December 24, 2009

HOW DO YOU SAY, "THANKS, W!" IN CANADIAN?:

This is how we got our country back (Jonathan Kay, 12/24/09, National Post)

"My country seems to be slipping away in front of my very eyes," former NDP campaign director Gerald Caplan wrote in a December 4 op-ed for a Toronto-area newspaper. "Our proud identity, our cherished core values ... are being turned upside down. Gun control advocates are out, gun apologists are in. Preventing war is out, killing scumbags is in. Demonstrations for peace are out, demonstrations of a martial spirit are in. Thoughtful, restrained Canadianism is out, hand-on-heart Yankee-style patriotism is in."

I'll confess to experiencing a brief spasm of schadenfreude upon reading these words. Eleven years ago, when I joined the National Post editorial board, we also used to spend a lot of time whining about our country "slipping away."

The Liberals had been in power for five years, and seemed set to govern for another 50. Anti-Americanism was a "cherished core value" in the government caucus. The military was rusting out. At the UN, we voted aye to the annual parade of bigoted anti-Israel resolutions. Through the Court Challenges Program, Ottawa bribed litigious activists to lecture the rest of us about how racist and homophobic we were. Duck hunters were treated as public enemies, multiculturalism took precedence over assimilation, and any mention of God was taboo.

That's the place Gerald Caplan says is "slipping away." He's right. Good riddance.


Not to take anything away from our cousins to the North, in general, and Stephen Harper, in particular, but the fact is that the states that led the opposition to George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and John Howard all proceeded to elect leaders just like them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 24, 2009 1:12 PM
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