A reader angered by the non-stop “Human Rights” Commission insanity proposes “I aim to misbehave” as the anti-HRC rallying cry. It comes from the movie Serenity (which I haven’t seen):
[RE: Evidence that implicates the Alliance] This record here’s about twelve years old. Parliament buried it and it stayed buried until River here dug it up. This is what they were afraid she knew. And they were right to fear. There’s a universe of folk who’re gonna know it, too. Someone has to speak for these people.
Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this — they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.
So do I. I’ve been criticized for my “tone” re: the Steyn/Levant fight. I’ve noticed throughout my life, since I first tangled with nuns back in high school, that complaints about my “tone” indicate that I am in fact winning the argument on facts and merit, and my enemies ain’t got nuthin’ left.
Ezra Levant recently reflected on this very subject:
“I write this because I’m impressed that they’re still covering this story, and calling for constructive change. And also to acknowledge that their gentle chiding — that I’ve been “increasingly strident and aggressive” in my campaign against the HRCs — is the good faith advice of an ally, not an ad hominem attack by a malicious opponent who has collateral purposes.
“It’s good advice, too: the best way to fight a heavy fight is to retain a sense of humour, and that goes doubly so when battling congenitally humourless government bureaucrats. That’s one of the reasons why Mark Steyn has been so successful in his HRC battle in the court of public opinion: there is no more powerful a political critique than one that makes people laugh at the ridiculousness of your opponents. That’s Steyn’s specialty; I’ve tried in the main to stay a ‘happy warrior’, too. One of the tragedies of being caught in the Kafkaesque web of ‘human rights law’ is that it can turn a good-humoured man sour; I believe that’s what has happened over the years to many of the opponents of these HRCs, Doug Christie being one of them.
“But a fight like this can’t be won with milk alone; there is a proper use for gall and bile, and checking the illiberal and malicious nature of the HRC’s busiest complainants is one such use. Rough men like Mohamed Elmasry, Syed Soharwardy and Richard Warman have succeeded in part because the rest of us have been so careful to be gentle and nice while they’ve been naughty.”
Anyway, my reader suggests “I AIM TO MISBEHAVE” t-shirts.
So I’ll suggest that to Binky at FreeMarkSteyn.com, who has a particular talent for visual creativity.
(UPDATE: silly me — the t-shirt already exists! Thanks, Serenity francise…)
I also think he’s crazy if he doesn’t turn his latest visual treat into a t-shirt:
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