November 19, 2002
By Michael Shannon
the DU 4th Quarter Fundraising Drive!
Yes, it's that time of year again -
when we beg for money to keep Democratic Underground
online. Unfortunately the site doesn't run by
magic - it costs money. And without money, there's
no DU. So please take a moment right now
There has been an embarrassing and inexplicable development
taking place on the editorial pages of a number of US publications.
What had been a singularly unattractive undercurrent of malicious
whispers amongst some members of the governing elite and their
self absorbed chroniclers who so slavishly hang on every crumb
thrown by them, has recently oozed to the surface. Is it a
sentiment which doesn't deserve to see the light of day but
now that it has it demands a response. I speak of anti-Canadianism.
Why a person of any education and experience would believe
the worst about Canada is difficult to grasp. Canada is a
nation continental is size and scope, encompassing a vast
array of spectacular natural resources, a number of highly
sophisticated urban areas and home to an ethnically diverse,
well educated, good hearted, freedom loving populace. A nation
should deem themselves lucky to be considered a friend by
such a highly developed and successful society. And considering
the mess we're currently in and how badly we need all the
friends we can get, to turn a cold shoulder to the best of
friends is the act of an idiot.
For the record: Canada is the greatest neighbor any nation
has ever had. And that is not an opinion, is it a fact. A
position supported by the longest unfortified border in the
world, its long-term status as our largest single trading
partner and, in what is the defining aspect of the argument,
that our two peoples intermingle as one in border communities
from to coast to coast and vacation destinations from the
tropics to the Arctic Accordingly anyone who attempts to besmirch
the reputation and stature of this great country is deserving
of all resulting ridicule.
Exhibit A: the cover of this week's edition of the National
Review. There over a photograph of a color guard of Royal
Mounted Police proudly holding the Maple Leaf is imprinted
the word, WIMPS. If you find yourself in the demographic that
the research done on behalf of the people who made the decision
to run with that cover showed you would positively respond
to it, you should be ashamed of yourself. But your shame pails
to that of the man who wrote the accompanying piece, Mr. Jonah
Mr. Goldberg, how dare so egregiously slander a nation whose
sons and daughters have fought side by side with American
and allied forces in every major war of the twentieth century?
The only exception to that record being a conflict that we
would have been better off skipping ourselves; Vietnam. For
you to question either the courage or good sense of the Canadian
people is way beyond your capacity. Your piece is mean spirited
pap based entirely on mindless boilerplate and you should
be ashamed to be the author of it.
Joining him in his public display of ignorance and intolerance
has been none other than that worldly sophisticate, Patrick
Buchanan. His pathetic contribution to the discourse has been
to give new life to the derogatory term "Canuckistan."
Mr. Buchanan is not the first to use the phrase but the most
prominent and least deserving to be ignored.
The thought behind this etymological bastard is based on
a sentiment held by some on the right that Canada's flirtation
with socialism -- most prominently in their nationalized medical
programs -- some how lessens their integrity and allegiance
to the cause. Proof that the rabid fear of the Red Menace
still holds reason at bay in many on the conservative side
of the coin. Couple this with Mr. Buchanan's more justified
fear of the threat from Islamic fascism and the result is
for him to make his most outrageous statement: that Canada
has become a "haven for terrorists". That not one of the 19
murderers who struck on That Day entered this country from
Canada, received any of their training in Canada nor any visible
means of support from there at all is obviously irrelevant
in Mr. Buchanan's slanderous flights of fantasy.
Even a man of far greater wit and wisdom Thomas Freidman,
gets in on the act, albeit in a much milder fashion. Writing
in Sunday, November 17th's, New York Times he states, "The
"new NATO" is made up of three like-minded English-speaking
allies — America, Britain and Australia — with France as a
partner for peace, depending on the war. What these four core
countries all have in common is that they are sea powers,
with a tradition of fighting abroad, with the ability to transport
troops around the world and with mobile special forces that
have an "attitude." That is what you need to deal with today's
threats." Amazingly, this curt dismissal from the ranks of
the loyal and trustworthy comes within months of Canadian
troops playing a major role in the fighting in the Tora Bora
mountain campaign and losing four of their comrade to an American
"friendly fire" incident.
To all Canadian -- particularly those who flatter us on the
central Gulf Coast of Florida with their choice of home for
the winter-- please forgive the rambles of these men and others
who write such drivel. They by no means represent even a sizable
minority in this country for the very simple reason: they
know not of what they speak.
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