Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The intolerant undercurrent of Conservatives

Intolerant in a political context means:

"Not tolerant; close-minded about new or different ideas. Indisposed to tolerate contrary opinions or beliefs; impatient of dissent or opposition; denying or refusing the right of private opinion or choice in others; inclined to persecute or suppress dissent."

This Conservative just told people who don't remove their head coverings for citizenship ceremonies to

'stay the hell where you came from'

even though as a landed immigrant that could mean Toronto, or Montreal.

Conservative is supposed to mean:

A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.
 What happens then is people that want to do more than maintain the status quo, people who are intolerant, end up voting for the least tolerant option which ends up being Conservatives.

This tinges the whole parties' philosophy with some pretty insensitive views on issues. People that want to hate on foreigners have no other alternative.

Here's the reality:  an immigrant coming over to Canada or America believing in the free market and freedom is MORE LIKELY to believe the same conservative ideology of minimal government and social order, just like the right wing political core.

But what ends up happening is local people mistake prejudice for policy differences. Just because someone looks different than you or dresses differently from you does not mean they don't agree with your ideology.  In fact that's beside the point. And if they are taking jobs away it's because they are better qualified or more willing to work for it.  Not because they have it any easier.

Exactly what is contrary to conservative fiscal policy in that? Competition and freedom are exactly what that means.