Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lame mater

Whatever else might be said for the constitutional weakness of Canadians for mediocre solutions that try to please everyone, if it deprives us of much of the vigour with which many Americans defend their freedoms it also spares us much of the vigour with which many other Americans will try to stifle it. So with a few exceptions, a conservative on the campus of a Canadian university is far more likely to be humoured or even occasionally indulged as a harmless if pitiably deluded antiquity than met with the rigid codes of expression and openly hostile intimidations and quasi-legal persecutions that his counterpart at an American college all too often faces — the subject of a new documentary, Indoctrinate U, reviewed here by David Thompson.

The relatively benign Canadian approach to campus conservatives is actually entirely rational from the perspective of the academic fellow traveller since they cannot possibly make the slightest difference to the thoroughly entrenched left-wing politics and grievances that occupy the areas of communal debate in universities. A steady and virtually uncontested fixation on sometimes generic and occasionally esoteric left-wing dogmas not only dominates the main theatres of speakers, posters and presentations in Canadian universities, but is inserted continuously and fatuously in "incongruous political sermons being shoehorned onto lessons" in even the most innocuous and unlikely of subjects. The instruction that I and thirty other students once received from a professor to vote for the NDP during an undergraduate class on geographic research methods was met with a complacency that I could not begin to imagine if she had promoted the Conservative Party instead. Canadian academics can amply afford to be tolerant of their impotent conservative colleagues and students.

Like many others, I can at least be grateful that I am quit of that remarkably undiverse environment. Now all one must do is live with the political consequences of what students leave these institutions with.


basil said...

The NDP are boring, and that's why I think most folks don't care - the NDP purposely try not to offend the masses, claiming to represent ordinary Canadians. The appeal of being ordinary, along with their choice of colours (just because you're anti-capitalist doesn't mean you can't hire a designer with an eye for commercial appeal), has destined them to the mainstream fringe.

On the other hand, it's fun to tell people I voted Conservative (which I have never done) as they're a party sure offend somebody.

eng said...

On American campuses, the "persecution" of conservatives is mostly asking a question they don't like to hear:

"What is it, exactly, that you are doing here that is more important than fighting for your country in Iraq? If you really supported the troops, you would be wearing the uniform, not putting ribbons on your car."

MapMaster said...

How can you have a war if you don't have ribbons?

Mike said...

I said the same thing to those armchair tough guys who made a big show of supporting the police and taking sides when Karla Homolka was arrested.

I still remember all those fools cheering the police on against Karla, just like they were told to do by the biased corporate media -- and not a single Police Foundations diploma or service revolver to be found among the vast majority of them.

The same thing happened with Jane Creba. Every loudmouth from every corner of the province felt comfortable taking the cops' side against the gangstas, even though most couldn't make it through day one of police school, and didn't even have the sense (or bravery!) to try, before giving their ignorant anti-gangster, pro-cop opinions.

If you have a problem with Karla Homolka, or the people who shot Jane Creba, first show that you are serious by getting the training and official certifications to do something about it. Show you mean business. In the meantime, shut up and don't take sides.

And don't get me started about the ridiculous worshipful attitude people have towards firemen. The average joe couldn't refill a fire extinguisher to save his life but still thinks he knows all about what a "great" job firemen do.

Anonymous said...

Pure unadulterated drivel, all around.

Anonymous said...

Keep driveling anon!

eng said...

I said the same thing to those armchair tough guys who made a big show of supporting the police and taking sides when Karla Homolka was arrested.

I never saw that "big show". I didn't see any armchair tough guys. I saw the police do their jobs, and the general public being relieved that they did.

I didn't see politicians claiming you don't support the police if you don't support whatever the government wants to do.

I didn't see opposition politicians being called "Karla Jack" or "Bernardo lover" if they didn't bend to the government of the day's will.

I didn't see people being accused of treason because they don't want Holmolka or Bernardo strung up instead of locked up.

And I didn't see anyone claiming that Homolka and Bernardo were emboldened if we demanded that they be given due process and not tortured. Nor did I see any calls that we must not say anything because the Homolka and Bernardo follow our media, and can understand our language.

Good straw man though.

Mike said...

I'll think about all these sudden post-facto theoretical distinctions, eng -- distinctions that are soooo easy for a civilian to make from the comfort of a computer desk -- when I see you out there on foot patrol putting your own butt on the line by actually standing up for what you claim to believe about Karla Homolka.

Honey Pot said...

You didn't see that eng? I know of not one person, except for some on the stupid left that doesn't see Marion Boyd as an idiot for making sure Karla recieved a light sentence, or Peter Jaffe as a moron, for arguing the battered woman defence for that total evil piece of shit Karla.

The only good thing they did was help dismantle the feminazi myth. There is not a sane person in Canada that doesn't realize that Karla was the main player, the head honcho, in the murders of those children.

It still bothers many of us that she breathes. I don't know too many that would have much sympathy for her if she ended up under the wheels of a go-train, if you get my drift.

Here is something think about, something that came out of that. Something that happens when people realize there is no such thing as justice. They make their own.

There are people missing all over Canada, some of them aren't good people.

eng said...

I'll think about all these sudden post-facto theoretical distinctions, eng
Whatever that means. You'll have to do better than that.

distinctions that are soooo easy for a civilian to make from the comfort of a computer desk
The armchair quarterback canard. Yawn.

what you claim to believe about Karla Homolka.
What did I claim to believe about Karla Homolka? That the police did their jobs? You don't agree?

How does that relate to your sneering sarc that tries to claim the kind of "support the troops" shrieking we see now was also happening when Bernardo and Homolka were prosecuted? You know as well as I do there was none of the kind of "taliban lover" kind of derision heaped on people who did not support the government of the day that we see today.

We did not see the Homolka case, and the dead schoolgirls, being used as a tool of the current regime to demand acquiescence with their extremist agenda.

And honey pot, you've played the vigilantism card before. We all know what that means. I didn't think you'd lost the discussion yet, but I accept your view that you have lost.