(Also referred to as my journey to the dark side….)
A Much Simplified Version
Without going into the specifics, I am part of a group that (at least politically) identifies with the political left. Growing up in a very small town, it seemed suffocating to be limited in the people I can know and the different world out there.
Even as a youngster, I had a lot of curiosity about how things worked (such as law and governance), and spent a lot of time reading.
First, there was a brief ”fling” with the NDP/Socialist Party on the left. They claimed to be for helping people, and who could be against that? However, it quickly became obvious that they really did support a welfare state, and that it was not going to work for anybody with a true work ethic. Other than my identity, I could think of no reason to support these people. We have nothing in common
Next was a short interest in the Liberals, starting in 2003. They identified themselves as ”centrists” or ”moderates”. It seemed they were a more sensible alternative to the NDP. But after a while I realized that these were just buzzwords for ”standing for nothing”. Furthermore, they would frequently shut down critics by fear mongering, calling their opponents ”hateful” or ”divisive”. See this. Jean Cretien and Paul Martin did this sort of thing repeatedly. It was revolting to see them embrace divisive identity politics and outright smear jobs.
It struck me how deceitful the Liberals were: claiming ”fear and division” while robbing taxpayers to pay off Quebec. They stroke separatist sentiments while claiming to want to save Canada.
The interest in reading and law had an interesting side effect: it helped me recognise straw-man arguments when people were talking, and to pick up on when they were changing subjects. I would years later stumble across this website.
In 2007, there came a move to Toronto for school and work. This was Canada’s largest, and most ”diverse” city. However, it was a very crude awakening. Despite all the claims of being open and tolerant, Toronto is not. Rather, it is largely divided (Balkanized) along ethnic and cultural lines. Toronto is not a warm city. The downside to ”multiculturalism” is that there is no cohesion between people, and nothing that holds the society together.
While our leaders crow about a diverse society, it is socially forbidden to point it out this fragmentation. People get called a racist or bigot for stating truthful facts.
Toronto is not a ”tolerant” city, but rather an ”indifferent” one. To ask a simple question: would i want to raise a family here? No.
While moving further to the right, the Conservative Party (merged under Stephen Harper in 2003), seemed to be about the only mainstream alternative left. However, in practice, the Conservatives acted just like Liberals: (a) massive debts; (b) no clear foreign policy; (c) corporate welfare; (d) payoffs from special interests; (e) bloated government; (f) squashing transparency rather than promoting it; (g) mass immigration; (h) payoffs to UN and climate change groups; etc… Harper’s populism turned out to be completely fake. It seemed that there was no home for me.
While the Conservatives weren’t gung ho with leftist identity politics, they seemed to go out of their way to avoid addressing difficult issues. Spineless wimps.
Because of a variety of events while in Toronto, (and having little money), it was useful to read up more on law, and certain government procedures. A few class electives in law helped, and they were much cheaper than paying for a lawyer. The interest didn’t wane.
I left Toronto permanently in 2013, and headed west. Since then, I have lived in a few much smaller towns. In each of them, it felt warmer and friendlier than the Toronto days. While at least in principle a conservative, the actual parties seemed morally corrupt, and not to have any core beliefs.
Heading to Toronto was supposed to be an escape from the seemingly small and fairly monolithic societies that were suffocating. Now, more monolithic and cohesive societies offered a nice change from the emptiness of major cities. In short, those 6 years in Toronto resulted in a major backlash from getting what I thought I wanted.
We can have differences within our societies, but unless there is something holding them together, then it will just fragment. Multiculturalism just doesn’t work. From there, a sense of nationalism grew within me. This is not at all a call to racial supremacy, but an acknowledgement that unity is what brings us together. It can be language, culture, religion, traditions, many things….
Tolerance has to have a limit. Here is just one example.
Toronto is just a distant memory now, having been gone over 5 years now.
Over the last year, I have spent much more time online. Much of the nonsense in the news (such as the Lindsay Shepherd case), has driven me to learn more about other people’s points of views and perspectives. There are so many different voices out there.
The website here culminates 2 interests: (a) an interest in law; and (b) an interest in national unity and strength. Knowing our laws is one thing, comparing and contrasting to others is something else.
Perhaps the final wakeup was when Maxime Bernier, in August 2018, tweeted some fairly innocuous comments seen here,
seen here, seen here, and seen here, about where should the limits be towards diversity and multiculturalism. Shouldn’t be we focusing on what we have in common rather than embracing more and more division? Seems reasonable.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, rather than embracing an opening of discussion, actually condemned the remarks and threw Bernier under the bus. Most of the caucus then followed suit. It was no surprise to see the NDP and Liberals condemn nuanced discussion, but Scheer is supposed to be a conservative. What a cuck.
Max Bernier soon left the Conservatives, and started his own party. Interestingly, Bernier cited policy differences in leaving, while Scheer claimed it was personal. Further, Bernier posted a full agenda within days on the website. The CPC/Liberals/NDP don’t have any.
Bernier struck a chord with many of his tweets and public appearances in 2018. At least someone seemed willing to address and speak to difficult issues.
Disclaimer: I did join the PPC a few weeks ago, and am interested in seeing this through. Bernier’s new party is an experiment I can support.
That is my walkaway story.