In the ongoing Canadian election campaign, we’re seeing a lot of examples for ethnic outreach done right – especially with the micro-targeted campaign ads that the Conservative Party has recently released in minority languages like Mandarin and Cantonese and Punjabi ...
In this election, we now have Alice, Tim, Harry and Nina – all minorities who are Conservative Party politicians, speaking in their native language to members of their ethnic group
The ads are particularly well done. This one was done by Canadian Conservative Member of Parliament, Dr. Alice Wong, speaking to her constituents in Cantonese:
And here's an English-language version from Canadian Conservative MP Nina Grewal:
Why are these ads powerful? Because they celebrate diversity without exploiting it. I have made the case before than some who profess to be "progressives" often use ethnicity as a way to divide and drive voters. These ads and this outreach program clearly serve to celebrate Canadian ethnic diversity while also discussing shared values. In fact, the second ad above makes the point that "things haven't always been fair for" ethnic minorities, yet progress it being made and that it's time to "vote our values."
Both major parties in America have now had extensive experience in Hispanic-language ads. But when will Republicans celebrate our diversity of elected officials and candidates in a way that can serve as outreach tools to Americans of all backgrounds? Will we soon watch TV ads, hear radio spots and see pamphlets in Mandarin, Korean, Farsi, etc.?
Bottom line: the right kind of creativity and strategic thinking can communicate shared conservative values to different ethnic, religious and cultural communities.
First of all, let me congratulate our ‘cousins’ to the north in Cannuckville for their courage in attempting to silence that one-woman invasion by Anne Coulter. Apparently, the brave Canadian student body, looking for all the world like a medieval Santa Casa witch-burning, surrounded a building with rocks and sticks.
To say that the Canadian government has lost the principles of honesty and freedom of thought and expression in the interest of political correctness, and the interests of ‘certain’ protected minority groups, is an understatement. Huge kudos to Anne for sticking it to them in the way that only she can do and refusing to fall for their intimidation. By the way, I checked with my editor Dee and she informs me that although these columns are read all over the world, and in some of the most unlikely places, not one has ever been published in Canada to her knowledge. Wonder what that’s about? (grins).
Protesters in Ottawa, after Anne Coulter's speech was canceled due to security concerns.
The next assault against America by Obama is going to be over illegal immigration, despite the smoke screen of cap and trade (tax) and environmental issues. With his majority in the House, and very likely the Senate as well, in danger of becoming ex post facto in November, and the Conservative Patriot movement (what the left continues to dismiss as ‘tea parties’) growing in momentum and becoming a real force in American politics, Obama’s second term may be problematic.
In order to salvage his presidency he knows he needs the votes the illegals can bring him. We have to fight this thing tooth and nail and stop it cold. Don’t let anyone tell you that there are 11-12 million illegals in this country, that’s the figure the left loves to throw out there. The actual figure is probably a lot closer to 20 million, maybe a little less since so many construction and other jobs that were heavily populated by illegals have gone away with the recession. I’ve heard that a number of illegals have gone back across the border. Gee whizz! Sounds a lot like what would happen if our State and Federal governments cut off the goody train.
The saddest part about this whole thing is that the legitimate Hispanic/Latino population of this country is dead set against illegal immigration. The leftist press is only too happy to trumpet radical illegal immigrant support groups such as La Raza, MALDEF and ALIPAC and just as happy to ignore the millions of solid American citizens and legal immigrants of Latino descent. This doesn’t take into consideration the numbers of illegals of other nationalities which are numerous, and in the case of certain middle-eastern types, possible terrorists.
Start organizing in your communities now. Get involved on the local level, on school boards and in city councils. Contact your local Patriot groups and get active. Keep calling. Keep visiting Representatives’ and Senators’ offices.
Be wary… be very wary. There are a number of gutless Republicans who would like nothing better than to be thought of as ‘reaching across the aisle’ to find some sort of accommodation with the White House, so as not to be seen as the ‘party of no’. Any Republican who thinks that this may be a good idea has missed the entire message of the Conservative Republican revolution and the Tea Party movement.
Obama’s sudden ‘willingness’ to work with Republicans in a bi-partisan effort to resurrect health care from the legislative trash pile where it resides now, and deservedly so, should be viewed with extreme caution. An old Texas cowboy I was once with on a mining venture told me, “Son, when you’ve got a rattler in the high grass around camp, you’d best know where it is and that it bites”.
The message we sent to the administration, both the Democrats AND Republicans in Congress, was NOT that we wished that benighted health care legislation to be repaired, ‘fixed’ or otherwise incremented into law. The message we sent, are sending, and will continue to send, is that we want nothing to do with Obama’s monstrosity at all. The Republicans who have been insisting that the entire stinking mess be scrapped and that we need to start over from scratch need to stick to their guns. What is wrong with health care is not our medical health system. American medicine is the finest in the world.
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams - Pleased To Receive Treatment In The United States.
Single payer disconnect: What does a Prime Minister of Newfoundland, a province of Canada, one of the left’s oft-lauded examples of the glories of single-payer health care, do when he is in need of heart surgery? Does he turn to the Canadian Health Service? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! Rather not on HIS life. He came here to the United States for his medical care as do people from all over the world. Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams is very glad it was here for him. Can anyone guess why he didn’t trust his life to the CHS? Could it be the SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR wait for a surgeon or the inadequate care? You bet it was! This is what Obama the radical ideologue and his cronies want for you.
What’s wrong with our health care system can be summed up in one word… GOVERNMENT. It’s government interference on every level. It’s lawmakers who have permitted and abetted the trial lawyers who have driven the cost of practicing medicine through the roof. Added to the government mandated and price fixed medical entitlements, it is a recipe for disaster. The straw men that the left loves to throw out there are the big bad insurance companies. Insurance companies have their issues but they are for-profit companies responsible to their shareholders. By and large they serve their policy holders well. They are also victims of the runaway trial lawyers and the MASSIVE interference of the government.
The Republicans in Congress would be well advised to stand firm. BE the party of NO. That’s exactly what we are calling on you to do. Take the message of the Tea Party Convention to heart. There can be no accommodation or deal making with a radical ideologically driven government. You can’t stand for it… WE WON’T stand for it.
Recently, there has seemed to have been a shift in the international tenor of the environmental debate. The nomination of John McCain made the Republican Party the last major center-right party in the world to embrace some sort of affirmative strategy to effect global warming. (about mid-way through the previous government, the Conservative Party of Canada switched their position, and in the last unfortunate election, the Liberal Party of Australia, a huge producer of coal, also switched their position)
At the time, there was a little victory jig. However, two things have no happened that are putting a damper on the watermelons (green on the outside, but red on the inside)
First, the Drill Here, Drill Now movement in the United States has gotten international attention. Last month, I was at a conference of European center-right parties. People were aghast at what Newt and crew were up to. Left leaning academics who had been with Democrats told them that the hope of a Kyoto-style agreement in 2012 was understood to be over.
The second is likely to be the Canadian election. There's a telling piece in today's Telegraph-Journal, a Canadian paper. John Williamson, from a Canadian free-market think-tank, notes several things that came from the election:
Dreams of a carbon tax are dashed now, although few environmentalists will publicly say so. More likely, they will soon assert the messenger failed, not the carbon tax idea. But of course, we know this is bunk. The Liberals campaigned unequivocally on a revenue-neutral carbon plan to save the planet. It was soundly rejected.
The policy itself, not Mr. Dion's egg-headed intellectualism, was the political albatross. Long before the campaign was underway, the Liberal Party's own pollster was warning that the public was not buying the so-called Green Shift. A leaked memo from Michael Marzolini on April 29 was unequivocal: "It was our recommendation that if a carbon tax shift absolutely must be part of our platform - and we do not recommend this at all - that it only be part of a larger environmental strategy involving actual popular proposals." His forecast: "Making a carbon tax shift the key plank in our appeal to the electorate is a vote loser, not a vote winner."
A British journalist getting a briefing on the election got the message:
At a breakfast sponsored last week by the Canadian High Commission in London to discuss the election results, one British journalist astutely observed that the rejection of the tax by voters of a G7 nation could have consequences for the climate change debate. Despite all the scare-mongering from the United Nations and hand-wringing about an alleged "scientific consensus," Canadians nonetheless refused to swallow the tax. If courteous Canadians (that's how Europeans view us) are willing to say "no thanks" to elite opinion-makers, might not voters in other democracies?
With respect to paying more for energy, Canada found its voice in the global warming debate. It certainly wasn't the one environmentalists envisioned when the carbon tax was proposed.
One should also point out that the clarity of this message cannot be understated. If not for the economic troubles that emerged late in the Canadian campaign, the Conservatives would likely have won a majority, potentially reducing the Liberal party to a third-party status.
Canada and the United States are two great countries, each descended from Britain where the voice of the people was allowed to be heard for the first time since the early days of Rome. The United States withdrew from Britain by force while Canada was eventually allowed to withdraw on it's own. These two great countries are so alike. They have differences but no more than the differences between New York and Texas. Why are they separate? They are both descended from the same great country. The United States is a great nation that could benefit greatly from Canada's land and resources. Canada's entry would also turn America's culture in a more European direction(might not neccesarily be a good thing) Canada's provinces would prosper as they entered the greatest economic and military power. These two brothers have been estranged for too long. It is time for them to unite