Rachel Marsden, a Canadian journalist who appears on Fox News Channel quite often, makes an important point: it is time for American conservatives to revise their views of France (and Canada, too) and stop the bashing. Both countries are led by very pro-American heads of government, Stephen Harper for Canada and Nicolas Sarkozy for France. Both men deserve our support.
As is her wont, Rachel makes her point with humor in a column for the Toronto Sun. She offers some positive talking points about Sarkozy:
- President Sarkozy d'Hotness is tougher on legal immigrants than Bush is on illegal ones. He realizes what a bang-up job those former French colonies in Africa did of running things when Mother France gave them the keys to the Citroen and took off. Now they want to move back in with mom, and bring their five wives with them. Fortunately, that's not how Sarko rolls. And before anyone calls him anti-immigrant or racist, remember that this son of immigrants also won an anti-racism award. Why would anyone object to him "pressure washing" their neighbourhood of "rabble" -- or doing any other chores typically modeled shirtless in a firefighter's calendar?
- President Sarkosexxxy is a man so charismatic and eloquent that he makes oral expert Bill Clinton look like Dennis Kucinich. Sarko won the election while campaigning for tougher drinking and driving laws. Cracking down on drinking -- in FRANCE.
- Sarko le Beau wants tax-free overtime. Even Ronald Reagan didn't come up with that one.
Keep in mind that the French police and judiciary act with far less restraint than their American counterparts once the decision is made that a serious threat is posed by a particular group. The ACLU is not a factor there. If the "youths" really do carry out their threats to riot and worse, Sarko may make them regret it.
Hat tip: Susan Lewis