Let's ignore attempt to derail Norris's bid
Published 03/06/2011 | 05:00
It's bad enough to belong to a nation that is engulfed by economic disaster; a nation that has mostly passively accepted what has befallen it; a nation that does not seem to expect or demand retribution from those who orchestrated its downfall; a nation that is self-congratulatory without reason. But now to know that it is also a nation prepared to allow bigotry to come before ability is unconscionable.
In the midst of ignorance, nepotism and opportunism, David Norris has stood out as the last of a dying breed of gentlemen, renowned for his erudition, academic excellence, courtesy and common decency. He has offered to give us, as a nation, the benefit of his vast store of ability, by running for president.
To see him now in the spotlight for remarks made 10 years ago borne out of his knowledge of classical Greece, which not many in this country could match, is obscene.