Smug yes, but also usu­ally right

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Pro­gres­sives never have to say they’re sorry (July 6)

Says the con­ser­va­tive writer: “You have to ad­mire pro­gres­sives. The smug­ness of their con­vic­tion is out­stand­ing.” And “smug con­dem­na­tion” and “I can un­der­stand why good pro­gres­sives are so smug in the con­vic­tion they are right.”

As an ag­ing, smug pro­gres­sive since about age 12, I think I can an­swer why we are so smug. It has to do with our con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion. Af­ter all, when through­out his­tory con­ser­va­tives have been on the wrong side of his­tory (slav­ery, seg­re­ga­tion, women’s right to vote, women’s right to choose, women’s rights to con­trol their own birth con­trol, gay mar­riage and gay rights) and other ar­eas where con­ser­va­tives seem to be 10 to 50 years be­hind the times, we pro­gres­sives get used to win­ning these bat­tles. Let me state here that Cana­dian con­ser­va­tives are far more en­light­ened than their Amer­i­can cousins, but our last prime min­is­ter praised the Repub­li­cans to the heav­ens, even say­ing he wished Cana­di­ans could en­joy the fruits of Wall Street style fi­nan­cial prod­ucts. This was just be­fore for­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush tanked the world econ­omy.

But, of course, we all make mis­takes. I re­mem­ber back in 1965 when I made a mis­take ... no, for­get it I was right then too.

Rex Meade, Dun­das

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