Monday, November 16, 2015
Justin Trudeau and Those Who Would Destroy the Dream
He's at the G20 summit in Turkey, doing a great job of repairing this country's soiled reputation, and getting mobbed by his many admirers.
And making us look cool again in the eyes of the world, instead of the slack jawed residents of the insane asylum Harperland, or the Army of the Walking Dead.
But back home his enemies are already using the bloody tragedy in Paris as a weapon to try to destroy him.
Led of course, by the chunky chicken hawk and religious fanatic Jason Kenney.
The absurd buffoon who masqueraded as a defence minister, and made an absolute idiot out of himself. Before losing the immigrant vote with his foul bigotry, and help sink the Cons.
But who clearly is the new leader of that shattered and demoralized cult, no matter what Rona Ambrose says.
For who else would dare, after Rona told all her MPs to improve the tone of their discourse, tweet something like this.
And make reference to this old story...
Even though it can only remind Canadians of how Kenney came up with the sordid story that Justin Trudeau was planning to allow brothels on every street corner...
And further shame that old political hooker, and his humiliated Cons. If that's possible.
Or for that matter who else would dare to suggest that ending our six-plane bombing mission is a big deal, or the end of our military involvement?
Even though experts point out that bringing our aging bombers home won't make any difference.
“Nothing has changed. The attack on Paris makes no difference whatsoever to the rationale for not bombing. I actually think bombing is effective, but Canada’s contribution to it is minimal. It really doesn’t make any difference one way or another,” he said.
And others point out that Trudeau's plan to concentrate on training troops on the ground makes much more sense.
Because those troops are the only ones who can defeat ISIS.
But of course Kenney is not alone. Postmedia's boss Paul Godfrey has instructed his reporters to do all they can to bring Justin Trudeau down.
And writers like David Akin are working hard to earn their brownie points.
ISIS long ago declared war on the West. The Paris attacks were its latest, most sophisticated, and game-changing attack. France’s president is ready to bring the fight to ISIS. But Canada is now governed by a dove. Just as the world turns more hawkish on ISIS.
By portraying Trudeau as a dove, instead of a voice of reason with a better military plan.
And a definite improvement when compared to this ridiculous chicken hawk...
But unfortunately there is real danger ahead. The Paris massacre has changed the political calculus. Trudeau's honeymoon is sadly over. And as Tim Harper writes, he is about to face his greatest challenge.
The triumphant walk to Rideau Hall, the showmanship, the welcome move toward more transparency, the big shift in “tone” — it all now seems so easy. And distant. Was that really barely 10 days ago? Now Justin Trudeau will have to show something much more important. Resolve.
The Paris slaughter has put Trudeau in a terrific bind. He is meeting with world leaders as the new guy swimming against the tide, and back home opponents are waiting for him, emboldened, again arguing that his refugee plan will bring extremists to our land and that his soft power credo is naïve and ill-suited to the times.
He must explain why pulling our bombers out makes sense, from both a military and moral point of view. He must reassure Canadians that bringing in thousands of refugees is the right and safe thing to do. He must resist calls not to modify or scrap Bill C-51.
And for the man who has so many hopes for a better and sunnier future riding on his shoulders, so much is at stake...
He can remain true to his campaign promises, but he cannot pretend nothing has changed. He didn’t know the when, where or how of the day that sunny ways had to give way to hard decisions, but he had to know it was coming.
The test is here, early, and Canadians who have invested so much in the Liberal Prime Minister know this is no time for skittishness.
I choose to believe that Justin Trudeau can meet the challenge.
But he is going to need help fighting off the powerful interests, and the MSM, and the right-wing fanatics who are determined to bring him down.
The honeymoon may be over.
But don't let them destroy the dream...
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