Monday, March 14, 2016
Justin Trudeau, Obama, and the Progressive Torch
In one of my last posts I wrote about Justin Trudeau's magical visit to Washington, and how happy I was to see him connect so well with Obama.
The first black President of the United States, and a man I greatly admire.
Especially at such a troubling time in that country's history...
David Parkins/Globe and Mail
With so many dark forces swirling around.
And a monster knocking at the door, or the window...
Patrick Corrigan/Toronto Star
But maybe because I'm a Canadian, and we have a tendency to want to shrink our leaders, even though we live in a massive country. I think I might have missed the bigger picture.
And that as the CBC's Aaron Wherry writes, Obama wasn't just enjoying spending some time with a young leader whose values he shares.
He was also passing on the progressive torch.
"He campaigned on a message of hope and of change. His positive and optimistic vision is inspiring young people. At home, he's governing with a commitment to inclusivity and equality. On the world stage, his country is leading on climate change and cares deeply about development," Barack Obama said Thursday, standing in the White House's Rose Garden with the prime minister to his left.
For Obama knows all too well that the struggle to defeat the sinister right-wing forces that stalk his country and ours will be a long and brutal one.
And like the Centre for American Progress, no doubt sees Trudeau as a welcome boost to the global progressive movement.
"[Progressives] certainly feel that his arrival on the political scene has been a huge shot in the arm to the global progressive movement and they see him as a linchpin, if not the future leader, of that movement."
And isn't that something?
We now have a Prime Minister who is seen as a progressive beacon, and is making us look like an enlightened country again.
In a world where our humble but precious Canadian values are being celebrated again.
After the long night of this monster, and his criminal regime...
Who shamed us for so long in the eyes of others,
And yes, it is all about values.
And even small gestures like this one count.
A month after receiving a shocking homophobic message in a valentine at his former workplace, Degas Sikorski is feeling the love all the way from Parliament Hill.
"Dear Degas, know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions and I'm one of those friends," Trudeau wrote.
Because I despise bigots and bullies, who hurt others to pleasure themselves...
Justin Trudeau's small gesture sends a big message to the whole LGBT community, and all those who are being bullied.
And that too could never have happened during the miserable reign of the bully bigot Stephen Harper...
Who voted against every gay rights bill that ever crossed his desk, and discriminated in his stealthy creepy manner against that community from the day he came to power to the day he was defeated.
So yes, maybe it is time to dare to think as big as the country itself.
Time to imagine that we could be a force for good again in this tormented world.
Time to celebrate our new prime minister, and his values that are our own.
And give thanks that we are finally free, and able to dream again...
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