Thursday, June 10, 2004

Mr. Ryan, Tear Down These Signs

Today, I saw the first and only Communist Party candidate sign I have yet in this campaign. It was broken and trampled, but left laying on the ground in disgrace. It hadn't even been stolen and dumped, as such lawn advertising usually is in the internecine signage wars between campaign teams. It made me think of Ronald Reagan, and brought a smile to my face. I am happy to know that even reasonably normal Canadians (even other socialists, perhaps - the only other signs around, not at all damaged, were NDP) have seen how communism has been thoroughly discredited, and for that I am immensely grateful to President Reagan. I can't match the eloquence of the hundreds of editorialists writing the same thing, but I need to say it anyway: Thank you. These - I don't even know what to call the candidates; 'dupes' seems too kind - actively support an ideology that murdered millions in the past century, and they seem not to mind. I can't understand that. But at least even in growing-more-socialist-every-day Canada, communists have been reduced to the fringe of the fringe, in no small part thanks to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the world is a better place for it. On a final, somewhat unrelated note, I tried to find a link for one of the recent stolen-signs stories, and couldn't. The Ottawa Sun's search engine, however, did come up with this amusing smart banner ad:


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