Is political correctness destroying diversity of thought in the West?

Whether in Canada or the U.S., liberal politicians and their supporters, particularly those in the mainstream media, love to tell us what to think and how to feel about just about everything. Well, I for one, am sick and tired of it. Take for instance:

Kellie Leitch: In Canada, Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is being criticized and ridiculed for a video her leadership campaign put out that suggests all refugees and immigrants entering our country, should be screened for Canadian values. In fact, by making this view part of her leadership campaign, she is seen by some of her colleagues and the media as an extremist. Yet, a Radio Canada poll showed that 74% of Canadians surveyed agreed with her.

Motion103: M103 is an Ottawa House of Commons Private Member’s motion that essentially says Canadians should never be allowed to publicly question or criticize Islam. Yet, as far as I know, an Imam at a Toronto mosque has not been condemned for calling for the killing of all Jews. There is also the fact that the Toronto Public School Board allows Muslim prayers in secular public schools even though Christians have not been allowed to do so for decades.

Feminism: Feminism as it is preached today covers only half of the female population — those who believe it is their reproductive right to destroy a fetus that is growing within their bodies. Yet, when I came of age in the 1960s, the fight for reproductive choice was about the right for women to have access to the “pill.” Yet, now, when any woman says she is pro-life, she is dismissed as extremist and certainly not a feminist.

Climate Change: When Barack Obama was still president in the U.S., he declared climate change as the most serious threat to humanity. Thankfully, President Trump is grounded in reality and that view is changing. However, in Canada, PM Justin Trudeau and Premiers Rachel Notley and Kathleen Wynne have instituted either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system — which most of us know, that while those taxes will do nothing to reduce our emissions,  they will definitely destroy jobs and investment opportunities.

CINOs & RINOs: Unfortunately, it is not enough that conservatives are condemned by liberals and progressives. You also have to be a “real” conservative. Meaning, you cannot have any beliefs involving progressive policies — even though provincial conservatives are called “Progressive Conservatives.” If, however, you have the nerve to admit you are a progressive conservative, you will be called a CINO or RINO — a Conservative and/or Republican in name only.

The crux of the matter: Well, as I said at the start of this post, I am sick and tired of such political correctness and the lack of tolerance for a free exchange of ideas. In fact, as a former academic, I cringe at the notion that university students, like those at Berkeley and Middlebury College, no longer seem to know how to freely debate ideas, what Socrates called the dialectic. I mean, at Middlebury, a well liked Professor actually received a concussion when she tried to stop a student mob from attacking a sociology guest speaker — Charles Murray — who holds some controversial views.

In my opinion, then, the crux of the matter is that conservatives in the U.S. and Canada, be they considered “real” conservatives, moderate conservatives or libertarians, must fight against rigidity of thought and the intolerance of liberal political correctness. And, dare I challenge university faculty everywhere in the West — to teach their students how to debate a diversity of ideas.

80 Ontario politicians walk out on McGuinty, aka “Green Dictator”

As Denis Langlois writes in the Owen Sound Times, some 80 Ontario municipal politicians walked out of an Ontario Good Roads Conference in Toronto yesterday to get Premier Dalton McGuinty’s attention.

The reason they needed McGuinty’s attention was to impress upon him the importance of putting a moratorium on all wind development in Ontario until more is known about the potential health and environmental consequences of wind turbines.

Plus, the municipal politicians also wanted to bring back democracy to Ontario by having the Premier make amendments to the Ontario Green Energy Act to give municipal councils a role in where wind turbines and wind farms are located.

Yet, take a look at these Google search pages. What you will notice are primarily advocacy blogs, as well as regional and local media in the communities adversely affected by the wind farms.

For example, I actually had to go directly to the Toronto Star website to find Rob Ferguson’s report on the walk-out. First of all, the Star’s  title is very misleading. It states that: “Ontario Liberals promise municipalities more say on wind-turbine project locations.”

When, in fact, what Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley actually said was:

We’re not giving every municipality the right to set their own rules, but we are taking a look at the approach….We are looking for ways to make sure that voices, (who) may not feel they have been heard in the way they would like to have been heard, can be heard in a stronger and better way in the future

Taking a look for a better way is hardly a promise.

Moreover, Ferguson’s number of municipal delegates who walked out was wrong in two places. In one place, he writes that “a handful of delegates” walked out, while in another he says half a dozen. Well, sorry, but 80 are a lot more than a handful.  Talk about minimizing the protest!

And, the reason I mention that is because the Toronto Star is reflecting how many people in Toronto and other large cities react to the notion of renewable energy — all warm and fuzzy! When in actual fact, as this National Post editorial shows, if it hasn’t worked in Europe, why would it work in Ontario? Yet, billions of dollars are being spent on an Alice in Wonderland ideology.

No, there is nothing wonderland about the Green Energy Act. As PC MPP Jim Wilson writes, it pits Ontarian against Ontarians (e.g., this CAW hypocrisy).

Which brings me to my final thought and something Ontario Liberal MPP’s might think about. Wikipedia defines a dictatorship as: “a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed.” Well, so far municipalities and Ontario citizens do not have any avenue for their voices to be heard when it comes to wind turbine development. So, if the shoe fits, wear it.

Meaning, as things now stand with the Ontario Green Energy Act, the provincial government is no better than a green dictatorship. Thus making Premier Dalton McGuinty the “Green Dictator.”

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For further research, check out the North Gower Wind Action Group, Quixote’s Last Stand and Ontario Wind Resistance.