Toronto Star using its pages to lobby to become government propagandist. Stop propping up the major tactical errors of an incompetent regime.

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...

Watching Canada run head first into their Villain role in the Chaos Narrative.

Canada is, at heart, a nanny state. There are too many people who work in the sheltered environment of the civil service, and our politicians are usually the sheltered and spoiled children of people who were also once politicians or came from money, and the same can be said of journalists.

For decades, our oblivious ways didn't place us in danger as we were too inconsequential for any power to notice us. We wisely flew under the radar, and we had a few savvy street-fighters who had to earn their keep pull us out of scrapes we found ourselves in when our foolish disposition got us in trouble. We had their love and loyalty, but somehow, everyone forgot to keep notes on what they did to keep us in the game when things went haywire.

We were in the strongest position when Jean Chretien was Prime Minister. He prevented the country from falling apart during the Quebec referendum, something I covered as a student in j-school, interviewing various editors and journalists about that nail-biter -- and those notes formed the backbone of a later article I had published in Skeptic magazine years later as a working journalist.

I remembered Chretien's blanched face that night -- he barely scraped a victory, but he saved both Quebec and the Rest of Canada from absolute ruin. Break up Canada, and we get swallowed up by the United States.

But beginning in the early 2000s, there was the beginnings of peculiar rumblings started by the George Bush regime. I saw one in person. The American organization I worked for as a Canadian correspondent for the journalism trade magazine held its annual convention in Toronto -- the first time they ventured out of their home country. There were two keynote speakers over two days: Vice President Dick Cheney, and then the late journalist and anchor Peter Jennings who was Canadian, but was an icon in the US.

I was there for both speeches. The Vice President's speech essentially spelled out that yes, natural resources may be running in short supply in the US, but they can just raid Canada's. No worries.

The next day, Jennings's speech was a real pushback to that notion and a powerful moment that reminded me how hard it was being a Canadian who had to push through in a foreign country to make a name for yourself. It was something to see.

It stayed with me, but I knew whatever the rumblings, Chretien was a silver fox who could dodge the traps.

And then came 9/11, and Chretien's regime wasn't playing ball with the Bush regime, and things got very sticky. Fox News was floating about boycotts and sanctions against Canada, and I discussed it at length in my book OutFoxed.

Again, I wasn't worried because I knew that Chretien was an adept strategist who literally could take care of himself. It was like having Batman as your Prime Minister. 

There was no war of words. There was no missteps or diplomatic quagmires. Everything blew over with most Canadians having no clue about the gravity of the situation or the potential for trouble. That's what a good leader does. He makes it seem seamless and doesn't bring attention to himself.

I saw both those close calls as a journalist. I knew that the threat coming from the US was real, but I also knew Chretien alone could handle it because he understood the big picture.

Fast forward to 2018.

We have a sheltered little boy masquerading as a Prime Minister along with his haughty kid sidekick -- both who are not strategists, but oblivious divas who are obtuse to nuance.

Truth be hold, they are obtuse to big, honking signs of a cataclysm.

Unlike the the other two times, I am not shrugging off what is going down.

Trudeau has made things worse with his arrogant attitude. Kid sidekick Chrystia Freeland is equally dense.

They are both throwing temper tantrums in public -- having zero cards to play, going on and on how "insulted" they are that the US is not giving in to their demands, as if Americans care about what Canadian politicians are feeling.

Really, are you serious?

You are not being paid to be offended. No one cares how you feel or whether or not you are offended. This isn't a first-year Humanities course where your prof holds your hand and preaches about micro-aggression as he tell you that you are Gifted.

You were elected to get results. That's it. You go in, get dirty, get mud slapped all over your Botoxed face, but you get results that are beneficial to your country.

That didn't happen. They failed. The end. As in, The End. Drudge is chronicling all of this for posterity, of course.

This is now a serious crisis. Canada did well as long as they flew under the radar. We are like the rabbits of Watership Down: so long as the Elil are not on our scent, we are free to have our little warren just the way we like it.

But Trudeau is acting like a self-entitled brat who thinks his ego means anything. It doesn't. If he were competent, this should have been resolved months ago. You can whine about being bullied all you want, but you showed signs of weakness, and now the Elil have been primed to go after you.

And the campaign is breath-taking. It goes beyond tweets from Trump: the chorus of people who have instructed the flock to see Canada as liars is growing, and instead of dealing with this threat directly -- because once you lose credibility, you lose it all -- he and Freeland are repeatedly babbling about being insulted.

So here is the memo to those two bimbos: You have been repeatedly saying how "insulted" your majesties have been. Did it change the circumstances? Did it resolve a single thing?

No.

So why are you aping your ineffectual script? Are you really that vapid and unteachable?

Do you not have someone with intelligence and experience dealing with Americans on your staff to advise you?

It's probably too late, but the immaturity of the Trudeau regime is disheartening.

And repeating the word "retaliation" is playing right into Trump's hands. That's what villains do when the hero stands up to them.

But do not expect the Canadian media to clue in. They are cheerleading Trudeau, not having the courage to see what is actually happening. My local television station CHCH is run by a group of five-year-olds sitting at some Disney On Ice show, spewing childish drivel that makes me wonder just how bad is our educational system has plummeted since I graduated.

Some American politicians disagree with Trump? Who? The inert Democrats who have been floundering in the polls because the economy is doing too well for them to build a credible argument to be voted in?

Other Canadian politician support Trudeau! Whoop di do, what can they do, but tremble in their boots knowing if Trump cuts off Canada, the tax base, such as it is, goes up in flames? They are too afraid, and they have little choice, but even that facade of unity won't last long.

The US can easily ride out the tariffs. Going after Hershey chocolates? Do you think there isn't a Plan B? Canadians look like petty little meanies...and then Americans will rally together to buy a lot more chocolates and stick it to those chocolate-hating Canadian villains.

If that is the very best hand you have to play, you already lost the game.

And Trump does have a plan. There is no doubt. There is a plan, and it involves breaking and humbling Canada, particularly Trudeau, who has a long history of being a spoiled little boy who cannot function if he is not the centre of attention. There is bad blood between him and the previous Prime Minister Stephen Harper. There is bad blood between him and former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

He is sticking with the same script, but the difference is Trump is not Harper or Mulcair. He is far more feral, cunning, and powerful than Trudeau whose entitled temper tantrums are about to come back to haunt him.

Let us not forget he cannot contain himself when things do not go his way. He loses his nerve.

Canada cannot afford this kind of childish games. Our federal debt makes us vulnerable, and just Ontario's debt alone can upset our ecosystem to the point that Trump does not have to do very much to throw us into disarray.

Because we had close calls with the US not that long ago -- less than two decades ago. It is not as if the thought never crossed their minds. Chretien cleaned up that mess beautifully.

We are now in Chapter two of the Chaos Narrative, and we are being set up for a real salvo by Chapter three. It is already set, and once that happens, there is no going back.

And our politicians are completely unprepared, and our journalists are weakened and clueless to the what is in store. Just months ago, there was threats of big red buttons and nuclear war between the US and North Korea.

Now, there is a summit that, if it has gone well, will give the US an alternative market for their chocolates.

Canada has been blinded by arrogance and cockiness, and it can make more trouble than we can handle. We are not used to being seen as villains and foreigners to the US, but it may be a label we may end up wearing for decades to come...

The Chaos Narrative makes a big leap: Canada now officially a Villain.

As I have repeatedly stated here and my old website, Trump is positioning Canada to be a villain in a narrative -- something that completely deviates from past presidential scripts that either saw their Northern Neighbours as benign and unimportant milquetoast, to friends and junior partners. It was either neutral or positive, even when Pierre Elliott Trudeau was leading Canada and tweaking the noses of whoever was in the American driver's seat -- or Jean Chretien who defied the US during 9/11's aftermath, but was cagey enough to prevent a diplomatic crisis, even if talking heads over at the Fox News Channel were clamouring for a boycott against Canada (something I chronicled in my book OutFoxed).

But his son Justin is not his daddy. He is his own little boy, and he is no match for Trump.

I will say now that I have no idea whether Prime Minister Pantywaist tried to pull a conniving little stunt to tweak the nose of his intellectual superior, but if he did, he has created an epic crisis that he is ill-prepared to deal with.

As I said in an earlier post, Trump wrote the first chapter of this new Chaos Narrative, painting Canada as a deceptive people with agreements from the leaders of India and The Philippines (though the latter actually thought Canada was just "stupid").

Canada, being Canada, laughed it off thinking no one is listening to Trump and Americans are our friends.

Trump has half his country approving of his job, and that is more than enough willing ears he needs to control the narrative. The economy over there is kicking it like nobody's business, except for bricks and mortar retailers who didn't keep up with the times -- and journalism, which collapsed for the very same reason.

Chapter one set up the narrative, and now we are deep into chapter two, where Trump increases the interpretation of Canada, but now has others agreeing with his assessment. 

This is the latest charge:

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader that double crosses President Donald Trump.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," Navarro told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference."

The FNC is the highest-rated all-news outfit in the United States. It has its devoted flock tuning in, and though it is a partisan propaganda mill, it is no accident they are the ones who are sanctioning the narrative.

From Trump to Navarro to the FNC, the narrative is beginning to spread.

Oh, and before I forget, there is this swipe, too on ideological rival CNN:

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit.

"It was a betrayal," Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Canadians may be banking on the American Left to rescue them, but the Dems have bigger problems, and for all the griping about Trump and the cheap pot-shots of late night talk shows/celebrity advertorials, they are not managing to translate Trump-bashing with actual votes.

This is not mere trash-talking. This is an effective military campaign with the express purpose of isolating Canada and priming people to approve of any sanctions or retaliatory punishments that have a specific purpose. The swipes may seem personal, but I don't think they really are: there is a plan, and it requires Trudeau, and his country by extension, to be villainized enough to justify some sort of severe and sweeping punishment that goes beyond tariffs.

I will not be surprised if economic and political sanctions are in store. Military intervention is a stretch, but if you reach sanctions, the next level up is not as far of a stretch as they seem now.

And as usual, Canada is thinking it will all blow over. Trump doesn't need universal approval. He needs just enough, and by the looks of things, that is precisely what he is getting.