November 29, 2016

Opinion: “The Canadian fringe is becoming the political norm”

David MacKenzieRebel Columnist
 

With the passage of Bill C-16 in the Canadian House of Commons and Senate, we are likely entering a brave new world where people misusing gender pronouns will now find themselves in institutional, if not legal, hot water.

As the case of University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson makes clear, reputation, accreditation, and even careers are now at risk— not for saying anything hateful, but for not saying anything at all.

Alongside these very dangerous legislative trends, we are swiftly reaching a new giddy limit of which the election of Donald Trump is only the latest and freshest symbol of growing mass dissatisfaction.

There will be more. Narrow, minority-only narratives tend to make majorities feel rather under-appreciated, eventually.

And such dissatisfaction is definitely in the political “wind” these days. Given the small fraction of the population who call themselves transgender, federal Bill C-16 was built with 99.7% of people not in mind.

When progressives argue that social conservatives are, somehow unrepresentative of Canadian values, one need only remind them of what paltry demographic percentages and values that they, themselves, now routinely attempt to foist upon the rest of us — all in the name of all-inclusive diversity.

Some may remember a time when politicians spoke about the “common good,” However, the majority of us probably cannot. In fact, such political language is as endangered as a pro-life Liberal.

When we can barely agree on what is “good” it’s no surprise that we can barely agree on “common” values. Centrist wisdom, at least in theory, still exists. Yet, such an assertion feels rather archaic when psychological disorders, sexual orifices, and ages of consent now dominate various political dockets— somehow managing to earn the disproportionate attention of various social progressives.

Do Canadian legislators not find it suspicious that the principles of the American Psychological Association are almost as fluid as the genders they purport to represent? Qualitatively, there is little difference between gender dysphoria and anorexia.

Statistically, there’s likely little difference between dysphoria and, say, leather fetishes. Shall the fetishists be the next protected class?

Is this sour grapes? Am I merely lamenting my loss of conservative “white male privilege”? No— not if one’s observations are even modestly objective.

Justice was once impartial. Now it seems driven by sex, sentiment, and solidarity. Justice was once blind, but social justice is now as obsessively attentive as a gawking stalker. Somehow, social justice has come to mean that a minority worth protecting also means a majority worth ignoring.

As presently defined, it mocks the core and magnifies the periphery. Is it any wonder, then, why “Social Justice Warriors” seem tribalist, undemocratic, and sound hauntingly like Marxist revolutionaries? In case it hasn’t hit you yet, the Canadian fringe is well on its way to becoming the political norm. And the norm, the political fringe.

One question the majority might still have permission to ask is this: is it possible that some minorities exist largely at the periphery of society precisely because they should? Or have we now reached a point where politics actually welcomes the guests of Jerry Springer to define our social reality?

Oppression is hardly my point. Constitutions are rightfully intended to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority. However, elections are intended to protect the majority from the tyranny of minorities. Even in the case of elections, however, we now find evidence of icky progressive engineering. One of the eerier aspects of Liberal electoral reform, for example, is that certain forms of proportional representation actually bias the entire system away from the political centre and toward the margins.

Think about it: have the majority of Ontario “mothers” or “fathers” agreed to be rendered terminologically extinct by Bill 28 in Ontario? Is this “progressive” decision caused by a serious groundswell of maternal or paternal self-hatred? Or is this decision the net result of organized elites politically driven by ideological allegiances to minority-based agendas?

The examples could go on.

Indeed, the rate at which the Canadian democratic centre is being constantly manipulated by academic “experts”, media elites, purported “best practices”, and socially-minuscule fringes is rather astonishing. Without question, any uptick in democratic populism will be the net result of citizens feeling marginalized by narrow elitism.

It’s time for the grassroots to begin replacing all the “astro-turf”. Although we’ve been far too slow to acknowledge these dubious public trends, we are (as Brexit and even Trump might suggest) rather potent when finally roused enough to object.

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commented 2016-12-04 06:35:23 -0500
The Liberals know that what is Best for Canadians is More TAXES.
commented 2016-12-03 19:14:57 -0500
Bill C-16 ! We need a Donald J. Trump in Canada to save us from our crazy politicians. The PC Virus is spreading like a cancer! There’s only one conclusion that seems evident. Just that, the Democrats in the U.S. and their counterpart in Canada, the Liberals, are insane, plain and simple. They lack the most basic common sense and continue to repeat bad decisions over and again expecting better results which is the definition of insanity. They are beyond stupid. They are insane. Now, Conservatives also voted for Bill C-16, so they have caught the virus! We need a revolution to get away from the loony tunes that are ruining this country and turning it into an asylum!
commented 2016-12-01 00:06:11 -0500
Glen Craig said ..“So what is the name your mother gave you? I am under no obligation to respond to your challenge until you tell it to me.”
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I use a moniker on sites like these so when people completely lose their shit and can’t handle adult topics and conversations I don’t receive death threats or 3am phone calls or ugly mail or even freaks showing up at my door..!!!
I don’t care if you respond to me or if you don’t. I don’t even know what you’re supposed to respond to as you feel the need to plagiarize passages from the Old Testament… Glenn Craig… you’re entitled to exercise your right to free speech and your opinion on this site and the last person on the planet you have to impresses or engage is me so settle down..
You’re making me nervous already.
And your condescending remark about how old you are or how young I am simply adds more weight to my conviction as to why I just don’t throw “the name that my mama gave me” out there on the Internet for you or anybody else.
commented 2016-11-30 19:19:24 -0500
Jordan Peterson feels his tenure is in jeopardy having received 2 or 3? letters of warning from the university to stop saying he won’t use those pronouns no matter what. He hasn’t even refused anyone yet, he has only said he won’t use those pronouns. In the Steve Paikin show on tvo, a prof. of law at the University of Ottawa explains how there have been discrimination laws on the books both in the legal code and HRC act for gays since the late 90’s . He attempts to minimize any cause for concern regarding the additions over the years and that this new pronoun thing is just another harmless addition. ‘Nothing to see here folks’ my butt.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kasiov0ytEc start at 20:43 to hear prof of law give his benign explaination, a little further to catch Peterson’s retort.

Peterson says he would go to jail before he allowed himself to be forced to speak those words. The fact is they won’t put you in jail, they will just drag you through the mud, take your assets, get you fired and ruin your name. No threat at all.
commented 2016-11-30 19:13:50 -0500
“I am assuming that none of us can be held legally responsible for miss naming the snowflakes if we called them something that they didn’t like…”
I think only if you refuse after they have corrected you, or requested you call them by a particular pronoun. It is a requirement at the moment in any public service, educational or government institution. There is talk of all employers public and private being held accountable, not sure yet. You can be sure it will be a ‘fluid’ thing with additions and expansions as they can get away with them. It’s just the beginning.
commented 2016-11-30 17:32:29 -0500
@leviticus 2013…..the first 9 chapters of Leviticus detail the procedure for slaughtering and sacrificing animals to “AT ONE” for “SIN” (from sine a wave that separates) pretty dull stuff . Chapter 10 tells of Nadab and Abihu two of Moses’ nephews getting burned when they offered naptha (Hebrew for strange fire) in the incense censers….now apparently this meat was “offered to the Lord” but the high priests were the ones who actually ate it. Chapter 11 lists what is kosher/hillall to eat…the bacon you had for breakfast doen’t make the short list. Chapter 12 requires the circumcision of boys when they are eight days old. Chapter 13 describes the diagnosis of Hanson’s disease (leprosy).Chapter 14 describes procedures for treating Hansen’s disease that any knowledgeable medical practicioner would find laughable. Chapter 15 describes washing and quarantine for running sores and apparently a treatment involving burning doves. Chapter 16 describes the required (AT ONE MENT) dished out to Aaron for the misbehavior of his sons of naptha flash fame…A generous banquet for the Levites and apparently “sin” is transferable on to a goat that can be chased out into the desert. Chapter 17 is the one the Jehovah’s Witnesses invoke when they deny blood transfusions to their kids. Chapter 18 lists who it is not OK to have sex with but using a strange turn of phrase (who would have thought in Sunday School class that Noah’s son buggered him when he was passed out drunk) Chapter 19 has a whole list of statutes….interestingly the one at the end pretty much says you are obliged to put up with immigrants and refugees. Chapter 20 lists DEATH PENALTY BY STONING for all of the offences listed in chapter 18…..making you a hypocrite for criticising muslims and their Sharia law.

Probably before you were born I watched people rolling around on the floor of a church “speaking in tongues”……If I ever did return to the Christian church it would be to the Roman Catholics or one of the eastern orthodox versions…….I despise “praise Jesus” pulpit pimps.

So what is the name your mother gave you? I am under no obligation to respond to your challenge until you tell it to me.
commented 2016-11-30 15:49:48 -0500
I am assuming that none of us can be held legally responsible for miss naming the snowflakes if we called them something that they didn’t like… so that being said we all need to carry tags how we wish to be represented by our gender… This might just very well backfire on them..
commented 2016-11-30 13:00:41 -0500
this is very very disturbing if you ask me. the best way to destroy society is to destroy the family, and this is another nail in the coffin against the family
commented 2016-11-30 12:31:48 -0500
You ain’t seen nuthin yet. Start zim and zerring and see what they jam down our throats next. Like I said, the hits will just keep coming, and if we put up with it, they will escalate. It’s not about being kind to those unfortunate oppressed trannies. It’s about control. If you can’t imagine what that might entail , just quietly wait, you’ll get it.
commented 2016-11-30 12:17:05 -0500
See what happens when you normalize filth?
commented 2016-11-30 11:13:19 -0500
I expect that most women will avoid going to public washrooms, and will tell their daughters to do the same. Unless they go as a group for protection. I also think service station washrooms will become more popular now, rather than risking assault and rape.
commented 2016-11-30 08:01:02 -0500
Yes Peter a cold climate does create innovation and you will have a chance very soon to apply that theory to frozen parts your body thanks to all levels of government..
commented 2016-11-30 06:51:39 -0500
Shebel Raj said, “A COLD climate creates innovation.”

Yes, necessity is definitively the mother of invention. The necessity of staying alive in the cold.
commented 2016-11-30 03:49:22 -0500
You are right Liza… Language control is the first step to subjugating the people… And then remove the people’s ability to defend themselves or to strike back and the loop is closed..
commented 2016-11-30 03:45:31 -0500
I wish I shared your faith Bill… I don’t remember anything that supports any reason why I should have faith in the government and its ability to maintain checks and balances…
Every generation we lose more freedoms and rights. If we can pull ourselves away from the mind numbing barrage of endless assaults on our psyche via entertainment and anything else out of Hollywood or dancing with the stars, Justin Bieber , Oprah Winfrey for the SJW’s, Sunday afternoon football or basketball or Saturday night hockey or any other sports that captivates us beyond our ability to see through anything else we can feel the clicks of the ratchet tightening around our throats Suffocating and subjugating us. And the funny thing is we’re paying the power bill to the corporations so basically were paying for own indoctrination..
Where is the checks and balances Bill..!!!
When you say “Canadians inherent sense of fairness” one can only assume that you are speaking to who we elect to look after our best interest.!!
commented 2016-11-30 03:19:25 -0500
To criticize stupidity in our society is now evil… punishable by jail time.! "When good becomes evil and evil becomes good.
All forms of political correctness is evil becoming good.!
commented 2016-11-30 02:26:27 -0500
I have faith in Canadian’s inherent sense of fairness – like all potentially abusive laws this will be abused by fringe witch hunters and create injustice and there will be a correction – always is – the thing that disturbs me is why we always go through these cycles like we’re locked in a time loop.
commented 2016-11-30 01:37:43 -0500
Bill c16 and 28 are about language control. Having the government control language is the first step to controlling everything. It’s about replacing words, like mother and parent, and making up terms for things that exist only in the minds of a few, and then making it against the law to refuse to speak them. They are commanding you speak certain words under the threat of punishment if you refuse. It is a way of telling us what we are supposed to think from now on, like it or not. It is a way of acclimatizing us to their redefinition of things to suit their purposes.
We’re not paying attention, and dismiss this as a silly small thing, or believe their reassurances that it is only a minor addition to an already existent law. What it is , is one of the first steps to totalitarian government control.
This is a really pertinent podcast, and recent from last week.
http://jordanbpeterson.com/2016/11/dr-peterson-joe-rogan-podcast/
commented 2016-11-30 01:20:07 -0500
Justin and the left can push their crap all they want, the people will only stand for so much. They will learn that the hard way.
commented 2016-11-30 00:45:04 -0500
Jay Kelly! – about the only “shallow” thing here is YOU! …and all your aliases!

Shebel Raj – there are many of us males that are alert & ready for that “pervert”! If TruDope would realize how many of us – he’d wet his pants. Everything he has been doing is “below the belt”. – That’s all he is concerned about! Everything else has been Treasonous.
Now he’s getting all taken up by this underage Pedophilia issue! He’s no different that his Ma & Pa – both perverted sluts!
commented 2016-11-30 00:20:09 -0500
As a male-you have the right- to beat the living fucking Jesus- out of any pervert that follows my Granddaughter into the bathroom. Take a while and make it painful.
commented 2016-11-29 23:59:16 -0500
So ,as a male I can go use a female washroom and nobody can say otherwise ?

I am going to like this, urinate everywhere, as I am female and can urinate while sitting..But I am confused and will urinate all over the ceiling and walls while sitting and pointing up……

Furthermore,You cant say I am not a mixed race female, no you cant, you will go to Jail..I am going to enjoy hanging out with the ladies in the Washrooms at the local Public Pool…hey its legal in Canada I am a Trans Am err…Trans Gender of mixed race of my choice, thanks Justin.. Don’t mind the bulge in my speedo while plucking my imaginary eyelashes at the public pool !
commented 2016-11-29 23:38:39 -0500
So, in Canada you will go to Jail if you get mad and call someone a name ?

Even if you don’t mean it ,you just are so frustrated you say something,as some do..I even do it.. not as much today, but years ago I would be playing sports with my Asian friend and call him a Asian Slur.. He later returned the favor with a Caucasian Slur lol.. We are still friends today f.y.i… If someone would overhear this, they could call the Police and we would be going to Jail..? !! ? WTH ???

No wonder people in Canada don’t look at each other or talk to each other at stores/out in public…People just look down and don’t even make eye contact anymore as you say the wrong thing, you go to jail/get fined etc….People all look sad today, I guess so you say the wrong thing, Hi Sir, Hey Lady .. Hi Chick, that is bad today !

Canada has gone full Retard !! Oh isn’t that an offence ??? Damn Gay Boi’s in Canada Eh ,damn another offence, lock me up ! What a moronic Country Canada has become.. Trudeau #1 ruined it with forced multiculturalism and metric system..

back in the 60’s,70’s,80’s Guys would tap a females butt and if she liked the guy she would smile and move on…I even had my butt slapped by multiple females in the 1990’s and 2000’s,can I find them and send them to Jail ?? Screw Political Correctness !! Canada is a pos Country today…What a complete joke !! lbgtqrst ruined Canada !
commented 2016-11-29 23:24:09 -0500
David MacKenzie writes: “the election of Donald Trump is only the latest and freshest symbol of growing mass dissatisfaction.”

Was his election really a symbol of dissatisfaction? Did he have no attractive policies, and did he not have any charisma that would move him beyond being a symbol?

To treat Trump as just the latest fad in symbols of dissatisfaction seems a bit shallow.
commented 2016-11-29 22:14:30 -0500
Isaiah 5:20
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.”, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter"
Glenn Craig How can you even doubt the existence of God and his son our Lord Jesus Christ..
Mock him at your own peril..
The Bible is too powerful and has existed for many centuries because of the prophets and the witnesses that knew Christ and wrote about him as well as verbal information was given to people close to them that carries on to this day…
Mohamed on the other hand never had witnesses and his words translated by somebody else 400 years later after his death and the death of our lord.
The prophecy in the Bible is just too accurate to ignore so as I say it again mock him at your own peril.
Christ brought salvation to mankind through his sacrifice by crucifixion to rise three days later and confirmed by witnesses, Buddha was only fortunate to find personal gain and self enlighten while sitting in the shade of eucalyptus tree only to die some years later from eating tainted pork. and never rose again..
Islam is a tale written 400 years later after Mohammed’s death.. and keeping in mind that Mohammed was an illiterate so all of this information had been ad libed for 400 years until pen hit paper and we all know what happened there.
commented 2016-11-29 21:28:05 -0500
I agree that the confusion is helpful subterfuge, but we had all better learn how to skip double dutch, because the hits are just going to keep coming.
commented 2016-11-29 21:24:44 -0500
Keith Barnes, if you are put in a situation where it is demanded of you to use a particular pronoun or face financial punishment, job loss,or incarceration you wouldn’t be able to ignore it. When this becomes the norm now that it is law, and we get used to it, what else that we have always counted on as the truth will we be expected to reframe? Before you know it we will no longer have a right to land ownership, or worse, we will be forced to give over our kids and will have no hand in their upbringing at all. Where will it stop. We all need to brush up on our early Soviet Russian history.
commented 2016-11-29 21:17:49 -0500
Trump suggest that flag burners lose their citizenship or maybe jail for 1 year. I completely agree. It’s time to get tough. Yes, time to get tough up here too!
commented 2016-11-29 20:55:55 -0500
Until Jesus returns, we had better wake up and toughen up. No, we absolutely do not have to tolerate everything! It’s time to get back to common sense.
Brad Trost voted against Bill C-16 as it is discriminatory to everyone that is not Transgender. Vote for Brad. He is also a Christian. Let the politicians (Conservative party) know how you feel, and why you will or why you won’t support them and their decisions. Get involved.
commented 2016-11-29 20:52:24 -0500
You know the Kevin Kostner type futuristic movies? I think we’re getting there.
Christians, Conservatives will be hiding out and practicing, talking in basements.
But wait…that’s not futuristic, that’s the past coming back.
Hitler, Herod, Caesar, Mao, Trudeau.