Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Frank Coleman, Our Very Own NL Version of J.F.K.

In light of my recent lengthy posting on Coleman’s surrender of Catholic credentials, this short excerpt from a likewise short article will suffice as a final epitaph to my series.

This should tell us something about our politicians, but it should also tell us much about ourselves and what we have to come to demand of our so-called leaders. We have, in a very real sense, created a special breed of hypocrite. We have systemically excluded the possibility of any real leader winning an office, because a real leader could never transform himself into the representative “prism” of pretence and hypocrisy that the office now requires.

The result? In the words of C.S. Lewis: “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”


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