Dec 012016

Justin Trudeau in the arms of Fidel Castro

With his father Pierre, it was Trudeaumania. With Justin, it’s more like Trudeaumaniac. On the heels of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro‘s death, Canada’s Prime Minister made that extra effort to show the world that he is in serious need of a reality check. Like father, like son?

From the implications of Justin Trudeau’s admiration for dictatorships and dictators, to his penchant for “proportional representation,” these are signals that should alarm any freedom-minded nations and individuals.

Here is the statement by the Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro issued from Antananarivo, Madagascar, November 26, 2016:

It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante’.

“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”

Red alert! Though Trudeau was finally forced to admit that Castro had an “unflattering past”, his admiration of the Cuban dictator was no slight misstep in diplomacy. Nor was his past publicly stated admiration of the Chinese dictatorship, which gives the dictators of that nation the power to accomplish their goals of collectivism and tyranny. No freedom-minded person concerned with the well-being of individuals could possibly have uttered such statements.

From the obvious to the subtle, Trudeau has remained a consistent collectivist. In Canada, Trudeau’s promise to end the nation’s ‘first-past-the-post’ electoral system that gives voters a chance to change the political direction of their government is another clear sign of a wanna-be dictatorship.

Yet “proportional representation” (PR) is an unreal idea that continues to be supported by both left- and right-wing intellectuals, activists and politicians. Are they not aware that PR will actually snuff out the fundamental principles of a free democracy and make rational governance an impossibility? Or are they indeed quite aware?

If that’s what Canadians voted for, then Trudeau is their man. Yet, the outrage clearly shared by the vast majority of people reacting to Trudeau’s statement on Castro would suggest otherwise.

In the national confusion about the nature of governance, and of the nature of those being governed, it is long past the time for a reality check.

“No man is an island, but neither is he a mob.”

You may think that you already know the difference between the nature of an individual and the nature of a collective group. Think again.

On today’s Just Right, we go beneath the ‘isms’ of the individual and the collective, and just look at the ‘is’ (not the ‘ism’) that reveals the reality of each.

It’s a reality check unlike any you’ve ever heard. After all, reality is the ultimate test of what is Just Right.

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