This Opinion piece in part has been updated from an earlier version
President Trump, take care. He who threatens us Canadians will find us deaf to your threats. We are willing to listen only to rational arguments.”
-Attributed to Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel.
There are many Trumptwits in this world. Some belong to the world of politics. Some to the corporate sector and some spend their lives trolling on social networking services and online social media. But, the bottom line is this: All Trumptwits must have a supreme leader. And now they certainly have one in the canicula figure of King Trumptwit the First.
It was Euripides who said: “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”
Canadians, in general, have an admiration towards our friends living to the south of us. After all, many Canadians have close family ties in the U.S.A. going back generations.
Unfortunately, at the conclusion of last week’s G7 meeting, it became apparent that nothing is more certain today in Canada than of a profusion of black storm clouds that have loomed on our border with the U.S.A. In times of storms, one normally takes shelter with family and friends alike. We are one, so to speak.
Sadly today, President Trump said the unthinkable to the Canadian people. He came outright and stated his promise to punish “the people of Canada” economically because of Prime Minister Trudeau’s criticism at the G7 meeting against his tariffs. “That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada,” Trump said.
Sadly today, with President Trump in control, we are seeing a shift away from admiration to a “weltschmerz” – a mood of sentimental sadness towards a vast section of the American population that politically seems to have lost its will and direction. This is a President who is intensely disliked by many, riding high on top of a vicious heap of dirty rags, who is thriving to light the destructive match of hatred between its primary neighbour Canada, between Muslims and Christians, between blacks and whites, between the poor and the rich, between its Mexican population and those born in the U.S.A. Trump falsifies credible and substantiated information with such downright bullheadedness and utter ignorance making President Warren Harding look like a genius!
President Trump, Napoleon Bonaparte said: “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
Sadly today, anyone who Trump believes doesn’t agree to follow his train of thought had better watch out. The similarity to Dr Strangelove is unnerving. Trump. He embellishes all that is distasteful in an individual. Trump. He is the archetype of a destructive lost soul whose aim in life is to put a culture of fear into people. If it wasn’t all so pathetically sad his character could be taken right out of a Thomas Pynchon novel!
“Le président Trump, avec respect, au nom du Canada, va te faire cuire un oeuf!”
To put it as succinctly as possible, we are watching a man whose political thirst for power is for many Canadians so repulsive it goes far beyond the pale. And, as it’s been said: His actions are outside the bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment.
Let us not forget, Canada is America’s largest trading partner, and its largest customer, purchasing US$338 billion in goods and services in 2015. Canada buys more from the United States than does any other nation – including all 28 countries of the European Union.
Nearly nine million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada. In addition, the USA is the most important destination for Canadian direct investment abroad, which totalled $448 billion (stock) in the U.S.A. in 2015.
Other than President Nixon, no other president has done more to build a wall that has fractured the Canadian-American alliance than Trump. In 1971 President Nixon once referred to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the father of Canada’s present Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as a “clever son of a bitch” and “an asshole,” comments that were caught on the White House recording system. Later, when these were revealed, Pierre Trudeau quipped: “I’ve been called worse things by better people.”
“Trumptwits have now become unable to differentiate between ignorance and conscientious stupidity and the ability to make intelligent decisions.”
It was Napoleon Bonaparte who was overheard to say that in politics, stupidity is not a handicap, a statement little Trumptwit subordinates in their eagerness to please their leader are making every effort to accept him as their leader. What this all boils down to is Trumptwits have now become unable to differentiate between ignorance and conscientious stupidity and the ability to make intelligent decisions.
Encouraged by their King, we are experiencing a frightening political infectious disease that contains no international borders. Trumptwit is a language common to many people, irrespective of what country one lives in.
It’s been said little Trumptwits are analogous to the zebra mussel, “a species originally native to the lakes of [Putin’s] southern Russia and accidentally introduced to numerous other areas. It has become an invasive species in many different countries worldwide, including the USA.”
Ordinary, decent Americans have become fearful of the political consequences now taking place in their country, a trait not particularly recognized by many of them before Trump. But they sure understand it now. And so should you, whatever country you live in. If this is the way President Trump, his subordinates and America treats its congenial neighbour, your country could be next.
We are all dealing with a U.S. President who in a couple of days went from personally threatening citizens of Canada, to a handshaking piss-full of Trumptwit sarcasm love fest, with the leader of a country that is regarded as one the world’s most repressive countries. “A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that the government committed gross, systematic and widespread rights abuses, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture, starvation rations, and forced labour. Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent.”
By all accounts, looking at the body language of the North Korean leader, he was at a loss to understand Trump was ridiculing him, an impropriety we have become well-aware of in Canada.
This is Trump’s way of communicating. As adults, we had better get used to it.
Sources: Photo credit Strangelove, sillyfunda. Financial data, Canada-USA trade & Investment source: Global Affairs Canada.