The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is nowhere to be seen on the freedom front. Yet, freedom-loving conservatives repeatedly vote for – and are routinely disappointed by – this party that has ever moved Leftward and is now virtually indistinguishable from the Liberal Party of Canada.
“Are conservatives stupid?” That’s just one of the uncomfortable questions fielded by our ‘conservative’ guest Salim Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Western Ontario.
At a time when the coronavirus tyranny continues unabated, massive protests against lockdowns and other controls on personal association similarly continue unabated. But these protests are being directed against the very politicians and political parties keeping everyone locked down – namely, every party in parliament.
Having no effective representation on the political front, the voices of freedom may be heard, but not heeded, and are indeed condemned. As the official opposition in Canada, the CPC has offered no opposition to the Liberal fascist agenda, despite the party’s name. And with the word ‘conservative’ in the party name, who can blame unsuspecting conservative initiates from voting for ‘their’ party?
As the old saying goes: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But what is one to say about those ‘conservatives’ who allow themselves to be repeatedly fooled by a ‘conservative’ party that isn’t? How does one account for their failure to vote for political parties that do value freedom and individualism, simply because those parties may be ‘new’ or ‘cannot win’ an election?
And what is to be ‘won’ when ‘winning’ an election still means losing one’s freedom? These are among the many questions that all those who have fallen into the conservative trap – whether ‘conservatives’ or not – must consider. If winning freedom instead of elections is ever to become their objective, they must choose from other options that do not bear the name ‘conservative.’
Conservatism “is not an ideology but an attitude towards life and politics,” argues Salim. Rather than recoil from the label, he insists that conservatives should be proud ‘reactionaries’ – ‘reacting’ against the artificial and unreal ideologies of the Left that are destructive to the natural and real condition of freedom. But in supporting a political party simply because it calls itself ‘conservative,’ they are supporting a ‘castle of lies.’
Until more voters who value freedom come to understand that they’re Just Right – and choose political candidates who also are – there’s only one political direction ‘Left’ for everyone.
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