Stackhouse Soapbox - Talking about free speech

I won’t go into a lot of detail about it here, but I shared an article on social media last week that was written by a person who came from a Communist country and spoke, at great length, about how that style of government gets implemented and the ensuing results of it. For the most part, it’s done under the disguise of something else and in North America in 2020, the disguise is Socialism or Environmentalism. If you want to read the article, I’d encourage you to email me or shoot me a note on Twitter and I’ll send it your way. Not three days after I shared the article comes word the Canadian government is looking at licensing media companies.  You can bet outfits like True North and Rebel would have a difficult time getting a license under a Trudeau government and while that can be camouflaged as preserving media integrity, it’s actually a muzzle on free speech and it ensures no negative press for left wing governments.

The Liberals used over $100,000 of our dollars to fight True North and Rebel in court over the two media organizations’ right to get accreditation to the federal election leadership debate. The Rebel spent $16,000 of its own money and ended up winning. Don’t forget Trudeau and his government spent over $1-million to smear Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and we still don’t know how much additional went to Norman after the fact to buy his silence on the legal attack launched against him. A colossal waste of tax dollars.

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Speaking of wasting tax dollars, I look back over the course of time and compare it to today and I wonder where does all of our tax money go.  This isn’t a complaint about Liberals, but rather a complaint on the federal, provincial, and municipal systems as a whole. It seems like every year we pay more and we get less in return while the different levels of government download on whoever is underneath them and the taxpayer is, ulimately, the one who suffers. We haven’t fixed poverty, it’s worse today than ever before. We ought to be sounding alarm bells over the mental illness crisis in this country. It’s reached an epidemic level and yet throwing more money at it hasn’t helped one bit. There doesn’t seem to be any money to move forward on infrastructure projects. Budgets are tight everywhere and nobody has any money and yet governments keep calling for more from their citizens. It makes no sense and we are overdue for a tax revolt of some sort in this country. I refuse to believe Canada, Saskatchewan, and Yorkton are run so efficiently that we couldn’t reduce taxes on our people and still provide the same level of services.

The WHO has declared a global health emergency in reaction to the corona virus, but here in Canada we are clueless on what to do.  On CTV Powerplay last week, Liberal MP Lenore Zann told Evan Solomon the government doesn’t have a position and is working on forming one.  Their focus appears to be on ensuring whatever they do isn’t racist. If forced to choose between being cautious to prevent the disease from spreading or hurting someone’s feelings, we are going to allow people to get sick.

I’ve heard a number of people complain about the Super Bowl halftime show being too sexual in nature and that was inappropriate considering a large number of youth watching the game.  For me, it’s not up to football organizers to decide what is and what is not appropriate. That falls on parents and if you think it’s too much for your child’s eyes to see, then find something for the young ones to do instead of being glued to the tv. I had no problem with it. Sure, JLo and Shakira walked a fine line but I think most human beings would be quite okay with showing off their bodies if they looked that good at age 43 and 50 respectively and I chalk up most of this outrage to jealousy.

The other comment I’ve heard is that the halftime show was degrading to women. I’ve seen male performers do similar shows where they show off their physical attributes and make gestures that are sexual in nature.  Is that degrading to men? I’ve also heard women comment about football players and how they love watching the Super Bowl because of the form fitting clothing the athletes wear. Are sports uniforms degrading to men? For me, these are just more attempts at censorship and as long as men and women do things out of choice and not out of force, I have no problem with any of this. Don’t forget, you are in control of your own TV set. Flip the channel if it’s not for you. Don’t try and force me to accept your values. You don’t have to accept mine.

Nice people mentions this week: Don Chesney, Jay Boyd, Blaine Stoll, Jeff Bahrey, and Shawney McCutcheon.

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