Friday, January 19, 2007

I know you are, but what am I?

I was half watching Newsnet last night as it ran a piece on the Dion shadow cabinet announcement, and it was mentioning how Michael Ignatieff was appointed, or reappointed really, as deputy leader.

What was interesting though was the reporter said the Conservative Party is apparently trying to make hay out of this by circulating one of the videos we heard so much about from the Iggy haters during the leadership campaign, when he speaks to an American TV audience a few years back about then presidential candidate John Kerry. The dreaded clip where he refers to Americans as “we.” Oh, the humanity!

Interesting that Conservative operatives are circulating this video, and interesting too was the comment the reporter got from Conservative Senator and secretary of state for seniors Marjory LeBreton:

“…maybe he’ll use his new position to rid the Liberal Party of some of this anti-Americanism…”

Come on Marjory, didn’t Mulroney teach you better then this? It is soooo transparent. It’s so amusing that the Cons routinely decry anti-Americanism in the Liberal Party (never mind all the anti-Frenchism…anti-Francophonism? rampant in Citizen Steve’s CPC), heck, she even decries it in this clip.

But look at the Conservative’s strategy here. They’re trying to create anti-American sentiments in the Liberal Party by shopping around an old TV clip so they CAN THEN decry the Liberals for having anti-American sentiments over an old TV clip.

Yes, ironically, while they’re decrying the use of anti-Americanism for political ends they’re trying to stoke anti-Americanism so they can use it for political ends.

Pot…kettle…and so forth.

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devin said...


Imagine if Iggy had said something like...

Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it. Canadians make no connection between the fact that they are a Northern European welfare state and the fact that we have very low economic growth, a standard of living substantially lower than yours, a massive brain drain of young professionals to your country, and double the unemployment rate of the United States.

Wait a minute...

imacynic said...

What is wrong with being Anti-American?

What has America done recently, to gain respect from us?

Illegally invading a soverign country, murdering (yes murder) innocent women and children and making the world a less safer place gets no respect from me!

As if Canadians are the only people on earth that harbour anti-American sentiments.

As a country we should be more worried about pro-American sentiments.

If your upset about Canadians holding anti-American sentiments then move there and then you won't be exposed to it. A far better solution than whining like a little school girl. Canada love it or leave it!

A BCer in Toronto said...

Yeesh. All I'll say is don't confuse Anti-Americanism with distaste for Bush Republicanism. A great deal of Americans don't like Bush's policies either, the fact the Dems retook Congress shows that. I don't know which you are but I, and most Canadians, Liberal or otherwise, like Americans. I travel there often, they're good people. Many of us do, however, have a problem with Bush's foreign policy. That's a different matter.

imacynic said...

According to you it must have been the French that voted Bush in, twice! So foreign policy is sepearate and distinct from the nation that authors it? That's a novel concept.

The Dems retook congress. Yep and the women and children are still dying in Iraq.

If pro-American sentiments are so desirable for this country, then let's just stick with Conservative rule then. They do a great job of kissing American butt.

You say you like Americans. What is it about a murderous (Nicaragua, Chile, Iraq) nation that you find so appealing?

When you look at Nicaragua and Chile, it's obvious that America is one of the most anti-democratic nations on earth.

If America ever cleans its act up, and does something that deserves my respect, then I may change my opinion.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Yeah, I do blame the French. Cheese eating surrender monkeys.

imacynic said...

Put it this way. For sake of argument lets say it was Harper's conservative government that launced an illegal war in Iraq and not America and Americans became vocally anti-Canadian because of that, regardless wether I opposed such actions, I would say we deserve every bit of it.

I thought that was what democracy was all about, being collectively responsible for the actions of your country!

paulsstuff said...

imacynic,you need to get on medication.

As pointd out,Bush's policies are bad,but to label all Americans as Bush is totally wrong and unfair.

And you might want to do a little research on how much our economy is based on U.S. consumers.

Budd Campbell said...

Jeff, ... this post of your's is kind of silly, don't you think?

A BCer in Toronto said...

this post of your's is kind of silly, don't you think

I find it more ironic and sad then silly, but I'm sure that's not what you meant.