January 25, 2006

dipping our voting fingers in maple syrup and waving them at the UN observers...

Mark Steyn (Thanks to Mrs P):

....For Tories, it was a good night, if not a great night. But, given that the party was reduced to two seats in the 1993 debacle, after 12 years in the wilderness most Canadian conservatives will take a strong minority government as a spectacular landslide. We'd be dipping our voting fingers in maple syrup and triumphantly waving them at the UN observers if they hadn't all fallen asleep 20 minutes into the thrilling election-night coverage...

...As the Liberals warned Canadians - or, rather, shrieked at them - Stephen Harper will take away "a woman's right to choose"! The unwanted boys you'll be forced to have will grow up to be Bush cannon fodder in Iraq, and the unwanted girls will be sold as white slaves for Halliburton corporate cocktail parties round the pool at Dick Cheney's ranch.

Well, that's certainly why I voted Conservative, but it's hard to believe many of my fellow Canadians (and even my fellow Quebecers) felt the same way. South of the border, Michael Moore wasn't the only one shocked by Liberal attack ads painting Scary Stephen as a Bush-loving neocon warmonger who'll slash and gut Canada's lavish social programs. For the past two weeks, American radio hosts have been asking me, with drooling anticipation: "Wow! Tell us about this great guy, Stephen Harper!"

And then I'd take a deep breath and try to explain that, no, he's not Canada's Thatcher or Reagan. But, with a bit of luck, he might be Canada's John Howard....

One hopes he will be like Bush, who just took off running even though his disputed election seemed to indicate that he should hang his head and only embrace modest goals. Ha ha! I hear that Harper is already talking of tax cuts. Good start.

And James Bennett has good Anglospheric advice (Thanks to Glenn):

Harper's win in Canada is welcome news to the entire Anglosphere. This is not so much on account of what Harper may do, although there are some interesting possibilites, but at a minimum for what he will not do: ride anti-Americanism as his substitute for an honest patriotism. The fundamental problem with the Liberals is that ever since Trudeau deconstructued the basis of historical Canadian patriotism, the Liberals have not been able to construct an adequate substitute. They are almost embarassed to love the real, historical Canada, (they are too busy apologizing for it) unless that sentiment can somehow be tied into America-bashing. Dudes, get a life -- and while you're at it, get a national narrative that consist of something else besides "I'm not them."....

Leftists HATE the study of history--for a whole bunch of reasons it's poison for them. It was a typical move for the Liberals to downgrade all pride in Canadian history and accomplishments. One is supposed to be proud of being modern, internationalist, atheist, "European," and pacifist. The human heart is not satisfied with that crap, and so Harper has a big opportunity, even if he can't get any legislation passed.

Posted by John Weidner at January 25, 2006 7:39 AM
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