Saturday, January 23, 2016
Justin Trudeau and the Deathly Gloom of the Con Media
I realize that the Con media in this country is going through some hard times.
One day the sorry slaves who toil in its bowels have a job, the next day they don't.
And of course their bosses are still VERY unhappy that Canadians ignored their advice and elected Justin Trudeau Prime Minister...
And are no doubt taking it out on their terrified employees.
But do those poor scribblers really have to be so relentlessly gloomy?
For only in Canada could a Prime Minister so recently elected, be accused of being too optimistic as Tim Harper does here.
If Justin Trudeau could lift the Canadian economy based on optimism, “positivity,” confidence and smiles, he would be presiding over much more than a country declared hip by some late-to-the party arrivals. He would be presiding over a global juggernaut.
But Trudeau is also risking something else with his relentlessly upbeat sloganeering and celebrity status. He is close to being defined by a self-created optimism gap.
As if being optimistic is a crime, and being gloomy would solve all our problems.
And then there is the old hack Margaret Wente, mocking Trudeau's appearance at the Davos meeting as only she could.
Somewhere there must be a Trudeau speech generator. It is programmed to ensure that every other word he says is “diversity,” “positivity,” “optimism,” “inclusive,” “confidence,” “resilience,” “innovation” or “clean growth.” This is in contrast with the “negativity” and “division” of the past. The aim is to refresh the Canada brand. Let’s hope it goes better than New Coke.
With one hackneyed word after the other dripping with cynicism, which she mistakes for clever.
But then she is, at least in her own mind, our very own Marie Antoinette...
She would KILL to be at that bourgeois meeting, and like the original Marie Antoinette she must know her days are numbered.
So no wonder she's so gloomy.
But of course it's more than that, and I think this article in the Guardian that was written just a month after Trudeau won the election, still explains it best.
The Cons and their stooges in the MSM just can't stand his charming manner.
It’s not just Kennedy himself,” Guy Banister sneers of JFK in Don DeLillo’s Libra. “It’s the glowing picture we keep getting … mature, energetic, Harvard, world traveler, rich, handsome, lucky, witty. Perfect white teeth.” One might find these qualities attractive in a leader. Banister does not: “It fucking grates on me just to look at him,” he concludes.
Like Guy Banister they can't stand the sight of success.
Conservative voters are irritated, indignant – quite fed up, a month into his tenancy, with all that energy and charisma. With Trudeau they’re like Banister: it grates on them to just to look at him.
Or all that horrible youthfulness...
The trouble seemed more to do with optics: the prospective prime minister looked and sounded like a young person. He boxed and snowboarded. He called himself a proud feminist. He was good-looking and stylish. His arms bore tattoos. A sensible person sees these things and thinks: that sounds like a person I might like to vote for. But among a certain class of old-fashioned conservatives, such foppish trivialities are as transgressive as a heroin addiction.
Youthfulness isn’t proper. It isn’t any way for a prime minister to be.
They miss their depraved old leader Stephen Harper, his darkness, and his grim mediocrity...
The appeal of Stephen Harper, I think, was founded in his apparent sobriety and stability – in the colorless mediocrity that, if not exactly winsome, could nevertheless be relied upon.
So this must be driving them crazy.
And this must be driving them into the very pit of despair.
In the 79 days Justin Trudeau has been in office, his government has announced plans to revoke or change many of the policies of his predecessor, Stephen Harper. So far, the Liberals have reversed at least four “Harperisms.” The latest to fall is Canada’s tougher pardons system. On Thursday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced he would reverse changes that made getting a pardon for a criminal offense much more difficult.
For he may be youthful, and he may be charming, but he is slowly but surely destroying Stephen Harper's foul legacy...
So although I must admit that at times the relentless gloom of the Cons and their stooge media does get me down.
When I think how much the Cons must be suffering at seeing everything they built being demolished, I feel so much better.
Or feel like Ibrahim, one of those Syrian refugee kids I told you about the other day.
Ibrahim is the first on board. He’s fearless. As the toboggan gathers speed, he tilts his head back and appears to blow a kiss. Then he closes his eyes for an instant. He looks lost in happiness.
For I'd rather look at life through the eyes of the young, than through the eyes of the living dead.
So the Con media can shove their deathly gloom, appropriately enough, where the sun never shines.
Justin Trudeau is right, hope is everything.
And after ten years of Harper we will not surrender it that easily...
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