November 07, 2015

Liberals: Intolerant, smug and bionically stupid

Theo CaldwellArchive

If you’ve ever wondered what the meek will be like after they inherit the earth, have a look at a modern democracy after the left wins an election.

Actually, it doesn’t even need to be an election. A favourable court ruling will do.

Point being, you will see waves of intolerance, outbreaks of idiocy and, at no extra charge, lots and lots of smugness.

In Canada, as Liberal Justin Trudeau has been installed as prime minister, along with his quota-based cabinet, a George Clooney-type cloud of smug wafts over the capital and, conveyed and exacerbated by major news outlets, into every home in the nation.

Liberals are many things: Race-obsessed, certainly; smug, you betcha; but, more than anything, they are good ol’ fashioned stupid – so much so, they’re not even wrong, they’re just out where the buses don’t run.

For example, raise your hand if, since Justin’s election victory, you or an opinion-maker with whom you agree has criticized the Liberal worldview only to be countered with, “You don’t understand how democracy works!”

The presumption transgresses stupidity into a kind of derangement: We won the election, therefore you no longer have the right to disagree with us.

Specifically, the Liberals were elected by fewer than 40 percent of the Canadian electorate, with a lower percentage of the vote than the Conservatives, led by the Dread Pirate Harper, had won four years before and somehow, they think this gives them a monopoly on acceptable opinion.

We understand democracy just fine. It is the left who don’t understand how Canada works.

Similarly, when I ascribe near-dictatorial powers to a Canadian prime minister with a majority, as I and others have done for decades, we are pointing out a bipartisan condition of the nation’s parliament. Canada lacks the Constitutional checks and balances of the United States, or even the intraparty leadership mechanisms of other Westminster systems, such as Australia or the United Kingdom, and therefore vests greater power in its head of government.

Benighted to this basic and uncontroversial fact of the country they were so eager to “take back,” Liberals absurdly suppose that we are making a charge against Justin in particular, then point to some dastardly excess, real or imagined, of his predecessor, who is irrelevant to the discussion.

But since they keep bringing him up: I don’t give a sweet tinker’s damn about Stephen Harper, never much cared for him, and rarely write about him. While he deserves credit for winning in the first place, he did his party, and his country, a grave disservice by hanging on too long and losing.

About the nicest thing I’ve said about Harper is that he was the best available leader in this recent election – the other options being Justin, Thomas Mulcair, and Mulcair’s beard.

And now look where we are: A really rich guy who used to be a mime or something has been given his dad’s old job and near-total power and we’re all supposed to say that’s super. Moreover, any dissent is an affront to “democracy!”

Speaking of dissent, remember when it was the highest form of patriotism? In the United States, that was when George W. Bush was president. But somewhere about 12 noon on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama took over, dissent became racist.

It happens that fast, gentle reader.

Let us return to that aforementioned, quota-attaining, ceiling-shattering cabinet of Justin’s, as it provides a valuable object lesson.

“Great to see the diversity!” enthused a city councillor of my acquaintance, who has been described as a spinning 8-ball of leftist clichés.

Ah, the diversity!

Bathe in it. Rub it all over yourself. Don’t be shy, really get in there.

To leftists, as you know, diversity means people who look different but think alike.

Diversity of opinion, however, is so not cool.

And therein lies an advantage of the right. Conservatives are culturally bilingual. We know what the left thinks, awash as we are in their bilge from our first day in school, to every movie and TV show, to every time we are trapped in an airport lounge, forced to watch CNN.

About us, they haven't a clue, hence the absurd caricatures they construct of conservatives as unintelligent troglodytes or vampiric billionaires. Moreover, they have an extreme, phobic reaction to arguments from the other side, like someone who burns down their house to kill a spider.

I am scrupulous about including my email at the bottom of every column I publish, such that the like-minded may heap praise upon me and the angry left may unburden themselves, if they must.

Most important, if I have made a mistake or my ideas can be improved upon, I wish to know.

I endeavour to write back to every person who writes me, positive or negative, but I find the secondary-market discussion interesting.

Detractors, in particular, would rather talk about you than to you. They'd rather take a picayune point that they disagree with, or likely don't understand, and make a day of it elsewhere than come to you for clarification. Because, as you know, it isn't about you at all.

It's about them, their bias confirmation, tapping that reward center, being affirmed by their tribe.

Author/blogger Kathy Shaidle is fond of saying that it is best to read online columns from the bottom up – that is, start with the comments (take note, Sun Media).

Taking her advice to heart, I considered some leftist reaction to my most recent column, starting with this gem:

“Seeing that our new Defence Minister wears a turban and our new Minister of Democratic Institutions, who is in charge of reforming our entire electoral system, is a 30 year old Muslim woman. It’s so great to have our country back.”

See, that is how people know you’re stupid. That, right there.

Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s new Minister of National Defence, is a human being, with skills and aspirations – and, according to some reports, a legitimate ass-kicker – and you reduce the man to what he’s got on his head.

Throughout history, wonderful deeds and dastardly acts have been performed by people in all kinds of headwear.

It is even rumoured that Beethoven composed his entire Eroica symphony while wearing Hello, Kitty! earmuffs. And so?

To be clear, I don’t care if the Defence Minister comes to work in nothing but a codpiece and a unicorn mask, softly singing, “My horn can pierce the sky.” I care what he thinks and how competent he is. I know, I know, that’s racist.

And to be clearer still, for gentle Liberals who deliberately misunderstand in order to call someone a bigot, I am not making fun of people in turbans – I am making fun of you.

Another commenter, whom I believe to be Margaret Atwood employing a nom de plume, wrote:

“Justin just kicked your political ass…It’s about time you started acting Canadian.”

That last bit is at once ominous and idiotic, is it not?

Where, pray tell, is one sent to learn to “act Canadian”? And by whose standard?

To readers of a certain vintage, it is familiar to hear Liberals once again lecture us on how their values are, ipso facto, “Canadian” values.

No, you dweebs, they’re just your values, and north of 60 percent of the country didn’t vote for you, either.

And while we’re at it, I’m tired of being told how “sunny” I’m supposed to be. My country has just elected as its leader the dumbest man I have ever seen wearing a tie. Don’t expect me to act chipper.

I’m not interested in playing along, or going about grinning like an imbecile while the nation is stupefied and ransacked. It is my patriotic duty to help elect someone else at our earliest opportunity.

And anyway, our new, sunshine-worshipping overlords aren’t as cheery as all that.

On “social media,” the inaptly termed domain of the most unsocial, light-averse, pock-marked wretches known to man, their misery is even more pronounced.

We who opine in the public square, particularly from the right, are acutely familiar with the standard liberal rejoinders.

Time was, you couldn't say boo without some online vigilante calling you a racist. That still happens, of course, but even the left seems to feel that's getting a little played.

My favourite epithet is “someone called,” meant to characterize you as beneath their notice, even as they are clearly noticing and writing about you, as in, “Someone called Theo Caldwell is a H8R and needs to STFU #lovewins.”

That is, some anonymous internet dork purports to have read your work, then goes to the trouble of commenting on it, but feels the need to preface his queeny remarks by pretending he doesn’t know who you are.

Since you don't know me, would you value my opinion more if I told you I were wearing a turban as I type? Top hat? How about a sombrero?

Of course not, because these prejudices only go one way.

Likewise, if, say, Lisa Raitt or Michelle Rampel were to become Conservative leader and challenge Justin in the next federal election, would these people cooing about all the women, women everywhere in the Liberal cabinet be as excited about electing a female prime minister?

Watch this space.

Meantime, maybe ask Sarah Palin or Carly Fiorina how that "break the glass ceiling" stuff works out when you're on the right.

Liberals may be race-obsessed knobs and gender-parity fetishists, but only when it suits their interests.

To the left, politics is everything, and it isn’t just personal – it’s religious. They yearn to be ruled, to bow down to a god of their own making. Since Moses, liberals have been worshipping a Golden Mooncalf in one form or another.

And, like true believers, they are relentless. From being barely alive like Steve Austin after the crash, they always come roaring back, dumber than they were before: Dumber, angrier, more smug.

Indeed, when Justin is conjuring a thought, you can almost hear that bionic noise as the scene goes to slow motion.

For example, asked to explain the deliberate 50-50 split of women and men in his cabinet, he replied, "It's 2015."

The follow-up should be, "Exactly. And in 2015, can we not treat people as people, judge them on their merits, or must we continue to apply quotas, as though we are nothing more than our colour or sex?"

But no, not only is the pat answer accepted, Liberals praise it and hashtag it and point to it as a feat of superhuman mental strength.

In case you are unprepared: Justin will say similar, shorthand, stupid things over the next four years, and each emittance will be lauded as Solomonic wisdom. Get used to it.

But Liberals, like all fanatics, harbour a secret doubt. They can't name it, maybe don't even recognize it, but if we're right and they're wrong, their universe collapses.

Let's speed this up a bit: We are right, Justin is a very silly man, and they should take their citizenship more seriously than to put someone like that in charge. Geez, he's not even wearing a hat.

Our hope is that, once the Liberals are done playing with the shiny buttons, breaking things, and putting things in their mouths that they really shouldn’t, there will be enough left of our country to rebuild.

(Theo Caldwell made you look. Contact him at



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commented 2015-11-13 10:37:41 -0500
“It’s 2015” Such a stupid comment. But nothing more than can be expected considering the source. The problem with quotas is that you always leave someone out. So now the cabinet has been split 50/50. There are more women in Canada than men but thats just a minor point……presently. But what about First Nations representation? The Germans, the Dutch, the Chinese. Where is their place in the sun? Are we going to be better off as a nation with a cabinet that is split 50/50? It remains to be seen. Judgfing by the past performance of some of the members, thankfully there will be some comic relief in the torrent of crap that is going to be sent our way. Hope I am wrong.To paraphrase a Humperdinck tune, “After the lovin, I hope I’m still in love with you.”
commented 2015-11-12 05:03:57 -0500
DJ Oats indeed… There is nothing more evident of bobbing and weaving, when confronted with fact, than a progressive “caught in the headlights” trying to change the original argument with a diversion… I would suggest that a perpetual inability to admit you are sometimes, or indeed anytime, “WRONG”, is, aside from being childish, a mental status bred into several generations now of spoiled brats whose mommies told them they could do no wrong… Unfortunately for them, history proves, time and time again, that they are in for a very rude awakening sooner or later, and when that “Oh Shit!” moment hits them in the face, it is they who become the most deranged…
commented 2015-11-11 15:35:10 -0500
Thank you Mike Bromley :)
commented 2015-11-11 10:31:23 -0500
Proud Liberal, did you read the column, Or just its headline? Because your response tells me you read the headline and decided that was enough. To paraphrase a tad, it’s liberals like you that give Liberals a bad name! I count at least two logical fallacies in your response…
commented 2015-11-11 08:54:00 -0500
Cogent article, Theo. The recurring theme here that of logical fallacies as an inevitable tactic to adopting political correctness (‘PC’) as a filter. PC is a dedication that is almost religious to many (not all) lefties; which is to say, non-adherence is heresy or blasphemy. Logical arguments that don’t fit their worldview is met with moving the goalposts, stawmen, appealing to authority, slippery assimilation, ad hominem, false equivalence, kettle logic, appeal to emotion…the list goes on and on. In the end, being on the winning side of righteous indignation has become more important than an objective weighing of facts, risks, and probabilities.
commented 2015-11-11 02:50:10 -0500
Killer Theo!
commented 2015-11-10 14:44:47 -0500
I just find the title of this article hilarious and ironic. It’s sites like Rebel Media and the people that follow it that give conservatives a bad name. Now I know most of you will think my comment proves the title right, but I understand intolerance and stupidity happens on both sides of the spectrum. The fact that his comment angers you proves the intolerance and smugness of the right, and the fact that you fail to see that proves the stupidity.
commented 2015-11-10 12:43:14 -0500
“Tress: prove that he taught those subjects "
It’s the same evidence that he taught drama – numerous media reports, comments from former students and trudeau himself.
Are you telling me that you only read that he taught drama?
commented 2015-11-10 12:41:20 -0500
“Tresus when did he do that? Being a sub does not make one a teacher of those things.”
Hah! Let me help you: ‘Sub’ is short for ’Substitute TEACHER".
commented 2015-11-09 22:18:07 -0500
“And then I see Peter being bashed for being a socialist. Did I enter the Twilight Zone?”

Feels like it some days doesn’t it?
commented 2015-11-09 21:58:29 -0500
All I wanted to do was comment that the author is a moron because he obviously doesn’t know what bionically means.

And then I see Peter being bashed for being a socialist. Did I enter the Twilight Zone?
commented 2015-11-09 19:48:42 -0500
Tress: prove that he taught those subjects
commented 2015-11-09 19:19:08 -0500
Tresus when did he do that? Being a sub does not make one a teacher of those things. Now can you tell me why a man who has never had to work for a living or face reality is fit to run our country?
commented 2015-11-09 16:49:13 -0500
I’m curious, Laine, can you tell me why you describe Trudeau, who taught math, french, english, social studies and drama, as a “drama teacher”?
commented 2015-11-09 16:14:24 -0500
If Justin weren’t named Trudeau he’d still be a high school drama teacher, just as Obama without his black looking skin would be a community “organizer” i.e. agitator. Both men have been elevated WAY beyond their competence by a frivolous leftist electorate that seems to think it’s voting for American/Canadian entertainment Idol instead of a serious qualified person to lead in a time of approaching world chaos.
commented 2015-11-09 16:09:24 -0500
“They’d rather take a picayune point that they disagree with, or likely don’t understand, and make a day of it elsewhere than come to you for clarification. Because, as you know, it isn’t about you at all. It’s about them, their bias confirmation, tapping that reward center, being affirmed by their tribe.”

Pretty much sums up the lefties posting on this thread.
commented 2015-11-09 16:07:30 -0500
Peter, the smugness is unbearable. And it is in direct opposite to what I have been feeling, and am sure many are, shock. We are still coming to terms with a continued Trudeau dynasty. We could understand if this victory was engineered by an adult, such as Dion or Ignatieff. But this boy child Trudeau? The left and liberals love to play in the sandbox of subjective attacks. Such attacks, if repeated often enough, tend to stick. There is no factual or slim factual basis for them, but they hold anyways.
commented 2015-11-09 15:51:32 -0500
The only reason why the Liberal party exists is so that idiots can vote for other idiots to run their country. In four years time when Canada is laid to rest by Trudeau and the eulogy is read, somehow, once again, it will be: “the conservatives did this”.
commented 2015-11-09 15:42:09 -0500
“Try building a house with a psychology degree. Try tearing apart a vehicle and rebuilding it with a psychology degree. "

I’ve both built houses and rebuilt a car motor without the benefit of any trades training.
However, I’m not aware of any tradesmen who perform surgery,practice law, or design condos.
commented 2015-11-09 15:20:11 -0500
Peter, you think you’re a real smart guy or tough or something coming on here chirping people you fucking homo? People are free to post what they want here. You act as if your so anti liberal but when someone makes ANY statement that you disagree with you jump all over them. If we decide we want to try to get a group together to stand against you and the liberals that you pretend to dislike we’ll do it. If you don’t like it you can’t simply fuck off or come make me stop. We’ll see has a pair you bag of shit.
commented 2015-11-09 13:43:54 -0500
We should take note that the queen bee without the drones would perish and vice-versa. Everyone, no matter their position in life, who puts forth their very best effort, is valuable in society. My father with a grade 10 education rose to handle a hardware managing supervisor and buyer position in a prairie co-operative store chain. Yet it appears that one of his proudest memories as a worker was the fact that he and one other younger man, in the 1930’s small Saskatchewan town where they lived, were the best ditch diggers of all (and that was with pick and shovel). I learned from my father to do your best no matter the job. I now tell young people looking to succeed in mining exploration to do the dirty work and do it well, for you cannot do the best of tasks if you cannot handle the worst. You can only make a good manager if you know the work.
commented 2015-11-09 13:40:17 -0500

So you don’t think you will ever need a doctor? People don’t need healthcare professionals? I can tell you that if I am sick, I think I would rather go to my doctor over a plumber.
commented 2015-11-09 12:28:37 -0500
“Another socialist trying to keep the right from standing up for what we think is correct. If you don’t like what I say then don’t read them. By the way, the lab called, your brain is ready.”

Sorry Dick, Peter is not a socialist. If you read through the various articles and postings you’d see that for yourself. Most here do make reference to what we are posting, helps point out what we are responding to.
commented 2015-11-09 11:48:16 -0500
Justin the great Actor, will now move from his Zoolander role into his new role of Chance the Gardener, and the Media will fill in all the blanks for us.
commented 2015-11-09 11:23:02 -0500
Dick, if I reply to someone (whether they like me replying to them or not, I don’t give a shit), I always post what I am replying to for the sake of context for my comment.

My issue? My issue is the ridiculous remark of “rising up against the lefties.” Rise up in what way and for what reason, because they have different and often stupid ideas?

So to return your insult, grow a pair, little one.
commented 2015-11-09 10:42:39 -0500
What’s your issue Peter??? People can read for themselves you don’t need to repost what I’ve posted. Another socialist trying to keep the right from standing up for what we think is correct. If you don’t like what I say then don’t read them. By the way, the lab called, your brain is ready.
commented 2015-11-09 10:40:03 -0500
Jack Carter said to me, “Well some people have bigger aspirations and want to contribute more to society than just being a grease monkey, which no one is in any desperate need of, since you could spit and hit someone who was only qualified to do a trade.”

There you go, people, a prime example of liberal arrogance. All the trades are easy and low class, yet the liberals who think themselves better could not do what the trades people do.

My point is that the trades and professions are simply different occupations and all are necessary. None are better than the other in our society as it is now, but should things change, the trades people have more practical knowledge. I guess that is lower class to Jack and his arrogant liberal friends.

How many here think that Jack probably has little to no higher education at all?
commented 2015-11-09 01:10:53 -0500
Jack lets see health care operate without us shlubs? By the way we can live without you quite well, you cannot do the same.
commented 2015-11-09 01:08:25 -0500
Jack what do you do that we sorely need? LMAO, sorry we do not need idiotic liberal morons to screw up the world anymore. And i could do oyur job better than you could ever do mine.
commented 2015-11-09 00:15:17 -0500
Dick said, “It’s time to rise up against the lefties.”

Grow up, Dick.