Archive for November, 2008
I’m hoping the election of Barack Obama may put to rest, or at least reduce, Candian’s Eurosimilar sense of moral and cultural superiority over the USA. The last time I looked Canada had not elected a black Prime Minister. Obviously we have had a female Prime Minister in Kim Campbell but that was much more of an anomoly than the will of the voters. In her party was decimated in the subsequent election and never recovered…and in fact no longer exists.
Let’s not forget that the long, divisive battle between Hillary Clinton and Obama for the Democratic nomination. Let us not forget the Vice Presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin – regardless of how wierd that whole thing was. Watching Canada’s leaders debate was a picture of stuffy male whiteness + plus Elizabeth May who barely clawed her way into the debates as the leader of a fringe (but admittedly growing) party.
Being a conservative and a reasonably astute politcal observer I couldn’t help but notice the general vacuity of Obama’s soaring rhetoric…but nonetheless I still would have voted for him. His election represents incredible progress from the days of Selma, Alabama only 40 years ago. He also has the fortune of not being George W. Bush or in any way associated with him.
One outcome I hope to see from the election of Barack Obama is the disappearance of the raison d’etre of the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton Victim & Guilt machine. I just watched a video of Jesse Jackson crying while listen to Obama’s speech and can’t help but wonder he was crying because he has no clue what he’s going to do now.
Congratulations to the U.S. for showing the power of freedom (the Patriot Act notwithstanding) and progress. Canada would be well served to use this as a catalyst for similar change.