Smug yes, but also usually right
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