May 10, 2016

Attention Conservatives! Here’s the left’s dirty little secret about social issues

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

Previously, I showed the Conservatives didn't lose the election because the base stayed home or swing voters abandoned them. With more than 5.6 million votes they outpaced their own vote tallies in 2006 and 2008 and only dropped 200,000 votes from 2011.

The problem was that the Liberals increased their vote tally by more than 4M going from 2.7M in 2011 6.9M in 2015. And they did this by bringing in new voters.

When some Conservatives say the party lost because they talked about social issues like the niqab and the tip line, the facts don’t bear that out. Saying ‘don’t campaign on social issues’ is essentially leting the left have an entire playing field to themselves because actually, the left almost only campaigns on social issues. National daycare, bigger pensions, etc. are social issues.

There are economic and reasoned responses to those ideas but the left is only going to campaign on the social side and play to emotion, not reason.

In all my years covering politics I’ve never seen a conservative party campaign on abortion, yet there it is in every campaign, brought up by Liberals and New Democrats to suggest that electing a conservative leaning government will mean the end of abortion.

Trudeau did that last election promising to push provinces to open up to even more abortions, claiming that Conservatives under Stephen Harper would mean ending "a woman's right to chose”, and Harper let him get away with it even though they did nothing to stop abortion in Canada and Harper did everything he could in his own party to stifle debate and not even mention the issue.

Now some Conservatives say it’s time to shove social conservatives out of the party, especially those pesky pro-lifers. Why do that? Is Canada universally pro-abortion? Not at all. Yet neither is it fully pro-life.

Decades of polling shows Canadians don’t want abortion banned but a majority would like some restrictions like most developed countries have. Polling also shows that the public is at least divided about taxpayer money being used for abortions. While campaigning on abortion as a central issue may not be a winning formula, neither is it the death knell that some seem to think.

In this video, I explain why and how Conservatives can win on social issues if they learn to craft the message correctly and learn not to be afraid of them.

People's lives involve more than their income, their bank account, central bank interest rates, GDP and trade numbers. We’re complex people leading complex lives. For political parties that means finding solutions that appeal to all of the aspects of voters lives, not just the number crunching side. Understanding this, can also help draw in new voters.

Conservatives becoming a one issue party focused exclusively on economics may sound like an easy answer to a difficult defeat but it won't lead to victory any time soon.

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commented 2016-05-14 16:36:40 -0400
I have never, and will never, have a problem with abortion in cases of pregnancy resulting from rape, or when THREE Dr.s preliminary diagnoses shows the fetus can not become a viable human being. I do however have a HUGE problem with anyone, male or female, young or old, religious or atheist, black, brown, green or white that uses abortion INSTEAD of birth control!! If you are too stupid to use birth control you are too stupid to have sex, and too stupid to be involved in a pregnancy! I’m not the slightest bit religious, but I am a very caring human! Killing any viable, non rape fetus is plain and simple MURDER!!
commented 2016-05-13 22:37:44 -0400
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Psalms 139:13-14

If some early iron age Semitic king (David) could recognize that human beings are created by a wonderful loving, immense God, what excuse do we have to not believe with our modern advancements?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdBJt6sdDfI

By the way, the gentleman at the end of the above video is none other than Dean Kenyon. He is the man that LITERALLY wrote the book on evidence of abiotic (non-creation) origins of life. He is now a Christian.
commented 2016-05-13 20:45:39 -0400
http://cdn.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AP090426019817-1024×677.jpg

This beautiful seven day old baby girl was born premature at 23 weeks. Had her mother so chosen, she would have been subjected to an abortion procedure called D & E (Dilation and Evacuation). Her limbs would have been ripped off one at a time and her little head would have been crushed as part of the abortion procedure. Let’s assume she was the product of rape and/or incest. Before crushing her tiny head, which of her limbs should be removed first pro-choicers?

This is a description of a D & E by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino: http://www.dailywire.com/news/3654/abortion-doctor-explains-just-what-abortion-its-amanda-prestigiacomo
commented 2016-05-12 19:36:20 -0400
Keith Barnes said: "I am against abortions and think they should only be performed if the Mother is at risk or the Child is abnormal. "

Keith, abnormal children are people too. They are made in the image and likeness of God and no one has the right to take their life without just cause (e.g. if they commit murder, rape, etc…). Killing them out of convenience is evil.
commented 2016-05-11 20:19:07 -0400
Dan Mancuso; I’ve often wondered if Sean Penson is some kind of attention seeking troll. Just say the complete opposite of any sensible issue and you will get tons of responses. Clever marketing actually but frustrating when they never engage past their superficial protestations.
commented 2016-05-11 19:08:21 -0400
Academia is dead in the West. Institutes of learning have an infestation problem.
commented 2016-05-11 18:20:21 -0400
The Conservatives refused to campaign intelligently on the Aboriginal issue; MMIW’,
Report on IRS’s. Reconcilliation. So many Canadians have been deceived by the left wing media reporting respecting Aboriginals, much of which is simply intentionally misleading or downright lies. Many Canadians living outside our metropolitan areas are more than familiar with what is occurring, but so many other Canadians are simply relying on the warm and fuzzy lies being perpetrated on social media. This is costing taxpayers billions upon billions of dollars. It’s time for the truth to be told. One nation, one people.
commented 2016-05-11 14:11:17 -0400
I don’t believe SEAN PENSON.
For the longest time I figured he was your typical lefty liberal progressive, intellectually challenged, morally bankrupt, probably a pedophile or a jihadi, who had a mental disorder other than just liberalism – seeking gratification from negative attention – a troll who took the Marxist mumbo-jumbo to the nth degree of lefty delusionalism – which is really mainstream lefty delusionalism – just to piss off conservatives…and get his/her/it’s jollies.
What I believe now, is this so-called SEAN PENSON is in fact some kind of conservative who has developed this obsessive, lunatic-fringe-lefty character, spouting all this incredible socialist, cultural Marxist nonsense and pure insanity – that is actually more mainstream lefty than lunatic – in order to illustrate how insane the left is and/or has become…
With this realization comes the release of the very emotional need to run the SEAN PENSON avatar down with my truck if I ever recognized its stinkin’ carcass crossing the street.
So thank you for the service you are giving to the right, to the correct, to the conservative way SEAN PENSON – whomever you are. Keep up the good work.
commented 2016-05-11 13:20:44 -0400
Calamity Marcy: Sean Pension is a hit and run artist: He makes these inflammatory comments then and then never defends them. Such as his latest “Don’t be foolish. These social issues are way too complicated for the average Canadian to tackle via referendums. That is why we have elected officials and the legal system on our side”. What a joke does he not realize that these politicians he holds in such high reverence come from a variety of backgrounds including bar tenders and drama queens (teachers)and yet he is willing to forego the responsibility of dealing with these important issues to his mental superiors. ’Euthanasia is way too complex and emotional" says Sean so his response is to leave these issues to people he has no idea of their intelligence and who are emotionally detached about the rights of his own family members.
commented 2016-05-11 13:07:04 -0400
Sean Penson: Fuck off to socialist Europe. They are further ahead of us on the road to destruction so we could be rid of you sooner.

Jay Kelly: I identify as a “man” and have no problem understanding that most abortions are wrong. You, on the other hand, must be a woman. How else would you “know” their pain. Are you actually pro life. That would surely contradict some of your other leftard posts. Might be hope for you after all, some right wing therapy and who knows.
commented 2016-05-11 11:15:50 -0400
Although the late Christopher Hitchens did not believe in God, he did believe in life. To paraphrase, he asked this question: Which would be worse, a woman being kicked in the stomach, or a pregnant woman being kicked in the stomach? Just like a seed that has all life inside of it, mankind wouldn’t exist if the seed didn’t germinate. Life is life.
commented 2016-05-11 11:12:37 -0400
Sean Penson is such a pompous ass
commented 2016-05-11 10:25:12 -0400
“These social issues are way too complicated for the average Canadian to tackle via referendums.”
If ever there was a statement that sums up typical Liberal arrogance, this is it. We all owe Sean a big thank you for mistakenly revealing the truth about Liberals and their complete disregard for Canadians after they have won the election. Happens every time Liberals are returned to the seat of power, provincial or federal and Canadians never learn that lesson.
commented 2016-05-11 10:24:00 -0400
I love it when Penson parades his “progressivism” around like it is a product of moral purpose. The reality is that accepting ideologies which have their root in immoral or unethical constructs is dust a display of how vulnerable you are to immorality packaged as enlightenment.

Abortion is and always has been a personal decision and a moral choice. Those with relativist morality will never understand the universal evil of murdering a human being which is capable of survival outside the womb in an induced birth abortion. – Yes the law is complicated but the morality of respect for life is not.
commented 2016-05-11 09:25:24 -0400
Ron Voss : I disagree. That is what the current brand of leftists want to bring. Conservatives value social programs too. Outlawing abortion for example could be looked at as the same as legalizing it from a social engineering perspective. Same with outlawing/condoning gay marriage or polygamy.

I feel socialism isn’t bad if it isn’t permitted to be an ends to a means. It has always failed in that format. Just look at the Fort MacMurray response. Lots of socialism going on there WITHOUT any government help. Literally there too. The NDP and our federal morons in charge did nothing and left it up to the private sector and volunteers. There’s how socialism works folks, and it is right in front of your eyes.

Socialism works ok WITHOUT governments trying to muddy it up with their incompetence, ignorance and red tape. To me governments are like this. The smaller the better. Keeping socialism out of the government shrinks it to a very affordable level. Canada is already culturally socialist, so we don’t need socialist governments. We need a right wing, small government who gives us the breathing room to succeed. Our country doesn’t have billionaire cronies vying for the NWO throne. We have small business owners everywhere who mostly can flip flop between blue and white collar issues at a whim, and that is the human driving force of our economy.
commented 2016-05-11 09:20:00 -0400
Sean Penson (the under the rock dwelling twat) claims that the average Canadian is too stupid to be able to fathom what is right or wrong and should therefore never be given an opportunity to voice his/her opinion on any social issue by taking part in a referendum.
According to this twat, only elected officials are smart enough to be able to make these important decisions.
Alas, he is wrong.
It has been my experience that the majority of politicians have no clue as to how the common everyday citizen has to enslave themselves to make a decent living and raise a family. Our leaders are upper crust elites who have no idea what honest work and life is all about having done neither.
Mark Twain once said "If voting made any difference, they would not let us vote ", I am paraphrasing here.
By this logic, it would mean that our leaders realize that a referendum would mean something and that is exactly why they will never allow a referendum to be carried out.
The Quebec referendum showed the separatist leaders of that province that the majority of québécois were not separatists. If they had thought otherwise, they never would have had a referendum on such a serious subject.
The day that this country starts having referendums is the day when we can say that we are really a democracy and not just short term dictatorships ruled by the governing parties.

Just saying,

DJBT!
commented 2016-05-11 01:44:11 -0400
As Brian notes, “Saying ‘don’t campaign on social issues’ is essentially letting the left have an entire playing field to themselves”. Social issues are really social engineering issues, transforming the culture to become more and more comfortable with socialism. Less than seventy-five years ago, six-time candidate for the Socialist Party of America, Norman Thomas, stated: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.” Indeed!
Thus, for conservatives to abandon that field, and, even worse, to capitulate to the left and political correctness, thereby becoming an ally to the left will only hasten the cultural transformation. As a result, that will mean a death knell for conservatism in Canada. And sadly, as pointed out by the strategy spelled out by socialist Norman Thomas, Canada “will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened” and without even a whimper of resistance!
Brian notes, “Conservatives becoming a one issue party focused exclusively on economics may sound like an easy answer to a difficult defeat but it won’t lead to victory any time soon”. I heard CPC M.P. Michelle Rempel last fall speak at a Generation Screwed conference saying that the last election showed that fiscal conservatism and resisting deficit financing doesn’t sell any more with the Canadian electorate which has grown comfortable with the notion of deficits and relying on state welfare. Her ‘brilliant’ solution along with that ‘interim’ leader (?) Rona Ambrose is to push the party to the left to become “progressive”! Pure lunacy!
commented 2016-05-11 01:44:05 -0400
Also Chris’ comment concerning gender abortion. I find this so ironic that the pro abortionists are attempting to object to gender selective abortion. If only mothers have the right to decide if the unborn have value and if she decides that a male has value but the female does not, how is it that those who object think that they can suddenly have the right to take away the mother’s right to choice by putting value on the female? If someone other than the mother has the right to place value on her unborn baby, how can they not have to place value on all unborn babies? Talk about morally obtuse.
commented 2016-05-11 01:36:06 -0400
The abortion of a child, the willful killing of a little one in the womb, will always be wrong. Men struggle to understand this, but women who have lost a child — through miscarriage or abortion — know the pain involved.
commented 2016-05-11 01:20:36 -0400
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9–11)

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting. (Romans 1:26–28)

God gave us the power of choice. Seems we have made some bad decisions. I would love to hear the arguments about how our advanced society knows better than the creator of man and the universe. Please Jay Kelly or Sean Penson, please enlighten everyone.
commented 2016-05-11 01:15:32 -0400
Brian is dead on in his election assessment. For progressives and leftists, elections are all about social issues. They could care less about fiscal issues because they support high spending and high taxes, while “conservatives” foolishly get played by “liberals” to think social issues lose votes. Well look who won the last election defending womens right “to choose” and bringing in unveted immigrants to Canada. Social issues will always be key in winning or losing elections.
commented 2016-05-11 01:15:32 -0400
Brian is dead on in his election assessment. For progressives and leftists, elections are all about social issues. They could care less about fiscal issues because they support high spending and high taxes, while “conservatives” foolishly get played by “liberals” to think social issues lose votes. Well look who won the last election defending womens right “to choose” and bringing in unveted immigrants to Canada. Social issues will always be key in winning or losing elections.
commented 2016-05-11 01:14:41 -0400
George I like the idea of referendums as well for the reason it would stop the next elected party from simply rescinding all the policies of the previous government like we are seeing from our current regressive PM. However, the far left Sean does have a point in that can we trust so many stupid left leaning ideologues to suddenly vote intelligently. Would still be better though. Also I like Lloyd Nolan’s common sense remarks concerning the fact that abortion and low birth rates are going to leave the future of western countries in the hands of immigrants who are having far more children and a lot less abortions. Quite a contrast to Penson’s ultra left cultural suicide rant. We will indeed reap what we sow.
commented 2016-05-11 00:59:33 -0400
God told Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). An angel told Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, that John would “also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:15). The Bible reveals that God regards unborn babies as human beings, and that killing human infants, born or unborn, will incur the wrath of Almighty God! Our modern secular society has forgotten these powerful warnings!

You can argue all you want against the Bible. Please go ahead, make a fool of yourself.
commented 2016-05-11 00:53:11 -0400
Sean Pension says in the eyes of the law a human being isn’t one until it is born and can live outside the womb and yet if a woman has a miscarriage due to a beating the assailant can be charged with murder. But it as he suggests it is not a human being then no murder could have been committed which just shows the hypocrisy of those who think a human life is decided by what you want it to be. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/19/charged-with-murder-for-a-miscarriage-in-oklahoma.html . There is also nothing in the constitution that says a person can pretend to be any sex they want to or that anyone else has to play along with this fantasy. What’s next are we also suppose to play along when vampires and furies want us to treat them as though they really are vampires and furies. People like Seam Pension have no consideration or explanation as to how to treat a pedophile who decides to go into a girls change room and strip down in front of young girls and then simply claim he is really a woman. He doesn’t know but even worse he doesn’t care.
commented 2016-05-10 22:47:34 -0400
I’m all for abortions. Abortions for muslims and liberals alike. Cull them idiots from the population. Look what they gave us for a current government and their game show mentality of governing since Justin Bozo Eruption Trudeau took over as Prime Clown.
commented 2016-05-10 22:36:17 -0400
Brilliant election analysis of why the Liberals won: “The problem was that the Liberals increased their vote tally”. Brian should certainly earn his pay cheque for that gem!