We have some good news to report. Derek Fildebrandt, Wildrose Shadow Minister of Finance was returned to caucus and to his portfolio today after he was unceremoniously suspended late last week for a social media flub.
This is great news. I’m glad to see the Wildrose Party leadership has listened to the outcry of thousands of Albertans like those who signed our petition and the party’s own grassroots. Wildrose has done the right thing, the best thing, for Alberta. But they had to be dragged there by Albertans. The Wildrose Party brass was just given a reality check by the people they work for, you and me.
Now that our long provincial nightmare is over, let’s talk about what happens when conservatives start apologizing for being right.
Derek Fildebrandt was critical of Ontario Premier Wynne’s government policy while she was sitting in the legislature gallery as a guest of Alberta Premier Notley. Fildebrandt did not say or do anything that I haven't said a hundred times. Derek was telling the truth and standing up for Albertans and doing it with passion. That’s his job. No apology required. But there was an apology by the Wildrose for Fildebrandt’s tone. This was their first mistake.
Social justice warriors were encouraged by this win. The shrieking cry bullies took to Fildebrandt’s Facebook page to find a social media flub and they did.
Social justice warriors are like stray cats or bears that live at the dump. Do not feed them. They'll come back again. They're dangerous, hungry and lazy. SJWs don't want to work for their next meal. They want to eat your garbage.
This whole mess, this days long wreck, should have been over in 20 minutes. Instead we saw what happens when conservatives care more about looking friendly and playing the game than about being righteous and accurate in our arguments. Conservatives have to stop this business of apologizing for making others uncomfortable by daring to mention the cold hard facts. Like Ben Shapiro says, “facts don’t care about your feelings.”
Whether you like Donald Trump or hate him, you can’t disagree with his ability to neuter critics by never giving any relevance to hurt feelings. Those people us conservatives make uncomfortable are liberals. They aren't our allies. They feed on weakness because they are intellectually lazy. Crying to get one’s way is far easier than making a reasoned argument.
Apologizing and then suspending Fildebrandt was like paying a ransom to a kidnapper. It makes kidnapping profitable and it makes the rest of us targets. As conservatives, we have to say “no more”.
By giving in to SJW demands, conservatives are emboldening our enemies and alienating our friends.