Cuz It's Better To Feel Virtuous Than To Acknowledge Truths On Missing Women
“I think there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.” That’s the ubiquitous Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez speaking her “truth”. This received wisdom about feelings over facts is the latest rhetorical arrow in the progressive quiver.
It’s also a recipe for everyone getting to believe their own “truth”, not facts. And for media to feed the confusion.
Which brings us to Justin Trudeau embracing the idea that Canada conducts genocide against natives in this nation. The PM who can’t apologize enough (except to admiral Mark Norman) was hoping the much-anticipated MMIWG Report would give him something for which he could apologize to the international community— whose praise he craves.
And for $92 million you get what you ask for. While Canadians of every station acknowledge the problematic relationship between the native community and the rest of society, most saw the tragedy of missing indigenous women as a legal, not a cultural genocide.
But that wasn’t what the PM wanted. And so the authors of Report dutifully painted a bleak indictment of an oppressor nation’s treatment of Canada’s indigenous peoples. There was no talk about reconciliation. Only a searing message about privilege to an international community only too willing to believe the worst about white Canada.
It didn’t take long to see that “morally right” was eclipsing “precisely, factually” in Trudeau’s sphere. In his best drama teacher’s voice he praised the activists and spinners who’d delivered him a gift of guilt.
There were plenty of observers on social media who quickly saw through the heated language used to mask the answer to “Whodunnit?” Who, precisely was murdering the women? Because, by and large, it’s not white people. And, cough, indigenous men disappear or die at a far greater clip than do their female counterparts.
"@SChad71593015 how is it genocide if:
- 75% of the murders are by persons of same race & culture?
- 88% are solved (higher solve rate than white females)?
- 90-plus % of killers were known to the victim, or in an intimate relationship?”
Like Robert Mueller on obstruction by Trump, the MMIWG punted when it came to naming names. But Trudeau doesn’t care. He knows in the AOC world facts are irrelevant so long as you feel deeply about a subject. As his climate car Catherine McKenna imprudently said, if you loudly proclaim an issue the media believes you must be correct. And that it must be of the greatest interest to the greatest number of people.
For instance, the attention paid by the leftist press to the transgender issue sounds like a compelling social crisis ripping apart the U.S. In fact, census data indicates that trans people represent fewer than 0.6 of the American population. The LGBT population is estimated in the last U.S. census as 4.5 percent of the population. African-Americans are estimated at 12 percent of the population. And so on.
While they bore AOC, proportionality and sample size are the bulwark of research and statistical analysis. But the urgencies of progressive politics seems to have little time for them. Look at the representations of those cultures in the news, in commercials and in movies. They are ubiquitous in the culture industries. We know that quota minimums are fanatically applied on all these groups.
Do you believe that the actual representation of them matches their impact/ proportion in society? Or does it represent the interests of those who politically pander/ exploit these groups?
Before anyone cries racism, remember Barack Obama’s rebuttal that the “distorted” record for arrest and incarceration for African Americans should be built upon black’s proportion in society. We are 12 percent hence we should be only 12 percent of crimes, arrests, men in prison etc.
Yet black men are statistically reported by the FBI as murdering and assaulting at ten times the rate of whites and Latinos combined. Does this represent racial bias because they are only 12 percent of the society? Black Lives Matter wants you to believe that. So did Barack Obama— and, by extension, his poodles in the press.
The most accurate compilers of fact are often the insurance companies. It is their business to bet on likelihoods that you’ll die, crash your car or have your house consumed by a flood. But they can’t always be counted on for candour. The Insurance Bureau of Canada is now telling us that "severe weather is becoming an increasing concern for Canadians. Now, 20% of Canadian households have some vulnerability to flood - and that figure is increasing.”
Which is partly true. Settlements for extreme weather are up. But the claim that extreme weather today— caused by CO2— is more prevalent than in the past is hype. In fact, major tropical storms making landfall are down considerably versus the mid parts of the 20th century. So are tornadoes, floods, typhoons etc. CO2? See you later.
Of the ten deadliest Atlantic hurricanes on record, nine occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM, and three occurred during the 1776- 1781 U.S. Revolutionary War. The deadliest period for severe Atlantic storms was the 1930-1960 period— again pre CO2 spiking. Of the top Pacific cyclones, nine occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM. Two of the ten deadliest occurred in 1881. Because no accurate earlier records were kept we cannot compare this scientific record to centuries past.
Yes, insurance settlements are up— but that’s partly because there are more people increasingly building more expensive homes and businesses in higher-risk areas.
Yet for CO2 shills like McKenna and Trudeau we face the end of days on climate, race, gender. The only “truth” in that is you must lose your facts and follow AOC and her woke apostles.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the publisher of his website Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com). He’s also a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster, he is also a best-selling author whose new book Cap In Hand: How Salary Caps Are Killing Pro Sports And Why The Free Market Could Save Them is now available.