Shame is as Canadian as maple syrup.
It’s one of the three things elected legislators in this country say in their chosen House to prove they have a functioning brainstem, along with “OH-OHHHHHHH!” and “Hear, hear!” (Oh, and by the way, it’s not “Here, Here”! The Honourable Members are not announcing their current location.)
Our obsession with our international reputation is all about shame. Constantly measuring ourselves against the US and Europe and Asia in terms of sports, the arts, and whether our cities are “world-class” or not, is all about shame.
As a nation we don’t think we have the capacity to do half the things we dream about because we’re constantly tripping over our own insecurities and the insecurities of others. We flip out over minor scandals, spend weeks debating the impact of any change to Hockey Night in Canada or CBC programming in general, and refuse to make bold and meaningful changes to the way we govern ourselves unless everyone is OK with it.
Others lead, and we follow, not wanting to be a bother or make a scene while complaining all the while about not being noticed. It’s not nice. It’s not considerate. It’s pathetic.
In our nation’s history, however, there have been wonderful moments where our leaders cut through this veil of fear and did or said something so awesome that it became embedded in our national consciousness.
John A MacDonald puking in the Commons after a hangover and saying it was because his opponent’s rantings made him sick.
Robert Borden saying Canada would sit on its own at the Paris Peace Conference after WWI.
Diefenbaker saying, “Canadians first, last, and always!”
Brian Mulroney putting John Turner’s lights out with, “You had an option, sir!”
Stephen Harper establishing that he made the rules.
Whatever else can be said about Justin Trudeau, he clearly understands this. There is no doubt in his mind, and likely there has never been any doubt, that this country is his birthright.
He spent the first half of his life farting around teaching drama, being a camp counsellor, and flinging himself headlong down stairs because he was that darn confident that he could just show up and everyone would throw themselves at his feet, which is exactly what happened.
If we must take lessons from Justin Trudeau, let it be the lesson that a Rebuilt Canadian Right must carry this attitude with it in everything it does.
Unfortunately, garbage reportage like this is going to ensure that what’s left of the CPC is going to spend the next however long trying to pretend that they, too have “sunny ways.”
Endless articles about getting back to the centre.
All the leadership aspirants trying desperately to avoid “divisive policies”, or any policies at all.
Tons of fake smiles, despite the fact that inauthentic nonsense like that is why the NDP tumbled back to third place.
And oh, yeah:
Lots of noses turned up at what we’re trying to accomplish here at The Rebel.
I get it, guys. It’s real hard for you to be taken seriously when we’re doing our thing over here. Your all-important reputations are at stake.
Well, here’s the problem: Nobody takes you seriously. They don’t say so, but they don’t.
Our country is such that unless you’re a member of the social firmament, you will never be taken seriously. You might as well accept it.
That’s why people dropped whatever they were doing and voted for Trudeau. He’s the recognized and accepted King, and they needed to court his favour.
No matter how moderate conservatives are, that won’t change.
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