Toronto Star editorial by Healey “intolerant” to label Trump evil

The Toronto Star presented an editorial today by Emma Healey (H/T JNW # 1) that was very one sided, intolerant and essentially anti-democratic. A Toronto writer and poet, Healey refers to what U.S. Republican Donald Trump says and believes about campaign issues, and those who support him, as ridiculous, very serious and “evil.”

The irony is that Healey doesn’t seem to see that her narrow minded social consensus point of view is precisely why Trump has a following. He has a following because an awful lot of Americans — like a lot of Canadians — are just plain fed up with being told what is acceptable to think and do.

For example, Healey is outraged at the way Trump spoke to Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly during the 1st Republican debate. On that topic, she writes: “Since announcing his candidacy in June, Trump has been making a particularly hateful name for himself in the field of American politics. From his misogynist attacks on Fox pundit Megyn Kelly … to his virulently xenophobic stance on immigration, you’d be well within your rights to think he’s more caricature than human being.”

Did Trump lack finesse in his responses to Kelly? For sure.  But more caricature than human being? Hardly. What Healey doesn’t seem to consider is the reality that Kelly and her colleagues hoped “to get Trump” that night — so that he would be forced out of the political race.

Then, there is Healey’s comment that Trump has a “virulently xenophobic stance on immigration.” Yes, I know, Trump referred to some of the Mexicans crossing the Southern U.S. border illegally as murderers and rapists. Yet, few of his detractors questioned whether what he said was true or not.

However, the full extent of Healey’s liberal/progressive intolerance is within her final paragraph:

“There are different ways for evil to seep into public discourse and politics. It can grab hold of people’s fears and prejudices, inflating and exploiting them. Or it can seep between the cracks of our inattention and complacency and flourish there, like mould.” 

Got that? “It [evil conservative views or evil politically incorrect views] can grab hold of people’s fears and prejudices, inflating and exploiting them.” Which explains in a nutshell exactly why the left in the U.S. and Canada are so intolerant of most Conservative views.

Yet, it is not necessarily the same in reverse. For example, if I listen to Thomas Mulcair talk about paying $15.00 a day for one million nationwide day care spaces, it most definitely taps into my fears and prejudices about fiscal management and how my taxes would likely have to go up with an NDP federal government. However, I would never say Mulcair’s views are dangerous or evil. I simply don’t agree with him and I recognize that he and Healey have a right to their viewpoint.

Which brings me to the current Canadian federal election. When Healey talks about grabbing hold of people’s fears and prejudices, is she hinting that is what PM Harper and his Conservative campaign are doing regarding terrorism? If so, it completely ignores that the Canadian Conservative position on the Middle East is the same as that of the Barack Obama liberal Democrats in the U.S. In other words, it’s about leadership and preparing for the future. If Islamofascism (e.g., ISIS) makes us afraid, so what? It is the reality facing the world today.

The crux of the matter is that Healey’s notion that her liberal progressive worldview should be the preferred social consensus, and that anything to the contrary is ridiculous or evil, is the opposite to promoting positive public discourse and politics — whether it is describing Trump in the U.S. or Harper in Canada.

More on the Trump phenomenon at Just Right and Barrel Strength. See also Joanne’s Blue Like You as HDS (Harper Derangement Syndrome) is related to the intolerant I talk about in this thread.


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Sandy is a retired educator, author & former conservative political strategist. She operated the first "Crux of the Matter" from 2006 until 2017 and opened this "Crux of the Matter 2.0" blog in late August, 2018.

35 thoughts on “Toronto Star editorial by Healey “intolerant” to label Trump evil

  1. Hello Sandy, another great post.
    The self styled “elite” are shocked and horrified, clutching their pearls and backing away from Trump.
    They just don’t see that there is a Trump because people are so sick to death of the PC stupidity.
    They cannot do to him what they did to Sarah Palin, he has deep pockets and has no fear of the Media.
    Just look at the “Duffy scandal” the only scandal other than inappropiate expenses is how the maggoty Media go on about something before the court to PM Harper (sub judice) he cannot comment.
    They need a little can of Trump dumped all over their smarmy selves IMO.
    Mr Muclair and Mr Trudeau would bankrupt us.
    Full. Stop.


  2. And that’s the thing Bubba. So many of us are fed up with the PC this and PC that. In the U.S., the illegal Mexican and South American illegals and their children are seen to have more rights, or at the very least the same rights, than Americans. I don’t blame them for being angry and liking Trump.


  3. there is nothing more evil than liberal socialists and their supporters. they will do anything, take any action they deem necessary to advance their position and reduce freedom. the Toronto star is a left wing rag not worth the money for the content or lack of content.


  4. Therein lies the “ideology” problem Old White Guy. You call the left wingers evil and they call conservatives evil. When in reality, we all just have a difference of opinion. It’s closed mindedness that causes the left to walk all over everyone who doesn’t agree with them. At least, in my opinion.

    It’s interesting. Those many years ago when I was doing my Ph.D thesis research, I was looking at how teacher beliefs and worldview influenced how they taught and what they taught, even while using Ministry documents. Many of my subjects, who would be considered on the “left” did not see how they could do anything different, while those who were more traditional, did. The only change now is too many progressives see evil where there are only differences.

    Plus, you said “there is nothing more evil than liberal socialists and their supporters.” I would disagree. There are some things which really are truly evil, like the ideology of ISIS. In other words, when we call each other evil, than the word evil itself loses its meaning.


  5. As I said in a previous thread, I was taking a break and wanted to turn off the comments until Labour Day. However, I just couldn’t ignore this Star editorial. In reality, I don’t usually read anything from that rag but the item was up on Jack’s Newswatch and caught my eye.

    The kind of intolerance that those on the left, centre and right are displaying in this federal campaign is not good for our democracy. Yes, we can and should criticize but calling each other “evil” is not helpful to anyone. That is simply intolerance in the extreme.

    Which brings to mind what the commenters write under Star, CBC and Globe columns. Anyone who is not progressive is simply dismissed out of hand. Similarly, I see the same in Sun comments that are not conservative. It is as though the younger generation has never been taught that people can and should have differences of opinion about things political, always has been and always will be.


  6. I-Politics writers sure have Harper derangement frenzy…especially Michael Harris. He will need to be hospitalized when PM Harper wins the election.


  7. Ontario Girl — I have noticed that about Michael Harris too. He is always way over the top negative. Yet, the strange thing is that if you read his justifications, in most cases, they make a kind of sense assuming you hold a certain world view. But, it is his inability to look at anything the PM or Conservative Government does as positive that points to HDS or just plain intolerance to differing world views


  8. Great post Sandy. Healy’s article and views remind me of when a few elections ago it was the wisdom among Liberals and liberal media that if one did not vote Liberal they were not good Canadians. Healy’s views are typical of the Laurentian Elite’s idea that only they have the right to decide what is good for Canadians.

    That said I do not particularly care for Trump and some of his ideas, but enthusiastically applaud his effort to shake up establishment.

    We need a Trump here in Canada.


  9. I don’t particularly care for Trump either Ken but, like you, I like the way he is shaking things up in the U.S. I am not sure how Canadians would react, however.


  10. Sandy, I have to support Old White Guy’s thoughts on liberal socialists. My grandfather escaped the Soviet Union in 1926, but the rest of his family lived under that socialist system for 72 years. Most of the adult males died in labour camps during the 30s and 40s, and a few were shot. The point I am coming to which in my mind gives validity to Old White Guy’s words is that during the 1920s much of the moderate “liberal” socialist camp fell into lock step with their radical brethren. A minority refused and also paid the ultimate price.


  11. I don’t care for Trump much. He comes across as a bully, ill-informed and has too much of an ego for ones own good. Except for his stance on immigration his platform is really more associated with the Democrats than the Republicans. That being said, he is serving a great cause by putting forward issues that most other candidates from both parties would like to just put to the side. In that way he provides a really big public service.

    I disagree with Sandy on the idea that Fox was out to get him during that interview. Those questions were both fair and on-point when you consider his past musings on those subjects.

    To me, there is nothing xonophibic or evil in what he has said so far. The left has a big problem in Canada and elsewhere in using the term “phobic” in many areas where it does not apply. They forget that not liking something and having an irrational fear of something are not the same.

    Like your blog!


  12. I hear you Ken. For sure. But, the left in this country and the U.S. are not communist which really was truly evil.


  13. Thanks Richard. Nice to have you stop by. I don’t particularly like Trump either and you give some good points re the Fox questions.


  14. Well, some certainly are hiding under a “progressive” cloak. I’m sure you remember the “waffle” bunch. You can’t get much closer than that. When you have NDP cabinet ministers here in Saskatchewan saying they can’t understand why farmers should own their land, that is also real close to outright communist thinking.


  15. Ken — I had no idea the Sask NDP were saying such things as not allowing private property. Now, that is scary. However, as I recall, that is why PET did not include private ownership in the Charter of Rights.

    It is truly bizarre that, knowing how communism and socialism in the extreme, have failed the countries who have tried it — like the USSR, Greece, Italy, Spain. Yet, some still see it as ideal. Even the Nordic countries now have a modified version more like Canada — apart from the Nordic countries having broader mixtures of private and public health care.


  16. Ken — This is off topic but this discussion reminds me of an incident I heard about a number of years ago. I had a colleague who did costume design for the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A Russian designer was hired to prepare for the opening as a cultural exchange. My friend nearly went nuts because he was so slow and not showing up for work when he didn’t feel like it. He would say “what’s the rush,” “the opening can just be delayed.” In other words, as talented as he was, his work ethic and motivation just wasn’t there. No fault to him. That is simply how things were done or not done in a communist state. In the end, the Festival’s dministration had to pay him to go home because in private enterprise, the opening is the opening.


  17. We’re in a transition period,historically. The last of the Greatest Generation has gone,and their kids are getting old and passing the torch to the next gen,whom we have failed to educate. The progressives started taking over our educational institutions in the late 1960’s and now we’re seeing how extreme are the views of that coddled and spoiled group. No surprises really, as we were once told,”adversity breeds character”,and these kids have had no adversity,thus have no character, and cannot recognize that trait. Today’s generation is so easily led, so willing to embrace anything that sounds good for the moment,and are being exploited by some truly “evil” people.

    I don’t like Trump,he’s a bully and a boor,but America in 2015 deserves him. After electing their current President for two terms,Americans have demonstrated their inability to reason. The man was a failure after the first term, and Americans again voted with their emotions,and dug the hole deeper. The list of Obama’s sins against America and it’s freedom is too long to post here, but imo the worst has been his denial of American exceptionalism. America was once the shining beacon of freedom for the world,now it’s a semi-police state at war with itself.
    I hope the GOP debates don’t destroy any chance of their choosing a decent candidate, as another term of progressive democrats in Office will truly sink America,and the American way, and the rest of the developed world ,especially us,will go down with it.


  18. You know Don, I can understand what you are saying. But, truly, we can’t blame the entire education system. You must know that I taught elementary from 1972 to 1978, right when progressivism was taking off. I was part of that. But it was different. Then, I taught visual art in high school until 1983 when I went to grad school and on to teach university and have a private special needs practice. Yes, I knew colleagues on the left. But, until at least 2000, there was as much a mixture as in general society. Being progressive conservative and then conservative was never a problem philosophically.

    What has happened, somehow over the last decade is that progressivism became traditional and conservatives became progressive. In other words, those of us in Canada, and likely the U.S. now live in an upside down world.

    But, don’t tar all educators as a coddled and spoiled group. Remember too that many of us were born during WWII and really did know adversity. I have young relatives working in the education system today and privately, they tell me they plan to vote Conservative on October 19th. The problem is that like Emma Healey who wrote the Star editorial, they not the ones we hear about most loudly.


  19. In other words, the upside down world we now live in has progressives which are not progressive at all and conservatives who grasp change without a problem. In fact, today’s progressives don’t seem to like challenge and are quite intolerant to differing beliefs — calling them politically incorrect.


  20. Hello. I like your column. I read the Star editorial. I think it’s them trying to scare us into voting liberal. Also look at the piece below that. It says “Pay as you go” You can see the quote in red which says: “High Occupancy routes are coming to Ontario and they deserve support” That’s another way of saying we deserve higher taxes. hahaha.


  21. Allan — You may be right about the Star wanting people to vote Liberal but I think they would be even happier for us to vote NDP. I didn’t pay much attention to what was placed around the editorial but I agree with you that everything was likely deliberate.


  22. Sorry for leading this off topic, but statism in any form is evil and in a way connected to the liberal progressive world view.

    I forgot to mention that these cabinet ministers said these things back in the 80s. I doubt that Roy Romano would have gone along with those sorts of ideas. The point remains that some on the left have those kind of views.

    As far as the Russian costume designer’s work ethic was concerned, my relatives, now living in Germany, have told me that this work ethic was common place. Now it is different, The communal kolchozy and the larger state farms could not produce enough food for the country because of this work ethic. Now both Russia and Ukraine export grain as they did before the socialist utopia came along.

    The progressives know not what they ask for.


  23. Sandy, back when I was sixteen or so in the late 1950s, a fellow from Virgil was taking teacher training at McMaster and worked summers on my father’s fruit farm near Queenston, Ontario. One summer he told us that there was self confessed communist in his class. His aim was to teach children.

    Go ahead to 1981, when my widowed mother remarried in Saskatchewan. One of new step-brothers was an elementary school principle in Lanigan, SK. At one family gathering he talked about taking teacher training at the U of S and having a communist (s) in some of his classes. They gave the same reason as the one in Ontario.

    I think they, and their students, moved in to our educational system by stealth and now largely control much of it. I believe journalism and the social sciences in particular are heavily populated with this world view. Healy is a product of this.

    To think I at one point considered going to Ryerson to study journalism.


  24. Wow. Finally got a moment to check this out. ‘Evil’ is a pretty strong word alright. I would call ISIS evil, but law-abiding members of North American political parties? That’s an insult.

    But I think you’ve nailed it that the endgame is to shut down honest discussion and enfeeble the democratic process. Which in itself may be ‘evil’.


  25. Ken — I hear you but what I would remind you that we live in a free country where people are allowed to have differing points of view.

    Until my retirement in the early to 2000s, I taught practising teachers at the graduate level. Never did I ever hear anything about politics during our seminar discussions unless a presentation called for it. In other words, I have worked at every level of “the system” including at McMaster. Therefore, apart from the teacher’s unions, much of what the right think is wrong with the education “system” is not true.

    The funny thing is that parents will always tell you how wonderful their child’s teacher is. Because that is what they see and hear about every day.

    The other reality is that old traditional teaching methods were replaced with better methods. Some call them progressive. I would simply say they involved a give and take between teacher and student, as opposed to simply having students sitting in rows and listening to lectures. That approach might work for some kids but as a “learning specialist” I can assure you it does not work for most.

    Sigh. Having spent 40 years in the system in some capacity, as well as having a special needs private practice for a decade while teaching university, I realize that so much of what people believe about what has been going on in the education system is simply hearsay.

    Of course, Ryerson and York are the exceptions!!!!! They definitely are neo-Marxist, both of them, from top to bottom. 🙂


  26. Joanne — It truly is a different type of campaign from what we were used to in 2011, 2008 and 2006. The HDS is a real syndrome for sure. Like you, I am not up to daily posts like we used to do. It will be weekly for me or when things come up that need a voice to offer a “correction.” When I read on your reply that you had a five year old running around I realized how fast time flies. Do you recall when my first great-grandson was born? Well, at the end of September he will be 7 and is now going into Grade 2. Unbelievable.


  27. Sandy, I don’t blame the ENTIRE education system, my Mother and Sister were both teachers, but I DO blame the activist teachers and college instructors for inculcating our kids with their socialist claptrap. They undoubtedly started out as a small minority in the late ’60’s, but have taken over and are in the majority today.

    Of course there are always exceptions, some teachers are conservative, but any I’ve encountered are so intimidated by the pro-Left majority,they have less influence than ever. Socialism and all the rest of the agenda pushed by the Left was born and nurtured in our universities first,then spread into all our schools. It is the norm.

    I was very active with the school systems wherever my kids attended,and found that the old timers, those 10 years older than me, were very good and dedicated professionals. My problem and my children’s problem , was with the teachers who obtained their degrees in the 70’s and 80’s, many of them far Left types who instituted all the rules that benefitted a tiny percentage of the students at the expense of the rest of the class.

    I mean the “no competition” types, the “ribbons for participation” types,and those who taught my children that all our history was wrong and that we were guilty of being whatever it is we are, white?

    I agree,there are lots of dedicated teachers still extant, but in schools my kids attended,they were the silent minority or majority,I never knew which as the school system followed the agenda of the regressives who ironically call themselves progressive.

    The education system is today a propaganda factory for the progressives, from grade school to university. They have to take responsibility for the people they are turning out.


  28. I hear you Don but the type of strong progressive bent you talk about is only in certain faculties/disciplines. For example, medicine, nursing, engineering, computer science, entrepreneurship, business admin, and so on, are equally split as is society. Lots of conservative types in those departments.

    Philosophy, Classics, Drama, Art, Women’s Studies, Race Relations, Social Justice, English, Theology and Journalism are mostly progressives.

    In Psychology — it depends on your specialization. Counselling and social work is mostly progressive. Neuro-psychology and cognitive evenly split.

    I taught in more than one Education Faculty and they too were mixed. Knowing some who are still employed, I would say most universities are probably still 60/40 as in the country — 40% vote Conservative and 60% either NDP or Liberal.

    And, therein lies the problem. College and university students have to be careful what they sign up for. If they choose majors that are strongly progressives, their essays will have to lean that way. However, the shoe can be on the other foot as well.

    What I am trying to say is that the education “system” is not only progressive. As in society, it depends. Before I went to OISE in the mid 1980s, even then, it was highly progressive. But, I read the course descriptions very carefully and who was teaching them before I found an advisor and thesis supervisor. It worked. I got through in two years. And, actually enjoyed myself as opposed to tearing my hair out.


  29. Don, well said. My sister-in-law is an example of what you describe. She is conservative and taught at Mohawk College for a number of years and she learned right at the beginning to keep her mouth shut.


  30. Sandy, at the risk of imposing on your good self by continuing this conversation, I agree with your assessment of the social sciences being mostly progressive, while the hard sciences are more evenly split among political viewpoints.

    If I may, Yuri Bezemov, a former KGB propagandist, who defected to the west talks exactly about what my friend from Virgil and my step brother-in-law experienced. The subversion was subtle over decades and took on a life of its own after the collapse of the soviet system. The soviets knew that the educational system was the key.

    If you have the time.


  31. I’ll check the video out tomorrow Ken. I’ll close this discussion about education because I hear you but my experience was different probably because I was not political when I was teaching. It was only after my time as an EA, speech writer and strategist for a Harris MPP that I became more aware with politics. But, with the Chretien Liberals entrenched in Ottawa most of the 1990’s I didn’t do anything with it until I discovered blogs during the 2005/6 federal election. And, so, after October 19th, Crux of the Matter will be no more. Nearly ten years is enough.

    Good discussion everyone. Many thanks.


  32. Sandy, that’s amazing isn’t it? And I have to admit that a five (almost six) year old is a lot easier than two toddlers too. 😉


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