One of the major concerns of Canadian politics is that it’s divisive. When I was born, Canada had a legitimate majority government in that the majority of voting Canadians actually voted for them (Mulroney was then our Prime Minister). Since then, politicians haven’t targeted the majority of Canadians with their platform; it’s just as useful for them to set Canadians against one another to gather the coveted 35% of the vote.
Harper targeted marijuana users and Muslims. He went as far as to create a helpline to aid in combating barbaric cultural practices (underage marriage and genital mutilation, though wearing a Niqab appeared to be on the horizon).
The difficulty is that we already have laws to combat the legitimate crimes. Dog-whistling is when a dog can hear the whistle, but the rest of us can’t. People who hate Muslims heard the rhetoric of barbaric cultural practices loud and clear, while the rest of us tend not to notice because we also don’t like the crimes in question but assumed the government already frowned on it.
Trudeau is doing the same thing. His gun law proposals are already on the books, but they speak loudly to those who like gun control. His restriction of government funds for pro-life workers doesn’t actually protect abortion rights, it just fosters tribalism and anger – but this helps to excite his base and ensure they vote. His transgender protection laws, his ‘Islamophobia’ laws all follow the same pattern – ill-defined crimes with ill-defined consequences that divide Canadians according to rhetoric and add nothing to criminal justice.
Canada can become more divided between our tribes, and filled with more hatred for one another. Trudeau has no difficulty fostering hatred between Canadians for political purposes.
This isn’t the sort of ethical dilemma that disturbs him – for political purposes he stokes the fires of hatred. Islamic terrorism, anti-Islamic terrorism are all on the rise and yet Trudeau has no difficulty furthering divides for his own gain.
His political gaffes aren’t mere faults in speech, they’re indicative of a thoroughly unconscionable mind.
He’s praised Castro, who was a mass murderer.
His admiration of China’s dictatorship shows an eerie comfort-level with extreme human rights violations.
He has compared newly arrived ISIS soldiers to immigrants and refugees just looking for a better life – I can’t overstate how incredibly offensive this is to immigrants as it shows Trudeau’s inability to distinguish between the two groups, which implies a severe lack of ethical reflection on his part.
It’s become problematic in that ethical reflection is replaced by bleeding heart rhetoric.
Actual ethics is replaced by the appearance of ethics. Evil is becoming well-camouflaged, and the disguise is making it harder to recognize. Why this is so dangerous is because Trudeau is ensconced in politics; he clearly has thought about these issues on which he egregiously speaks. He either doesn’t have the capacity for rigorous thought or a shred of ethics – or perhaps both.
To be sure, the evil is present. His plan for climate change is to take money from people who don’t have it, through carbon taxes that disproportionately impact the poor, and give it to the rich through $3.3 billion going to fossil fuel companies. He gives weapons to genocidal war criminals. He borrows money at a time of rising interest rates when the current debt levels already threaten to destroy our national treasury.
The rhetoric, which lacks any ethical excogitation, has consequences. The hatred, the divides, the complete lack of concern for consequences, is all real. It’s the moral duty of all Canadians, whether they agree with Trudeau or not, to stand up against a barbaric cultural practice and unite to form one voice to proclaim Canadian politicians’ tendency to set us against each other and play on our hatred is not acceptable.
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