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Good News?! Maybe now conservatives will finally have learned the lesson: Go bold. Not pale pastel.

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It took two candidates, but maybe it will have sunk in this time. Going with that so-called “moderate” and “electable” candidate has failed yet again. It always does. For those science-loving conservatives like me, it can quite literally be called a scientifically provable fact now, having been tried over again with the same outcome.

I’m not bashing Mitt Romney here. He was better than the last failed effort. He’s a good man in every way. But now, conservatives should take the remote control away from the self-anointed elites who think they know better, and do the right thing.

This time, take the sage advice of Ronald Reagan: speak in bold colors. Get your conservative message out there yourselves, and in plain, bold colors, not pale pastels. A year or two ago I might have suggested you start a web site with the name BoldColors just to emphasize the importance of that simple but effective message, but thankfully it’s already been done by someone very wise. Help him out and don’t worry, there are also other ways to do it.

Let’s start: conservatives, don’t now lament. That’s just what the progressive-left expects and hopes. Instead, chin-up, get your tools out, and activate. Fix it. That’s what conservatives do.

Socialists, liberals — progressives — and their media are all expecting you to now be demoralized, while they are freshly emboldened. Laugh at them and their arrogance as they whistle past the grave yard. Stand up and oppose them. This usually causes enormous shock and a freaked-out look on their faces and sometimes some pretty outlandish responses from them. It’s really pretty fun.

As our friend and my former columnist Ann Coulter wrote in her book How to Talk to a Liberal, “You must outrage the enemy. If the liberal you’re arguing with doesn’t become speechless with sputtering, impotent rage, you’re not doing it right.”

This activist behavior will be new to most conservatives, but try it. You’ll see how others join you simply because it’s so much fun, and it’s so useful to the nation to boot.

Then activate yourself further. Get involved, from the top down and middle out and bottom up. Pick the right candidates. Send money. Act right. Live right. It’s not hard. It’s easier in fact. You’re probably holding back. Stop it.

Then really start to fight. The political “enemy” is not simply the politicians on the progressive left; it’s the corrupt “news” media which pretends — and has convinced — most people that they are “objective” and “fair” and “balanced.” Get this through your head if it isn’t already, and through the heads of everybody around you: the mainstream media is not “objective” and “fair” and “balanced,” they are liars and shills for progressives. They are progressives.
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They’re not necessarily doing it on purpose either. Some liberals in the mainstream news media are just that ignorant and that dumb after decades of living in a liberal-left bubble, having been taught by liberal-left academia and raised under liberal-left parents and entertained and informed by a liberal-left media. They don’t know there is another side. If they do, they utterly misunderstand it. They are simply dumbed-down to a world view that is just that simplistic and provincial.

Some are so progressive (liberal, socialist, and some are full-on communists) that they don’t even know how progressive they are anymore. They have no clue that there’s another way to look at things. They think everyone in the room agrees with them. Don’t feel sorry for them. They’re lazy and stupid.

School them. Call them out. Fight them. Most of them cannot be trusted to present “news.” Most cannot present fact-based opinions either. You cannot trust a news media working under a guise or a pretense of objectivity when they demonstrably aren’t; when they actually have an agenda. Make them own their liberal-left bias and activism and their pretense to the contrary. It’s their perfidy. Define it as such.

The media is the enemy.

By the way, yes I mean enemy.

Define them. Don’t let the media define you. As you know, the Left and their media say the most ridiculous, insulting, extremist things about conservatives all day long, while hypocritically assassinating people like me who use the benign, descriptive word “enemy” as if it were meant to be taken as an actual call to arms (the actual arms being the others ones they want taken away from us), and as if I’m using it in terms of a gun battle or crazed, violent, conservative militant revolution. Call them out on that BS. For further examples of this, see “racist” and “homophobe” and “fascist” and “Nazi” and “extremist” and “anti-choice” and “millionaires and billionaires” and “not paying their fair share” and a hundred more lies like that that have been affixed to even the most moderate conservative. Or flash back to how they defined Sarah Palin; or how they blamed Sarah Palin for causing a Congressman to be shot simply because she used a picture of a target on a map of political targets to aim at and win. You have to fight those liberal fascists at every turn until they concede defeat.

It must be shown that the liberal-left mainstream media cannot be trusted.

Another “front” in this political war is in liberal academia. Fight them too. Don’t cower. You own them, they don’t own you.

On another front, don’t blithely support liberal entertainment media out of shear laziness. The people in that industry are some of the dumbest group-think useful idiots on planet Earth. And they are expert at playing the passive-aggressive progressive war game. They sneak progressive-left liberal or full-on socialist messages into just about everything they write, act, produce, direct, paint, sculpt, or sing about — often with taxpayer support. And in so doing, many of them have become multimillionaires with enormous power and a huge bully pulpit (the irony and hypocrisy seems to fly right over their air heads, or worse, it doesn’t).

Don’t watch their shows. Don’t go to their movies.

Together, liberals and the institutions that they have consumed can help make you and everybody else make very poor choices. For example, Barack Obama won the election last night.

“Liberal” or “progressive” is not the normal state of affairs. That would take “fundamentally transforming America,” as Barack Obama threatened and warned he would do, five days before his first election, and is now in the process of doing. Life is conservative.

Failure to act is arming the enemy. Stop it. Don’t let them get away with it. Fight the news media, fight liberal academia. Fight liberal entertainment media. Stand up to the liberal, anti-conservative messaging all around you. Speak out with your conservative message of good, positive, ideas; and proven conservative ideology, in big, brave, bold colors. It works.

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Joel Johannesen’s memo to lib media: No need for gov to be involved in any business, whatsoever


I found an otherwise reasonably good Vancouver Sun editorial that seemed to have forgotten some vital information for its readers, so I corrected it for them.



I do like the way the editorial opens and closes, though. Much like a blog entry by the famous and brilliant thinker, Joel Johannesen. Do you think they’ve been reading Joel Johannesen blog entries over the years? You do? Are you currently high on the crack cocaine?

“The provincial government should heed the union campaign to open more of the publicly owned liquor stores on Sunday. Then it should sell them all.”

Oof! Pow! Take that, unions! But… well yes. You’re finally right, Vancouver Sun. I’ve been telling you that for at least 20 years. Next thing you know you’ll be reading (my former columnist) Ann Coulter’s books and getting really smart.

So where the hell have you been? I mean aside from demonstrably sipping the socialist Kool-Aid served up by your friends in the liberal-left/progressive/useful idiot set.

Don’t even answer! You’re on a roll! This penultimate government wrongly meddling in retail idea sounds even more Joel-esque, if you’ll excuse my self-satisfying banality:

“As with the wholesale business, there is no longer any reason for the government to be operating liquor stores. Now that politicians no longer believe that public morality is at stake, there is no more reason to have state-owned liquor stores than there is for government getting into the grocery business or selling suits or screwdrivers.”

Well, yeah! And welcome to our enlightened world! And here’s some more places where there’s no need for state-owned anything: car insurance, basic health care, ferry boat cruises, choo-choo trains, slutty gambling and lotteries, TV and radio and internet news and entertainment and porn and discussion forums, movie-making, art galleries, and myriad other such businesses the state is involved in and has been lo these many years without you having said a disparaging word, thereby enabling and encouraging the progressives to the virtual tipping point into abject socialism.

I wonder why the Vancouver Sun has suddenly and shockingly seen even this modicum of light with regard to freedom and smaller government, and capitalism, and conservative thinking, in this one, lone industry. Maybe they’re high on crack! I suspect it will only last a day, so soak it in, readers! Tomorrow, they’ll be back to demanding more social housing, welfare entitlements, free grants and welfare and supports of various kinds from government, more state involvement in everything from the arts to science and yes, more meddling in business and building that reliance on the state.

Alas, the last paragraph disappoints, as expected. Here, again as expected, they wrongly open the giant red socialist or progressive or liberal-fascist door a crack, to allow for more yummy government to, indeed, meddle in business. Which is wrong. Shut the damn door. Lock it. Throw the key away.

“Governments should only be in businesses in which there is a unique public benefit that cannot be achieved in any other way. With rare exceptions, the government should avoid using its extraordinary powers to compete with the private sector. Liquor stores do not meet that test.”

No government-in-business meets that test. Not the government’s ridiculous monopoly auto insurance scheme, not their mammoth state-owned, state-run power-generating idiocy, not the ferry boat and cruise ship business that they’re in, not meddling in real estate and “providing” more “affordable housing,” not mortgage insurance, and no, not the healthcare industry either. Government never needs to be in any business. Ever. It impedes citizens from entering the marketplace and doing it better and cheaper in every way, it creates big, expensive, nanny-state governments; it increases personal and family reliance on the state, while reducing self-reliance and personal responsibility. And ultimately if creates serfs out of free people. And doing that is, well, that’s progressive. Thanks Flo.

And God knows a government run by me would instantly get out of any business that competes against its own citizens, the way that most of them like the federal state-owned CBC (and most others) do. And then I’d ban such government activity. As I’ve also been asking for years in one of my cooler epithets, what kind of government competes against its own citizens in business for profits? Indeed, using its “extraordinary powers to compete with the private sector,” as you awakened ones at the Sun put it. No no, please answer that question. Honestly.

I think it should be unconstitutional for the state to be involved in any business at all.

But I’ll refrain from holding my breath and waiting for the Vancouver Sun to pick up on that Joelism.

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A Canadian provincial government threatens more socialism to prevent a corporate takeover?

The so-called Liberal government of the far-left Nation Of Quebec, in a stunning display of the ease with which it is willing to slide, full-on, into abject socialism, threatened to buy another means of production today. This time it is the home improvement retail chain Rona. This is ostensibly to prevent a non-government-owned American company from doing so instead.

Even the radical progressive U.S. President Barack Obama was OK with the Italian firm Fiat buying the venerable American firm Chrysler a few short years ago. But then that was mostly to help save his huge financial sugar-daddy, the labor unions, and of course he also went ahead and took over General Motors, turning it into Government Motors, so maybe that’s how he sleeps at night.

This sort of meddling in  —  interfering with  —  ruining  —  the free market by governments is a proven failure, a hundred times over. Take the state-owned CBC. No really  —  take it to the garbage dump where it belongs.  Governments totally distort and ultimately wreck the free marketplace. I think the “Liberals” (which I can quite rightly put in scare quotes as evidenced by the facts in this very blog entry) of The Nation Of Quebec know that full well. That’s what makes this even scarier.

Politically, it signals to all of us who weren’t yet convinced by my repeated warnings, that the Liberals hold in utter contempt any semblance of freedom in the marketplace, and for capitalism writ large. And that threatens freedom as a general matter.

But do they even think these things through? I mean these kind of takeovers have happened and will continue to happen all the time. Is the government going to buy all the target companies involved  —  all of those means of production  —  moving forward? Well I suppose this signals that they are. Are Quebecers really ready for the communist state? I also suppose that they are. They did vote overwhelmingly for socialists last time around when they elected all those brilliant NDP kids to the federal parliament.

As many Canadian banks have taken over U.S.-based banks and investment firms in recent years, and more Canadians than ever before now own U.S. businesses and commercial and even residential real estate, is The Nation Of Quebec OK with that? Because it sure would be odd to not be OK with that, and yet ever so hypocritical. Maybe the state will simply assume ownership of citizens’ private property and investment assets, as well.

And will they be OK with a state like North Carolina acting to prevent a government-owned Rona from expanding in and buying up anything in their state by, say, offering a competing bid for it? Or using some other big-government power to mandate corporate behavior? Is Quebec ready to “compete” with other governments ten times richer and more powerful? Go ahead. Go crazy. Test that theory. Be sure to ask Mikhail Gorbachev about the theory too.

And as Americans are twice as likely to be conservative than liberal, and in a country which still values some of its free-enterprising spirit and capitalism, will a state-owned, state-run Rona run afoul of local American values and be un-welcomed, as per Chick-Fil-A in Boston and Chicago? That would be an interesting test. (We can be quite sure a state-owned, state-run Rona would be welcome in those cities!)

This is troubling on so many levels. Freedom-loving Canadians who understand the freedom inherent in free-market capitalism  —  and who understand that at the root of it, this really is about freedom as opposed to serfdom  —  should be up in arms about this.


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Obama never speaks of Canada — it’s succeeding under Conservatives!

A tip of the hat to reader Glen D. for the heads-up re this Frank Miniter article:

What Obama Doesn’t Want You to Know About Canada

With President Barack Obama claiming the government builds success, not individuals, Mitt Romney should look north to a story Obama would rather Americans didn’t notice. Canada is outperforming the U.S. on every Frank Minitereconomic front and they’re doing it with policies Republicans say they’d like to implement.

For the inside scoop I interviewed Tony Clement, Canada’s President of the Treasury Board (the COO for the Government of Canada who is responsible for managing spending among other duties) and a Member of Parliament with the Conservative Party of Canada.

He was enthusiastic. This is a story he wants to tell. A story that people south of the border should be paying attention to. According to senior Canadian officials who’ve had closed-door meetings with Obama administration officials, the White House has been curious about how Canada is growing. When Canadian’s told them how, they even toyed with implementing some of the same policies.

First, for context, we need to do a numbers comparison with the U.S.

Canada’s unemployment rate is now 7.3%, whereas the current U.S. unemployment rate is 8.2%. Canada’s combined federal and provincial debt to GDP ratio is 57.9%, while Canada’s federal debt to GDP ratio is 34%; meanwhile, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio reached 101.5% in 2011.

Then there is the Canadian banking system. Canada’s banks are among the best capitalized in the world and far exceed the norms outlined by the Bank for International Settlements. During the financial crisis, no Canadian banking institutions had to be bailed out. The rest of this article, of course, could be filled with details about the troubles with U.S. banks and the Democrats’ Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, but I’ll let all that be addressed in other articles.

It’s worth noting here though that homeowners are also in better shape in Canada. Today just 0.35% of Canadian mortgages are behind on their payments, whereas TransUnion reported that in the January-March 2012 quarter 5.78% of U.S. mortgage holders were behind on their payments by 60 days or more (that’s more than 10 times more than in Canada).

Canada also has a better credit rating than the U.S. Standard & Poor’s gives Canada an “AAA” rating and a “stable” outlook, but gives the U.S. an “AA+” rating and a “negative” outlook. Moody’s Investors Service Inc. lists the U.S. as triple-A but gives it a “negative” outlook. Meanwhile, Moody’s gives Canada an “AAA” rating and a “stable” outlook. […]

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