Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Order of Canada is Just a Tool of the Man

I don't read the National Post as a rule, but out of a sense of balance, I've included their "Top Stories" and "Editorial" RSS feeds in my Google Reader news tag.

Boy, am I glad I did, because I got to read Karen Selick's editorial - "A worthless award".

The awarding of the Order of Canada to abortionist Henry Morgentaler has stirred controversy in recent weeks. Several Order of Canada holders have even gone so far as to return their honours to Rideau Hall.
Several? By my count, it's three unless I've missed more dead people, more guys who should have had it stripped in the first place, or more people who received it as an obligatory appointment.

But the best part, the Order of Canada is really just a symptom of the apparent fact that ...
The Canadian state is not a gigantic service club that we've all joined and pledged to advance the goals of. It's a coercive organization with a territorial monopoly.
Runner-up for the best comment, though:
There's one honouree whom I consider to be a hypocritical, dishonest scoundrel of the lowest order.
We're perhaps led to believe that she means Conrad Black so she's all fair and balanced - but, for all I know, she could mean Al Waxman.

This all spawned by an award she barely spends any time thinking about. I'd hate to read her opinions on things she throws her full intellectual weight against.

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