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The Guardian and Clark County

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The sheer silliness, not to mention arrogant stupidity, of the Guardian’s letter campaign to so-called swing voters in Clark County Ohio was so risible I felt not the slightest need to opine on it. But, dear reader, that does not mean I plan to ignore Mark Steyn’s delicious take on it:

If the editor of the Guardian’s up for it, fifty quid says Bush will win a higher proportion of the vote in Clark County on November 2 than he did last time. The reason is advice like this, from Guardian reader Richard Dawkins, Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Dawkins begins his missive to the Clark County swing voter with a little light Bushophobia:

“An idiot he may be, but he is also sly, mendacious and vindictive … thuggish ideologues. pariah state. brazenly lying. cynical mendacity” yada-yada. But then he goes on:

“Now that all other justifications for the war are known to be lies, the warmongers are thrown back on one, endlessly repeated: the world is a better place without Saddam. No doubt it is. But that’s the Tony Martin school of foreign policy.”

At this point, the Guardian’s editors intervene with an explanatory parenthesis: “[Martin was a householder who shot dead a burglar who had broken into his house in 1999].” And then Dawkins continues:

“It’s not how civilised countries, who follow the rule of law, behave. The world would be a better place without George Bush, but that doesn’t justify an assassination attempt.”

You just blew it big-time in Clark County, prof. Voters may be divided on Bush and on the Iraq war but, in the American heartland, they’re generally agreed on a homeowner’s right to take out a burglar. Insofar as the name “Tony Martin” is known to Americans — and to older ones it means Cyd Charisse’s husband, who sang More Than You Know very nicely in the 1955 MGM version of Hit The Deck… Where was I? Oh, yeah: in America, Tony Martin’s regarded as the fall-guy for a vindictive nanny state that punished him for exposing its uselessness and incompetence.

My neighbour in New Hampshire is a loyal Democrat, he spent the weekend packing his freezer with meat from the bear he shot, and I wouldn’t advise any Guardian columnists canvassing for Kerry voters to be caught prowling round his porch at night.

As for Ohio, Article I Section 4 of the state’s constitution reads: “The people have the right to bear arms for their defence and security.”

Something tells me the editor won’t be taking any of Steyn’s action. Heh.


Written by martinipundit

October 19, 2004 at 7:11 pm

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