Kathy Shaidle: Canada’s Limbaugh?

Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, spoke Wednesday at the University of Toronto, and look whose name comes up in the news coverage:

Although Mr. Kenney was heckled on the way to his car, and stopped in the hallway by an Iraq war resister who was carrying a baby while pleading her immigration case, his audience was largely supportive.
An exception came when Mr. Kenney slapped down a question from a student about the recent spate of prepared statements in the House of Commons by Conservative backbenchers criticizing Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, in part for his campaign against right-wing blogger Kathy Shaidle, whom he accuses of racism.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Sorry. I take it you’re from the Liberal club, you’ve got Warren Kinsella’s talking points. Good for you. Send me a memo, I’ll look into it,” he said.
“He guessed right,” said the questioner, Gabe De Roche, recruiting manager for the campus Liberal club.

Kathy has been victimized by the “ransom note method” of smearing: Selective quotation used by political correctoids to dehumanize conservative critics of multicultural groupthink. As with the Obama administration’s attacks on Rush Limbaugh, however, when the Left targets someone who dares to fight back — and Kathy Shaidle fights fiercely — the result tends to be that the target becomes a hero to people with common sense.

In Ms. Shaidle’s case, she became a target because of her outspoken support of Israel and her criticism of the Canadian government’s use of “human rights” to stifle free speech. (Get the book, The Tyranny of Nice, which she co-authored with Pete Vere, with an introduction by Mark Steyn.)

What’s interesting to me is that I also know conservatives who have been smeared as anti-Semites (or “unpatriotic conservatives“) because of their criticism of U.S.-Israel policy. In fact, the term “ransom note method” was coined by one such, who has not taken public credit for the coinage and whose identity I am therefore obligated to protect.

The wise and informed observer recognizes in these opportunistic smears the Left’s fundamental dishonesty of discourse. The Left supports Hamas and Hezbollah and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and anyone who criticizes this blood-drenched tacit alliance will be viciously smeared as a Muslim-hating bigot. But if the Left spots a conservative who happens to be critical of the U.S.-Israel alliance, then the target is smeared as a Jew-hating bigot.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. What the Left counts on is that the majority of conservatives are so cowardly that they won’t speak up against these smears, especially when it involves some conservative who isn’t part of their particular ideological clique.

It isn’t “respectable” to speak up for Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Kathy Shaidle. You might damage your precious reputation merely by saying that Taki Theodoracopulos has a right to his own political opinions — knowing that the Left will cry, “Aha! He defends the Jew-hater!” and then combine the “ransom note method” with the old reliable guilt-by-association to accuse you of holding opinions you do not hold.

There is no safety in silence. F— those lying left-wing crapweasels. I’m with Kathy:

As Rhett said to Scarlett, “With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.” Welcome to The Camp of the Saints, sweetheart.

WOLVERINES!

(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)

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