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December 20, 2005
Liberal Foot-In-Mouth Disease Continues

The Liberal propensity to shoot off the mouth continued on the campaign trail with a testy e-mail exchange between now-former Liberal riding president Elie Betito (Oakville, ONT) and now-former Liberal voter Stacy Cherwonak. Cherwonak wrote the opening salvo in protest of Martin's pledge to ban all handguns, sparing none of her ire as a sport shooter who thought the Liberals would protect her right to engage in her sport:

At issue was an e-mail exchange initiated by Stacey Cherwonak, who identified herself as a sport shooter and wrote to Brown's campaign to take issue with Prime Minister Paul Martin's proposal to ban handgun ownership as a crime-fighting measure.

"In addition to the millions (if not billions) of dollars that your party has stolen from Canadians since 1993, Paul Martin's speech today makes it clear that your party's word isn't worth the breath it's spoken with," wrote Cherwonak.

"After work today, I signed up as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, along with a $100 donation."

She concluded with an observation that she was "sick to death of you lying bastards."

In his response on Dec. 9, Betito told Cherwonak to "take your NRA gun loving ass back to the U.S. where you belong."

First, let me extend that welcome to Chernwonak. I'm not a member of the NRA, but I support responsible gun ownership and self-protection. We would love to have Cherwonak join us, but she's made it clear that she wants to remain a Canadian citizen. Liberals apparently want to eliminate all dissent by chasing the politically incorrect across the 49th Parallel. Canadians will have an opportunity to determine whether democratic inclusiveness or dogmatic exclusiveness will prevail in Canada on January 23rd.

Besides, Canadians should be wary of starting something that could quickly get out of hand. Send us your Stacy Cherwonaks, and we're likely to send you our Alec Baldwins and Sean Penns. Not only will you miss the patriotic spirit of Stacy and those like her, you will find the ignorant condescension of the Penns, Baldwins, Streisands, et al most annoying and distracting. And for those Liberals who think that such a trade might sound pretty good, I'd warn you -- Hollywood would go NDP in a heartbeat.

UPDATE: Fixed a few tag problems in the post. Also, a clarification for Dave Rywall -- the patriotism reference was to Cherwonak's loyalty to Canada (ie, not moving here to continue practicing her hobby) and not to gun ownership itself. Your take, given the nature of the topic, was reasonable and I should have been a bit more specific.

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