Sunday, December 10, 2017
We've Done a Good Job at Pretending. Now We Have to Figure Out If the Liberals Deserve to Be Called "Liberal"?
It's a safe bet that Trump's announcement on Jerusalem as Israeli capital will likely bring a motion to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Harper/Trudeau machine has been in Israel's pocket for a decade. Whenever there's a motion dealing with Israel and Palestine the vote comes down to this : The World versus the United States, Canada and a trio of bought and paid for South Pacific atoll states. The World speaks with one voice. Us, we five (minus three), are the only support Israel still has. A great relief when one of the two principals has a veto on the Security Council.
We'll know just what lurks inside Justin Trudeau when that motion is brought before the General Assembly. If we've become a nation of lickspittles we will see it then. I hope Canada would find its once legendary decency and join "The World" to denounce Trump and support the Palestinians yet I doubt that's in the cards.
It's time we, the average guy, knew how this country came to be aligned under Harper and how little Trudeau has even slightly altered that alignment, our new normal.
We're no longer a country resembling the Canada as we knew it at its apex during Pearson and his immediate successor. We don't get leaders of that calibre any more. We get technocrats who view national leadership as a management function to transactional accommodation. Now we have leaders who ignore what is right and just in favour of what is advantageous and expedient. And so they very quietly go about this nasty little business of ours hoping that people like you will be none the wiser.
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Our political parties don't seem to learn from their failures. The Liberals sat out for all the Harper years and come back as if they never left. Now we see the Conservatives practicing their best ugliness which cost them the last election. The NDP is still trying to imitate the Liberals. None of them are engaging us on the real problems of out time. The next election will look just like the last one and the one before that. In the mean time, the world is getting hotter.
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