Morgane Oger & the Federal NDP: Not Fit for Public Office
by Jonathon Kneeland
After failing on two other occasions to secure elected positions to public office, Morgane Oger has now announced that she is hoping to be nominated as the federal NDP candidate for Vancouver Centre. I have some serious concerns about Oger's fitness for public office. Oger has, in my opinion, demonstrated opinions and behaviours that are in direct opposition to reality, decency, honesty, and common sense. While it is understandable that Oger would want be elected to anything that might bring a secure income and a pension, I think it is very important that citizens exercise their vote with care and wisdom.
My particular political leanings are consistent with many on the left. I'm for a maximum of liberty for all citizens, laws against arbitrary discrimination, strong environmental protections, and a society that is respectful and inclusive of all people. I'm for increasing penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty. I think that the government has no place enforcing or peddling personal subjective sexual morality between consenting adults. I don't think that everyone should be able to own a gun. I'm for free expression and believe that it is a valuable tool for getting to what's true in the world and solving our problems. I'm pro-choice, reluctantly, and don't think that religions, or the many discrepant interpretations of them, should be used to govern society. My views are well in line with many left leaning Canadian liberals. If you understand all this, then you'll have an easy time understanding why I don't think that Oger is fit for the job for which she is asking the public to put her in.
I've been increasingly alarmed at the growing level of overall polarization and political street-violence in the United States. I don't want that for Canada. I would prefer that Canadians settle their political differences through the use of intelligence and dialogue. So far we seem to mostly be doing this; although, some on the far-left and the far-right seem to be hoping for something less intelligent and more physical. You can tell this by the language that they use. When someone uses slurs that are designed to dehumanize those who they disagree with, you know you are dealing with a primal tribal mentality that wishes to eliminate nuance and thinking, and who views anyone with a different opinion as an enemy to be destroyed. Indeed, they view everything in black and white and render themselves incapable of compassion or understanding. This is why organizations like the KKK used the term "Kikes" for Jews and "Koons" for African Americans. It's very hard to commit unprovoked or random acts of discrimination or violence against people whom you view as your fellow human beings. It's much easier if you view them as an immoral and evil enemy, and slurs are one of the tools used to achieve this.
It is quite alarming to read of Morgane Oger, while she is the VP of the BC NDP, using the slur "TERF", and gloating about Vancouver Rape Relief losing its government funding for the crime of wanting to keep its women's shelter as female only.
It's difficult for me to imagine the level of hatred that would have to be in someone's heart to set out to have government funding removed from a women's shelter. Imagine this being your goal, succeeding in it, and then gloating about it afterward.
In addition to Oger's frequent use of the term TERF, she has also aggressively lashed out at the transgendered Jenn Smith in what appears to be a case of transphobia. Smith has been on a campaign to bring a more humane and scientific approach to dealing with transgendered youth. Oger's aggressive bullying tactics towards Smith have alarmed many, and show that Oger is not ready for serious conversations of any kind.
Not content with slurs and bullying, Oger has now taken to recycling disinformation in order to scare voters into voting for her. On her campaign website, she tells us that there is an "alarming growth of extreme-right violence". Again, Oger fails as a serious candidate for public office. What we are seeing is a rise in is political violence. Recently, in Portland Oregon, a gay Asian journalist and son of immigrants was viciously attacked by a mask-wearing and armed leftist mob and suffered a brain injury. Leftist mobs have been vandalizing property and assaulting random citizens all over the US in an effort to force their radical leftist political positions on the whole of society by force. And the language they use:
I have reached out to Morgane Oger privately on two separate occasions to request that she stop using the term TERF. Her response was to increase her use of the term on Twitter. You, my fellow citizens, ought to have serious concerns about Oger’s ambition of holding a position of power. In a world of increasing political polarization, hostility and violence, what we need is more wisdom and understanding, and not tribal hostilities egged on by the use of thoughtless and aggressive slurs against citizens.
I will continue to reject political violence, and the slurs that encourage it, no matter the political leanings. I reject Oger and her refusal to condemn the term TERF as well as her hideous assault on Vancouver Rape Relief. I expect our public officials to act with decency and honesty. They must respect all citizens and use dialogue to bridge differences, find common ground, and to negotiate solutions that leave all citizens room to live according to their own values. Oger and her ilk, those who use slurs against citizens, are not fit for public office.