When It Comes to Democracy, Who Are Canadians to Talk?
Trump, Trudeau and the popular voteWhen some of my Canadian Facebook friends seemed outraged that Donald Trump won the American presidency without winning the popular vote, I felt compelled to point out that the Trudeau Liberals only won 39.5% of the popular vote (Oct. 19, 2015) which translated into 54% of the parliamentary seats—which in Canada means 100% of the power.
Trump tweets that he won a "rigged" election
Of course, being elected to the single most powerful position on the planet isn’t quite enough to satisfy Trump’s mega-ego, so his team has been pursuing claims that he did, in fact, win the popular vote, pursuant to Trump’s typical strategy of simply Tweeting that he, in fact, won the popular vote and that the voting was rigged. Yes, he claims that the election which he won was rigged. We live in dark comedic times.
"There is a crack in everything"As a Canadian, it’s difficult not to notice that Leonard Cohen died the day before Trump was elected. In the past we could depend upon Cohen, with a single line or maybe two, to give the chaos some hint of meaning, raising us above it all. On second thought, Leonard did leave us with the proper lines for this occasion: “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”
Is Trump the stereotypical American?Unfair as it is to individual Americans—dare I say, to the majority of individual Americans—the gaping cracks now showing in the USA will force Americans to see themselves as they have seen themselves but dimly in the past. Donald Trump is a perfect representation of that stereotypical view of Americans as loud, brash, rude, egotistical, self-aggrandizing, arrogant, bullying, and under-educated but rich—and proud of it all. Americans may now be forced to see themselves in the unflattering light in which much of the world has seen them.
Will he or won't he, and which is worse?If you have been critical of American incongruity and hypocrisy in the past, get ready. In the next four years, you will be able to compare hypocrisy with outright villainy . . . or maybe not. What’s been happening lately is like that Woody Allen joke: you know the one. Two old ladies are eating in a restaurant, one turns to the other and says, “The food in this restaurant is just terrible.” To which the second responded, “Yes, and they give such small portions, too!”
On the political scene, lefties and liberals like me used to complain “Gawd! Aren’t the things that Trump is promising terrible!” And now, “Isn’t it awful that Trump isn’t going to do the things he promised!” Oddly enough, the latter is what Trump supporters had been saying since the beginning.