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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Parrish the thought

News reports today make it sound like blowhard MP Carolyn Parrish is on the verge of returning to the Liberal fold.

Listening to Carolyn today on As it Happens, it sounded like anything but—she sounded perfectly pleased to be an Independent, and given the tawdry state of her former caucus, who could blame her.

As much as I disagree with her anti-American, anti-Israel and pro-dictator opinions, listening to Parrish only reminds me that there are some lefties out there that I can respect. In addition to downplaying the supposed overtures Martin had made to her to rejoin caucus, she was refreshingly candid in her assessment of Belinda Stronach's defection, making it clear she thought it was a betrayal of her constituents and that she would be rightfully punished by them for doing it. Unlike most Liberals—and partisan journalists—Parrish rightly noted that if Stronach was so repulsed at her party's politics of late, she could have voted against them in the House or, failing that, sat as an Independent.

She was also frank in her denunciation of Martin's advisors, noting that anyone who danced on the table following Thursday's vote, somehow perceiving not falling entirely by one vote as a "victory," was seriously screwed up.

I think Parrish is a woman of vile principles. But I have to admit that at least she has principles and is not ashamed of them. It's a statement on the depths to which Ottawa has sunk to say that in today's day and age: I'll take an extremist left-wing politician that's up front about her views, and lives or dies by them politically, over the gang of deceitful, conniving politicians that have taken over her former party.

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People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
Francis Bacon

Posted by: Mallard | 2005-05-25 10:57:43 PM


She's a racist bigot, pure and simple. The people of Ontario must be punished for her racist hate.

This proves that the Liberals are the party of the rich white people of Ontario and the virtual slaves that they control.

Alberta has to secede to protect itself from this menace.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-05-25 11:00:48 PM


And to add to that, how on earth does this nutbar ever get elected as MP for her riding?

Posted by: Mallard | 2005-05-25 11:07:20 PM


I guess the same reason Hedy Fry gets re-elected. It is beyond me.

Posted by: Mallard | 2005-05-25 11:09:20 PM


Having lived in Parrish's city, I can say that she is re-elected because the people there are just as racist and bigotted as she is.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-05-25 11:17:38 PM


I guess I subscribe to the belief that, for the time being, a healthy portion of Canadian voters are completely mixed up. I see Parrish as a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself. At least she's honest. She says what she thinks and lets the voters decide whether they want to endorse her anti-US, anti-Israel message or not. The fact that 54% of her riding endorsed her says more about the Canadian electorate (or at least Mississauga's) than it does about Parrish.

The real problem for fans of good governance isn't the bad politicians, it's the growing number of gullible, irresponsible and delusional voters that continue to elect the bad politicians. That's why what is arguably the most corrupt government in Canadian history continues to lead in the polls.

Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2005-05-25 11:23:58 PM


Well, I try my best with people I come in contact with, but it is mostly a losing battle. Some might even call it quiotic. It seems that we have a very good life here and nobody wants to change anything.

Posted by: mallard | 2005-05-25 11:51:37 PM


What a pity not everyone gets to share in this "very good life".

Only white Ontarians are entitled to that privilege.

Albertans only have it because of its energy resources, which are deeply coveted by the Ontarians as a way to subsidize their wealthy lifestyle.

Everyone else is forced to subsist on the crumbs the Ontarians let them have. Be assured they make us realize where it came from, and we should be grateful by supporting them.

Alberta must be the leader in resistance to the corporate dictatorship of Canada. The rich must be stopped, their wealth seized and returned to its rightful owners, and their leaders punished for crimes against humanity. A new constitution that makes Ontario equal to all must be created.

Anything less is grounds for Alberta secession.

We will not be like the non-white slaves in Ontario's factories, bribed with their own culture. This fascist, racist society calling itself a modern, progressive country is no friend to us.

"We must not make the mistake of thinking that all those who eat the cookies of dictatorship are friendly from the first; but they must necessarily become beautiful....The curse of a system of terror is that there is no turning back; neither in the large realm of policies nor the 'larger' realm of everyday human relationships is it possible for men to retrace their steps."

- Hans Bernd Gisevius, prominent resistor to Nazi Germany.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-05-26 1:03:05 AM


C. Parrish run; hear Parrish swear.

But let's damn her with faint praise; she is a Liberal; Liberal is another word for criminal; a traitor- "I hate those American bastards"; a sycophantic Martin ass-kisser; a bigoted woman; she hates the Truth; she is unprincipled; she is a political whore.

Let us count the ways; she kills dolls; she is a bootlicker; a black jackboot on your face she would place; she is a Socialist; she is a hard left Liberal mouth-piece.


What price for her loyalty will Martin exact from her? Sew her mouth shut with a bribe/bribes? For Parrish to re-enter "the big tent" of the Librano$, she will pay a price.


The Parrish will self-destruct; go Carla Parrish.

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-26 4:19:11 AM


A True Canadian Heroine: Maud Lewis (1903-1970)

Read her heart-wrenching story; Maud Lewis, from Digby, Nove Scotia; loyal, steadfast, and true; at peace; Maud and Everest, thank you for your art; RIP.


http://www.edu.pe.ca/threeoaks/art/601/lewis.htm


http://www.klis.com/digby/lewis.html


Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-26 5:07:32 AM


"The rich must be stopped, their wealth seized and returned to its rightful owners, and their leaders punished for crimes against humanity. A new constitution that makes Ontario equal to all must be created...Anything less is grounds for Alberta secession...We will not be like the non-white slaves in Ontario's factories, bribed with their own culture. This fascist, racist society calling itself a modern, progressive country is no friend to us."

Here I thought I was visiting a conservative website - they're more temperate than this on Rabble.

Posted by: rick mcginnis | 2005-05-26 7:00:58 AM


Rick I think you can agree that a lot of the comments on here come with a healthy dose of cynicism, but I asked you not to take the comments of our resident lunatic as the norm.

Posted by: MikeP | 2005-05-26 7:54:02 AM


Carolyn Parrish is trash. How can those God damn people elect that piece of shit?

Posted by: Pro-Alberta | 2005-05-26 8:10:25 AM


You Ontarians just aren't used to being on the wrong side of an unequal relationship. Life's been too easy for you.

Unlike you, we will be conservative with your wealth. We'll put it to good and proper use bringing non-Ontario up to standards you have taken for granted.

It's called justice. Hope you like it.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-05-26 8:12:38 AM


COMMENT DELETED DUE TO INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT.


Scott—watch the calls to violence and murder. This site is not the place for that sort of thing.

KL

Posted by: Scott | 2005-05-26 8:17:22 AM


You people make me want to join a Moaist insurgency. Anything to be as far on the other side from you dumbasses as possible.

Yeah. Blame Ontario. That'll work.

Posted by: Johnny Rotten | 2005-05-26 9:22:21 AM


Up with Alberta.

Up with Canada.

Long live freedom and democracy.

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-26 9:26:20 AM


That's a slogan which could pull me away from the Moaists any day. They dress funny.

Posted by: Johnny Rotten | 2005-05-26 9:49:41 AM


I think Carolyn Parrish has got her nose up Paul's ass and is sniffing around for some dog treats like a coveted Liberal sinecure ..perhaps Heritage? The woman has no class and has whored her vote to her former reviled party simply to keep busy again...

Posted by: Rafail Veli | 2005-05-26 9:49:43 AM


"...the non-white slaves in Ontario's factories..."

OK Scott, let me take a quick head count around my Etobicoke (ON) office full of well-paid professionals. Let's see, of the 20 people closest to me, 7 are white and 13 are not.

I guess that we've failed to keep the non-whites in the factories. What will we do now!?!? (Do I need the /sarc tag to keep you in the loop?)

Your screeds make me sick. You claim so many things about Ontario that have absolutely NO relationship with the reality around me I have to wonder if you've been keeping up with your meds.

Posted by: Mike | 2005-05-26 10:16:03 AM


"...the non-white slaves in Ontario's factories..."

OK Scott, let me take a quick head count around my Etobicoke (ON) office full of well-paid professionals. Let's see, of the 20 people closest to me, 7 are white and 13 are not.

I guess that we've failed to keep the non-whites in the factories. What will we do now!?!? (Do I need the /sarc tag to keep you in the loop?)

Your screeds make me sick. You claim so many things about Ontario that have absolutely NO relationship with the reality around me I have to wonder if you've been keeping up with your meds.

Posted by: Mike | 2005-05-26 10:16:45 AM


Modern History Sourcebook:
Vladimir Illyich Lenin:
What is to be Done, 1902

In this text, Lenin makes his argument for a coherent, strictly controlled party of dedicated revolutionaries as a basic necessity for a revolution. Some have seen an anlogy with the Jesuit Order in his proposals for an elite corps to lead the masses. One may see in Lenin's proposals a deep insight into to necessary requisites for a revolution, or a deep contempt for the working classes.

The history of all countries shows that the working class, exclusively by its own effort, is able to develop only trade union consciousness, i.e, it may itself realise the necessity for combining in unions, for fighting against the employers and for striving to compel the government to pass necessary labour legislation, etc. The theory of socialism, however, grew out of the philosophic, historical and economic theories that were elaborated by the educated representatives of the propertied classes, the intellectuals. According to their social status, the founders of modern scientific socialism, Marx and Engels, themselves belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia. Similarly, in Russia, the theoretical doctrine of Social Democracy [Note: By "social democracy" Lenin means revolutionary political Marxism, not the later concept of "moderate" socialism] arose quite independently of the spontaneous growth of the labour movement; it arose as a natural and inevitable outcome of the development of ideas among the revolutionary socialist intelligentsia. At the time of which we are speaking, i.e., the middle of the nineties, this doctrine not only represented the completely formulated programme of the Emancipation of Labour group, but had already won the adherence of the majority of the revolutionary youth in Russia

**********************************************


Lenin knew what had to be done.

His vanguard was the intellectuals.

See: Raymond Aron: "The Opium of The Intellectuals" (Why was this title chosen?)


Who will be the vanguard for conservatives?


Bloggers and their blogs/commenters.

Look for the handle "ET" on this site and Western Standard; a powerful, calm, voice; with a reasoned, factual voice; a voice for conservatives to hear and support; a conservative message.


Let's blog.

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-26 10:27:59 AM


The comparison with Lenin and the Bolsheviks is apt, but probably not for the reasons you think.

Posted by: Jim in Toronto | 2005-05-26 10:35:30 AM


The only best book Aron ever wrote was his book on Clauswtiz. Totally unreadable in its English translation. His 'Opium of the Intellectuals' counts among his worst.

The Western Standard and its bloggers represent some revolutionary vangaurd? I'm laughing. Then do Stephen Harper et al represent the Decemberists? Who gets to be Imperial Germany? What about Tolstoy? Can I be Tolstoy? Please. Pretty Please. I'll grow a beard.

Shouldn't you guys be in exile? Paris is nice right now. Or would Houston be more your style?

What a bunch of pretentious ninnies you all must be. No wonder Coyne wanted some space.

Fuck.

Talk about delusions of grandeur. Were you a big Dungeons & Dragons guy when you were a kid?

Posted by: Johnny Rotten | 2005-05-26 10:44:12 AM


Johnny Rotten, what do you have against Houston? It's a huge, multicultural, ethnically diverse city close enough to the Gulf coast for day trips to Galveston Island. It has several great universities, including the University of Houston and Rice. Naturally it has big-city problems, but so do all big cities.

Furthermore, you would be well received there by famous Southern hospitality. I think you need to try and be introspective about your hostility to Houston, Texas, and Southerners, and your propensity to believe that somehow others are pretentious and stupid.

Why do you bring up these books, "is that supposed to impress people, or scare them away?"

Posted by: Greg outside Dallas | 2005-05-26 11:28:22 AM


I've been to Houston. Couple times. It's great. (There does seem to be a problem with ugly sprawl, but both Calgary and Toronto are grappling with this. Why don't you guys hurry up and figure out how to make suburban sprawl more manageable so we can copy you). I've heard Galveston is a party. Never vsited.

I agree, the people are nice. Though most people are if you give them a chance.

But Houston is no Paris. Which has its own sprawl problem.

Paris being the traditional choice of revolutionary movements in exile. And since that's what maz was comparing himself to that's why I used Paris.

They are not stupid. Just full of themselves.

Is it not pretentious to compare oneself to a world-altering (some would say destroying) revolutionary movement? That seems the very definition of pretentious.

I, Johnny Rotten, am as important as Reagan, Pierre Trudeau, Cromwell, Robert the Bruce and Mother Theresa rolled into one.

Pretentious?

About the books. Read the thread.

Rotten out!

Posted by: Johnny Rotten | 2005-05-26 11:43:58 AM



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