Friday, January 27, 2006

Anti-Americanism: The Political Gateway Drug

Mark Steyn guest stars on the Wall Street Journal editorial page today with a column about the new conservative in charge of Canada, Stephen Harper. However, I thought this to be the most interesting idea:
But these days anti-Americanism is the first refuge of the scoundrel, and it's usually a reliable indicator that you're not up to the challenges of the modern world or of your own country.

Steyn doesn't elaborate upon this, but what he's said here is clear enough: If you're going to end up being a stupid national leader and later ousted by your own citizens, it probably began when you whined against America :)

(The article is behind the "WSJ gate," but if you are a subscriber you can find it

UPDATE: Over the weekend, Opinion Journal posted the Steyn column providing full access to the rest of us :)