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Friday, 5 July 2019

What conservatives can learn about polling from The West Wing

There’s a scene in the television series The West Wing when White House strategist Josh Lyman is discussing polling numbers with pollster Joey Lucas. Citing the lack of public support for a particular provision on gun control, Lyman recommends backing off the measure, declaring that “the numbers don’t lie.” But Lucas disagrees, pointing out the numbers “lie all the time.”

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Maybe we should just say thanks?

Shortly after the recent fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral was extinguished several prominent, wealthy Frenchmen stepped forward to pledge significant sums of money toward its reconstruction. One would think that people would be grateful for this generosity, and most are. But not, it seems, the high priests of the progressive left who couldn’t help attacking these individuals for allegedly caring more for a building than people. These critics apparently believe that society would be better served if such generosity were directed toward eliminating perceived social inequality, and they are invoking Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables to help make their case. “Yellow Vest” protesters were quick to jump on the bandwagon. “Millions for Notre Dame, what about for us, the poor?” read a sign worn by a Paris demonstrator the Saturday following the fire. “Everything for Notre Dame, nothing for Les Misérables,” read another sign.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Antisemitism rears it head in U.S. Democratic Party

As the U.S. Democratic Party continues its relentless march to the left it was perhaps inevitable that the ills which have infected that side of the political spectrum would reach its very heart – the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. How else does one explain antisemitic statements recently made Ilhan Omar, the newly-elected Congresswoman representing Minnesota’s 5th district, and rising star in the Democratic Party?

Friday, 2 November 2018

Is it time to place armed guards in schools?

This past week witnessed calls from across the political spectrum for politicians, political activists and media personalities in America to tone down their rhetoric and adopt a more respectful attitude to one another in the wake of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that left eleven elderly Jews dead and several more wounded for no reason other than that they were Jews. Pleas for a more respectful and civilized debate were quickly accompanied by demands for tighter gun laws.  Both reactions are entirely predictable and understandable – and both miss the mark.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Slandering Canadians on immigration

This past Friday (September 18th) the Globe and Mail newspaper published an op-ed penned by former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal sharply criticizing Canada’s immigration and refugee policy, calling it “bigoted” and “vision free“, and contrasting it with the policy of Germany which, under Angela Merkel’s “enlightened” leadership he asserts is “set to take in more than 800 refugees.”
Setting aside for the moment the shockingly ad hominem nature of his attack – I will return to that presently – Mr. Segal is playing fast and loose with the facts.