On February 18, 2022 at 4:59 pm, Glen Flint wrote:
Has Trudeau failed to keep up with the ever changing science of COVID?
Blue state governors, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and several European countries are lifting their vaccine and mask mandates. Narrative 2.0 is that Joe Brandon beat COVID, just like he beat Corn Pop with that rusty bicycle chain.
Now Justin's backed into his bunker by the Truckers for Freedom. If he lifts the his vaccine mandate, they win. He he refused to relent, he's out of step with the new science and denies Joe Brandon a victory lap. Is anyone feeling the effects of this many trucks on strike?
What's he going to do?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
Mounted police now in waiting in Ottawa. Bunch of Cossacks. Another Freedom Convoy leader arrested.
Just wish the demonstrators had a wider repertoire of songs to sing - how about the Canadian version of This Land is My Land?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:01 pm, David wrote:
Why are we not hearing more of the connections between major political players (i.e. Ms. Freeland) and the World Economic Forum? Seems there would be a story there.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:02 pm, Tom Lewis wrote:
Q & A - Now that the Mammy singer has gone full Tiananmen Square, are there any countries on the planet left that are truly free?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:02 pm, Anne Pinkava wrote:
Hey Mark! I've been thinking about what you said with truckers being an odd segment of the population to protest, and I don't think so. When you drive that much mass at speed you have to be wary of not only your movements but of everyone around you. It's a profession not characterized by loneliness, but of power under strength, and immediate consequences to life and property should a mistake occur. I believe that the knowledge of real consequences contributes to truckers taking the long view of government interference, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm, Jeff Estes wrote:
I've read reports of Australian police admitting to the use of "Long Range Acoustic Devices" on peaceful protesters, causing serious injuries. This seems to be an incredibly dangerous escalation of force on otherwise law abiding citizens, yet not a peep of this is mentioned in American news outlets. I'm concerned the lack of reporting is a tacit approval of these measures elsewhere and would like to know your thoughts on how US citizens may react were these dangerous devices used against US citizens.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:05 pm, JON FACCI wrote:
When we experience a legend, one of the greatest who has ever contributed to a particular industry or discipline, it is not long before it is obvious that they will never be replaced or equaled. In this case, it feels even more tragic, and it is. Now our nation is at stake, and we must all rise to save the American legacy for our children and our liberty, but that burden is infinitely heavier without Rush Limbaugh III, the greatest Standard Bearer of our Generation. Thank you, Mr. Steyn for maintaining your standard for excellence that I thank Rush for introducing you to me. God bless Rush, God bless you and God bless America and all of Western Civ. We fight today from the most advantageous position we can expect to launch this campaign to defend our freedom.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:06 pm, Philip Paustian wrote:
It seems to me Rush Limbaugh realized that it is more interesting if an interesting person talks to the audience directly than if they listen to two interesting people. So with his talent and confidence he made a stronger connection with the listener than others. I found him as funny as Mort Sahl, Bob&Ray, and Mark Steyn combined. He was never boring which is a very hard to do in such a long career. I feel his connection to his audience equaled that of Sinatra singing.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:11 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Hey Mark and fellow Club members! I caught Peter Hitchens on your show and it got me thinking about some things the right got wrong in the past couple decades. For me, conservatives, indeed all Americans, require a core belief in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Whatever other positions we hold or disagreements that arise, those are supposed to be complement or advance that original mission.
But lately it seems like a lot of the main stream right's positions have lead to our present predicament. We embraced free trade with China because we were told that a growing middle class there would lead to their liberalization. We were told that invading and nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan were necessary to secure our safety. Yet the free trade dogma has lead to China corrupting our elites and big business and the anti-terrorism legislation passed after 9/11 is now being used against us in our own countries.
How can we correct ourselves? The Republican Party seems pretty giddy about regaining a majority in the midterms, but what point is there in regaining a majority if there are no plans on what to do with it?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:11 pm, Veronica L wrote:
Loved your interview with Peter Hitchens, he made so many great points, perhaps a little condescendingly at times but I'm sure you didn't mind :) I was interested in his description of China as a "cynical imperialist nation" which seeks to conquer and control territory in an old fashioned way whereas the US, and its allies, seeks to paint themselves as non-imperialist idealogues spreading 'values' but these values lack both consistency and purpose. Syria bad, Saudi Arabia good, that kind of thing. Do you agree with his characterisation?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:12 pm, Tim Neilson wrote:
Love the "Hundred Years Ago" show. Will you be noting the 1922 publication of "The Black Gang", the sequel to "Sapper's" blockbuster "Bulldog Drummond"? Both of those books concerned "transnational" types trying to increase their wealth while their Marxist useful idiot pawns wreaked destruction on society. How do thriller writers come up with such wild fantastical nonsensical plot ideas?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:13 pm, Jamie Marsh wrote:
With things going as bad as they are, I'd like to take my mind off of them and go see a good movie. But do they make good movies anymore? Is there a correlation between the unseriousness of our institutions and the prevalence of comic book movies and awful remakes? Maybe Hollywood is a barometer for the decline in western civilization more broadly? Or are there good movies being made and I'm just not seeing them?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:16 pm, Johnny B wrote:
Follow up on a couple of items from GBNews this week:
What a delight to hear you nominate Northern Ireland as the part of the UK you would settle in! A real boost for us.
You pointed out that the The West is objecting to Russia deploying Russian troops in Russia and envisaged a similar scenario in Northern Ireland with the Republic objecting to British troops being deployed in Northern Ireland. Well apparently the British Army is required to give 15 days notice and fill in customs forms before moving equipment into N.I. This is under the terms of the N.I. Protocol. So thankfully there's no chance of a Blitzkreig on the Republic.
Perhaps this should be made mandatory for all future invasions?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:16 pm, Jan Schiebout (She - bowt) wrote:
As more Western young soldiers are sent to Ukraine and reports on the ground illustrate the largest military buildup of a Russian war machine since WWII, with differing attack dates, are you at all concerned that this could be a coordinated plot for the world to take its eye off of the true target, and that's the Iranian goal of the conquest and destruction of Israel? Too many simultaneous events: a weak America, a weak Europe, Middle East chaos, and an evil spirit hovering over the civilized world?
Loving your GB News guests -
On February 18, 2022 at 5:17 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
As a father of two girls under the age of 6, I think one of the things our political and healthcare leaders in D.C. have completely overlooked is the damage they have done to our youth because of mask mandates and all the other COVID restrictions. I can only imagine how many children have delayed speech issues and emotional issues because they have not been able to see the faces of their teachers and classmates for the last two years. And, yet there has been no apology from those leaders who have insisted on COVID theater just so they could claim that they were taking action re the disease. Thoughts?
Your GBNews show is outstanding and has the perfect mix of serious and cultural topics. It is a home run! Any chance you can get one of the mammy singer's surrogates on to explain why democracy is dying in the darkness of Trudeau?
Thanks for all you do!
On February 18, 2022 at 5:21 pm, Niels Thyge Riisgaard, DK wrote:
The soaring US debt is just passing 30billion $. Isn't that a problem for a disunited America that is also losing the respect of its enemies and the trust of its allies? What would be the signs of a crushing debt? Can we compare the situation to the Weimar republic after WW1 when Germany was made responsible 100% for all damages and ordered insane war reparations that it could not pay..
On February 18, 2022 at 5:23 pm, Michael Trueblood wrote:
Mark, you seem like a man who doesn't take much time off, but if you were to, what do you think you might pursue as a hobby? What interests you outside the collapse of western culture?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:24 pm, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
I'm worried whether or not we have a realistic chance of winning back this country. If Trudeau can get away with being a tyrant then what chance do we have here? We were all promised a red wave in 2020 but the Dems were prepared for it while the only thing the SENDMONEYNOW party prepared for was our donations. Are we destined to being reduced to the only victories over our nation's enemies being in the Olympics? I can only shudder at the thought they'll create the Congressional Medal of Equity as being more honorable award than what Rush got. Your thoughts Mark.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:26 pm, Chris Hall wrote:
One constant in the progressive mindset appears to be that their analysis of economic and political situations tends to be static. For example, if they want to double tax revenue, they double taxes, not anticipating that the tax increase will cause the unwashed to change their habits to minimize what they spend. An example of this sort of thinking appears to be the ham-fisted freezing of bank accounts for peole who have not even been accused of any known crime, such as people who trough in a few bob for some peaceful protesters. It seems to have escaped the thoughts of the Eminences Grises in the Prime Minister's office that going after a measly 10 million bucks could do tens of billions of dollars worth of damage to the Canadian financial system.
Canada and possibly the US seem to be headed toward a societal phase change. I can't really see Canada having a full-blown Ceaucescu moment, but could we be seeing the beginning of a John Galt moment ,where the people who get things done just shrug? Surely something big is on the horizon, and I'll stop calling you Shirley.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:30 pm, Dale Owens wrote:
I particularly appreciated your interpretation of "Ozymandias" by Shelley and "Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis" by Villon. Any more Ubi Sunt works up your sleeve?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:31 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Mark, if you become a bezos like billionaire on video poetry, what hope will the rest of us have in opposing Big Poetry?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:33 pm, Gabriel Garcia Moreno wrote:
In your recent discussion with Peter Hitchens you posited that America is somewhere between the Boer War and Suez; given the evaporation of anything akin to a moral underpinning to post-Christian western society, is it inevitable for China to become dominant in economic and cultural spheres, or do the trucker movement and other cracks in the groupthink give hope of a pushback and resurgence of civilisational confidence?
PS Iron the Canadian flag in the GB News backdrop!
On February 18, 2022 at 5:34 pm, Chris Oldham wrote:
Mark, yesterday on your GB News show you didn't really have time to respond to Peter Hitchens' comments about the US's involvement in Afghanistan, and I'm curious what your reaction was. Do you agree with him that the US (and its allies) should never have gone into Afghanistan? Do you agree the US should have left Afghanistan (assuming the withdrawal had been accomplished in a competent, less humiliating fashion?) Does Joe Biden deserve credit for getting the US out of Afghanistan as Hitchens claimed? Many thanks. I always appreciate your thoughts.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:36 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
I am puzzled by Trudeau's alleged right to "compel" tow-truck companies to remove the big rigs and other trucks on hand in Canada. If they can do that, why not "compel" the truckers themselves to remove them? Or is that "problematic" b/c the truckers' insurance is already gone?
The literal cordoning-off of Ottawa to all those w/o "legitimate" reasons for being in the city is beyond absurd, as is the freezing (and emptying) of bank accounts. But worst of all, I think, is the doxxing of ordinary Canadians -- and Americans -- who sent the truckers donations, or attempted to. If the WaPo is really part of this, they're more despicable than I had previously thought possible.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:37 pm, David O\'Neil (Australia) wrote:
In Australia we are having Aboriginal 'Welcome to Country' and 'Smoking' ceremonies prior to almost every major public event. In addition, we have Aboriginal flags flying everywhere, stickers on cars that say 'Always was, always will be Aboriginal land', numerous locales being renamed in Aboriginal language, and constant references to the 'traditional owners and custodians' . While all this may be very uplifting for the Aboriginal community I am concerned about the psychological harm it is doing to the 97% of Australian children who are not Aboriginal. A Welcome to Country ceremony is exactly the opposite. It is designed to remind every non-aboriginal child that he or she is an unwelcome trespasser in their own homeland. As you might say, this is breaking the 'primal bond' that should exist between these children and the country of their birth. I don't think this will end well. Your thoughts please.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
As I listen to Mark Steyn speak common sense in audio, I watch a good chunk of our democracy crumble live from Ottawa on CTV with the volume off. It can't happen here!? Oh yes it can!
On February 18, 2022 at 5:40 pm, George Pereira wrote:
I never thought using my name on SteynOnline was anything to be concerned over.
I was wrong.
Just to be clear my name is George Leonard Pereira.
I've been a member of the Mark Steyn Club since May 6, 2017.
I started listening to Rush in 1989.
I read and listen to the great Howie Carr since he started on radio.
I have all of Mark Steyn's books and CDs
GB News is now must see TV.
And if anybody has a problem with any of that well *#!
See you at 5!
On February 18, 2022 at 5:41 pm, Aaron Everitt wrote:
I believed you when you said (paraphrasing) once the collapse starts, the end comes quickly- but I was always optimistic something would change. Now that it appears that will not be the case, what's the projection of the length of the dark ages ahead, and who will be the Irish this time that will save the remnant of western civilization?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:48 pm, Daniel wrote:
Mark several weeks ago we were hearing all kinds of rumblings about China preparing to invade Taiwan. As a matter fact I still see those stories in the news. However Taiwan spends less than 2% of their GDP on defence. I began to wonder to myself who is the Winston Churchill of Taiwan. Where are the leaders of free China? Do the Taiwanese people really want to defend their country from communism or have they made up their minds that they are no match for the industrial giant of the world and have decided to eat drink and be merry before they are absorbed into Communist China?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:51 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Respect to Andrew Lawton. Keep it up, Andrew!
On February 18, 2022 at 5:52 pm, Erick Redmon (Louisville, KY) wrote:
Isn't this "policing matter" in the legislature today actually a catnip gambit of Catch-22 on those sock-puppet legislators?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:53 pm, Matthew Blackman wrote:
Greetings, Mr. Steyn, and thank you for all of your depressing, though brilliant insights regarding the future of our once-great republic.
1) Do you have any suggestions regarding specific actions that the silent hordes of deplorable and bitter clingers might take to pull us back from the brink / slow our descent / soften the blow? Advocating violent revolution, and watering liberty trees with the blood of (even petty) tyrants is frowned upon in this jurisdiction... so what are our options?
2) On an unrelated note (and please don't take this as commentary on your lovely singing voice), is there any chance that the instrumental version of "Nine Lives" that you use in the podcast can be made available for purchase? I prefer instrumentals overall (and can't listen to music with vocals while I'm working), and would love to add that to the rotation.
On February 18, 2022 at 5:54 pm, George Schmidt wrote:
Hello Mark. Greetings from the frozen Niagara wine region of Ontario, a mere stone's throw from Buffalo. As a septuagenarian grandpa who arrived on the shores of our fair Dominion (are we permitted to Dominion) 70 years ago, I'm trying to wrap my whitened though still full head of hair, how it is that Canada has come to this point under Comrade Trudeau 2.0. The pace of change is making my head spin. In the Newspeak world that thing we call "freedom" for which we came has apparently become code, a dog-whistle to an assortment of people with "unacceptable views". If you were a betting man, what odds would lay on Justin getting approval from Parliament and the Senate for his ham-fisted diktat? Does your virtual crystal ball give you any insights or perhaps hints about how this might turn out?
On February 18, 2022 at 5:55 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
Please consider reading Robert W. Service's poem "The Reckoning" on a Sunday poem reading. It's along the same vein as Mark Twain's "The Million-Pound Bank Note." It's a short poem. You could read it today.
On February 18, 2022 at 6:23 pm, Frank Gallenstein wrote:
I hope you get to Chris Oldman's question. I too am interested in your thoughts.