Kathy Shaidle

Sobering Thoughts for Canada Day

Posted on July 1 2010 3:00 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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Canadians are obsessed with the topic of “Canadian identity.” Me? I have a Canadian birth certificate and passport and so on, but I have Israeli and U.S. flags on my desk, not a Canadian one. I was never very patriotic, except in the usual “Canadian” sense of loving SCTV and getting chills from Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” (see below) and owning an old Roots sweatshirt.

(Although tellingly, my only other piece of Roots clothing is the hoodie they designed for the U.S. Olympic team.)

(And Roots was started by two Americans anyhow. We can’t even come up with our own damn clothing line…)

For a host of reasons I’ve written about at length, I’m not really proud to be a Canadian now, if I ever was. “Canada” is basically the amorphous “thing” my computer is plugged into. My real country is the internet.

I’m not alone. Michael Coren was born in England and now resides in Toronto, where he’s a famous broadcaster and columnist. He’s nowhere near as “un-Canadian” as I am, but I share the feelings he expressed at his blog today. I hope you’ll read it, even if you’re American; our countries share plenty of cultural and spiritual problems. I have a feeling many of you, wherever you live, will find yourselves nodding along with me.

Here are some excerpts:

Do what the government tells you, allow your rights to be expunged and smile as the norms that made the country great are parodied while at the same a stew of twisted realities are paraded. No. Many Canadians are tired of the intrusions of the state and the relentless attacks from alleged “alternative” lifestyles.

Protect children but destroy childhood, make a fetish of equality but allow elites to impose their ways and rule our country. Claim to respect diversity but be horribly intolerant of anybody who resists the liberal status quo. No. Many Canadians are tired of the twin monsters of materialism and decadence. They have had enough of public educators telling young people how to live but not how to read and write. Nor will they remain silent when told to do so by the princes of political correctness.

Park in a handicapped parking spot and you’ll be charged and fined. Abort a handicapped baby or kill a terminally ill handicapped person and you’ll receive an Order of Canada and a government grant.

Satirize the United States and comfort and define ourselves by what we are not. Hate the best neighbors a nation could have merely because we know they will respond with kindness. No. Many Canadians understand that it is we who are often parochial and they who are prestigious. They know that lack of gratitude is the weapon of the spoilt child.

Hope you’ll read the whole thing.

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