Andrew Scheer Has A Job To Do
It's a good thing Andrew Scheer's job isn't to lose elections. If it was, he'd be taking the advice of angry trolls across Canada and hurling insults at Muslims, talking about how soy is to blame for a rise in beta-male liberalism and about how climate change is the fakest fake thing ever. If Scheer's job was to lose seats in the next election, he'd be answering the angry whims of irrational idiots across Canada. Lucky for us, he's focused on beating Justin Trudeau in 2019 and not listening to a minority of narrow-minded bubble dwellers.
According to the angry folk—who get their news from one online source and think Andrew Scheer is Trudeau-lite because he won't equate all refugees to cancer—make up a fraction of Conservative voters and even a smaller fraction of Canada's general population. These people mainly exist on Twitter. The funny thing is, these people think they have influence and that they represent a majority of Canadians, just because hundreds of people retweet them and their sources. They've fallen into the same trap Clinton supporters fell into during the presidential election. It's the same trap that convinced Marine Le Pen supporters in France that she had a chance, just because thousands of people were echoing her sentiments on Twitter.
Twitter is not the centre of the universe, it's an echo chamber. What happens on Twitter doesn't matter. As with most social media, ordinary people don't make decisions based on what some angry asshole tweets. During the previous fiscal quarter, Twitter had zero growth. A majority of people are tired of corporations and parties bending to the whims of angry mobs on social media. Those angry mobs don't represent a majority of Canadians. The truth is, Canadians are tired of media presenting what happens on social media as a reflection of reality. From the social justice warriors who want to ban offensive things to the angry mobs who want to ban Islam—Canadians are tired of it all. This is difficult to see when you live in a bubble.
Take a look at the Twitter accounts of iPolitics and Calgary's alternative rock station, X92. Both companies have hordes of followers but average less than one retweet per tweet. Take iPolitics, which has over 70,000 followers but almost no retweets on a majority of their tweets, while X92 has over 23,000 followers and the same problem. The reason no one retweets iPolitics or X92 is because they don't tweet out angry, vicious, inaccurate and asinine garbage or news articles that can be used to ignite political rage. Therefore, none of Twitter's angry and misinformed users care. Twitter is an emotion-based platform in which users only retweet things that immediately make them happy or angry. Politicians, corporations and media need to quit listening to Twitter.
As the leader of a political party, your job is to win elections. That's how democracy works. It's a giant, massive popularity contest. In order to pass laws, repeal laws and change the political culture, you need to win elections. To win elections, you need to appeal to more people than your opponent. That's been Andrew Scheer's job since he won the Conservative leadership. If you think a majority of Canada's voting population is perceptive to angry and irrational mob rule, you're wrong. Canadians are soft, conventional, accepting and perceptive to people who are humble and severely ordinary. Canadians don't take well to outspoken Conservatives as much as they take to outspoken Liberals. That's the way Canadians are—for now.
Canada has a liberal culture. Right now, more Canadians view conservatism more negatively than liberalism. That's just a fact. The only way to tear down the negative stereotypes is by proving them wrong. Andrew Scheer has been trying to do that, but his own team's resistance to winning is making his job more difficult.
The angry pundits you're retweeting on Twitter don't know how to win elections. They'll tell you that they and their followers represent the base of the Conservative Party, but they're full of shit. They're just stuck in a fantasy where validation and reassurance come in the form of “likes” and retweets from angry users who retweet other angry users. This creates the illusion of social influence.
Andrew Scheer has a job to do and he's doing it well.
Keeping The Party Together
If the party fractures and a large enough segment of supporters don't vote, it's game over and Trudeau wins. Unlike Liberals, Conservative voters are more individualistic. They don't unify and stay cohesive as easily as brainwashed Liberal supporters who are united in their hatred of conservatives. The Conservative Party also has more employed supporters and business owners, meaning their voters have other things to worry about besides renaming schools and keeping track of 56 genders.
Conservatives are like cats. You can't herd them or train them to roll over. They don't listen, they do things their own way and they don't like taxes—because fuck you, that's why.
The Liberals love nothing more than to see conservatives divided. Their biggest advantage has always been our unabashed individualism and reluctance to follow a leader. Had Conservatives elected a progressive like Michael Chong, there would be factions threatening to stay home or start a new party. Had they elected a libertarian like Maxime Bernier, there would be factions doing the same. No matter who they choose as their leader, there will always be division. Stephen Harper faced the same uphill battle.
With outside groups and media trying to divide us further and exploit our weaknesses, Andrew Scheer has his work cut out for him. When he meets with anti-conservative groups like LeadNow, he's doing it to build bridges, not to sell us out. It dates back to the old and valuable tradition of breaking bread with the enemy. If we can't learn from our enemies, who can we really learn from? Sometimes our enemies know our weaknesses better than we do.
Andrew Scheer is the leader now, so the least we can do is trust him. If he wins more seats in 2019, it will weaken Trudeau and make conservatives of all stripes more influential. If he loses seats, Conservatives will be back to choosing a new leader in 2020 and bickering about all the same things while Trudeau continues burying our country under heaps of debt.
If you want Trudeau to have another four years with a weaker opposition, keep choosing mindless attacks over fair criticism. Keep retweeting the angry pundits who couldn't win an election against a gaggle of geese.
Convincing The Normals
When a majority of Canadians—particularly millennials—view conservatives as backward douchebags, the job of convincing them otherwise isn't easy. That's a part of what Andrew Scheer has to do.
In February, the National Post reported:
More challenging for conservatives — and in many ways a branding issue, as Kouri noted — is that few millennials are ready to identify themselves as conservatives. One in three see themselves as liberals; another 18 per cent say they’re centrist, and only 16 per cent conservative. Rounding out the list: 14 per cent identify as progressive, 11 per cent as socialist and seven per cent as libertarian.
With the question put another way, as a spot on the political spectrum, about 32 per cent put themselves in the “centre,” 26 per cent left of centre and 20 per cent right of centre (with five per cent putting themselves on the “extreme right”).
Take a look at the “conservative” and “right-wing” fringes of Twitter to see why most millennials might be turned off. You'll see the stereotypical things you're told you'll see by anti-conservatives. You'll see people with profiles that mention something about fighting Sharia Law in Canada, being white and proud, and telling libtards and cucks to go fuck themselves. It's enough to make ordinary, self-identified conservatives want to disassociate completely.
The mainstream media hasn't helped conservatives either. Why would they? Most journalists have been taught to report their feelings instead of the facts. Take a look at the visceral hatred expressed by most journalists toward Donald Trump. Their hatred and feelings almost always prevent them from reporting the truth. Most times, Donald Trump makes them hate him even more with his attacks and comments. In Canada, we have a Conservative leader who's difficult to hate—this makes it easier to soften up the millennials and the journalists who might be compelled to report negatively.
There are a lot of decent, ordinary conservatives who like Donald Trump and his attitude. I'm one of them. He isn't a racist or an incompetent buffoon and we're tired of the mainstream news acting like an anti-Trump Super PAC. However, sometimes we forget how different Canada is.
Canadians don't take well to politicians who act like Donald Trump—unless those politicians are Liberal. Most Canadians are liberal or left-leaning, meaning they will automatically be turned off by a politician who identifies as conservative and acts like an asshole. If an outspoken, Trump-esque politician identifies as liberal, Canadians are more accepting because of their liberal predispositions. Take Naheed Nenshi—who has been tweeting like Trump since 2010—and Jean Chretien, who never hesitated to tell people how he felt.
Canadians only take well to outspoken Liberals and New Democrats because they've been bred to believe that liberalism is superior and righteous. Most Canadians couldn't tell you what it actually means to be liberal, conservative, right, or left—but they've always thought of the word liberal as positive. The media and the Liberal Party have monopolized mainstream culture, which has made ordinary and severely normal Canadians feel the way they do about conservatism.
A wise man once said that politics is downstream from culture. He was right. Changing Canada's culture won't be easy, but having a leader like Andrew Scheer is a good start.
Harper Did It Too
It's kind of entertaining—in an absurd way—watching pundits and commentators complain about Andrew Scheer supporting a symbolic motion in support of the Paris Agreement, or complain about Scheer addressing the refugee crisis too politely. Some people have gone as far as calling Andrew Scheer a liberal for not being as angry and outspoken as they'd like him to be.
Anger over Scheer's broken promise to fight for free speech on campuses is justified, but calling Andrew Scheer a liberal or a “fake conservative” is absurd when it comes from Conservative voters who regard Stephen Harper as a true conservative and one of Canada's best leaders.
Harper was an evangelical and a strong social conservative, but he sacrificed his personal beliefs to lead a party that was more diverse than just social conservatives. Before winning his first minority, Harper declared that marriage was a sacred institution and that a Conservative government would protect it. He also had strong positions against abortion. However, by the time Harper lost to Justin Trudeau, his Conservative government had strengthened same-sex marriage laws, agreed to cut carbon emissions, shut down Conservative MPs who wanted to re-open the abortion debate and increased immigration.
So, by the same standards being used to judge Andrew Scheer, Stephen Harper must have been a liberal.
Scheer Is More Principled Than Bernier
Andrew Scheer was one of the few Tory MPs that voted against Bill C-16. That was the bill that expanded Canada's hate speech laws and the Human Rights Act to include transgenders. Maxime Bernier voted for Bill C-16, only to conveniently retract his support for it during the leadership race. Unlike Bernier, Scheer never had any confusion about Bill C-16. Bernier's sad flip-flopping trend could have been partly to blame for his loss. While Bernier was trying to sort himself out and figure out what it means to have principles, Scheer already had himself sorted out.
Unlike Bernier, Scheer actually made the protection of free speech a part of his platform.
Anyone who knows how to use openparliament.ca should have no trouble finding out how consistent Andrew Scheer has been. Even when a majority of the Conservative caucus voted one way, Andrew Scheer voted differently on several occasions.
Scheer's voting record is one of the most conservative in the Conservative caucus, aside from Brad Trost's. He has consistently voted to protect free speech, unborn rights and victims of crime. The same can't be said for most of the other Conservative leadership candidates who ran for the same title.
The Conservative Party is in good hands. It's time to restrain your misguided scorn, give Andrew Scheer your trust and help your party beat Justin Trudeau.