Apologetic Trudeau Determined To Enact Barack Obama's Third Term
Since his election in 2015, people have sought to define Justin Trudeau’s leadership. There were the selfies, the slavish media coverage from American liberals suffering from Trump derangement and the philosophy of trying to please everyone using public money.
But the days surrounding Canada’s nothing-burger 150th anniversary celebrations seem to have captured his zeitgeist. Trudeau seems determined to enact Barack Obama's third term-- the one stolen by Donald Trump. The Obama doctrine, as practiced during his eight ears as president in the United States, was the bitter resentment of Michelle Obama, who proclaimed that the election of Obama was the first time in her adult life she’d been proud of America.
The Obamas unleashed a torrent of revisionist and grievance policies aimed at nettling the traditional white population of America. The Obama years were a great time for the Whattabouts (“Whattabout slavery, bub?”)— the Debbie Downers who spike every issue with liberal guilt over events dating back to the Crusades.
One typical episode was Obama’s trade of five Muslim militants for the sorry person of Bowe Bergdahl, who’d deserted the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The AWOL soldier made common cause with his captors and caused the deaths of comrades sent to search for him. But Obama official Susan Rice saw it as rescuing a man who’d “served with distinction”. Most Americans saw him as a coward who’d jeopardized his colleagues. So Obama feted his parents in the Rose Garden.
Trudeau’s Bowe Bergdahl emerged this week in the person of Omar Khadr, the boy soldier who admitted to killing a U.S. Army medic with a hand grenade in Afghanistan. Khadr then marinated in various levels of U.S. and Canadian prisons for 15 years. Most Canadians saw Khadr as a hapless pawn of his radical father— but one still responsible for killing Sargent Chris Speer.
Trudeau apparently sees him as a much-misunderstood victim of the U.S. military-industrial complex. To salve Khadr’s feelings, the government of Canada is going to apologize to him and let he and his lawyer split $10 million in compensation. This was greeted with astonishment by Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, who tweeted, “For Omar Khadr, there ought never be an offer to ‘settle’. Some things are worth the legal fight...right to the end.”
Perhaps Trudeau forgot that the soldiers opposing Khadr and his deranged father were Canadians, and the government was now compensating him for trying to kill their allies in Afghanistan. Although Omar may not see the money. (http://www.leaderpost.com/news/national/widow+goes+after+money+canada+will+give+exgitmo+prisoner/13597192/story.html)
In Khadr’s defence the Canadian native was denied due process in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, and the Canadian government was culpable in obtaining information from him via enhanced interrogation. Still, the idea that Canada might have, say, compensated a Wermacht soldier for interrogation treatment during WWII left many speechless.
The tone-deaf move is doubly galling for Canadian soldiers who fought against Khadr and who, without a crafty lawyer, must fight for bare necessities upon their return to civilian life.
The second tranche of Trudeau came in the soggy 150th celebrations on Parliament Hill. Encouraged by Trudeau’s election rhetoric, First Nations have been increasingly militant about redress from Canada. (One Calgary speaker introduced himself to 150th celebrations there by using his “slave name”.) Thus tipis were pitched illegally on the national park lands to let everyone know they’re made as hell.
Which produced the image of Canada’s prime minister presenting himself, cap in hand, at the tipis to parlay with the protestors. As usual, he couldn’t express enough regret for the oppression of First Nations— an oppression equal to $8 billion in annual federal transfer payments (the same amount spent on the entire province of New Brunswick).
"For centuries, the Indigenous peoples have been victims of oppression — from the very time when the first explorers celebrated their discovery of a 'new' world,” he said as if just discovering this news last Thursday. Trudeau’s grovelling only guarantees that the foreign money funding native protests won’t stop.
Besotted with himself as the Grate White Father, Trudeau then turned his oratory to the task of the 150th. Those who remember the euphoria of the 1967 Centennial were no doubt taken aback by the puny crowd of just 25,000 on the Hill.
Trudeau captured the indifference of the Liberal approach to 150. "A nice, round number— that's as good a reason to celebrate as any.” Their mood was not lifted by the prime minister who sought to cast the nation’s future in a series of Liberal banalities about immigration, diversity and unconditional surrender to the loud voices of grievance in the land. "Indeed, we know true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity,” he announced.
Famously, he forget to mention Alberta, the cash box fueling profligate federal spending the past decades. While it was likely an inadvertent blunder, it distracted from whatever unity was being ladled by the feds in their whiz-bang show. More and more, the Libs see Canada as a cash-redistribution scheme united by a single flag.
Finally, Trudeau finished his charm offensive playing the amiable idiot in Scotland. Adopting a Coarse Acting Scottish burr, he attempted to ingratiate himself with an audience in Edinburgh with his Scots heritage. It went over as well as you might expect. The fawning class gushed as it had for Obama doing his thing with Zak Galafinakis. Those not in the thrall of Sunny Ways were left looking at their feet.
Trudeau is now the third-most senior leader in the G7. Canadians have had time to digest his act. Like Trump he’s smitten with the limelight. Like Obama, he sees himself as a compassionate shoulder to be cried upon. These theatrical roles play well in the media. But ashe tried to frame Canada for the next 150 years, tThe he glitter faded. The hollow message drew no applause. Trudeau show is one that needs some serious re-writes.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy.is the host of the podcast The Full Count with Bruce Dowbiggin on anticanetwork.com. He’s also a regular contributor three-times-a-week to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster, he is also the best-selling author of seven books. His website is Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com)