November 12, 2015

Axis of Idiocy: Liberals, bureaucrats and the media

Theo CaldwellArchive

As the expression goes, if you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.

Specifically, if you find yourself made queasy by the group hugs among our new Liberal rulers, our moral and intellectual superiors in the news media, and the people we pay to make our lives that much more difficult through the public bureaucracy, you are in excellent company.

And since the Canadian federal election, you’ve been under pressure to get in line and start smiling like everyone else, haven’t you?

Resist that pressure to conform, push through the nausea, and keep speaking your mind.

Don’t be fooled by all the grinning, oleaginous calls for comity and putting differences aside. As I’ve written previously, this is what the left always does after winning an election – they declare the time for partisanship is at an end and it’s better that you just get with the program rather than stick to your principles.

Ask yourself – would they be so accommodating if we had won? Were they so eager to beat swords into ploughshares last time we prevailed?

Instead, I propose that we keep taking the piss out of them for the next four years at least, until we are hoarse and our ribs ache from laughing. Not only will this numb the pain and pass the time, but liberals are at their preening, unattractive worst when on the business end of humour.

It’s not that they can’t take a joke – it’s that they willfully refuse to acknowledge a joke when it’s at their expense.

Rather, they attempt to recast mockery as intolerance, hate, violence, and, of course, “anger.”

It’s been awhile since I first supposed that “angry” is the new “racist.”

That is, the leftist tactic of accusing every opponent of racism having grown tired from overuse, they instead denounce those who disrupt sandbox play as furious and unhinged.

My own commentary has been called harsh. This puts me in mind of the one time I ran for public office, 15 years ago. I was 27 years old and advocated a few simple ideas: more free votes in Parliament, fixed election dates, lower taxes, and reducing government spending and debt.

For this, and for the unpardonable sin of running against the Liberals, I cannot count the number of times I was called a racist.

One morning, while canvassing outside a subway station, some urban beta-male (whom I guaran-damn-tee is some kinda Twitter tough guy nowadays) called me a Nazi, flashed a “Heil, Hitler!” salute, then ran through the turnstile and down the stairs before I could discuss it with him further.

I and my fellow candidates, many of whom were likewise economy-focused amateurs participating in the process for the first time, were called “bigots” and “Holocaust deniers” by a Liberal cabinet minister who shall remain nameless (hint: It was Elinor Caplan). And that person goes around with “Honourable” in front of her name.

Yet I’M harsh? Serve it on toast.

They’re getting better at it, but not much. A commenter on my previous column took issue with my characterization of

Liberals as bionically stupid, but inelegantly attempted to conflate my derision of the left for their ideas with bigotry of the worst kind: “Every time someone expresses hatred towards another party, race, country, etc., by pigeonholing them and describing them in black-and-white ways, they are doing a disservice to society and to themselves.”

See how that works?

My ridicule of the left in general and Liberals as a party is juxtaposed with racial and national prejudice, in hopes of drawing an equivalence. Also, it’s “hatred.”

Never mind that judging people by skin colour rather than character content is the exact opposite of what I propounded. Persiflage is upgraded to incitement, as well.

Watch for that move.

The left cannot defeat you with ideas, gentle reader (to the extent they have any, they’ve all been discredited by the 20th century), but they will criminalize you if you’re not careful.

Beat them to the punch and never apologize, it says here.

And as to this “hatred” business, let’s dispense with that right now, my leftist friends: I don’t hate you and I’m not angry with you – no moreso than I could hate or be angry with a two-year-old monkey.

I think you’re misguided, I’m often embarrassed for you, I do worry you’re going to hurt yourself by chewing through a cord or swallowing car keys – but hate? Never.

The disingenuous little flower who attempted to re-characterize me from a poor man’s Mark Steyn (which I strive to be) to a Republican Robert Byrd (as if the GOP would tolerate one) concluded his whinge with a familiar plea: “Take the ‘other’ to lunch and listen to them.”

Ah, the old “listen” routine, as though we can ever escape hearing from the left. Now I’m meant to buy them a meal, too?

We’ve listened, we’ve heard you, and we think you’re already out to lunch.

This is reminiscent of agitators perpetually calling for a “conversation” about race, gender, what-have-you, or people who want to tell you about their religion but almost never want you to tell them about yours.

Of course we listen and talk to them.

We hear from liberals in the media non-stop, both in news and entertainment. We even have an inside joke with them about the movies and TV shows they produce (more of a plot twist, actually): Look for the first character to profess Christianity and he’s the true villain, in league with Big Business and neo-Nazis.

And they’re always full of good tips for real-life Christians about what Jesus would think about this policy issue or that one, and how we can adjust our views to be more Christ-like.

On a personal level, we talk to them all the time. They teach our kids, for heavens’ sake. They’re the ones who organize the Peace Assembly (formerly, “Remembrance Day Service”) and the Winter Festival (formerly, “Christmas Concert”).

Theirs is the mindset that gave us political correctness, government-enforced multiculturalism, and mandatory bilingualism coast-to-coast. (Speaking of which, I happened to read the French label on my shower curtain this morning: “Rideau de Douche.” Sounds a lot like Ottawa these days.)

Which brings us back to the news media, the Liberal Party, and members of the risibly named “public service.”

Of course journalists are feeling “sunny.” Their party was victorious.

Civil servants are all giddy, too. Like Arthur and England, the left and the bureaucracy are one.

Kevin D. Williamson calls the government payroll a more dignified form of public dependency for relatively low-skilled and mainly unenterprising people, whose main purpose is to stand between citizens and the things they wish to achieve, charging a fee to get out of the way.

It’s a question of who’s king of the castle.

Someone suggested to me that the next Conservative leader should promise two billion dollars for the CBC on the campaign trail then, after winning the election, put Ezra Levant in charge of the place.

Howzat for a hidden agenda?

You’d have the Friendly Giant digging oil fields with his bare hands. Tell me that’s not win-win.

Alas, the current CBC is just as it always was. Still, one wonders at how swiftly they go from antagonistic to prostrate once their preferred party takes power.

Peter Mansbridge is smarter than Justin Trudeau (heck, Peter Puck is smarter than Justin Trudeau). Why, then, does the venerable newsman feel the need to give the young ruler a full rub-down on the occasion of his swearing-in?

Is it purely pecuniary, as the Liberals have promised to give the CBC more money? One senses it is less a matter of quid pro quo than simply a shared ideology – and identity.

It is notable that both men have had wonderful careers handed to them with very little effort.

Mansbridge tells how he was hired by a CBC manager who liked the sound of his voice when he made a lost luggage announcement at the airport (perhaps the last unbiased report he ever gave).

And as for Justin, well…

We on the right have long since come to terms with that the CBC is about. We also accept that, among the rest of established news media, there is precious little comfort to be found.

About the Toronto Star, the less that is said, the better. As for the Globe and Mail and its affiliates, their girlish squeals that pass for analysis are barely worth mentioning.

The National Post, which features some genuinely top-notch columnists (take a bow, Chris Selley), is nonetheless too ideologically confused to be reliable.

Indeed, this is a long-standing problem and is part of why the then-Editor in Chief invited me to write columns for that paper almost a decade ago. I did so for three years, often frustrated by a hard-left opinion editor whose views on abortion, for just one example, made Henry Morgentaler look like Rick Santorum.

He also, in our first meeting, advised me that his major challenge was finding female columnists. Naively, I wondered aloud if his major challenge weren’t to find simply good columnists, such that readership would increase. I was young(ish) then, and not yet fully aware that, in the leftist worldview, everything – education systems, military and foreign policy, and certainly media outlets – are nothing more than the apparatus for politically correct, social engineering claptrap.

Consider another of the Post’s opinion editors, Andrew Coyne, who recently resigned his editorial position (while bravely keeping his lucrative column space) when the publishers spiked his endorsement of the NDP, and you get the picture.

Writing in the Post, Christie Blatchford purports to chide Mansbridge for conflicted and shoddy journalism. What she ends up doing is slagging Mansbridge for not massaging Justin quite the right way.

Justin’s a genius, you see, for not making too much of softball questions and letting Mansbridge do all the work. He not only found Justin’s lost luggage, he carried it for him, too.

It’s a question of perspective. J.J. McCullough has written a tremendous piece imagining what it might be like if the media reported on Stephen Harper’s first day in office like they reported on Justin’s.

Because when it’s a Liberal ascending, it’s “sunny ways,” no matter what. For just one example, as we speak, they are literally dumping tons of crap into the St. Lawrence River. Can you imagine the hysterical media outrage if a Conservative Environment Minister signed off on that?

I have heard from a number of people who suppose that after Justin inevitably founders in office, the media might admit their mistake. Fat chance. As with Barack Obama, they will double down, blame everyone else, and willfully deny the obvious.

But the market is changing. One feels for victims of now-routine layoffs at large media companies but, from a consumer’s perspective, it’s not hard to see why this happens. Traditional news media are predictably leftist, humourless, and flat-footed. Who wants to pay for that?

New outlets, like The Rebel and Taki’s Magazine, represent a different business model. Even so, it’s often suggested that the powers that be will try to stifle us, or haul us up in front of one of their little star chambers. If only.

My friend Kathy Shaidle and I are in competition to see which of us can be first to garner a “human rights” complaint.

We know you’re out there, you little crapweasels, and a word of advice – you’re better off sticking with me. Put yourselves in a room with Shaidle and she’ll make what Ezra and Steyn did to you look like Mansbridge interviewing Justin.

(Incidentally, ever notice that “Human Rights Commission” has the same initials as “Hillary Rodham Clinton”? Discuss.)

Fortunately, we no longer have to hold still and be lectured on what is acceptable, or funny, or hateful or out-of-bounds by a handful of privileged, coddled, news media fossils.

You know why?

“Because it’s 2015.”

(Theo Caldwell is the monster at the end of this book. Contact him at



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commented 2015-12-02 13:12:43 -0500
One reason I can’t stand the CBC is Peter Mansbridge. He is a talking head , not a field veteran journalist . He was working as an announcer at an airport when a CBC honcho heard him and liked his voice. Doing to him what they did to Suzuki , the CBC made Mansbridge a public entity. However when they were able to talk Pamela Wallin into joining the CBC , the sh*t hit the fan. The girl from Wadina, Sask had a journalism degree and had worked all over the world before going to work for CTV before being lured to the CBC. Mansbridge was frightened and didn’t like having to share the screen with a real journalist and an internal fight with Mansbridge fallatioing the CBC mandarins resulted in Wallin being fired .
I’m sure the same thing would happen if the CBC hired a real scientist to host a science based program.
commented 2015-11-29 23:39:30 -0500
To listen to the left and the MSM it seems to me that being a racist is the worse thing a person can be. Now racists suck and are ignorant people and I find racism to be scummy but it isn’t as bad as murder (abortion), thieving (excessive taxation) and lying (climate change). Hell, leftist progressives, whether intentionally or not, lead the world into darkness and slavery and that is worse than a brown guy not liking a white guy or vice versa. Besides, just like there will always be poor among us, there will always be people who hate.
commented 2015-11-20 03:59:35 -0500
Mike Krchnak – Sorry to be getting back in after such a long delay, but you’re right… For some reason Peter misinterpreted my comments which were indeed in support of his statement… Thanks for noticing!…
commented 2015-11-19 19:44:14 -0500
Theo said: after Justin inevitably founders in office, the media might admit their mistake. Fat chance. As with Barack Obama, they will double down, blame everyone else, and willfully deny the obvious.

Well this is the same denial of the obvious and sanctimonious lecturing we also get from dino medias biggest client, dino partisan politicians – perhaps they will go extinct with their MSM enablers.
commented 2015-11-19 07:29:30 -0500
Thank you Era. are a shining light.. I came to realize at a very young age that the vast majority of people are stupid. When I read you, I don’t feel alone.
commented 2015-11-16 10:37:33 -0500
A most excellent column. I’ve forwarded the URL to a bunch of others. I’m expecting many more great columns from this writer as he has a finely honed skill namely skewering the idiots in Leftyville. And do not worry the little fella in the cottage at 24 Sussex will be providing large volumes of material to be skewered on if not worse. It won’t take long. Carry on Sir.
commented 2015-11-15 14:33:43 -0500
Very astute and honest, Theo. Thanks. You get three thumbs-up from me (three being the Liberal edition of 1+1=3…).
commented 2015-11-14 08:08:10 -0500
The clash of ideas is, in reality, overrated. Everyone agrees to disagree and they go their separate ways; however, one (the wrong one) manages to have influence, while the other is shut out and ridiculed for being – well – right. When you come right down to it, disagreements can and should become knock-out, drag-down, cage-matches. It’s not about winning the argument: it’s about making sure that the other one is down and never gets back up again. It’s all about winning, and there’s only one way to win.
commented 2015-11-14 02:11:21 -0500
Richard when has any of the tinfoil garbage ever come true? I have heard many claims over the decades , not one has ever come to fruition. Please tell us why your latest prediction will not happen when the time passes.
commented 2015-11-14 00:22:08 -0500
Here’s how you identify the supporters of ISIS, they call instead call the group “ISIL”…

“Islamic State of Iraq and Levant”

A barely-masked attempt to re-cast Syria as a non-sovereign state.

Truth is, it’s not called ISIS or ISIL, it’s called Al-Qaeda, they just had to create a new bullshit name for it, to cushion the blow of funding the very same group that was directed to strike on September 11th 1993, 2001, 2012. as well as July 7th 2005, among the hundreds of other Sunni mercenary attacks.

Funding the very same group we curtailed civil liberties to supposedly fight. And now, gonna bring even more of them here, these Sunni globalist tools, to be set loose upon us, as a pretext to curtail what few remaining liberties we may have.

It has become very clear who really runs the terrorists, whatever the hell bogus new name the media and legislatures wanna call them.
commented 2015-11-13 23:46:07 -0500
How sick do these taxpayer-funded jihadi groups make you? When they go out and shoot up public places… Down airliners… Crucify Christians… Rape and Murder families… It makes me sick.

But the government who decided to fund these groups in the first place isn’t sick, are they?

And now they tell us they got another bright idea, global serfdom and massive population reduction. An important effort to stop the ficticious warming of a scientifically-proven cooling climate (due to decreased solar activity).

Here’s what I want you to do, live without electricity and gas this winter, to combat climate change. Just give your house up for Sunni intelligence asset “refugees” to live in, go outside, bury your head in the racist white snow and renounce your racist white guilt… And tell yourself that you gave up everything for a good cause, you sad little slave.
commented 2015-11-13 23:18:34 -0500
You are sick Richard. You make me sick.
commented 2015-11-13 22:17:13 -0500
Trudeau may publicly vow to create Acts of Parliament that adhere to the UN globalists’ Agenda 21, likely at the bullshit conference in Paris, if it isn’t cancelled due to the “moderate rebels” latest operation there. What a perfect way to restrict protests to the carbon tax summit, set jihadis upon the place in a string of attacks days prior. We know the way these globalists work, and it often manifests itself with black-bag operations employing jihadi mercenaries.

I believe that at this summit, Trudeau will announce his commitment to make Canadian “law” adhere to what is essentially globalist Agenda 21 depopulation schemes, implore other puppet leaders to do the same.

But Acts of Parliament are not Law, they have the force or effect of Law, if People will it. You people standing up there, in Parliament, who’ve played stupid while world war, economic calamity, and depopulation schemes have prepared and PROGRESSED… You pieces of shit are what’s wrong with this country. A bunch of damn cowards, no balls, no soul… And most importantly, No Future, just like everyone else, if this is allowed to PROGRESS any further.

Where’s the Trudeau who wants world peace? Where’s the Trudeau who wants true prosperity? Stand up now, or we’ll forever regret that no one did.
commented 2015-11-13 20:25:15 -0500
Michael Mann will you now tell us Paris is just an anomaly and not to read too much into it?
commented 2015-11-13 20:24:05 -0500
Michael the left had a cow when Harper won, and people can criticize others freely. Don’t like it move to Russia.
commented 2015-11-13 18:12:15 -0500
Michael Mann commented – some incongruent burbling about mocking stupidity and nepotism being “hating liberals” – and some fantasy narrative about our media-devolved democratic process giving pristine results – and a final whine about long reading assignments by practical politics prof. Theo C.

Mikey, pumpkin, I’m so sorry your poor cognitive reading skills and ant-like attention span make you struggle through Theo’s light reading assignments, but the obvious solution is to not frequent web sites where advanced cognition and reading skills are required – like the 140 character social media internet ghetto – or the one-line echo chambers the MSM run for LIVs may be more your speed. I’d hate to think of you wasting your precious recriminating time on content too verbose to decipher intent. Shotgun accusations are just so 90s.

BTW – I see your cognition deficit extends to reading data sets, if your isproven “hockey stik” model is any indication.
commented 2015-11-13 17:28:23 -0500
Peter….I think Andy was with you on your comment.
Andy…correct me if i’m wrong.
commented 2015-11-13 14:36:33 -0500
I meant to type THESE phone book posts.
commented 2015-11-13 14:35:54 -0500
Theo seems especially bitter that Harper lost. This is the system that we have. People vote and someone has to lose. I hope Theo doesn’t spend the next 4 years writing this phone book posts about how much he hates liberals.
commented 2015-11-13 11:34:12 -0500
I very much like DONALD ALLAN’s idea of having a dedicated correspondent from THEREBEL in the House of Commons whenever it is in session. I like the idea that someone is in the House watching everything and reporting on the important stuff – which is what the lefty/progressive Liberal’s kissing cousins the Media Party, is supposed to be doing.
The lefty/progressive politicians have gotten too used to the free ride their accomplices and collaborators, the lefty/progressive Media Party gives to the left in promoting their Marxist ideology and covering up the lies, gaffs and immorality. I like the idea of a lefty/progressive politician, or any politician for that matter, looking up nervously at the Press Gallery, realizing that damned reporter from THEREBEL is there, listening, taking notes…
commented 2015-11-13 11:10:41 -0500
I understand we need to refer to the “media” with some terms of reference .Terms like “The Media Party” or “The Mainstream Media” are most often used. But this type of terminology tends to define media more as an appendage , an adjunct to the philosophies expounded by today’s Liberal Party. Nothing is further from the truth. Our media is the heart ,the soul and the body of liberalism and the Liberal Party . The media and the Liberal Party do not have a symbiotic relationship. They are one parcel , one body. This is dangerous because true democracy cannot exist when the “media is government” and “government is the media”. We have only one small salvation. The Government (at least now) has to answer to the Royal Opposition during question period. It will be important to have venues like TheRebel report on events in The House of Commons .Otherwise ,we can only count on the Government to give us a Red Rose on the lapel view of what is happening in the country.
commented 2015-11-13 10:49:27 -0500
Yeah! because it’s 2015 and we have other means than the media party to get informed, Theo you are my Mansbridge ?!. sorry if I insult you.
commented 2015-11-13 10:41:09 -0500
Andy, drop the smart ass attitude. I can post my option here as much as anybody else, including you.

Knowing how the media continuously attacked Harper viciously and hatefully for ten years, I do not blame Harper for avoiding those hateful arrogant bastards, the main stream media. The media have this attitude that they are to be obeyed and worshiped and that the PM, especially a Conservative one, is required to do their bidding.
commented 2015-11-13 10:35:59 -0500
Great article. Thanks
commented 2015-11-13 04:34:26 -0500
Thanks Peter Netterville for stating the obvious arrogance in Sean Penson’s comment about Harper Vs. The Ottawa Press Corps: – i.e. “he refused to adhere to their rules”!?…. Well, might I humbly suggest, that if you want the Prime Minister of Canada to “adhere to your rules” you should first should get off your lard butt, run for office, and then discuss “the rules” with your leader ?? Otherwise you are no more in a position to dictate “the rules” than any Canadian writing a letter to the editor…
commented 2015-11-13 00:57:26 -0500
Great advice Theo, we have 4 years to do it.
commented 2015-11-13 00:06:19 -0500
Considering that a “useful idiot” like SEAN PENSON is about as far left as one can go on the political spectrum, understandable that from that vantage point, anything to the right looks like “far right” to him.
commented 2015-11-13 00:00:05 -0500
Well that was well worth the time it took to read. Good for mind and body.
It was more than two pages long , full of whinging persiflage, heaped on risible and obvious targets – good for the mind.
I guffawed regularly – Anne Coulter has the same effect on me – good for the body.
I will add this:
“…Feel no shame: Social justice relies on shaming tactics, usually by slandering an opponent with a label that does not really apply to him, in order to control his arguments and behavior. If you don’t care about being called a bigot, a racist, a sexist, a misogynist, a homophobe, etc., then there is not really much that they can do to you.
Do not self-censor: This does not mean you should go out of your way to be antagonistic or act like a jerk, but the thought police have power only if you give power to them. Say what you want to say when you want to say it, and do it with a smile. Let the PC police froth and scream until they have an aneurism. Cultural Marxists are generally weaklings. They avoid physical confrontation like they avoid logic, so why fear them?…”
commented 2015-11-12 22:22:47 -0500
Excellent work. Keep em coming.
commented 2015-11-12 22:00:21 -0500
“Every time someone expresses hatred towards another party, race, country, etc., by pigeonholing them and describing them in black-and-white ways, they are doing a disservice to society and to themselves.”

- – But as we have observed for decades the “pigeons” Theo mocks are in fact black and white simple and willingly fly into stereotypical “pigeonholes” all by themselves – repeatedly – instinctively – generationally.
Is it “hatred” to call attention to this observed well established pattern? Only in the mind of those suffering from toxic hypocrisy.