November 15, 2010

Tony Blair, Mackenzie King, and the West at least a bit militant

A lot of enlightening may be needed all around, plus a link to Afghan cricket (see "mediæval"). There is hope:

A non-PC former politician, or, keeping some faith, baby…

As not-too-distant (one might just think) background, a story about how Prime Minister Mackenzie King put it in 1939:

Canadian Soldiers Defend Faith Prime Minister Says
Present Conflict for Freedom of Mind and Soul As Well As Nation

Posted by Mark at November 15, 2010 10:02 PM

Why the jesting at Mackenzie King? He had studied
Naziism, about which he had no illusions,
and had met Adolph Hitler, about whom he initially
did entertain some illusions. King was by nature
a conciliator, who had no enthusiasm for war, but
he was no pacifict, and put Canada's entire industrial capabilities into the war.
He brought about the RCAF, the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, etc. He was widely disliked, which bothered him not in the least.
He controlled his powerful and capable ministers with an iron hand - he makes Stephen Harper look like a wuss.

Posted by: John Lewis at November 16, 2010 12:11 AM

I don't really have any comments on the articles.

I just thought that the big Monk debate at Roy Thompson Hall in TO next week between Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair would be cool to see. I think Roy Thompson Hall seats about 2600 and it is sold out - on the street tickets are going for something like 300 bucks each.

Obviously the debate is between atheism and Christianity. Also I saw an interview recently with Hitchens and he has some kind of throat cancer and is basically bald now and he said it didn't look good. Which I'm sorry to hear.

Apparently, Hitchens and Blair are both good debaters. They are both pushing relatively new books and it would be interesting to see them debate.

Posted by: cconn at November 16, 2010 12:31 AM

looky here kid...

hitch is a slightly devolved lefty...but a contrarian...but he still fell for the marxist horseshit..he's a great tap dancer fersure but meh!

blair?...the silly little man lying prick got england in the bitch it's in when he could have got it out......and then absconded and got gordon brown to wear it!!!

don't look for these two 'cerebral' nitwits to light the fire that needs to be lit...

as in blair became a dogan a year back(mea culpa!!!)...and his sister in law a muzzie a while back...!!!!

fork me but we just got past the aristocracy rogering us and now we're letting the hoi-polloi dressed up as aristocracy roger us silly..

a Churchill is all i ask...but i don't see one ...just these two risible really twats debating somehting they did nothing to forestall...

Posted by: john begley at November 16, 2010 1:40 AM

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Winston Churchill.

The quote could have been just as easily applied to William Lyin' MacKenzie King. He was a very talented modern politician and that is no compliment. How did he keep a crusty old bear like C.D. Howe and others like him in line?

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at November 16, 2010 7:29 AM

I was not making fun of WLMK, merely pointing out the great change that has occurred in our public discourse. No Canadian politician today would support anything in the name of Christian values.


Posted by: Mark Collins at November 16, 2010 8:45 AM

Speaking of "risible twats," I watched the two-part interview of Tony Blair by CBC's Evan Soloman, who asks Blair, "do you pray?"

Well, duh. As Tony Blair points out he's "a practising Christian." Practising Christians make a practice of praying, probably frequently every day.

Soloman makes out in the interview that Tony Blair is somehow, uh, substandard -- and can his opinions and actions be trusted? -- because he's ... gasp ... religious.

Mr. Soloman is an idiot. It seems to have escaped his notice that practising a faith and praying are very commonplace in the world. He points out to Blair, however, [nudge, nudge, wink, wink] that we here in Canada consider religion to be a "private" thing.

Imagine Mr. Soloman interviewing a Muslim leader and asking them, "do you pray?"

In CBC vernacular, it's OK to be religious and pray if you're a Muslim but quite unacceptable to be religious and pray if you're a Christian.

What a dim bulb. He obviously has no idea that the freedoms he enjoys -- and which the CBC types utterly take advantage of -- are built upon Judeo-Christian foundations. Just wait till the moral and ethical capital of our democracy is spent: There may be a few more people on their knees wishing there was a God, but by then it'll be too late.

(Maybe the steam will stop coming out of my ears now that I've got this off my chest. Soloman is ... is ... is ... a risible twat. Thanks for that, begley.)

Posted by: batb at November 16, 2010 4:33 PM

batb: Exactly the point of the post. Many thanks.


Posted by: Mark Collins at November 16, 2010 8:12 PM

Check, Mark.

Sorry, in the heat of my rant, I didn't thank you for the post. I'm really grateful, because I don't watch the CBC and I would have missed Soloman's inanity. It's good to know what the enemy -- the CBC's certainly not our friend -- is up to.

Posted by: batb at November 16, 2010 9:20 PM