After blog-mockery from Lilley and others, Mr Naumetz and/or his somnolent editors have belatedly corrected his piece, although without acknowledging the error, never mind addressing the broader question of the cultural void in which he’s operating. I mean, it’s not even a particularly Canadian question: If you don’t know what Vichy is, it’s hard to figure out Casablanca.(…)
For these guys, Charter Day 1982 is Year Zero in Trudeaupia, and that’s that. You get a lot of that on the review pages, of course. When a critic says “This is the best sitcom since ‘Seinfeld””, all that means is “This is as far back as I remember.” But it’s the collectivization of “this is as far back as I remember” that’s so creepy about this crowd, as if they all went through the same historical vacuuming in school.
Which is presumably why it never even seems to occur to them that “this is as far back as I remember” is an inadequate argument when you’re attempting to argue that the current regime is attempting a wholesale makeover of national identity. (…)
Ah, but liberals are indestructible in their ignorance. When Sarah Palin cited C S Lewis as one of her favourite authors, American lefties scoffed that the woman was such a simpleton she read children’s books. To an indestructible liberal who’s never read a word of Lewis’ varied oeuvre, your ignorance is merely conclusive proof of her ignorance.
Similarly, to Tim Naumetz, your ignorance of anything before Year Zero is merely evidence of Harper’s right-wing militarism. (…)
Long before Harper made Canadian militarism a household name, it was a household name with my grandparents because their household had been liberated by it.
He gets in a nice dig at Truffles the Hobbit as well.
As I said of his pathetic comment at the time:
“Thomas Jefferson and John Stuart Mill — not to mention God — could not be reached for comment.”