October 23, 2015

Get ready for another ride on the conservative merry-go-round

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

$2.5 million of tax dollars offered up by Kathleen Wynne to union goons as protection money and not a thing to be done about it.

Business as usual here in Ontario? Definitely. About to become the new normal for Canadians, with our new government? Best believe it.

And if you think you can avoid it by moving to wherever, good luck, because this kind of racketeering is how progressives are going to take over every jurisdiction in the known world. 

We could stop them, you know.

We could master third party advertising and match them blow for blow. We could powerfully stand for resource development in every province instead of sitting around waiting for Alberta and the oil industry to set the tone. And we could reach out to people who don’t even know they are conservatives yet, such as #Gamergaters. 

Oh, but no. You guys don't want to do that.

My fellow conservatives would rather call me a liberal on Facebook for daring to insinuate that we need to do things a little differently. You want to continue to blather about debts and deficits and double standards. Just keep right on chilling out in your safe spaces, talking about how all we need is a new leader, a fresh coat of paint and stick to talking about jobs and the economy and those third party groups won’t know what hit them.

Well, the PC Party of Ontario has spun on that merry-go-round for election cycle after election cycle, to the point where the people who run that party are in the business of losing elections, and business is good.

Don’t believe you can make money and stay relevant by repeatedly getting stomped by Liberals and their third party allies? 

Let me tell you how it’s done.

The first thing you have to do after losing an election is rush blindly into a leadership race so you can get memberships and donations up. Better make sure all your front-runners are well-known and well-established and that their campaigns are managed by the same people who lost the last one. 

Now whatever you do, don’t make this leadership race about new ideas. Nobody ever joined a party because they heard a new idea they liked. Instead, you create a cult of personality around your candidate. Brad Wall’s folksy Saskatchewan appeal is going to charm the pants off of voters in Quebec! Lisa Raitt will make women fall out of love with Trudeau because she herself is a woman! Michelle Rempel is under the age of 40, so the youth vote is good as hers!

Then, once you have a new leader, you have to make sure that new leader gets noticed. But how do you do that when the lamestream MSM is so horribly biased and the Liberals will just steal your ideas? Why, just focus like a laser on talking points and refuse to answer any questions, of course! This is what serious political people call “staying on message.”

“Staying on message” means you oppose everything the government does without offering any ideas on how you’d do things differently, but it also means you don’t listen to any suggestions from your base about things you should take a position on, because those people are idiots. By frantically trying not to piss anyone off, you piss everyone off and set the stage for an election where your platform and campaign is meant to appeal to some mythical centrist voter that doesn’t actually exist.

When you lose the election, you blame unions and the MSM and start all over again!


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commented 2015-10-26 11:37:00 -0400
No coherent plan for a comeback can be made until the Liberals make pigs of themselves…but they will…..they always do.

Most people have specific issues that get them out to vote.
commented 2015-10-24 20:21:19 -0400
Joshua, go for it !! :)
commented 2015-10-24 18:30:30 -0400
Evelin, I would love to do just that. I do have one last sarcastic column that I must finish, regarding Ontario’s doctors and the battle they’re having with Kathleen Wynne. I’ve been putting that off for a long time due to the election and the aftermath.
commented 2015-10-24 16:07:57 -0400
Joshua Lieblein; excellent comments, thank you. I think your ideas and observations are right on track. So how about now considering a move to the next stage. I recommend reducing the sarcasm strategy although there sure is plenty of material just begging for a sarcastic response and many Rebel contributors use the opportunity. Your points have been well made, but where sarcasm is informational and entertaining, I don’t think most folks are moved very much to positive action as a result. Demonstrating leadership with clear, constructive direction is what is needed now, or else readers will just continue to shake their heads in disgust, or laugh at the humour, or contribute more sarcasm and grumblings, or hide under their beds praying for someone else to save them.
For the majority who don’t know what to do, what would you recommend they specifically do to provide some resolution to the current mess the country is likely heading into? I’d look forward to your ideas and suggestions, as well as from others.
Direction (advice, requests for action, etc.) never succeeds the way it is intended and it discourages (or permits) no accountability unless it is specific. In my experience this applies in businesses, families, governments, any organization even political parties and their nebulous Platforms. And I’m sure you also appreciate that any “prescription” to take actions must be specific or the consequences can be disastrous and/or open to malicious mis-interpretation.
commented 2015-10-24 15:41:06 -0400
Unfortunately no conservative leader will have any hope of bringing the conservatives back to power no matter who they are if they are not from the Laurentian Triangle because the media and the bureaucracy will do a smear campaign on them like they did to PMHarper.