Western civilisation has been blessed with many golden, sun-dappled eras of magnificent leadership.
We have been urged to love our enemies and to do unto others as we would have others do unto us.
We have been told to fight on the beaches, to fight on the landing grounds, to fight in the fields and in the streets, to fight in the hills, and to never surrender.
We have been told of a dream that, one day, we shall all be judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
But all of that was a mere rehearsal for the glorious advent of Stephen Harper, for, this week, his New Government delivered to Canadians, as an element of serious electoral discourse, the sight of a puffin taking a shit on the shoulder of the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.
This, my friends, is the state of Canadian civic leadership in the Year of Our Lord 2008. It just exhausts all resources of invective.
The most depressing thing? Many people still plan to vote for these vermin. Unfathomable.