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While Royal Dutch Shell’s purchase of deeply discounted Russian Ural oil this week is most likely headed to Europe, I now can eliminate one source of retail gasoline for my vehicles. Shell is the most significant controller of retail gasoline sales in the U.S. – some 13% of our nation’s 105,000 retail outlets. B.P. and […]

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Two Lessons to Learn from PM Trudeau’s Emergency Powers Declaration

 

To many Americans, the shocking invocation of emergency powers by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while troubling to say the least, still seems distant and somewhat disconnected from daily life.

After all, our neighbors to the north live without the robust protections of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and reams of U.S. Supreme Court precedent to keep an overreaching government at bay.

Ex Post Facto Laws Mean No One Is Safe

 

The Trudeau regime is applying its unlawful declaration of emergency retroactively. Thus, people who contributed to the truckers before the declaration are having their bank accounts frozen. This means that no one is safe from arbitrary law. The U.S. Constitution prohibits ex post facto laws. However, we aren’t in much better shape since the FBI and the Mueller Special Counsel Investigation bankrupted Trump supporters. In the U.S.’s version of a banana republic, the losers get to persecute the supporters of the guy who won it. Biden urged Trudeau to take action since the authoritarians need to stand together. Once again, the Trump supporters have proven to be right about who threatened civil liberties.

Don’t Canada America

 

No posts of my mine receive fewer clicks than ones about Canada. I suspect you have long either taken our northern neighbor for granted or perhaps find the world’s second-largest nation (geographically) north of our 5,525-mile border quaint if not dull.

Consider our respective nations’ unofficial mottos. We have long enshrined “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” from our Declaration of Independence. In Canada, it’s “peace, order, and good government.” Our national emblem is the soaring, sharp-eyed bird of prey, the bald eagle; in Canada, it’s the noble, industrious beaver. Since our war for independence, Canada – whose head of state remains the British sovereign – works hard to be different than Americans, despite common heritage, values, and proximity. Really hard.

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Remember this movie plot: A corrupt head of Government provokes a war with a trade Federation (i.e. people who transport goods from one place to another) in order to invoke Emergency Powers that give him virtually unlimited power? Canada’s PM Trudeau: “Even though the blockades are lifted… this state of emergency is not over.” Preview […]

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A potential half-accolade for the Biden administration. I have not heard it endorse the emergency powers and other anti-protest actions and declarations of Canada’s Trudeau administration as much as I would have expected. I am open to the possibility that I missed it if the Biden administration has endorsed the actions of the Trudeau administration. […]

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Trudeau’s War on Truckers Will Backfire … Badly

 

Freedom lovers around the world have cheered on the Canadian truckers who convoyed into the nation’s capital to oppose vaccine mandates. After arrival, they hung around Ottawa, proving a nuisance to nervous politicians and wealthy residents.

Unlike leftist protests in the summer of 2020, truckers haven’t smashed windows, burned down businesses, or assaulted cops and bystanders. Instead, they’ve held cookouts, helped feed the homeless, and fostered a happy party atmosphere.

Their demands are limited and simple. They want the Liberal Canadian government to end the vaccine mandate on truckers, a common-sense request for essential workers spending 99 percent of their workdays alone in a cab. PM Justin Trudeau and his bureaucracy could have ended this long before the convoy reached Ottawa by agreeing to their sensible position.

When Tractors Rolled Into Washington DC

 

No one knows exactly how many protesting “freedom convoy” truckers are currently encamped in Canada’s national capital city of Ottawa after an estimated 1,700 big rigs arrived on January 29. Thousands more protestors have joined them on the grounds of Parliament and nearby in support. And the protests appear to be growing.

More than $10 million (CAD) has been raised via GoFundMe.com to support the freedom convoy. That’s about three times more money than the governing Liberal Party raised in the last quarter of 2021. From the freedom convoy fundraising site, which has been “paused” pending a “review,” including grammatical errors and typos.

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Western democracies have long publicly and loudly confronted dark historical episodes involving aboriginal or indigenous people. But honestly, every culture and continent need not scratch very deep to find their sordid history, from Africa to China, from ancient times to today. If they’d only admit it. That’s no less true of the United States. Growing […]

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Canada’s Conservative Party Leader Ran Hard to the Middle and Failed to Win Seats in Parliament. Why?  It is challenging to draw parallels between politics in Canada versus the United States. There are some significant differences between us. Canadians, in particular, are more trusting of their government and more compliant with diktats. But parallels exist. […]

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Americans are used to focusing on elections in even-numbered years. Only a handful of states – Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Kentucky – are known for odd-year electoral contests. And Louisiana and Kentucky aren’t due for one until 2023. Some states, like Pennsylvania, have a few local and judicial elections in odd-numbered years. Virginia’s diverse […]

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Canada Day Shares The Same Birthday as the Founding of China’s Communist Party. There Are Increasingly Eery Similarities. Today, July 1, is Canada Day. It celebrates the creation of their confederation in 1867. Canada is a wonderful country but is under incredible strain right now. As bad as you may think our leadership is in […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they appreciate a more stable southern border thanks to Mexico holding up its end of the bargain on border security.  They also shudder at the news that Justin Trudeau will continue as Prime Minister of Canada, even though Conservative Party candidates won more votes nationwide.  And they enjoy watching Democratic insiders wring their hands because they’re worried none of the many Democrats running for president may be able to defeat President Trump and dream of new candidates jumping into the race.

The Progressive Blackface Genre

 

On the one hand, it shouldn’t be surprising that the party of secession, slavery, segregation, internment camps – and more recently of the FBI and the CIA – would elevate blackface to a career-ending art form. But now, even our mild-mannered Friends To The North are not only getting in on the act but seem hellbent on outdoing the Major League Baseball of blackface, the Democratic Party of Virginia.

The top three elected officials in Virginia, you may recall, have been in a months-long Mexican standoff to hold onto their coveted positions. Gov. Northam first denied, then apologized for, then expressed uncertainty about, and again denied appearing in blackface in a school yearbook. In defense of Northam, he was only a 25-year-old medical school student at the time. Were Northam to go full-Republican and resign in disgrace, he would be replaced by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. The problem for the Democratic Party of Virginia, though, is that Fairfax (D) has been credibly accused™ of sexual assault. That leaves Virginia’s next in line to succeed Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who acknowledged his career in blackface during the fallout from the Northam controversy.

Personally, I find blackface funny. But progressives, by definition, do not. And political movements, like individuals, should be judged by the standards to which they hold others, let alone themselves. Enter part-time Canadian Prime Minister and full-time virtue signaler Justin Trudeau, the boy-man whose recent troubles serve to remind conservatives that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

It’s all crazy martinis today!  Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found to have used blackface on at least three occasions but the maddening part is how the left is urging everyone to calm down with respect to Trudeau when they would have cast a non-leftist to the wolves and even Trudeau himself says these sorts of stories ought to be judges on a case by case basis.  They also wait for more information after reports say an intelligence whistleblower is accusing Trump of making a shocking promise to a world leader.  Is this a major scandal in the making or just more media hyperventilation?  And let’s just say they’re severely underwhelmed as House Republicans make repealing Obamacare and reducing the national debt their priorities if voters return to the majority – particularly when they did neither when they had the chance in the first two years of the Trump administration.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the sudden political turmoil for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his former attorney general says Trudeau told her go easy on a major business that was under investigation and then removed her as attorney general when she refused.  They also have fun as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berates moderate House Democrats for siding with Republicans on multiple motions to recommit and warns that they’ll get less help from the party in 2020 if they don’t vote the way she wants.  And they slam their heads against their desks as Roy Moore considers another run for the Senate seat he lost in 2017.

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Author’s Note: My friend Erik (who is a Ricochet member, but has yet to jump into the Member Feed fray) made fun of me offline for including these “author’s notes” in my last few posts. Let this be a lesson to him. Two days ago, the story of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s (alleged? indisputable?) assault of […]

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Whoa. Just a couple of minutes ago, Justin Trudeau (allegedly) went full-Trump by manhandling a female MP inside Canada’s House of Commons! It’s a complete gong show. Sadly, the cameras only cover people who are actually speaking, so there’s no video, but the fallout right now is a hoot to watch. Preview Open

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