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Monday, August 25, 2008

The heartless left

What is it with the ultra-left brahmins of the Globe and the CBC that they so often use their ideological and policy differences with the right as excuses to denigrate, demonize, and dehumanize their conservative opponents? And what hypocrisy this is from the "we are the world," "brotherhood of man," "embrace the differences" types to so distastefully denounce those who do not embrace their world view. Federal Health Minister Tony Clement may be wrong to oppose Vancouver's shoot 'em up centre for heroin addicts, but I suggest that Heather Mallick is absolutely wrong to question Clement's humanity because of his stand.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on August 25, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Typical twisted compassion or rather conspicuous compassion which enables the sick to remain sick. If anyone lacks true compassion she is the one. This may give people like her a warm fuzzy feeling but it does nothing to help those suffering.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-08-25 12:36:19 PM

Well, that's the Left for you, isn't it, Alain? Even when they do something for others, it's really mostly about them. They're not in it so much for the cause as for the struggle. They make a huge emotional investment in that vicarious identity, so it's in their interest to perpetuate the problem, rather than solve it. You could almost call it a form of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-08-25 2:46:38 PM

A cloak of compassion to push their own agenda. I will never understand how "enabling" addicts is a way to help them.

Posted by: Boggy | 2008-08-25 2:54:48 PM

It is the same for welfare and every other government social program in that the only thing they do is to maintain the target group in the same situation. These are what I call need creation programs some what like in the movie - "if you build it, they will come". Actually teaching people a worthwhile skill or providing real treatment would be true compassion, Of course as soon as a bureaucracy is created to implement or run one of these programs, its very nature is to grow and self-perpetuate with an increasing hunger for more and more funding.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-08-25 3:53:30 PM

If you back your timeline up a bit, Terry, you'll see that Clement initiated the personal attacks by referring to harm reduction advocates in the medical community as unethical.

Harm reduction saves lives. It also offends the sensibilities of conservatives.

I’d rather see lives saved and conservatives offended than the opposite.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-08-25 5:35:13 PM

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