December 26, 2005

NAKED NATION (via Gene Brown):

I AM Canadian (David Warren, 12/26/05, Ottawa Citizen)

[T]he slanders against the U.S., and the Conservative opposition, are things that don’t touch me. They can defend themselves. Were people better informed, they might not feel the need. Take for instance the anti-American blather over the Kyoto protocol. Since 1990, “greenhouse gas” emissions have risen by 14 percent in the U.S., and by 25 percent in Canada. There are no legs on the horse Mr Martin has mounted. Or, the attempt to cast Mr Harper as a narrow religious bigot when he is, firstly, not especially religious, and secondly, timidly defending moral principles held by all the major religions in common.

If the Liberals were not provided with a karaoke chamber by the Canadian media, they would be naked on stage. There would be nothing for people to look at except their record of criminal corruption, moral perversion, and catastrophic waste. Which is not to suggest any elaborate conspiracy, for the journalists here are like those in most other Western countries -- a class, sharing backgrounds and material interests, who hang out mostly with each other. They are united by a worldview, enforced by peer pressure. It just happens that this worldview is toxic.

For contrast, consider the Alberta oil patch, which is staffed with another class, sharing a different worldview. You will find about as many liberal and socialist dissenters in the oil patch, as you will conservative dissenters in the media. It is how the world works: by peer pressure.

Let them be them. What annoys me most about the Liberal campaign, may be summarized in the words, “Choose your Canada.” The insinuation of this slogan is that people not sleepwalking to the Liberal themes, are not really Canadian. Now, that I take personally.

I wonder if he's not quite wrong here--maybe just as you can't be a secular statist and truly be American you can't be a conservative liberal and be a Canadian.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2005 1:11 PM

Yeah, you would love that, wouldn't you? You and the Canadian left can spend your seniorities glowering at each other across the 49th parallel, convinced you are all witnessing the clash of civilzations from your rockers.

Posted by: Peter B at December 26, 2005 3:45 PM

Peter B. :

That won't happen. Most Canadians have been off their rockers for years.

Posted by: obc at December 26, 2005 6:24 PM


Posted by: oj at December 26, 2005 8:13 PM

So I guess your ideal of liberty does not include recognizing the freedom of Americans and Canadians who fall into your category of "secularists"?

Posted by: Grog at December 26, 2005 8:29 PM

And just when you thought---you thought---it was safe to get out of those rocking chairs

Unless it's just a ploy to keep those snowbirds in Quebec over the winter. Or attract new residents.

(In any event, Canada's "Boring Quotient" has just plummeted.)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 27, 2005 3:59 AM

Well, what are we trying to "conserve"? Parliament without a King, or a Republic that is hanging on the thread of a few appointments to the Supreme Court?

The real reason there is no such thing as a fiery Conservative leader in Canada is because he must participate in a debate in French. Can you imagine G.W. Bush or Maggie Thatcher debating in French? I doubt even Satan himself can debate in French.

Posted by: Randall Voth at December 27, 2005 6:18 AM


No, you can't be secular and accept the foundational basis of America. The notion of free-floating freedom is a perfect example of anti-Americanism.

Posted by: oj at December 27, 2005 7:55 AM

Barry, Even Canadian group sex is boring.

Posted by: erp at December 27, 2005 10:35 AM

We'll have to take your word for that, erp.

Posted by: Peter B at December 27, 2005 1:18 PM

I just know that there's a joke with a beer, a Moose and a hockey team in here somewhere.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 27, 2005 3:50 PM

What I should have said is reading posts about Canadian sex is boring.

To be fair, we toured around Canada quite a bit and found the people very decent and friendly and one of my favorite places on earth is Lake Louise seen from the terrace of the Chateau on a sunny day the water is the most incredible blue and glacier in the background is sparkling.

Posted by: erp at December 27, 2005 5:59 PM

The drive up to Kelowna, BC, from Washington state is also quite lovely.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2005 4:21 AM