So Wildrose leader Danielle Smith has no intention of legislating morality. Right. And the earth is flat and cows fly.
Let’s go through a list:
1. All governments in fact constantly legislate morality. What Smith really means is that she will not allow certain morality that she disagrees with, or just plain cowardly fears, to be protected or enforced by law. However, all else will be allowed to be legislated.
2. Smith said, “The only way we’re going to be able to become a mainstream, big-tent conservative party capable of forming government is to focus on the issues that matter to Albertans.”
What she really means, deliberately without saying so, is that she is referring to issues that matter only to SOME Albertans. The hundreds of thousands of other Albertans who are deeply concerned about abortion, homosexuality, etc. are not considered to be Albertans or to have any democratic say on these issues by Smith. She has unilaterally disenfranchised them.
3. “Gays and lesbians are targets” (PC’s Elliot)
Nope. They have more rights, privileges, protections and power out of all proportion to their numbers than in all of Canada’s history. Now, it is actually faithful Christians and all others that hold to traditional moral principles who are the “targets” of totalitarian “human rights” tribunals, “hate crime” laws, unions, courts and many other institutions. Elliot, who seems to share Smith’s pro-homosexual sentiments, has got it all backwards.
4. “There is no place in this province and this country for this hard right-wing Tea Party thinking,” said Sherman.
Yea. Right. Wildrose is not Tea Party. Many wish they really were something like the strongly pro-life, pro-family Tea Party folks in the US. Still, likely many of the Wildrose Party members and perhaps a good number of their candidates are Tea Party type folks. However, the way politics has worked in recent decades in Canada, the good people will be squished by the party machine if they step out of line. And as has happened in other parties across the land, these squelched folks won’t stick together and fight back strong enough as they try to “quietly work from the inside and respect the leader”.
5. “we can’t be having public referenda on things that can’t be instituted.”
Translation: “I am not at all willing to stand up for real democracy. I have accepted that the people actually no longer have any power and will make sure that that situation continues.”
6. “The new right-wing party has taken strong stances in support of parental freedom in education and against the controversial human rights commissions that have been used to target Christians and other conservative-leaning citizens.”
If Smith has so totally caved under just a bit of recent pressure, you can be sure that she will not really follow through on these promises. Gaining and maintaining power is everything for these political people. Principles are put far down on the priority ladder.
If I seem overly snarly, it is because I expected far more from Alberta. I don’t expect nearly as much from Quebec, Ontario or British Columbia. Albertans, I at one time thought, were mostly tougher, more down to earth, God-fearing good folks (and of course many certainly still are, as we see from our Alberta LifeSiteNews supporters) than most other Canadians. Obviously, I am really out-of-date by decades. Alberta has fallen to the cultural influences, it appears, as much as has the rest of the nation.
I hope I will be proven totally wrong about all the above, but I don’t think so. Been around too long and seem too much of this stuff over and over again. You can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but not all of the people every time. (That’s my different version of the usual saying.)
Still, it may be worth throwing out the current PC bums and hope they really get the message. Maybe something good will come of it over the long term while we all work very hard to recover the culture. What to do? No simple answers indeed except to at least vote, not according to party lines, but only for candidates in any of the parties who are genuinely pro-life, pro-family.