Kathy Shaidle

Ann Coulter in Canada: The Dumbening

Posted on March 25 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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The t-shirt of the riot (credit:

This is Ann Coulter’s last day in Canada, and I’ll bet she’s all busted up about that.

Tonight she speaks at the University of Calgary. Being Westerners, Albertans will be more hospitable to Coulter than the rioters in Ottawa and its ineffectual police “force”. In fact, the Calgary gig has been moved to a larger venue due to popular demand.

Sadly and inexplicably, Fox News chose radical lesbian activist Susan G. Cole to represent Canada on one segment on the Coulter-In-Canada controversy. Here’s how Cole (who, as a playwright, has sucked on the taxpayer teat for most of her career) characterized my country:

We don’t have that same political culture here in (Canada). . . . We don’t have a 1st Amendment, we don’t have a religion of free speech. . . . Students sign off on all kinds of agreements as to how they’ll behave on campus, in order to respect diversity, equity, all of the values that Canadians really care about. Those are the things that drive our political culture. Not freedoms, not rugged individualism, not free speech.

It isn’t that Cole’s characterization is inaccurate. It really is word perfect, actually.

The problem is, that fact should shame and disgust Canadians. Alas, most of my fellow citizens are either in complete, smug agreement with Cole, or just indifferent.

Just today, one of my fellow Canadian conservative bloggers lost a lucrative government tender because they googled his name, and found his “politically incorrect” views. That he’s the most qualified person for the gig in a three hundred mile radius doesn’t matter.

Speaking of which: Mark Steyn is mad. And he says something today that a lot of Canadians don’t want to hear, echoing something that happens to me pretty much every day:

The saddest aspect of this sad day is the number of people who’ve sent e-mails denouncing the Ottawa bullies but ending with the words “If you print this, please don’t mention my name.” Don’t you realize that that’s part of the problem?

Unless more people are willing to risk their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” — not to mention their nice benefits package — Canada, and America, is doomed. As I keep saying…

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