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Punishing politicians for pointing out the obvious


Canadian politicians are showing their moral fiber by denouncing one of their own, Carolyn Parrish, who went on a comedy show and stomped on a Bush doll. The wide range of views on Parrish’s act goes from people who think she shouldn’t have done it because it might harm Canadian businesses, to those left-wing extremists in the NDP who ask that “disagreement” with Bush be “respectful”. The exemplar of the NDP view called Parrish’s joke “sad”, but somehow couldn’t make the world “Iraq” come out of his mouth when he was talking about how Parrish takes away from the real disagreements that he has with Bush.

I also dissent from Parrish’s joke. Here’s what I wrote in my latest article:

“For the record, it should be acknowledged that Carolyn Parrish and the comedians at 22 minutes showed an appalling lack of imagination. Rather than stomping on the doll, Parrish ought to have assembled a half-dozen naked effigies of Bush and built a human pyramid out of them (that’s called ‘position abuse’, and apparently sexual humiliation really works well on ‘those kinds’ of dolls). She could also have, say, taken a Bush doll to an evangelical church, covered it with a blanket, and shot it in the head at close range. Or perhaps she could have let the Bush doll walk down the street, perhaps after doing some shopping, and blow it up with a 500-pound bomb.”

“The denunciations from Canadian politicians after those acts would at least have been less boring.”

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