What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?

Failing the test

The Gatestone Institute is a strongly conservative, pro-Zionist and some say anti-Muslim, American think tank founded by Nina Rosenwald and headed, for a time, by John Bolton. Ms Rosenwald comes by her Zionism honestly, she is the heiress to the Sears, Roebuck fortune and, equally, heiress to a long tradition of Rosenwald philanthropy that included, … Continue reading Failing the test

Social conservative angst

It's no secret, I am sure, to anyone who follows my blog that I am NOT a social conservative. In fact, I have described myself as a social libertarian who wants the Conservative Party and, indeed, the Government of Canada, get past religiously-based issues like marriage, same-sex relationships, gay rights and abortion. I was not … Continue reading Social conservative angst

Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

It's far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I'm reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed to … Continue reading Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: "The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral … Continue reading Making Conservatism work

Trumpians in Canada

The Federalist is a conservative website ~ not especially pro-Trump ~ which has been described as being a bridge between the "deep" scholastic journals (like Foreign Affairs) and social media; it is said to provide serious commentary that is authored by young, media-savvy writers. Mark Hemingway, who is an editor at The Federalist, explains in … Continue reading Trumpians in Canada

I was not going to address this issue …

... even though I found Ralph Goodale's attack on Andrew Scheer for his (2005) remarks about gay marriage to be hypocritical in the extreme, given that Mr Goodale, too, voted against legalizing gay marriage at that time, and even though I cited a newer and, in my opinion, more damaging comment by Justin Trudeau, I … Continue reading I was not going to address this issue …