Lets wander the blogosphere, shall we? and sample the various flavours of disappointment from the Speechy Tribe re Harper's decision to do nothing about the CHRC and Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
First, to Rob Breakenridge:
I suppose there's some political calculation here on Harper's part, but I can't for the life of me figure out what it is.
Simple, Rob. The Speechy uprising was led by a combination of Neo-Nazis, Mark Steyn, journalists, Ezra Levant, and professional scribblers like Margaret Atwood. Harper took note and decided that, politically speaking, this was a coalition of luzers. If you took a poll that ranked the "respectability" of public figures and certain professions in Canadian society, none of the people on this list would have finished above grave-robbers and fungus.
Meanwhile, Jay Currie is working on plan B:
...20-30 hard right/libertarian candidates running in marginal CPC seats with the sole objective of denying those seats to the CPC.
Whoo hoo! Another political party to fight over votes with the Western Concepters, The Christian Heritage people, The Freedom Party, the Super Duper Freedom Party, the Libertarians, the Libertaranians, and Hellyer's Exo-Politics movement (who feel the government needs to come clean on aliens among us).
Jay's got an idea where this would all lead:
I can live with Iggy as PM.
Yeah, nice thought kid, but wake up, you're battling over a total of 23 votes Canada-wide. You won't be denying nobody nothing.
Chris Selley bemoans the incivility of it all:
Sooner than delight in having reached near-consensus on point one, propose changes, and pursue a rational dialogue on the next two points, certain high-profile members of the Canadian commentariat almost instantly started calling each other Nazis and fascists. It was, in far too many cases, the intellectual equivalent of a foodfight at a middle school cafeteria. Now the combatants are all covered in mustard and whipped cream, and nobody's any further ahead. I hope they had fun, at least.
Yeah but I for one never called anyone a Nazi who wasn't a literal, dyed-in-the-wool Nazi. The fact is, Speechy warriors found it impossible to make any kind of argument against Section 13 without regurgitating filth straight off Canada's premier white supremacist websites. In the case of the "hacked wifi" controversy, Selley's own newspaper was willing to report as truth "information" from an American Neo-Nazi who did time for attempting, with the help of a number of Canadian-based white supremacists, to launch an invasion of Dominica. Ask Jonathon Kay and the NP legal team where that kind of shit landed you guys, Chris.
On yeah, and your side lost the food fight. So Nyahh, nyahh, freaking nyahh!
Kathy Shaidle says she will hate as she pleases, no matter what the law says. Ah well, we all need a hobby.
Mark Steyn appears to still be formulating his response. But here's a tip, Mark. If I see you in a Canadian publication ever again, I've already got my HRC complaint form handy, and a couple QCC forms from Heritage Canada. Tell Kenneth Whyte, if you surface in Macleans one more time, I'm coming for his government stamps.
I'm also taking my campaign against you South, as I try to convince your American publishers that your English accent is totally fake.
Ezra Levant is spinning madly, quite madly, so madly that he has forgotten to ask for donations. That's how you can tell he's upset.
And here's a you-tube clip of me doing a victory dance. Warning! It contains semi-nudity and fatness! But that's what you come here for, isn't it?