Conrad Black writes in the National Post that Donald Trump will be popular and that Canada will adapt.
Donald Trump will be popular? He already is, among those whose worst prejudices he has appealed to: bigots, nationalists, mercantilists, corporatists, isolationists and collectivists of many other stripes. He represents the epitome of demagogues.
Trump’s presidential legacy is most likely to be a disastrous, historical turning point with capitalism getting the blame for the intellectual, political and economic failures of the future. The shameful conduct of both Canadian and American media, politicians, academics and ignorant entertainers will hasten the misconception.
It will be regrettable for Canada to “adapt”. Principled politics has rarely guided Canadian politicians and voters. Witness the example of Justin Trudeau’s election: our own version of the “hope and change” candidate.
Canadians followed the era of the Obama administration as a sort of desired Canadian-style development. Contrary to the view of Mr. Obama and the Air Canada advertising motto, the world does not need more Canada. Collectivism and the trending to Marxism while suppressing free speech through so-called human rights tribunals and “anti-Islamophobia” (whatever the hell that is) legislation is not something of which the world needs more.
There may be some short-term good to come from the Trump era but what it will be is difficult to imagine. The man is clearly dependent on the opinions of others for his self-esteem and little good can come from that. Any resistance he encounters as a consequence of the separation of powers and system of checks and balances may be taken as a personal affront. His hostile temperament and anti-intellectualism will result in much serious conflict, domestically and perhaps internationally.
I am reminded of Theodore Roosevelt and his “walk softly but carry a big stick” approach to international diplomacy, as well as his cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s domestic blunders that prolonged the Great Depression. Both were manifestations of how political power corrupts. Where the proper scope of government is violated, corruption is the rule rather than the exception.
©2017 Edward Podritske