The Toronto Star doesn't get it. It is conniving, but not cunning, and it explains why journalism collapsed: you spin a disaster into some sort of positive, and you lose credibility.
Canada was completely unprepared for a scenario other than a Hillary Clinton victory. The Trudeau regime spent like drunken grifters with the federal budget, which made absolutely no sense given that the US had signalled (not just with a Republican president, but a GOP Senate, Congress, and 2/3s of governorships) that the priority of the more powerful nation we are depended on for economic survival was suspending the feel-good social policies and were now going to focus on their economy that had been neglected during the Obama regime.
Americans do this with absolute predictability: they give one leader a two-term mandate to prop up their finances before switching over and giving another leader a two-term mandate to manage their social and civil health. Obama was not about the economy. The Left in the US had eight solid years to ensure their social climate was brought up to code.
And then their finances got in a mess, and so, the American people brought in a businessman to ensure their financial house of brought up to code as well. Americans are all about having a plan and checks and balances. The American Left is still in absolute denial of this reality: they honestly believe they can manipulate and shame their entire country into allowing them to socially engineer their country with no regards of the consequences of not looking after other equally important aspects of survival.
You can look after the environment, but if everyone becomes homeless because you have the defect of monomania, your platform is fatally flawed. Using fear-mongering propaganda does not change the reality that people have children to raise, bills to pay, and criminal elements they have to dodge in order to survive.
You would think we would have political parties that balanced these various needs. We don't. No radical centrists to tell off the extremists on the Left and Right to stop being so selfish, tyrannical, childish, unrealistic, insensitive, and greedy.
It is what it is, and that's all there is to it.
Canada is not a country that comprehends concepts such as having plans -- let alone having plans based on realities around them. It has always been about being a nanny who panders the electorate by means of bribing them -- not just with their own money -- but with borrowed money with no means to repay it.
It has seemingly worked because the United States has until this point indulged us, the way they indulged the former Yugoslavia decades ago until one day, it wasn't in their own interests to do so, and the mess became unfixable.
The Trudeau regime banked on Clinton winning the White House, just as the US Left did. It was more than obvious she was going to lose because she is obtuse to the nuance of her own country's political system: she may have shamed her philandering husband into giving her things and opening doors for her, but the US is not her husband.
She was going to win the popular vote, which is a huge misdirection and trap build into their electoral races in order to weed out the shallow and conniving thinkers in favour of cunning strategists...
But she was not going to win the strategic vote, and she willfully refused to campaign in states where she should have won but didn't because she didn't want Trump to see her weakness.
Shallow and conniving. Trump went after just enough votes to sailed into the White House.
If it was just about the popular vote, there would be no electoral colleges. You would just tally things up and go with that, which while seems anti-democratic, is a very shrewd way to ensure that shallow and conniving players don't come into power where it counts.
People who pretend to understand governance thought they had it in the bag with just the popular votes.
People who actually understand governance knew that Trump had it in the bag because he was not spread out thin, was focussed, and elegantly went after the votes that actually counted.
For a country with a fairly modest popular, the United States has been the dominant world power for decades for a very good reason: because they have a history of cultivated strategy that they refine and improve with each cycle. The Republicans get this reality more than Democrats, but Bill Clinton (with an unexpected assist in the first term by vote-splitting candidate H. Ross Perot), John F. Kennedy, and Barak Obama did get it and they won because they deserved to win.
To the Left, it is a popularity contest because they aren't realists.
But not idealists, either.
The modern notion is that you force people into going along with whatever twaddle you spew, even if it hurts them financially, socially, and emotionally. You cannot shame people to vote for you. The histrionics is a bad ruse that cannot hide the fact that people cannot pay their mortgage with your myopic theories. Find the balance for competing and conflicting interests with no one side dominating or lording over everyone else and then we'll talk.
Why North American liberals are always doomed to fail is simple: they are too in love with their own theories and ability to manipulate people to see they are over-thinking and over-working. They are too inefficient, wasting resources on things that will not get them any long-term traction. The Ontario Liberals had 15 years in power, but only because the competition was in disarray -- but eventually, even having inferior competition won't stop the piper from coming to collect his due.
In psychology, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has a scale: on the bottom is the essential survival needs such as food and shelter, with the top of the pyramid is more the luxury and intellectual items such as approval and validation.
The Left thinks on the level that taking the top of the pyramid makes them superior to the Right whose campaigns and message focus on the bottom.
It doesn't work that way: a good government take the bottom for itself. The rest of us can do our own top-tier needs-meeting.
Even when the Left think they are addressing the bottom, they are still doing it from the top, looking down on people who are not convinced.
It never seems to be a given that everyone should be equal and that all policies must apply to everyone equally. Race, gender, sexual orientation shouldn't a consideration if the Left applied Maslow correctly: the right to earn a living whether you are blind or have perfect vision, applies across the board because the government ensures it. Poor have the same recourses as they rich -- and the system's built-in mechanisms preventing the rigging to favour one over the other.
If men have the right to vasectomies and cannot be dragged into some state-sponsored program to force him to reproduce, then women have the right to an abortion along with their other reproductive rights.
But the Left have reached a level where they got too cocky and are now paying the price in that Trump is completely altering the board, despite impotent Leftie howling and sqwuaking.
Canada is merely jumping on side with the American Left, without considering whether their nation's needs are the same as their US counterparts because they are still sticking to the script of an American where Hillary Clinton won the presidency.
And the script is not aligned with reality.
Trudeau seems too obtuse to more than just nuance: but to the blaring big picture, too. He is a leader without a vision of reality: he is blinded by fantasy fed by his own selfies and ugly socks.
Had this been a Clinton regime, all of this would have gone unnoticed: it would be like a clueless and shallow son of a company president who will not lose his job no matter what. He gets to be CEO with an army of manure shovelers and maids cleaning up all of his messes as daddy smooths everything over with generous donations and favours to those junior stomped over.
But this isn't Clinton's America. This is Trump's America.
And Trump is not going to play by Clinton's script.
So should daddy sell the company to someone who is not going to put up with junior's resource-draining antics, junior's old ways will not work for him. It will work against him.
Ontario is banking on Doug Ford to smooth everything over. It may work, but just for the short-term, if it does. If the US has a plan that requires bringing Canada to its knees, no amount of promises, concessions, and apologies are going to work.
We are not in the position to know because Trudeau and his cronies have made an absolute mess of everything. Canada has been warned in very symbolic ways that they are not just replaceable, but a burden on the US.
It is this change in narrative that encourage Canadians to stop ranting and throwing tantrums on Twitter, and start researching, and thinking about having a Plan B that involves being self-sufficient while getting their various governmental debts under control.
But if the collapsed profession of Canadian journalism is any barometer, that is not what will happen because concepts such as reality, strategy, and power balances do not compute into the brain on this side of the border because the brain is clogged with childish fantasy.
Which brings us to this nonsensical propaganda piece in the Toronto Star:
Chrystia Freeland takes on Trump’s ‘mano-a-mano’ mentality
Just how stupid are you?
Babbling like an offended and self-absorbed fairy princess is not taking on Trump's 'mano-a-mano': it is showing incompetency. If she were a competent minister, which she has proven herself not to be, Canada would not be facing what they are facing now.
And what is Canada facing:
1. That there are no longer a pipeline into backdoor diplomacy. They have no more clout, and the fact that more than one country has questioned Canadian honesty and intelligence should be a serious concern to the electorate.
2. That they cannot prevent a crisis by negotiating quietly. The biggest one: this should not have gotten out of hand. If Freeland was up to the job, she would have come in with a workable strategy that would have contained the problem before it got out as a public failure. Telling the world you are insulted and offended proves you allows emotions to cloud your judgement -- and for women in power, that proves to the sexists that women cannot play with the Big Boys. It is the typical ineffectual shaming the Left do not understand is digging them into a bigger hole.
3. That Canada has behaved predictably, allowing Trump to set their role as a villain in his own narrative. Canada is not used to this role, and has no script to tell them what to say, making it worse.
4. The episode proves Canada cannot read their closest ally. We have a government that should know the ways of Americans, but keeps making the troubles worse. They may pretend they are smarter than Trump, but if they were, they wouldn't be in this situation because they could read him and devise the way to cut his demands off at the pass.
5. The longer this story arc in the Chaos Narrative continues, the more of our country's -- and regime's weaknesses get exposed to allies and enemies alike. Trudeau's groping of a female journalist eighteen years ago never got exposed during the height of #MeToo -- but it got leaked now. I am certain other skeletons with join in with Trudeau on his selfies the longer this impasse continues. Canada's debt, lack of native-based businesses, and lack of effectual governance becomes fair game for foreign media. Governments begin to take a closer look at our state of financial health instead of just rubber stamping deals of the past.
6. Canada is a country without a plan, given there is no crisis communications strategies in place. Freeland and Trudeau have no Plan B. Slapping tariffs on a strong economic powerhouse is just reflex snivelling, and a questionable tactic given that the US is a country with plans and counter-plans. This crisis should have been contained, but Freeland has completely lost face on a global scale. If you are a capable leader, there is no "mano-a-mano" -- it never comes to that in the first place on a standard and long-established agreement.
7. Freeland is not a visionary thinker or even a creative or innovative trouble-shooter as she must stoop to throwing childish propagandistic fear-mongering "reefer Madness"-types fits just because she made a mess of her simple assignment. Nice try at misdirection. Oh woe! Trump is threatening the Establishment order that isn't working for billions of people! Shame on him! Yeah, rich stay rich and poor stay poor under the old order, Ms. Freeland. Too bad Canada didn't break any of those rules before their foil got elected. Tell your vain boss to put down the selfie stick and do something that resembles actual work and thinking.
But for chroniclers of reality, the Star is clueless. They are cheerleading Freeland because they think that will show up Trump. They don't get that he wants Canada to howl and be angry en masse publicly -- that way, he can show his base -- and the rest of the world that he uncovered the true nature of the Canadian government: villainous, freeloading brats who throw fits when they don't get more cookies than the hard-working American people whom Trump vowed to protect from the first day of his presidency:
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
Canada was put on notice from the beginning. He spelled it all out in black and white that his mandate was to make his country an economic powerhouse as no citizen was ever going to be ignored again.
That alone should have gotten the Trudeau regime into a completely different mode: not one of lethargic self-entitlement, but how to negotiate our interests with such a specific mandate.
The Star can be the ineffectual cheerleaders to a regime that made no Plan B that resulted in an unprecedented crisis, but it does not change the fact that all of these issues were never kept secret by Trump, and Trudeau was too busy counting and cataloging his meaningless photo ops to see it coming.
Freeland is merely a minion in Trudeau's regime, but she has proven to be one who is drowning in her own numerous failures.
That's not power. That is not showing up Trump or standing up to him.
That is making a foreseeable problem a reality that will make other global players wary of doing business here.
No wonder the Star is no longer a genuine news outlet. You have to deal with reality as it is to be one. It chose the losing side and then is showing its partisan devotion to it. The federal Liberals share the same fortunes as its counterparts in Ontario, the Star's losing strategy will not save them, either...