Here's the opening of my new VDARE.com column:
Barack Obama’s inaugural day is upon us…and Obamamania has reached such comic dimensions that I can’t bring myself to think seriously about it.
So let’s step back and consider Obamamania’s closest analog: the extravagant “Trudeaumania” that propelled an obscure law professor to the prime ministership of Canada in the fateful year 1968.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau had only three years’ experience in Parliament. But, much as Obama introduced himself to the public in his 2004 Democratic convention keynote address with 380 words about how he was the offspring of a mixed-race marriage, Trudeau was famously the son of a Francophone father and an Anglophone mother, making him accent-free in both languages.
As Time Magazine burbled in "Man of Tomorrow" on July 5, 1968:He seemed a man neither of the left nor of the right, but a man for the future. His campaign was based on the simple, unequivocal proposition: ‘One Canada.’ As a bilingual French Canadian, he appears to be the right man to bring the French-and English-speaking peoples closer together.
Trudeau was Canada’s half-blood prince. J.K. Rowling made this term famous in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but this concept out of fantasy has long had a shadowy salience in politics. In the Foreword to my book, America’s Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s "Story of Race and Inheritance," the Editor of VDARE.COM, Peter Brimelow, defines a “half-blood prince” as:An archetypal ambiguous figure in whom the various parts of a deeply-divided society can jointly invest their contradictory hopes. Such figures spring up regularly in conflicted polities.Of course, under Trudeau, the French and English-speaking peoples of Canada only mod farther apart. But that wasn’t the point of Trudeau’s policy, it was merely the effect.
Trudeaumania didn’t last, but Trudeau did, clinging to power for a decade and a half. In that time, Trudeau fundamentally remade Canada in his own bilingual image—imposing French on English-speaking Canada and allowing Quebec effectively to ban English in French-speaking Canada—and driving the country permanently to the left.