There is no more agreeable position than that of dissident from a stable society. Theirs are all the solid advantages of other people's creation and preservation, and all the fun of detecting hypocrisies and inconsistencies.There aren't too many dissidents in North Korea or Syria. The U.S., on the other hand, is crawling with them. In Canada, they form the government. In Lebanon, the dissidents are the 40% Christians there. No wonder we hear so little sympathy for them in the MSM. PM the PM said today that Syria was "keeping the peace" in Lebanon. I'm at a total loss of words here... Housekeeping notice: I am questioned from time to time about why I'm so hard on Paul Martin. The short answer is that I think he deserves it. It took his predecessors seven or eight years to make me dislike them with anything approaching the contempt that I have for Martin. In a nutshell, if my criticism of him bugs you, there are other blogs to read. It's not just because of SSM. I ain't backing down. On the television this afternoon Martin's flunkies were slamming Harper for saying that "Paul Martin is not a Christian because he supports SSM." Nice try but instant replay says that's no goal. Paul can be a Christian and do that, but he cannot be a Catholic and do that. The Catholic religion is authoritative and always has been. If that offends, then the honourable thing to do is leave the Catholic Church. As it is now, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing and I take offense at that. Yes, I do hold him to a higher standard because he is the P.M. "With great power comes great responsibility." Didn't he read Spiderman?
Thursday, February 17, 2005
All the solid advantages
This post from The Maverick Philosopher is terrific. Evelyn Waugh is the author: