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Edmund Onward James





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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Stephen Harper is the Gold Standard in Politics Reply with quote

A statesman for the west - Melanie Phillips

Published in: Daily Mail
http://phillipsblog.dailymail......-west.html

The excellent Tim Montgomerie makes the point in a Guardian column today that, having headed a minority government for five years, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last May led his Conservative party to its first majority in two decades. Montgomerie cites this to help his case that David Cameron called it wrong when he decided to ditch conservative ideas for left-wing ones – an argument which I myself have made repeatedly since Cameron was elected party leader.

But Harper deserves attention on his own account. For he is a party leader who appears to have defied political gravity. As a country, Canada is hardly a byword for conservatism: indeed, it is known for its liberal approach to social issues. Yet Harper not only hung on to power for five years as the leader of a minority government but has now pulled off the feat of achieving majority rule.

Part of the explanation is the fact that the opposition Liberal party simply imploded. But the Liberals previously had cause to believe they were the natural party of Canadian government. So what explains this apparent inversion of the natural Canadian order?

Three reasons, and they are closely linked. The first is that -- providing a very clear contrast to the Liberals -- Harper espoused policies which were free of ideology and connected instead to reality, common sense and people’s lived experience.

Second, Harper’s approach is a principled one, cemented as it is into a clear division between right and wrong, truth and lies and thus standing four-square against the ruinous moral relativism and nihilism of the times.

Third, he has had the courage and backbone to stand up for these principles rather than bending to fashion or intimidation. In short, Harper is a leader not a follower.

That is not to say he doesn’t change his position nor take note of public opinion. He is a politician, after all, not a saint. And he has done some things which I personally think were unwise – such as helping depose Gaddafy in Libya.

But the point about Harper is that he is patently guided in large measure by his passionate concern to defend Canada’s national interests which he understands are inescapably attached to the bedrock freedoms and other values of the west.

He has shown he is not afraid to take positions which are unpopular with much of the rest of the world, such as downgrading the importance of multilateral institutions or his unflinching support for Israel which cost Canada a seat on the UN Security Council.

He has shown consistently that he understands the civilisational battle in which the west finds itself but which his fellow western leaders minimise or deny.

Unlike the UK, US and other western nations which appear to be suffering from the political equivalent of auto-immune disease, Harper demonstrates that he knows who are Canada’s friends and who its enemies. The result is a bullish stance which provides a stark contrast with the wimpish hand-wringing by the US, UK and Europeans. Two weeks ago, for example, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird declared:

‘Canada will continue to work with its like-minded allies to take the necessary action for Iran to abandon its nuclear program . . . It is not a question of if, but to what extent, we will act.’

To a large extent, Harper’s foreign policy is founded upon principle. He told Maclean’s magazine that global politics is a ‘struggle between good and bad’ and his actions would be guided by ‘moral clarity.’ At his party’s convention last summer, he said:

‘Strength is not an option. Moral ambiguity, moral equivalence are not options, they are dangerous illusions.’

At home, although he long ago accepted that the battle over gay marriage was lost, he has shown he understands the need to reverse the left’s ‘long march through the institutions’ by, for example, de-funding a range of radical pressure groups and supporting more mainstream ones.

The fundamental reason for Harper’s stunning success is that – unlike the callow Cameroons who have succumbed to the linguistic legerdemain of the left -- he really is a politician of the centre-ground. He does not kow-tow to fashionable left-wing opinion but connects instead with the conservative instincts of the public – the true centre-ground of politics. Indeed one might say that, far from defying political gravity Harper’s success is due to the fact that he does not deny it, because he identifies so strongly with those whose feet remain firmly on the ground.

As a former Canadian Conservative Party staffer Sebastian Way wrote last summer, Harper is also immeasurably boosted by the healthy state of his country’s finances, which to be fair is the result of prudent economic policies going back some two decades during which time the Liberals were in power.

British Conservatives can only dream of such propitious economic circumstances – not to mention majority rule. But the lessons for them of Harper’s success are staring them in the face, if only they could actually see.

Stephen Harper is a gold standard politician. In a world run by political pygmies, he stands out as a true statesman. It may be more than the Canadians who give thanks that he is up there on the world stage in the terrifying months ahead.

A statesman for the west | Melanie Phillips
http://www.melaniephillips.com.....r-the-west

And now isn't that the way it goes, a Canadian has to be lauded outside the country before the mainstream media will laud the person here.

Stephen Harper is a special man, exceptional in so many ways... and appreciates exceptionalism.

Yet on this forum there are people who are not satisfied, because he hasn't done quite what they want to suit them and just a few like kinds. They actually think they are either more conservative or their opinions would help the country better. I understand the libertarian desires less everything, or close to it, but it doesn't quite work like that. Hence, it takes a special person and administration to make sure things are reasonable.

Melanie Phillips is a brilliant writer and columnist. I have read many of her articles and I utilize one of her terrific books as a reference.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HARPER’S VIEW: ELECTION OVER, FORGET DEFICIT ELIMINATING PROMISES

Our left plunging PM appears to consider that since the election is over he can disregard election platform promises such as slashing uneconomical over spending, eliminating the destructive deficit by 2014, and GDP generating tax cuts, and revert back to his socialist-style profligate spending, job-killing deficits, standard of living butchering debt increases, and tax increases.

Since the best mode of stimulus is a resilient balance sheet, abolishing the deficit expediently in two years would permit the economy to roar ahead, and appeal to foreign capital, as it did in the late 1990s

Harper has agreed to cut, run, and surrender the combat mission in Afghanistan, substantiated that he is a terrorist hugger in the Khadr affair, increased spending by 22% in five years, increased the debt and the size of government by tens of billions, caved into Quebec’s every demand, is about to increase payroll taxes by $2 billion to re-distribute wealth, and has promulgated a distressing protectionist message to the world that Canada isn’t open to foreign investment. Now he has endorsed criminal creating heroin research projects.
All of this authenticates him as a politically correct, ex small-c conservative who is becoming more liberal every day and who has bartered his principles for a title; for Harper, principals are what you give up when you obtain power.

How many more times is our left-plunging, nanny statist PM going to distort what once was a moderately free market economy by interfering with bail outs to the auto industry? Is our disingenuous, progressive PM about to increase our fees (taxes) so that he can keep the Bosses of Big Union contented and keep employed, with outrageous high wage/benefit packages, their members?

No one calling himself a small-c fiscal conservative can any longer support this pathetic excuse for a conservative leader who is now undistinguishable from the far-left, pitiable Liberal or NDP current leaders. The bottom line for the next leader of the Conservative Party is that he takes us back to our Reform/Alliance roots that Harper has abandoned.

It is difficult to articulate the disillusionment and disenchantment that legitimate small-c fiscal, social, and judicial conservatives who elected him feel about our disingenuous leader. Harper calls it “incrementalism”, however, we genuine conservatives identify it as caving into the socialist, and we contend that he has injured the country, and has guaranteed that our children’s standard of living will be subordinate to our current standard.

Harper’s pathetic, leftist brand of collectivist mush that he was against before he was for it, including his propensity to intervene in the market place, his massive overspending, and his expansion of government, are the rationale for legitimate small-c conservatives to realize that they are not represented in the Conservative Party or in the House of Commons.

Our next leader must be a legitimate small-c fiscal, social, and judicial conservative who is willing to make all the tough decisions pursuant to expenditure reduction, deficit elimination, abortion, and appointing only conservative judges.

And yet, he has the chutzpah to call himself a conservative; whereas in reality, he is industrious effecting Trudeau’s transformation of Canadian civil society into something similar to Rousseau’s “General Will” by depressing individual instincts and replacing them with statist powers!

The Conservative Party next leader must understand, believe in, and non-incrementally expedite genuine small-c conservative policies in a manner that illustrates that he realizes that “Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

PS: please spare me the usual CINO response pursuant to “he only had a minority government”. The facts illustrate that many of the spending increases and the massive increase in the size of government and regulations were started prior to the recession, and were not necessarily being demanded by the opposition.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

machiavelli wrote:
HARPER’S VIEW: ELECTION OVER, FORGET DEFICIT ELIMINATING PROMISES

Our left plunging PM appears to consider that since the election is over he can disregard election platform promises such as slashing uneconomical over spending, eliminating the destructive deficit by 2014, and GDP generating tax cuts, and revert back to his socialist-style profligate spending, job-killing deficits, standard of living butchering debt increases, and tax increases....

Harper’s pathetic, leftist brand of collectivist mush that he was against before he was for it, including his propensity to intervene in the market place, his massive overspending, and his expansion of government, are the rationale for legitimate small-c conservatives to realize that they are not represented in the Conservative Party or in the House of Commons.

Our next leader must be a legitimate small-c fiscal, social, and judicial conservative who is willing to make all the tough decisions pursuant to expenditure reduction, deficit elimination, abortion, and appointing only conservative judges.


I worry about machiavelli. Is he off his medication or is he smoking hemp? Most would not pay attention to this rant, except for those who also think similarly.

The best Prime Minister in our lifetime and he not only gets insulted by the left and the mainstream media, but also by people who think they are conservative and understand conservatism, when it is applicable so it might work. Not easy, politics and pleasing everybody or at least the majority.

Where are all you patriotic froum readers and commentators. Busy reading and worrying about a possible Liberal Leader or contemplating what more to complain about with Harper and government?

At least machiavelli took the time to make points. Flakes need not waste their time, however.
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