Diary: Day-This week I was reminded that if something seems or sounds too good to be true it likely is. We, in North America, have had it pretty good for a long time especially when it comes to governments and leaders. For the most part our southern friends have had reasonably good, reasonably stable leadership of some kind to guide them through the tribulations of days that were bothersome or trouble some. In Canada we haven’t always been so lucky. That appears to be what has happened in North America in the last while. Trump, with no class and no style, no sense of decorum or propriety and no understanding of the global importance that goes along with the job is settling in for remainder of the four year term that he was given after an embarrassing and juvenile way of campaigning. I’m not sure he even talked about policy-any policy. He just garbled on about some characteristic he could poke fun at regarding each candidate that dared to challenge him. Again so typical of a school yard bully. Nice going Donnie. North America is real proud of you.
Recently I read that if you we to take a pig into an upscale haberdashery, outfitted him with a well designed and well made suit of clothes, a pair of expensive shoes, silk tie (yes some men still wear them), and a hand cut and hand stitched tailored shirt and then dressed him up that at the end of it all you would have is a very well dressed PIG. No matter how you dress Donald up and teach him how to speak properly he will always be what amounts to nothing but that pig in the haberdashery. Trudeau, on the other hand, seemed able to pull it off. He had quite a few of us convinced he was the real deal–shame on us-shame on me. However, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, his father, was who and what he purported to be. He had smarts and he had balls and he knew when to employ the use of each. Unfortunately his son was/is not as fortunate. If both Trump and Trudeau were in front of me now I would refer them to the photo of Clint and ask them to read the caption aloud and then comment on its content. I am sure the answers would be enlightening.
From someone as sad and as morally bankrupt as Donnie (Little Hands) Trump there really is little hope that he will ever ‘get it’. He is destined to float on the eternal cesspool he vowed to drain with all the other ‘swamp dwellers’ he invited in to feed at the public trough until they can gorge themselves no more. Even his own ‘party friends’ are getting fed up with his boring shenanigans. He has become predictable by his ignorant tweets that depict more of a spoiled school boy than a grown man who is supposed to understand the importance and the couth it takes to function effectively in such a social and public setting. He enjoys no values except greed, no compassion or insight, and certainly no moral compass of any kind. He fancies himself to be a very bright and intelligent person. I guess it’s possible to learn a thing or two if you have been bankrupt as many times as he has. He shows he has learned the fine art of bullying others and intimidating competitors.
But with Justin Trudeau we hoped we were getting a different type of behavior. He was supposed to know and protect/preserve the sanctity of the office. Instead we got a more polished brand with a ‘snappier’ exterior but the same duplicity as we have witnessed south of us for the last two years. We are critical of Donnie’ Little Hands’ because, unfortunately what he does and says reflects on us all. I remember hearing somewhere that “bombs know no boundaries.” We are seen as a global partner with someone we share the territory with and that makes us just like him.
Trudeau is different in that he had witnessed how to navigate politics from one of the best and seems to have learned nothing. What both of these people don’t seem to grasp is the lasting and lingering stink of corruption that surrounds both of them and our respectful countries. They haven’t just tried to cheat the system (we would expect that from Trump) but they have, especially in Trudeaus’ case, traded away any hope that we could have a decent, honest, and productive government that we, as Canadians, could hold up for the world to see and say that we are proud to be Canadians–THAT’S GONE.
So how do we prevent a repeat of a guy like Trump coming to power. Trump could not operate or survive in a system where he couldn’t berate and mock his opponents or where he could lie, without accountability, more often than being truthful.
There are three basic things that would need to change and therein lies the problem: Do we or the Americans have the political will to amend the appropriate laws of the land?
- Candidates cannot state or claim they possess or are aware of certain facts that, if challenged, cannot be defended or proven. Claim without proof results in that candidate resigning from any future debates, meetings or discussions until they are able to provide the documented truth they claim exists.
- Candidates will use proper names and appropriate identifications when referring to other participants. Failure to do so means they are no longer eligible to participate in the immediate ongoing debate or discussion.
- Participants will not make any comments, proclamations or interrupt another candidate in any way until that candidate relinquishes the floor. If they do then they will be asked to leave the floor for the remainder of the debate or discussion.
If a candidate continues to offend at future meetings or refuses to acknowledge the 1,2,3, amendments then their name(s) are withdrawn from the ballot at poling booths come election day. Perhaps a bit Draconian but needed to keep people like Donald Trump respectful like it or not. Perhaps viewers and others would have a chance to hear and decide for themselves what the candidate is talking about–policies and issues may actually be presented instead of the incessant disrespect that now passes for sarcasm or humor. In any event belittling someone or someones’ message does not add anything to the conversation except a demonstration of horrible manners and a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth.
That’s how I see things. Agree or disagree–your choice but let me know by sending me an email at email@example.com or go to my web page at jimcloughley.com
All the best, Jim