Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Justin Trudeau and the Big Dream Challenge
This is how the Cons and their supporters in the MSM like to portray Justin Trudeau.
As a hopelessly idealistic Don Quijote tilting at windmills, with promises that are made to be broken.
And dreams that are too big for Canada.
But what I would say to them is this: why would you make the people of a big country dream so small?
Because I could never live in their grim little Con Canada, and why I like to portray Justin Trudeau like this...
Not because I think he's some sort of god, but because he seems to be leading us in the right direction, and has invited us all to dream big.
Encouraged us to believe that we can be better than we were during the dark years of the Harper regime.
His promise to make Canada good again, as Richard Gwyn writes, is in a country like this one, a radical political choice.
What Trudeau’s Christmastime statement thus amounted was his declaration that even if he has to step back — quite a way back, indeed — he will still hold to his ideas and dreams.
As time passes, more and more Canadians may come to regard such talk as irrelevant to our economic reality. Some may laugh at such pretensions. Alternatively, many may refuse to give up the Canada that has come back to them.
In our history, it’s one of the most radical political choices we have ever had to make.
And I like a prime minister who challenges us to be decent and idealistic in an ugly cynical world.
A leader who has big dreams and makes big promises...
Because I would rather reach for the sky of better world, and fall short, than not try at all.
So when I see the Con media trying to bring Justin Trudeau down to earth, by claiming among other things, that failing to meet a refugee deadline is a broken promise.
I don't think they understand that it's the challenge that counts...
It's not about numbers, it's about people. And about opening our hearts to be big enough to help them.
Something that the ghastly Con Michelle Rempel doesn't seem to understand.
And as Andrew Mitrovica writes, neither does the corporate media.
Trudeau shouldn’t be chided for missing the deadline. He should, instead, be commended for setting it. In doing so, he signaled to Canadians, the world and the often slow-moving machinery of government the urgent need to tackle a hellish refugee crisis that, arguably, was the West’s creation in the first place. Braying about the deadline, it seems to me, misses this larger and much more salient point.
So pay no mind to the nattering media ninnies, Mr. Trudeau. In due time, all those Syrians will find homes in Canada because so many Canadians have opened their own homes, hearts and wallets to help our new neighbours – with or without a deadline.
Who are trying to drag us down to Rempel's level. Or to the level of her fallen leader...
Trying to shrink our dreams, or make us as small and disgusting as he was.
And all I can say is, if they think they can take our Canada away after all that we had to do to get it back, they've got another thought coming.
Because I'm quite sure that like me, millions and millions of Canadians will not give it up easily.
I like this New Canada and the Trudeau challenge.
In fact, in that regard, I would even say this:
If the Great Polar Bear God of the Great White North would only cooperate...
Stopped frolicking in the flowers.
And sent me some snow.
You know, the cold white stuff.
I would declare this moment in our history to be the best I've ever known...
A chance to reach for the sky and dream big again.
A chance to finish off the Cons once and for all.
The chance of a lifetime to help build a better Canada...
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