Crossposted at josh4viceprez
Onatrio Alternative has cropped up in our neighbors to the North.
But Silvestro said the new party aims to field 50 candidates or more in the 106-seat contest on a platform that, among other things, calls for smaller government, an end to “enforced” bilingualism and multiculturalism, across-the-board tax cuts, and allowing municipalities to de-amalgamate.
Abortion and gay marriage? “We are not going to get bogged down in social issues,” Silvestro declared, adding he does not want the new party to become a magnet for single-issue groups and voters. I get annoyed when the American Republican Party offers boutique tax cuts to their contributors and special interests instead of offering across the board tax cuts that actually help the common man, and that voters can identify with. One thing I admire about Canada is that the center-right can actually have a debate about social issues. That is something that is missing in America.
I like Stephen Harper. He is an intellectual and a man of the right. He used to talk about how Von Mises and Hayek were his heroes. After all this is a man who once said this, “Conservatives need to reassess our understanding of the modern Left. It has moved beyond old socialistic morality or even moral relativism to something much darker. It has become a moral nihilism – the rejection of any tradition or convention of morality, a post-Marxism with deep resentments, even hatreds of the norms of free and democratic western civilization.
This descent into nihilism should not be surprising because moral relativism simply cannot be sustained as a guiding philosophy. It leads to silliness such as moral neutrality on the use of marijuana or harder drugs mixed with its random moral crusades on tobacco. It explains the lack of moral censure on personal foibles of all kinds, extenuating even criminal behaviour with moral outrage at bourgeois society, which is then tangentially blamed for deviant behaviour. On the moral standing of the person, it leads to views ranging from radical responsibility-free individualism, to tribalism in the form of group rights.
Conservatives have focused on the inconsistency in all of this. Yet it is actually disturbingly consistent. It is a rebellion against all forms of social norm and moral tradition in every aspect of life. The logical end of this thinking is the actual banning of conservative views, which some legislators and “rights” commissions openly contemplate.” (Hat-tip to Robert Jones of CoPunk)
When Harper was out of Government he criticized the “jackasses” running his party for running the opposition the same way Harper is governing. Harper has forgotten his roots. It is his own fault that Ontario Alternative has sprung up. Harper’s budgets have been tremendously irresponsible and are transparently used as a way to score better poll positioning. If Canadian voters ultimately give Harper a majority rather than minority government Im not sure it would do any good.