The sin of Canadian politicians
(Note: In a later entry, I discuss the Canadian election seriously.)
On CSPAN there was an announcement of a program about the Canadian election, with several photos of those staggeringly bland Canadian politicians. I thought to myself, “Who could possibly care?”, and a paraphrase of a Bob Dylan line came into my mind:
Their sin is their lifelessness.The original verse being:
To her, death is quite romanticThe line, “Her profession’s her religion,” also fits with the idea of politicians who are lifeless by profession.
Mencius Moldbug writes:
Carlyle, Latter-Day Pamphlets #4:LA replies:
Mr. Moldbug is continuing on a theme he discussed here.Joseph writes from Canada:
You wrote: “Who could possibly care?”LA replies:
Touché. I am glad that my weak words have struck but thus much show of fire from one of our esteemed neighbors to the north.May 3
I discuss the important Canadian election here. I am stirred by the thought, awakened in me by the AP article, that PM Harper may actually be intending to overturn the Trudeau legacy, though that may be an overstatement of his plans.Paul T. writes from Canada:
Canadian politicians are for the most part “dull” in the sense that insurance executives, actuaries, postmasters and accountants are said to be dull. American politicians—comparatively speaking—are “exciting” in the way that rock stars and reality-TV celebs are exciting (JFK, Clinton, Palin, Gingrich, Gary Hart, Gary Condit, Marion Barry, or for that matter Martin Luther King). If Canadian politicians bring to mind Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street, they rarely sink to the level of Al Capp’s Dogpatch; nor, to be fair, do they ever rise to the level of George Washington or even of Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt. (The only glamorous prime minister we ever had, Pierre Trudeau, was a Castro-hugging disaster). Our evangelical MPs, if they’re around long enough (Preston Manning, Stockwell Day), tend to win the grudging respect even of our liberals. No Canadian PM has ever been assassinated, and even our homegrown terrorists have killed relatively few people, concentrating for the most part on sabotage and property damage. So there’s a case to be made for what you term “lifelessness.”Joseph replies to LA:
No offence taken (how could I as one of your “nice” Northern neighbours? Hahaha.) Yes we are a bland people up here in the Great White North, but we enjoy our blandness. Like we enjoy our beer.
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