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Why Not? A Brexit Opinion from a Canadian Conservative

Why not? Let’s have another opinion on Brexit from someone who isn’t British or lives in England.

It’s awesome; a fantastic victory for the right over the left. And not the “far-right” as the progressives clambers over each other to proclaim at how shocked and appalled they are by the victory of racists and bigots. No, a victory for the right that rejects ideas of over-arching government bureaucracy and micro-managing of every little aspect of your life, a rejection of the idea that one-size-fits-all policies and pan-continental/world government should take precedence over local and community solutions and desires.

The EU over-reached; had it simply remained a free-trade bloc with the capacity for labour and goods to move freely within its members this would never have happened and the original goal of the EU, post WW-II, of a more integrated Europe to prevent future military conflicts, would have been achieved. But no, it decided to pursue a pan-European government, a one-size fits all pan-European currency, and saddle the continent with a largely unaccountable bureaucracy that nobody really cared for.

The Leave campaign argued that the U.K. is being prevented from negotiating free trade deals with the US, Canada, Asia et. al. by its ties to the continent which has been experiencing near zero growth for the past decade. That’s not anti-trade or isolationist, it’s a valid belief that the economic grass is indeed greener on the other side. The proof is in the pudding; strikes and protests are going on right now in France about such minor reforms to labour laws that we here in Canada have to laugh, but it’s so hard to hire and fire people that the French economy has stagnated. Germany has so few young people that its economy has been stalled for years and so it’s come to Merkel taking a massive gamble that letting in over a million Syrian men will give their economy the boost of young labour and entrepreneurs it desperately needs. Really? Then you have basket-case countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and others that can barely pay their bills and need massive floats of funding from other countries who know, deep down, that they will never see that money back again.

The economic arguments are there, the sovereignty-erosion arguments are there. So the left have to dip into making last ditch arguments about racism and xenophobia. Take for example our virtue-signaler in chief, John Oliver, who does these long form TV essays on issues he wants to expound upon from the angle of his choosing, but when he does get caught out because his facts are wrong or he chooses to omit certain key arguments, he just says “I’m a comedian, not a journalist.” He gets to have his cake and eat it too. But on this issue even he can’t float the Remain boat for too long on the basis of legitimate arguments and of course, slips into the Nigel Farage is a racist bigot etc. argument.

Here’s what the Left do really well – they END arguments. They don’t WIN them, but they are very good at ENDING them. They simply try to discredit the other side as being racist, homophobic, and bigoted, climate-deniers etc. and they unilaterally declare arguments are OVER. The Left has a long track record in recent years of being tremendously successful at doing this.   But they tried that here, and it didn’t work. This is why there’s going to be so much anger and angst in the next few weeks and months. This is a bad precedent for the Left, and we on the right have been given a reason to cheer for a change.

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Pulling People Off a Lifeboat onto a Sinking Ship

From Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art:

The artist and the fundamentalist arise from societies at differing stages of development. The artist is the advanced model. His culture possesses affluence, stability, enough excess of resource to permit the luxury of self-examination. The artist is grounded in freedom. He is not afraid of it. He is lucky. He was born in the right place. He has a core of self-confidence, of hope for the future. He believes in progress and evolution. His faith is that humankind is advancing, however haltingly and imperfectly, toward a better world. The fundamentalist entertains no such notion. In his view, humanity has fallen from a higher state. The truth is not out there awaiting revelation; it has already been revealed. The word of God has been spoken and recorded by His prophet, be he Jesus, Muhammad, or Karl Marx. Fundamentalism is the philosophy of the powerless, the conquered, the displaced and the dispossessed. Its spawning ground is the wreckage of political and military defeat, as Hebrew fundamentalism arose during the Babylonian captivity, as white Christian fundamentalism appeared in the American South during Reconstruction, as the notion of the Master Race evolved in Germany following World War I. In such desperate times, the vanquished race would perish without a doctrine that restored hope and pride. Islamic fundamentalism ascends from the same landscape of despair and possesses the same tremendous and potent appeal.

The bolding of words is mine.

So let us consider that very succinct description of fundamentalism in context with the recent John Robson article  and the Munk debate from last Friday  of which people are shocked that the pro-refugee side actually lost the debate when the audience was polled at the end of the event.

Here’s my thesis; the Islamic world is a failure.  Despotic rulers, poverty, backwards misogynist cultures… they’re a failure and have been for quite some time now.  They’ve “lost” to the West and modernity.  The people in those lands are confused, disheartened, defeated, they don’t know how to deal with this new liberty especially in places like Iraq where it was forced on them because the neo-con arrogance was that people want and embrace freedom.  So Muslims come to the West, either physically or metaphorically, looking for rules and guidance on how to navigate the “free” world because they lack the tools for self-regulation, as do great swaths of humanity, even in the West. 

But per the Robson article and Charles Murray and others, progressives have been so successful over the past 40 years destroying Western culture and the institutions it was built on that these people come to the West and find nothing, a vacuum. No structure, no rules, no ideas on how to regulate themselves.  And so they turn to fundamentalists who tell them this freedom stuff is for the birds, we need to return to a time in history (the Caliphate) when things were known, when faith ruled the day and we were in our glory.  And they buy into it – even two or three generations into being Western, because even great swaths of youth in the West are lost in a culture that holds nothing sacred anymore and just looks steady for the next thing to tear down.

Freedom is messy, incoherent and confusing.  For the most part, anyone who might read this post is lucky- we’ve been blessed with a good upbringing and rooting in character fundamentals that give us the ability to more or less successfully self-regulate our own behaviours and navigate our free lives.  But a great number of people in our own countries and across the planet are not as fortunate, and they have no idea how to deal with their lives.  Once upon a time here in the West, we had a dominant culture and traditional institutions that may have helped people get through life, but now those are being laid to waste.  And so we offer people who have difficulties nothing.  You’re on your own.  And that’s why they turn to fundamentalism because there’s answers there.

So, the idea that we should hold out our hands and bring in millions of migrants and refugees into the West is an increasingly absurd proposition in these current times because it is akin to people on a sinking ship volunteering to pull people aboard from a life boat.  They may not be jihadists or fundamentalists before they get here, but ironically we’re the ones who’ve made the conditions ripe for them to turn that way once they get here.



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Let As Many Come As They Want

The tragic accident in Hampstead, where 10 migrant workers from Peru were killed in a highway accident Tuesday, along with the truck driver who struck their passenger van, gives us an opportunity to comment on an issue that has some context with this very sad event.

There are approximately 40,000 migrants in Ontario every year, coming here to work, largely in the agricultural industry.  Doing jobs that Canadians will not do.  Yes, we said it, and it may sound clichéd, but it’s true.  These migrant workers who were killed were vaccinating chickens.  Probably not very pleasant work, but necessary work.

By all accounts they did their work willingly, gladly, and on weekends spent their time at local churches and attending to their local families.

We cannot, for the life of us, understand some of the resistance, especially state-side to immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America who want to come and work here.  We understand the cultural concerns, and even that some criminal elements make their way into our countries from these places.  But by and large they aren’t coming here to “steal” jobs, most aren’t coming here to sponge off welfare or demand that we change our country to accommodate them.  They are predominantly Christian, Catholic, and believe in families.  And they are coming here to work.

You can contrast that with some of the human debris we see strutting around on a regular basis, the literal human crap of tattoo covered, pants hanging off their ass, sideways baseball caps, skinny-fat or fat-fat losers, wanna-be gangstas who suck off the public teat and provide us no value in return.  You’ll never see these guys or gals volunteering to crawl through manure in the dark to pick mushrooms, or sweat in a field picking tomatoes in 90% humidity, or pouring concrete basement floors for homes in a new subdivision.  Nope, instead you’ll see them arranging penny drug deals in the parkette by your house, pushing an uncovered baby stroller through the wind with an obese two-year old, (who knows who the father is?), munching on McDonalds French fries, or generally polluting the sidewalks of your downtowns with foul language complaining about waiting for their next government support cheque.

Here’s a Regressive immigration policy – as many immigrants who want to come to Canada from countries like Mexico, Peru, Columbia, El Salvador etc, and who want to come here to work, we should let them in.  All of them.  The more of them, the more good people we add, the smaller the proportion of white trash in our population.

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