April 05, 2016

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“€œLeaving the house was my first mistake.”€

That’s an old running gag on my blog (along with “€œApartheid: Was it all bad?”€ and “€œJournalists: Your moral and intellectual superiors!”€). It’s not just that I”€™m a demi-agoraphobic introvert with palsied social skills. It’s that when I do go out, the “€œout”€ I go into is Toronto.

Although maybe your city is no different, especially if it has too many universities (that is, more than zero). Quiz: Are you outnumbered by spindly, bike-riding beta males sporting skinny pants, fake “€œdistressed”€ “€œvintage”€ shirts, and giant purses? Do over half the women possess tattoos on their ill-advisedly visible upper arms, along with Manic Panic hair and what the Château calls “€œproblem glasses”€? 

The prospect of being trapped in a building with thousands of them curdled my stomach, but the reason for doing so was irresistible: I”€™d been given a batch of VIP tickets to see welterweight right-wingers Mark Steyn and Nigel Farage at a glamorous-by-Toronto-standards downtown “€œdo.”€

“€œAs I write this, 48 hours later, I have finally calmed down.”€

Unfortunately, said event was a “€œdebate”€(?!) about the Muslim “€œrefugee”€ “€œcrisis,”€ and the “€œcons”€™”€ (in both senses) pro-invasion opponents were two smug, speakers-circuit windbags: historian and apparently inoperable BBC tumor Simon Schama“€”imagine Dr. Pretorious from The Bride of Frankenstein impersonating a gay epileptic rooster traversing hot asphalt”€”and Louise Arbour, one of those dim, dumpy “€œworld-famous in Canada”€ sorts who are especially unimpressive whenever they happen to be, as in her case, “€œKay-BECK-erz.”€ This human chafing dish for received liberal wisdom has received so many “€œhonors”€ and “€œawards”€ that one friend I”€™d brought along said he half expected that, mid-debate, someone would walk out on stage and hand her a new one.

Worse, the Toronto audience”€”those beta males, above, and their “€œproblem glasses”€ “€œpartners”€”€”would overwhelmingly represent the Schama/Arbour side: modern Mrs. Jellybys, those “€œrefugee”€-loving, “€œrape me first, kill me last”€ types who reflexively favor foreigners over their own.

Now, I”€™m forever blasting such smug snobs for never exposing themselves to even the mildest of opposing ideas, or to individuals outside their class and cohort, except to mock them. Yet how, I asked myself, was I any better, unless I too occasionally dared to venture beyond my own ideological comfort zone?

Well, hell.

As I write this, 48 hours later, I have finally calmed down. And that’s why”€”sorry not sorry”€”I will NOT watch the entire debate again in the name of accuracy. “€œAccuracy”€ was not a priority for the two pro-refugee debaters, so they and everyone else can go screw.

Now: Even I”€™m not egomaniacal enough to think that, in the longish history of the wannabe prestigious Munk Debates, I”€™ve been the only heckler, ever. However, I will dare to venture that I”€™ve been the only sober one. I refuse to apologize, and could, but won”€™t, plead “€œI clearly don”€™t get out much”€ as my alibi. The future of the West is at stake. Surely a few (okay, a lot of) hisses and “€œtsk”€s are forgivable? And, uh, a couple of “€œWhat the fuck?”€s too?

The debate was carried live on C-SPAN. Lord and Lady Black sat two seats to my left, row A. Neither fact prevented me from bellowing “€œDEARBORN???!!!!“€ at (a subsequently rattled) Schama after he”€”I wish I were lying”€”upheld that toxic Michigan “€œ-stan”€ as an exemplar of peaceful, productive Muslim assimilation.

Space (and my blood pressure) restricts me from reliving the entire two-hour torture, so I”€™ll focus on one thrilling segment:

In their opening remarks, Steyn and Farage related story after story of European and Scandinavian women (and little girls) being raped by Muslim migrants.

So what were the liberal, progressive, enlightened side’s rebuttals to this devastating litany? Arbour sarcastically congratulated Steyn on his “€œnewfound”€ concern for female safety, and Schama sneered at his opponents”€™ “€œweird obsession with sex.”€ Both comments drew high-decibel cheers and chuckles from the peanut-allergy gallery.


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