When an established political family again seeks power, it needs someone
to play the "pit bull." This creature is basically an attack dog
that will maim the family's opponents before the leader steps in to perform
the coup de grâce. The rituals of bullfighting are the underlying formula.
Someone in the campaign must play the picador before the matador -- the family's "godfather" --
shows up to push the sword firmly into the heart of the bull.
Although Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chrétien speaks French, he
has the hidden instincts of a Doberman pincher.
On May 27, Chrétien was reportedly "slamming" U.S. President
George W. Bush. This belies the claim that the soon-to-be-retired Chrétien
disagreed with the "moron" pejorative directed at Bush earlier
this year by his former communications director (and future Senator) Francine
Ducros. The PM's remarks on a flight to the G-8 Summit in Athens expanded
on the theme that the President is indeed a moron, a man from the Dark
Socialism, the religion that both the PM and former U.S. President Bill
Clinton belong to, has built a very tight international family. Its appeal
to the so-called "disenfranchised" -- women, labor, North American
minorities and the entire Third World -- are sermons from the pulpits that
encourage the congregation to scream out the injustices of an "American
Bernard Henri Lévy, the brilliant French-Algerian writer, stated
quite simply: "The rise of anti-Americanism is a sure sign of the
rise of fascism."
Since socialism is basically a Robin Hood adventure, it is quite clear,
from the history of its achievements, that when a Robin Hood -- such as
former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau -- becomes King John, his successors
evolve into the likes of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Slobodan Milosevic,
Fidel Castro, Kim Jong-il and a raft of lesser wannabe dictators all over
the socialist world. Where Chrétien falls into this evolution has
yet to be seen. His foreign and defense policy is clearly presented as
Canada's desire to be the Switzerland of North America.
God bless Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair for not shunning the unsavory
task of playing the Bush-like "tough cop" for the English-speaking
Chrétien, however, has gone beyond playing the "soft cop." He
is literally refusing to jump into the Free World's foxhole, while calling
his Liberal colleagues "nervous Nellies."
We have a bit of a double standard here. This obvious conflict, unfortunately,
will leave Canada in the embarrassing position of having to make reparations,
as the Swiss did, for playing both sides against the middle.
After listing George W.'s mistakes -- a $500-billion deficit, increasing
unemployment, the fall of the American dollar, and so on -- Chrétien
conveniently avoids the "log in his own eye" -- a national health
care system that does not work, a brain drain caused by socialism's triumph
of mediocrity, a justice system that caters to loonie left special interest
groups, a nationwide rise in crime which (per capita) might very well exceed
that of New York City, and a decimated military that Chrétien keeps
volunteering for peacekeeping missions abroad that it cannot handle.
During his "remarkably unguarded" scrum, Chrétien was
asked if he planned to be the next Secretary General of the United Nations.
His reply, with the insouciance of a retired entertainer, was that he had
no such ambitions. He merely wanted to be a columnist and comment upon
history and events.
What his plan appears to be, however, is to remain among the wizards of
the UN, the leader of which may still be former President Clinton.
Chrétien waxed nostalgic about his friendship with Clinton.
"We play golf together," he enthused.
I often wonder what their banter goes like in the buoyancy of the 19th
It has been proven, certainly within the last decade, that power overcomes
money every time. Ross Perot's meteoric decline as a credible candidate
for President, albeit with profound help from a liberal press labeling
him as "crazy," reveals the inadequacy of mere money when it
comes to running for office. An insincere liberal's "good intentions" can
win more votes than the multi-millionaire's seven-digit ads.
After whining about the Canadian press' treatment of him, the PM then went
out on a limb, startling the very press he had chastised. To what purpose?
Making sure that eventually Hillary Clinton will sit in the Oval Office,
perhaps with Janet Reno as her personal assistant.
One can only surmise that Chrétien's main goal is to stay somewhere
within the socialist hierarchy's upper levels. Becoming the Clinton family's
campaign pit bull may be his bid for immortality. Perhaps the soon-to-be-ex-Prime
Minister of Canada should retire in Havana or Moscow or Beijing. He would
most certainly get a hero's welcome there.
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