Dear Dave: I hate to see a genuinely happy-go-lucky guy like you feel down because a bunch of politicians aren't up to it.
Fortunately, I'm a sarcastic grumbly grump by nature, so when things go downhill and all the happy people feel out of their element, I can be at my most empathic and helpful.
Let me start by validating what you're saying:
Politics is pretty bad all over right now for principled, ethical, brave, and competent people. Somehow, politics became a refuge for those who were the opposite of those things.
And you're quite right: fear has become the common currency in politics, used by strategists and candidates to get people to vote against stuff rather than create something useful. It should be better than this.
But what I realized after years of struggling with the exact same feelings you have is this:
It's not up to you, or me, or Ben Shapiro, or Kevin Williamson, or anyone, to make it better.
You and I both know that stopping Trump -- if he can be stopped -- will at best, delay the inevitable.
Populist anger is everywhere. If it's not Trump, it's Bernie Sanders, it's Rob Ford, it's Jeremy Corbyn, it's Le Pen, it's the Hungarian government, it's Syriza, it's the backlash against the niqab in Quebec.
Take the lid off one boiling pot, and another just starts right up.
A while ago, someone posted a Calvin and Hobbes strip with Trump's face superimposed over Calvin's. For anyone who has never read Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is an arrogant, spiteful, and inconsiderate six year old with an overactive imagination- and we love him for it.
Trump as Calvin works because Calvin is the screaming, selfish, spoiled six-year-old in each of us. The one we spend all our time trying to pretend we can just walk away from or doesn't affect us -- and then our favourite team loses, or some guy cuts us off on the highway, or The Force Awakens didn't live up to your expectations, and there he is. He was hiding right under the surface the whole time you were acting like he was under control.
We'd hurt each other a lot less as a species if we got present to the fact that our anger, our hatred, our sadness and our regret are things to be acknowledged and not hidden away in a dark place.
Unfortunately, that's what every conservative who isn't Donald Trump is currently doing: pretending like their inner Calvin is not right underneath the surface.
Look at this disgusting interview with Rona Ambrose, the interim CPC leader. In it she does all kinds of rhetorical tapdancing to convince everyone that Canada is a warm and welcoming place, and that anti-Muslim rhetoric has no place in Canada's conservative party.
I don't believe a word of it. Canadians don't believe a word of it. And as long as she or any other conservative puts up this charade, they are gonna lose and keep on losing.
Meanwhile, we have a Prime Minister who got to where he is today not just by acknowledging but embodying his inner Calvin: a dopey eyed dreamer who probably thing he can jump into a cardboard box and go back in time to the dinosaur days when things get hard.
Your current president embodies some still-unrealized dream of racial harmony, Hillary Clinton embodies a girl playing with her dollies, and Bernie Sanders stomps his foot and shouts "It's not fair!!!!"
So Dave, don't worry about leaving politics to the children. When all the toys are broken, that's when the adults will be called in to clean up the mess.
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