The sex lives of Alberta’s seven to seventeen-year-olds went back onto the front pages again recently. Jason Kenney, architect of the newly-formed United Conservative Party and candidate for its leadership, declared that if any student applied to join one of the school “sex clubs,” a Conservative government would inform the parents. (Unless, he added, child abuse was known to exist in the family.)
A couple of weeks ago in this space I ran an article on what is in fact a journalistic mystery — the decision of the National Post to devote five of its news pages to what it described as the rise and fall of Ezra Levant and his news medium, The Rebel. Neither has actually fallen, though the Post obviously expects them to do so momentarily.
If anyone had read in the newspapers 20 years ago that some teachers’ union had decided to declare war on Sir John A. Macdonald as a racist exterminator of the native peoples, they would have assumed it must be some kind of a joke. Which in fact it is, though the elementary teachers who actually passed such a motion earlier this month expect it to be taken seriously. The public effect, however, is not to question the deeds of Macdonald, but the sanity and historical knowledge of these teachers. Have we actually put such people in charge of our children? How could this have happened?
I had a singular experience last week. I read the longest newspaper story I’ve ever seen. No, it did not concern the assassination of the American president, nor a nuclear attack by North Korea, nor the catastrophic fiscal collapse of the Ottawa government. None of the above.
It’s always a matter for profound satisfaction when some academically hallowed and irrefutable social science agency formally announces the discovery of something you’ve known all along. I was therefore profoundly satisfied last week when the National Divorce Decision Making Project, having studied 3,000 Americans, age 25 to 50, found that about half them a year after a divorce wished they hadn’t done it.
If history should come to recognize the 21st Century as the era which saw the decline and fall of western civilization– something pessimists like me regard as a distinct possibility– it’s good to see that there are some gutsy individuals who risk their all to prevent such a calamity. One of them made his appearance in the Culture War last week.
The luminaries of the Left in Canada’s province of Alberta have had a very bad year.. First, they assured us that Jason Kenney’s plan to return the province to its cultural and philosophic roots wouldn’t work because those roots didn’t much matter to people any more. They were wrong. Then they told us that traditionalist elements in the Wildrose party would oppose and defeat the union. Again, they were wrong. Then they informed us that there was such a residual embitterment among the old Progressive Conservatives against the Wildrose for splitting the Right, that they could never bring themselves to uniting with them. Wrong again.