“Arabian nights, ‘neath Arabian moons. A fool off his guard. Could fall and fall hard. Out there on the dunes.”
Justin Trudeau should have heeded this warning in the opening song of his beloved ‘Aladdin’.
The prime minister’s dress up games seem to have finally landed him in deserving hot water; not because they were racist, offensive or insensitive, but because of the rank hypocrisy of it.
Trudeau has anointed himself the Social Justice Warrior in Chief of all Canadians with the power to decide right and wrong and dispense punishment under all that he surveys. Liberal MPs accused – but never proven – of having been sexually inappropriate are banished from the party or cabinet, while once he himself is accused, can learn from the moment on behalf of all toxic men.
When a Conservative or People’s Party female candidate expresses even the mildest of pro-life opinions, they are labeled a misogynist, self-hating woman and should resign. But when strong women in his own party refuse to toe the line in the SNC Lavalin corruption scandal, they are expelled from the party.
When a Conservative or People’s Party candidate merely suggests that illegal immigration undermines legal immigration, they are denounced as racists and should resign. But when Trudeau is found to have painted his face dark brown (once), and black (twice), he is sorry for offending anyone and he hopes that we can all move past it.
Justin Trudeau would not be the first hypocritical politician, but he is setting new standards at the levels to which one can get away with it.
The entire Liberal campaign is focused on painting Andrew Scheer and his candidates as closet racist, homophobic, crypto-fascists, and has expended considerable resources in combing through the closets of their pasts for even the mildest trinkets of dissension from today’s post-modernist orthodoxy.
A video of Andrew Scheer clumsily explaining his opposition to same-sex marriage in 2004 was extolled as evidence by the Liberals that he is entirely unfit to be prime minister. Full stop. While Scheer’s fears over same-sex marriage a decade and a half ago might have proven wrong, he was no outlier at the time. It was only in 2004 that the Liberals came to support it, and with significant dissension in their own ranks.
To Trudeau, Scheer’s folly in 2004 is unforgiveable; but his own – repeated – use of a racist trope is forgivable, because he is sorry. So very sorry.
The outrage industry regularly decries any white person who dares to wear the costume of non-Western cultures without stopping to think that it is often meant to be fun, or even a compliment. With Oktoberfest approaching, I hardly take offense at seeing Chinese, Indian, or Irish Canadians donning the proud lederhosen worn by my inebriated ancestors.
Trudeau’s penchant for local clothing is not racist or “cultural appropriation,” but just a bit silly.
Black face minstrelsy has by contrast been a recognized racist act since before the American Civil War, practiced since then generally only in the most unreconstructed pockets of the Deep South and some corners of high society that believe themselves sufficiently enlightened to get a pass on it.
If any other candidate, in any other party had been discovered to have donned black face not once – but thrice – Trudeau would demand from the pulpit that the leader of that party fire the candidate and tar them all with the same brush (pun intended).
Right-leaning Canadians in both parties of that corner should refrain from doing to Trudeau what he would do to them. However much we expect today’s politicians to be inhuman, perfect reflections of bland political correctness, we should turn the other cheek. We should remind Trudeau that he would not extend the same humanity and clemency to us, but that we will not participate in his crusade to exclude everyone from public life who has ever made a mistake, or said and done anything offensive.
The temptation by Conservative and People’s party candidates to give back as much as they got is great and justified, but voters just might reward those who stand a little less cynically than the others.
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