We Could’ve Been the NDP of the Right

I’ll be honest, Rachel Notley comes across as pretty decent person. I’d invite her to my summer time BBQ. She’d show up with a great potato salad or slaw and everyone would have a good time. The other thing I like about her is that she has principles. She sticks with them whether she is in a party of a few seats or a powerful majority.

I absolutely disagree with her politics and socialism on principle. At best, I believe the role of the government should be very limited. The government is generally terrible and can’t do the simplest things well.

Now, to be fair, the NDP government hasn’t done a thing yet so I will reserve judgment until they try to socially engineer us into oblivion. Then I’ll start kicking and screaming. I’ll make a prediction right now though.

It’s going to be tough and in 4 years I’ll be yelling I told you so.

What I am going to kick and scream about today are the PCs and the Wildrose party. I would have preferred a PC government to NDP 10 times out of 10. Even more so for the Wildrose party. Even with all its faults I would take the watered down, weak-willed, milquetoast conservatism of either of those parties over the socialism of the NDP.

Remember when Danielle Smith and legend-in-his-own-mind campaigner Vitor Marciano said they didn’t want the Wildrose to be the NDP of the right? What they were really saying was “Let’s sell out our principles for power.” Well, it turns out you don’t have to do that.

The NDP didn’t win because Alberta went socialist. It won because Rachel Notley comes across as a real person trying to do her best to serve Alberta and she was a stark contrast to Prentice and Jean who practically leave a slime trail wherever they go.

Albertans wanted a change and they wanted nothing to do with PCs and Wildrose because they stand for nothing but gathering power.

If Danielle Smith hadn’t crossed the floor she would be Premier right now. Albertans wanted change and Wildrose was the natural choice.

Then they went and messed it all up. It reminds me of the famous planet of the Apes scene. “You Maniacs! You Blew it  Up!”

Now we have 4 years of socialism. I put the blame firmly on the PCs and the Wildrose for leaving behind their conservative values and not knowing how to campaign.

Famous campaign educator Morton Blackwell has said it best ” You owe it to your ideology to learn how to win.”

Wildrose, you have 4 years to learn how to win so you can undo the damage done by NDP.

As for me, I won’t be letting the NDP get away with anything. I will remain vigilant.


Brian Jean: One Foot Across the Floor

You ever meet those people who just keep getting cheated on by their partners? It doesn’t matter who they date, it’s like they have a magnet for cheaters.

I’m beginning to think the Wildrose Party is like that.

Former Conservative MP Brian Jean threw his hat into the ring yesterday for the Wildrose leadership.  Great, Right? Except… there’s an $11,000 problem with that.

As you can see below, the City Centre Group donated $10,000 to Jim Prentice’s leadership campaign.

There it is in black and white. Page 12. Just a few down in the $10,000 range. City Centre Group. You know who owns City Centre Group? Brian Jean and his mother, Francis Jean. You probably know it as the famous Fort McMurray landmark:  City Centre Car Wash.

What’s really rich is that just yesterday Brian Jean was saying “I think the people of Alberta deserve better than what they’ve had for the last 44 years“.

Put your money where your mouth is Brian!

If they were really that bad, why did Brian Jean donate $10,000 to Jim Prentice? How many free PC memberships did he hand out with that money? And don’t forget  the time you and your mom donated $1,000 to Alison Redford  during the last election to help her defeat Wildrose.

$10,000 for Premier Prentice

And now Brian Jeans wants to lead Wildrose? Just what is his game here? You donate your money to the PCs and run for Wildrose? You’ve already got it figured out, don’t you? You donate to Prentice, get on his good side, win the Wildrose leadership, and then cross the floor into a cushy position… say Finance Minister?

Wildrose needs to elect someone who isn’t just a PC trying to get elected in a rural riding. They need someone who actually believes in the party and the province. We’ve had enough of these clowns.

I’m begging Wildrose not to pick Brian Jean. He’s already shown ZERO loyalty to the party. Don’t get cheated on again. Brian Jean’s already got one foot across the floor.

Seriously, even Danielle didn’t donate to Alison Redford.



Manliness in 2015- Accepting Reality for What It Is

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what 2015 should be all about. What is the one thing about men that I would change to make the world a better place.

I would have men accept reality for what it is and deal with it on its own terms.

There would be no room for fancy social theories pulled from the white towers of academia. No utopian dreams. It would be a simple life. Not an easy life, but very straightforward one.

The phrase: “If you don’t work, you die.” Comes to mind. Not that society or the government would force people to work. Wanting to put food in your own belly would make you work. You’d be free to work and become as honestly wealthy as your talents would allow it.

Most of the “isms” would be gone. We’d realize that isms are just personal buggaboos that people want the government to fix so they don’t have to fix themselves. That’s my wish right there: That we would accept reality and stop trying to get rid of personal and private fears by legislating them out of existence. It’s never worked and never will.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Feminism

This is a pretty big moment for me.

One of my heroes, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has called out the people who were upset over Matt Taylor’s shirt. She told them to stop worrying about “Trivial Bullshit”. Check out the article in the Washington Examiner here.

She says that radical Islam is doing things to women that are actually terrible. And that feminism has gotten sidetracked away from making sure women have access to education and personal liberty.

It’s the same argument I made in my last blog post. Hirsi Ali, of course makes the argument much more eloquently. I’m just happy that I was on the same wavelength.

Ronald Reagan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

This past week we marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was a major victory for freedom and democracy. It wouldn’t have happened without the steely leadership of Ronald Reagan.

If you watch his old debates, interviews, and speeches you will hear a gentle man with folksy charm who wore his love of freedom in his sleeve and would unapologetically ram it down your throat with great wit and charm. It’s a magnificent thing to watch.

It’s also incredibly depressing. I haven’t heard anything like Reagan in decades. No vision. No love of freedom and democracy. No fearless defence of liberty. Now it’s just pablum and platitudes.

Why is that?

I think it’s because our politicians and leaders are cowards. They’re so afraid of offending someone that they say nothing at all and use as many words as they can to say nothing.

Watch Ronald Reagan. When he spoke, you could feel his unwavering belief behind his words. He was absolutely fearless in his beliefs and expressing them. And he often expressed himself with a smile.

That is today’s lesson in manliness: Be Fearless in your beliefs. Be fearless in speaking your mind. If possible, be warm and inviting while being fearless. You catch more flies with honey, right? More than that, it’s important to remember that the people who oppose you ideologically are humans too and you can relate to them on that level.

That’s another thing Ronald Reagan has taught us, we can disagree with someone without hating them.

So upon this momentous anniversary, remember to be fearless in your beliefs and their defence.

“You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay.’ There is a point beyond which they must not advance. “

Sergeant – At – Arms Kevin Vickers: A Man

I think it would be foolish to have this blog about manliness and not write about Kevin Vickers.

Here in Canada, a terrorist attacked our parliament a few weeks ago and we had some stellar examples of manliness by both men and women.

The example I would like to focus on is Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers. It was his quick action and precise shooting that ended the terror attack. I could talk about how extraordinary his virtues are and incredibly heroic he was, but I won’t.


Because he was just doing his job.

I don’t mean to belittle what he did. It was very impressive, but for Mr. Vickers, he was just doing his job. The things we see as extraordinary are merely a part of his character. In the face of life threatening danger he calmly and precisely took care of the threat. He used his training, his years of experience, and his manly character to do the thing that was required of him.

The purpose of the Sergeant-At-Arms is to protect elected House of Commons from those that would seek to control country by way of tyranny. Back in the day he protected them from the King. Today it looks like they need protection from terrorists. In fact, up until a few weeks ago it was generally thought to be a ceremonial position. I mean, look at the hat and the clothes. And no one is using that gold mace to take down the king’s army.

Thankfully, the role isn’t just ceremonial and that we have a man of character and virtue filling the role.

Watch the video, just moments after Mr. Vickers had taken out the terrorist:

If you watch him, he’s alert, but calm. He’s comfortable with the gun he’s holding as he carries out his duties. To the rest of us he’s incredible.

Mr. Vickers has a lot to teach about manliness, but the lesson I want to focus on here is discipline.

He disciplined himself to train for these situations, he was disciplined in his execution of his training and he was disciplined in his duties. He didn’t let his emotions and fear get the best of him. He kept his head while everything was going down.

Far greater writers than I have written that having discipline and keeping your head in crazy situations will make you a man.

Welcome to The Conservative Man- Where freedom and Responsibility Meet

Welcome friends,

This is a place where I hope to celebrate the virtues of manliness and ultimately contribute to a conservative world view.

I believe that manliness and conservatism are very closely linked. They both promote freedom, responsibility and dealing with the world and the universe on its own terms.

A real man accepts his place in the universe. He doesn’t try to legislate away the human condition. Instead, he searches for the freedom to deal with the responsibilities that comes with being a human and being man.

So stay awhile, pour yourself a scotch (or a tea) and assert your manliness in a world that desperately needs manly men.