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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Lazarus Tory

Politics really is a sport to some.  It's about personalities.  It's about all the right moves and all the bad fumbles.  So and so trounces so and so.  Positioning.  Messaging.  Lest anyone be so deluded as to think the purpose of politics is, ultimately, to govern.  The hum-drum stuff like picking up the garbage and making sure grandma gets a new pace maker, the boring stuff where no one gets trounced or positioned.  This is the politics that pundits live for - the manoeuvring for advantage that leads to power, or its loss.  There is no purpose to the manoeuvring, it's movement for the sake of movement, sometimes focusing long enough and far enough ahead to get power and keep it.  What do you do with power?  Heavens, let's leave that question to the eggheads.  The great architect Louis Sullivan, mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, is suppose to have said that the form of a building should follow its function.  Applying that maxim to politics the origins of the unholy mess that is Canadian politics becomes apparent.  We're fighting about nothing so nothing ever gets done.  Andrew Coyne observed recently that we had some of the stupidest political discourse in the free world.  He's right.  That's because we're arguing about nothing.

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Transparency, accountability, and voter recall are the cure to the disease.

Checks and balances and it's no longer a mere game for these cads.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-26 7:25:42 AM

Of course Andrew Coyne is one of the stupider commentators we have on political discourse.


Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-10-26 8:30:57 AM

Speller, there simply are not enough people paying attention to these guys to even be aware of what they are up to.

Government for and by the people are just words. What we have now is television for and by the people (reality tv) and that is where they all are. Some are on the Internet messaging, gaming or masturbating a small few are still hard at work.

Government office has become a coveted job for the ego-maniacal control freaks of our society. It is also a place where sycophantic hacks hang out for money and to make the politicians look and feel important.

Business takes the pragmatic route and simply pays them off in one way or another by collecting their exorbitant payroll taxes and donation to their campaignes to try to hold them at bay.

It is truly sick.

Governments are in the business of government not governing

What they are running nowadays is basically a huge protection racket that doesn't actually protect you. Everything they say they provide is shoddy or non existent.

if you are ever beaten, mugged, robbed, ripped off, car stolen, house broken into, hit by a street racer, bullied at school or work cheated in the market place, in need of hospital care ... try to remember that your government is hard at work protecting you from all these things.

Posted by: John | 2007-10-26 9:29:42 AM

"...making sure grandma gets a new pacemaker..."

What is the "function" of government?

"...making sure Conrad gets to flirt with pretty girls?"

The problem you've got is the notion that "nothing ever gets DONE" (by government), about issues which are NOT governmental at all.

The structure of Canadian government (your Socialist Charter) begets ever increasing "governmental functions" (fixing hurt feelings, etc.), all of which must be paid for by taking resources, i.e. private property from non-government, i.e. your citizenry, until you are all Socialist and Atheist, i.e. Communists.

And your GOVERNMENT PAID "media" sends this unrelenting poison into the Leftist Communist Totalitarian element down here, where we are forever fighting to hold onto our freedom FROM government. THAT is/was our founding IDEA.

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-10-26 9:41:02 AM

John, good comment, I couldn't agree more.

I was just throwing out some possible solutions for readers to ponder.

Conrad, really, we know what our government is and where it's going.
What I want to see is more government regulations which enable more oversight by the people and allow us to act when we see the government is abusing it's power.

>"And your GOVERNMENT PAID "media" sends this unrelenting poison into the Leftist Communist Totalitarian element down here, where we are forever fighting to hold onto our freedom FROM government. THAT is/was our founding IDEA."
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 26-Oct-07 9:41:02 AM

Well, Conrad, your wealthy privately owned media in the U.S. literally OWNS the Democratic party.
At least in Canada we have it the other way around.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-26 10:48:57 AM

. . . but the results are the same, Speller. CBC - we own it but still can't get rid of it - like gum you stepped on.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-26 11:01:43 AM


I think that if Prime Minister Harper forms a majority government the CBC will either be gone, or be changed in a way that the hardcore crypto-communists who work there can't stomach, which will cause them to flee.

Basically, since the Canadian government controls the CBC it can axe it, while in the States with the MSM controlling the Democratic Party it isn't so easy to change the medias slant.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-26 11:11:54 AM

Yet NPR and PBS continue on unabated in the US. Not disagreeing with your main point, though.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-26 11:39:26 AM

Conrad, you can probably understand that many of us have difficulty accepting criticism from outsiders, but please do not hold back. I think it is good to learn how we appear to others and in my opinion you do raise some excellent points.

You are correct in calling our charter a socialist charter. Trudeau who brought in this and most of the rubbish destroying our great country was an armchair communist who admired Castro. Yes, we have gone a long way down the road of socialism with bigger and bigger government (at all levels) and more and more regulations and restrictions of our freedoms.

Just one example of the ridiculous results of this is our ever growing and ever increasing CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). One would assume from the name that it is a good thing, but the reality is quiet different. As a farmer, yes one of those backwards bumpkins, I can attest to the fact that CFIA imposes the same formula for livestock mineral mixes for all of Canada. No feed dealer is allowed to produce a mineral mix adapted to the local needs. So some idiot there presumes that soil anywhere in Canada has the same mineral makeup, deficiencies, etc. This is the type of thing we get from over regulation and bureaucratic stupidity. One could produce a book from all the examples.

Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-26 12:30:07 PM

Evidently it is easier to get "nationalistic" than realistic when an obviously like minded voice comes from a foreigner.

You don't "fix" government, you limit it.

And with government you can either spend your LIFE pruning and fiddling with that horrid weed, or you can SYSTEMICALLY limit it, e.g. put it into a SMALL flower pot so it gets root bound and stunted.

If you waste your time-life worrying about fixing picky little "regulations" and crap like that, rather than having a Basic Law which systemically protects the rights of the individual against the government and protects the rights of individual private property against the expanding never ending demands of "public" "needs" or uses, then you create a situation where you MUST devote your entire lives to montoring and fiddling with your stupid intrusive and certainly utlimately totally Socialist and then Communist government.

That's friendly, neighborly insight.

Our stupid Democrat Party "owns" controls our "main stream media" by "normalizing" promoting and protecting deviant behavior and uses that media as a perverted tool to destroy our families and our culture so that people can be made fearful and kept ignorant and thus "vote" for somebody else i.e. "the government" to "save" them, rather than exalting the good and the true as a means to inspire and promote our best efforts and motives.

Our "main stream media" is goiung OUT OF BUSINESS, because we Americans have all the choices on earth.

Your private unsubsidized media goes out of business when lots of folks become accustomed to letting other people i.e. government, pay their way and don't realize that some in your media pay their own way, without government subsidy.

YOUR "system" has the government own-subsidize much of your media and other similar anti-individual and pro-government tactics which are thus certain to deliver more government and less freedom.

If you think America or Americans are your problem then you've really bought the Socialist-Communist line of crap.

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-10-26 12:32:38 PM

YOUR "system" has the government own-subsidize much of your media and other similar anti-individual and pro-government tactics which are thus certain to deliver more government and less freedom.

Other than the CBC what media are you referring to?

Posted by: O’Reilly | 2007-10-26 12:41:27 PM

Well, Conrad, your FDR's 'New Deal' brought in the welfare state before Canada did.
Who is taking lessons from whom? Hmmmmm?

Didn't last November's capture of the House by the Dems occur because Repub voters couldn't stomach the Liberal domestic policies and endless weasel dances of their own Republican reps?
How's that Constitution working for you?
(2nd amendment anyone?)

Really though, we are all just victims of International Communism and it's influence on our elites.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-26 12:43:23 PM

Alain -

A farmer. Of course!

As a city boy, I would probably never have met a farmer in my life except for an unusual turn of events where I entered a business and had a bunch of intense interaction with farmers in California.

What a great good fortune for me! The absolute best most terrific intelligent knowledgeable solid practical people I've even encountered. And what a world of knowledge that city folks never touch.

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-10-26 12:51:46 PM

Well, Conrad, your FDR's 'New Deal' brought in the welfare state before Canada did and most of our problems here stem from our pols using the Supreme court to 'read' things into the law and Charter of Rights that don't exist.
(I'm pretty sure that little trick was learned from the U.S.)
Who is taking lessons from whom? Hmmmm?

Didn't the Dems capture the House just last November because the Repub voters were tired of the Liberalism and weasel dancing on domestic policy their own Republican reps were doing?
How's that Constitution working for you now, eh?
(2nd amendment anyone?)
(Supreme court 'interpreting' the U.S. Constitution in a way which wasn't intended by the writers?)

Really though, we are all just victims of International Communism and it's influence on our elites.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-26 12:56:41 PM


Thank you for inadvertenly proving a point.

The premier of Alberta is a third-generation farmer who is being criticized as a country bumpkin, dumb Ukrainian (his ancestry), bohunk (a derogatory term) by city-slicker apologists for oil companies in a current issue found here under ‘NEP II.'

Like you, I have found most farmers I have run across (including my late father-in-law) to be all those things you've articulated and good, practical people.

I especially like your last sentence ... a world of knowledge that city folks never touch. Bingo!

Posted by: set you free | 2007-10-26 1:01:12 PM

Thanks Conrad for the compliment. While I chose to give just one example of regulating zealots, I agree that it is pointless to use our energy fighting each example separately. We must insist on returning to smaller government, at least as it was prior to Trudeau and put an end to government meddling in anything and everything.

Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-26 1:15:37 PM


"Civil government being the sole object of forming societies, its administration must be conducted by common consent. Every species of government has its specific principles. Ours perhaps are more peculiar than those of any other in the universe. It is a composition of the freest principles of the English constitution, with others derived from natural right and natural reason. To these nothing can be more opposed than the maxims of absolute monarchies. Yet, from such, we are to expect the greatest number of emigrants. They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In proportion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass."

As Jefferson warned the centralising socialist tendencies of both North American governments are the result of the influence of this "warped incoherent, heterogeneous mass". Government intervenes because the heterogeneous nature of the society requires the intervention. The freest principles of the English constitution are derived from a homogeneous people, who evolved a non-kinship based altruism, which is uncommon through out the rest of the world.

Posted by: DJ | 2007-10-26 1:25:07 PM

And here's the real culprit:

"The Chinese Re-Connection"

Investors Business Daily, by Editorial Staff

Bill Clinton was the best president the People's Republic of China ever had. His wife may be even better. Beijing, hungry for more technology transfers, is betting on it. It's no coincidence that Sen. Hillary Clinton's autobiography, "Living History," is the most popular foreign political memoir in Chinese history. It's also no coincidence that Chinese bagmen are lining up immigrants in Chinatowns from New York to San Francisco to donate cash to Hillary's campaign. Many have never voted. Some aren't citizens and couldn't vote if they wanted to.

JUST LIKE WHEN Billybob was President. Charlie Trie of Arkansas provided the loot to his campaigns from the People's Army of China. In return, Loral - an aerospace company headed by a huge DemoRat contributor - was told to hand over satellite technology to the commies. That's when China was finally ab;e to launch into space. Until then their rockets exploded in mid-air.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-26 8:08:46 PM

It's also no coincidence that Chinese bagmen are lining up immigrants in Chinatowns from New York to San Francisco to donate cash to Hillary's campaign.

How's lining up these folks?


Posted by: We Report. You Decide. | 2007-10-26 9:08:23 PM

good lord. quoting Andrew Coyne is like extolling the virtues of toasted brown Wonderbread against toasted white Wonderbread.

he's the guy who considers himself a conservative, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms a conservative Canadian value.

good night

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-27 2:46:56 PM

It is not just the US amnymore that is attracting the Canadian medical consumer:

"Long wait times drive Canadians overseas for medical treatment"

"B.C. dentist books a passage to India for his hip operation"

VANCOUVER - Jeff Dolinsky, a dentist in Golden, B.C., travelled to India in the spring -- and he didn't go to sightsee, meditate or contort his body in front of a yoga master. Dolinsky's goal was more prosaic -- hip surgery.

When Dolinsky went under the knife in a hospital in Chennai (formerly Madras), he felt reasonably confident he had made the right decision.

After all, six other residents from the Rocky Mountain town of Golden also had undergone successful hip surgery in the same hospital with the same physician during the previous three years.

The patients from Golden are among the small but slowly growing number of Canadians flying to foreign countries for treatment -- a for-profit phenomenon known as medical tourism.

Frustration over the long list of 875,000 Canadians waiting for surgery and other procedures is what is driving people to "outsource" their treatment overseas.

Dolinsky, 48, had spent many months in severe pain from osteoarthritis. He sought treatment and was told that hip resurfacing -- a less invasive alternative to hip replacement surgery -- was his best option. He also was told he might have to wait a year if he wanted the procedure done in B.C.

A long, pain-ridden wait would have forced Dolinsky to scale back his dental practice and temporarily give up downhill skiing and mountaineering, the sports that drew him originally to the Golden area.

But instead of waiting, Dolinsky flew to India. The hospital picked him up and ushered him into what it called its "platinum ward," which was more like a posh hotel, with its marble floors, big-screen satellite TV and laptop computer with WiFi.

"And from the time I woke up from surgery until now, I haven't had to take more than a couple of painkillers," recalled Dolinsky recently.

There are about 15 medical tourism companies based in Canada. Their clients are seeking elective surgeries for such things as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, cosmetic surgery, cancer and transplant surgery.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-28 7:42:40 AM

obc - "B.C. dentist books a passage to India for his hip operation"

So did this woman from Alaska. I wonder if they met and were able to share their experiences? 500,000 Americans were treated abroad in 2006.

Soaring U.S. health costs are driving more Americans abroad for medical treatment.

Posted by: O'REILLY | 2007-10-28 8:51:39 AM

...which proves, the smart individual from Canada and the US follows the markets. if enough do this, and stop living in fear, the industry (and in the end, it is an industry) will be forced to compete.

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-28 9:52:19 AM

shel ~

My point exactly, but only a free marketer would recognize that - as opposed to Dippers.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-28 10:29:27 AM


yes. the sickness of collectivism has deep roots. people don't even recognise it.

it all boils down to fear and paralysis, and my tax dollars feed it.

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-28 10:36:56 AM

shel ~

Should we ever meet, I'll show you how your tax dollars don't necessarily have to be complicit in this travesty. :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-28 10:40:28 AM


funny you should mention that. i opted out of Alberta Health Care for many years, and paid out of pocket on the occasion i had to go to the doc. i saved a lot of money because i'm on top of, and take full responsibility for maintaining, my health.

i signed back in when i turned 40 because, as yet, there was no private insurance available, and i'm not getting any younger.

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-28 10:55:26 AM

"and i'm not getting any younger."

We can talk about that, too. :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-28 10:58:52 AM

what? you've discovered the fountain of youth?

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-28 11:00:32 AM

Just call me Ponce. :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-28 11:02:14 AM

heh heh...

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-28 11:03:42 AM

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