obviously the Skype connection wasn’t working great).

It creates a conflict of interest in that you have these government funded mouthpieces on a government funded television network who of course are going to be all for the candidate and party that promise MORE money for them.  This shouldn’t be allowed.

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Heather Mallick, First of Many Many Posts to Come

Those who decide to stick with Regressive Analysis and keep reading our site will learn that we have a thing for Heather Mallick.  Not that kind of a thing, oh God no.

For those of you unfamiliar with Heather, she’s a columnist for the Toronto Red Star, and an occasional columnist for the Guardian in the UK, and of course is infamous for being shown the door by the CBC, for being a little too viscious in an attack she made on Bristol Palin, and comparing Sarah Palin to a porn star.  You know where you stand when even the CBC can’t turn a blind eye to attacks on conservatives and their families, which is standard fare over there at the MotherShip and it’s cadre of communists.

Anyway, we here at Regressive Analysis find Heather Mallick to be quite ridiculous.

A few years ago there was a TV reality show, Rockstar Supernova, and after one contestant Magni Ásgeirsson performed his version of “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix, one of the judges, Tommy Lee, jumped up and said “Yo, man!  That was ridiculous!”  But you knew from the joyful expression on his face, the fist pump and the crowd cheering was that he meant it was ridiculous in the best possible way.

Yeah, well…  When when we say Heather Mallick is ridiculous, we mean in almost the exact 180 degree way to that.

We mean ridiculous in the who-lets-her-write-this-shit, is-she-insane, what-the-fuck? type of way.

She is a commentator who takes ad hominem attacks, the verbal diarrhea of slurs, mis-truths and name calling, amazing mind-reading feats and the presentation of caricatures instead of real persons involved in any issues to new heights.

Take her latest “column” in the Red Star yesterday.

This is all typical Mallick.  Her “research” involves reading the works of only those people with whom she agrees.  She claims that she “know[s] about the American hard-right lunacy from watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report”.  Most journalists would be embarrassed to admit that their primary source for their political commentary came from comedy shows, but not Heather.  She makes the outrageous claim that all of the negative political discourse originates from the right side of the spectrum, while working for a newspaper that has been running a year long campaign to vilify Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

We here at Regressive Analysis are obviously deeply conflicted.  On the one hand, the world would be a more rational, reasonable place if what passes for discourse from the likes of Heather Mallick would somehow evaporate.  However, we know that so long as she is around, and somebody is stupid enough to give her a platform, that we will always have something to write about.

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