Friday, January 20, 2006

Michael Moore Gives Voting Advice to Canadians

With a hat tip to our Canadian correspondent, the fact that Michael Moore is running scared of the Canadian electorate.

On the front page of his web site is the statement:
Oh, Canada — you’re not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That’s a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of humor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny. Maybe it’s a new form of Canadian irony — reverse irony! OK, now I get it.
Later on in the statement, he says:
First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq — and then you elect a prime minister who’s for it. You declare gay people have equal rights — and then you elect a man who says they don’t. You give your native peoples their own autonomy and their own territory — and then you vote for a man who wants to cut aid to these poorest of your citizens. Wow, that is intense! Only Canadians could pull off a hat trick of humor like that. My hat’s off to you.

[. . .]

These are no ordinary times, and as you go to the polls on Monday, you do so while a man running the nation to the south of you is hoping you can lend him a hand by picking Stephen Harper because he’s a man who shares his world view. Do you want to help George Bush by turning Canada into his latest conquest? Is that how you want millions of us down here to see you from now on? The next notch in the cowboy belt? C’mon, where’s your Canadian pride? I mean, if you’re going to reduce Canada to a cheap download of Bush & Co., then at least don’t surrender so easily. Can’t you wait until he threatens to bomb Regina? Make him work for it, for Pete’s sake.
Just what is an American leftist to do when the Canadians fail to play their role as quasi-socialist pro-gay anti-American folks?

First you get the voters in Iraq turning out in large numbers to democratically elect a government, and now it looks like the Canadians may not play the role that American liberals ordained for them.

That’s the problem with this silly “free elections” business.

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