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So-con vs. Libertarian

Electing to avoid issues of morality

Michael Coren and Karen Selick - June 28, 2004

From: Michael Coren
To: Karen Selick
Subject: Social issues in the election
Date: June 18, 2004 9:08 AM

It's become a game of political hide-and-seek, but such a hypocritical and perfidious one. The media and the Liberals find a Conservative who will pronounce on certain moral issues, such as the future of marriage, the right to life of an unborn child, society's obligation to give the elderly and handicapped dignity, rather than suicide pills, the freedom of Canadians to speak out against sin. Hardly extreme stuff, but to the amoral establishment, this is meat and drink. Then, instead of defending righteous beliefs, the Tory hierarchy hides away under a cloak of obfuscation and denial.

Look. Official Conservative policy may not discuss these subjects, but the vast majority of candidates are traditionalists on these issues; if not, neutral. Tory leaders are buying into the spin that Canadians are frightened of moral conservatism. Balderdash! Let the usual suspects do their worst. Be open, be balanced, but be moral.

From: Karen Selick
To: Michael Coren
Subject: re: Social issues in the election
Date: June 18, 2004 11:56 AM

Michael, we're commentators. It's our job to move the debate to the important issues, then persuade people to adopt our views, both during and between elections. Politicians have a different, much yuckier job--to get elected. These days, terminating Liberal rule is crucial, even if it means eking out support from people who aren't genuine soulmates. As a libertarian, I intend to hold my nose and vote Conservative as the least statist alternative in a very statist field. But it's a fine line. If the Conservatives ever cross too far into what you call "morally conservative" positions, especially if they started taking some of the highly authoritarian positions you've espoused in past columns, I'd simply spoil my ballot. Frankly, I shudder when I hear you talk about "society's obligation to give the elderly and handicapped dignity." In my view, dignity comes from within, not from what "society" gives you.

From: Michael Coren
To: Karen Selick
Subject: re: Social issues in the election
Date: June 18, 2004 1:35 PM

Goodness me. Unelected hacks dictating the issues of an election? Perish the thought. Canada's current group of politicians may be less than inspiring, but their role is still to provide ideological points of reference. Democracy is about voting our views and people into power, not about a full-fed journalistic elite deciding what matters. Frankly, it's an insult to the victims of Hitler, Stalin and Mao to moan about Canada being a "statist" nation. We're a great, free country, gone a little wrong. I don't think I've been called an authoritarian before. Loony lefties have called me a fascist, but that's flattery from such a source.

Dignity from within? Of course. Godgiven, in fact. But if an old or disabled person is left trapped in a single room without money or support, society is bound by moral law to intervene. Hey, a bunch of journalists aren't going to help!

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