October 16, 2015

Justin Trudeau is Canada's Barack Obama

Theo CaldwellArchive

If polls are accurate, an irredeemable nincompoop is about to be become leader of this nation.

The above sentence might have appeared in any number of newspapers in the United States during the unfortunate autumn of 2008.

Alas, it is written in and of my beloved Canada.

Having learned nothing from the past seven years of American decline under President Barack Obama, Canada is poised to elect its own media-approved, know-nothing dilettante in the person of Justin Trudeau.

Justin’s father, Pierre, was a Castro-snuggling socialist and among the most consequential prime ministers in Canadian history. Justin evinces the worst traits of his father, without any of the senior Trudeau’s qualities; to wit, he embodies an utterly unexamined, leftist worldview, while possessing none of the intellectual heft or professional accomplishment to back it up.

One upside is that with Justin, unlike Obama, you can point out the unmistakeable truth that he is a dimwit without being called, y’know, a racist.

Relatedly, we have been spared the enforced soft bigotry of having to pretend Justin is a genius or a brilliant speaker, as was the case with Obama. As to that last, many conservative commentators consented, Stockholm Syndrome-style, with even the great Jonah Goldberg claiming Obama “constructs cathedrals with his words.”

To anyone with ears to hear and courage to bear the scarlet R, Obama was never a good speaker. From the disingenuous address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention that launched his career, to the dithering um’s and ah’s and grammarless, soul-crushing lectures we have come to know, the man is a self-important bore. Obama’s oratory is like sitar music, in that a certain segment of society supposes it looks good on them to pretend they like it, but no one really does.

His plodding, pseudo-thoughtful cadence is that of the faculty lounge – which is also where his politics originate and end.

Justin, likewise, shows no evidence of understanding, or even having contemplated, any political theory beyond precisely what you would expect from a high school drama teacher.

Case in point, when asked the first thing he would do as prime minister, Justin replied, “Call the premiers together, talk about climate change.”

Children speak this way – perhaps your children, because they hear this kind of nonsense all day long from their teachers. But in the real world, actual adults know this is nonsense.

Even if one believes the direst predictions of Al Gore, David Suzuki and noted thinker Leonardo DiCaprio, the notion that having yet another conversation about “climate change” is the first thing a newly elected head of government should do is mind-bendingly stupid.

Further to stupid, Obama is and always was a dumb guy. To cite a few examples at random: When Charlie Gibson challenged him on capital gains taxes in 2008, correctly noting that lower rates lead to higher revenues and that 100 million Americans paid that tax, Obama responded that he would raise the rate anyway, in the name of “fairness."

Setting aside your views on tax policy, or even basic arithmetic, it seemed clear from Obama’s tone that on the eve of being elected president of the United States, the concept of lower tax rates leading to higher revenue had never even occurred to him before.

In trying to sell Obamacare (and I could shorten this example to just “Obamacare”), he advanced the scenario that pediatricians, doubling as specialists, were spurred by profit-motive to misdiagnose America’s moppets into millions of unnecessary tonsillectomies.

Finally, as Commander-in-Chief of the US military, no matter how tired you might be or whether it’s written phonetically in your teleprompter, you do not repeatedly refer to a “Navy Corpse-man” if you have any brains at all.

And yet, his capacity for self-examination having been vandalized by guilt-ridden liberals telling him he’s brilliant his whole life, Obama really does think he’s smarter than you.

Justin has no such excuse (or impairment). Even so, as a man of the left, his mouth-breathing imbecility is smoothed over by compliant journalists. So when he expresses admiration for communist China, or claims that deficits are a measure of a country’s success (will this be Greece’s century, then?), or says we must reconsider such concepts as space and time, your betters in the news media give it maybe a day, if they must, before the tongue-bathing recommences.

This is how Obama got elected, and it may well work for Justin. In Obama’s case, cringe-inducing ignorance and unscrutinized socialism (not to mention, decades spent listening to a vicious, race-baiting pastor) were crowded out by silly-bears about “Hope” and “Change.”

For Justin, the subterfuges are his “energy” and “youth.”

Canada’s Conservative Party has unwittingly aided this characterization with their slogan that Justin is “Just not ready.” The misbegotten implication is that Justin will eventually become ready.

Experience is irrelevant if your foundation is faulty. If you’re wrong, being wrong for a long time is no help (Joe Biden, please call your office).

A recent caller to my radio program proclaimed that he would vote for Justin solely because he is “young.” By that logic, wouldn’t Canada be better off choosing a prime minister somewhere in that sweet spot between when Justin believes a baby is too developed to abort (when is that, anyway?) and when he goes to his first hockey practice?

Besides which, as with Obama, there was never anything new about Justin’s ideas.

Command economies, central control, and punitive tax rates have been tried in countries large and small, all over the world, and they have never worked – never mind that the totalitarian impulse and religious political fervour that animate the left have killed 100 million people in the last century.

But explaining this to leftists is like playing a game with a child (or playing golf with Bill Clinton). They always want a do-over.

Even so, one suspects that Justin, like Obama, doesn’t even know this much. He really thinks he is something new, and that there is only one acceptable ideology, having given no more thought to limited government than to chuckle at Republican caricatures on The West Wing.

But even here, assuming Justin knows nothing of the outside world, existing as an intellectual bubble boy sealed off from infectious ideas, his own policies are incoherent.

Consider his plan to increase mandatory pension payments from workers and employers. It should be immediately apparent to even the most average mind that this will reduce the take-home pay of working Canadians, while placing costs on employers and thereby hurting the job market.

It is reminiscent of do-gooder leftists who demand increases to the minimum wage, no matter how clearly you demonstrate that this reduces the number of available jobs, hurting the very people they purport to help. There is no teaching these types. Like Obama being asked about capital gains, they want “fairness” and the facts be damned.
In examining Justin’s tax policies, including his sinister, government-speak euphemism that he will “ask” high earners to pay more (try saying “no” – watch what happens), many suggest that Justin is working against his own self-interest, since he himself is rich. Here, they commit the common mistake of conflating net worth and income.

Justin is indeed rich, having inherited millions of dollars. This has insulated him from a number of things (besides heterodox ideas), including concerns over payroll taxes. At no point in his life would the mandatory increase in pension payments he proposes have affected him at all.

This is why some of the most strident leftists in public life are wealthy – from the House of Commons to the US Congress, from the Trudeaus to the Kennedys. They do not work for a living, and any income they earn is irrelevant to their returns on capital. Even if they were to reduce their own investment income through taxation, the orders of magnitude are such that they would never notice. They don’t know what it’s like to have to reduce the family budget to accommodate a tax hike, but they do know what’s best for everyone else.

Always, I prefer to light a candle than curse the darkness. As of this writing, there remains hope that Canada will come to its senses and return an imperfect, but best-available person to power in Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

But, if current trends continue and Canadians elect an obvious mooncalf to lead the country, no one can say they weren’t warned.

(Theo Caldwell is a host on Newstalk1010 Radio. Contact him at theo@theocaldwell.com.)

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commented 2015-11-10 15:46:44 -0500
Tried to tell you 12 days ago……….this is not good…….it’s here and so are 25,000 refugees.
commented 2015-10-29 11:35:03 -0400
Jason Bertucci,
In response to your post……Kathleen I’m actually surprised Obama hasn’t declared that he will let in thousands of his fellow muslims into the US?

Obama has announced he is going to bring in 11 Million Muslims by the end of his term………..Yes, Jason we have a horror show everyday with this know nothing loser. Kind of like what you are going to get in Baby T !!
commented 2015-10-23 14:10:34 -0400
Kathleen I’m actually surprised Obama hasn’t declared that he will let in thousands of his fellow muslims into the US?
commented 2015-10-22 00:18:55 -0400
Thx for the best wishes Kathleen but it is too late. Many voters are pretty stupid. They will learn just how stupid they really are.
commented 2015-10-21 17:41:12 -0400
I am an American, I have very strong ties to Canada. My Family settled Canada in the early 1800. My Mother was born in Nova Scotia. That all being said, I am now First Generation American. I don’t know how to tell you , but your fellow Canadians just gave you a Clone of Obama the Horror of America. I have seen the worst and there has never been a good day. I just saw that your new Justin has stopped all sorties over ISIS and is now bringing in 25, 000 Syrians before the end of this year……. My heart is sad for what you are about to experience. Let there be no doubt you are dealing with a child and no experience as to how to handle a Free Country in a crazy World. God be with you…………hold on the ride is a horror.
commented 2015-10-20 14:17:24 -0400
Obama is mad Jr. is pulling the CF 18s. Actually the next four years might be fun! Crash and burn.
commented 2015-10-20 10:55:31 -0400
Zunera Ishaq gets senate appointment …in the name of diversity…and feel goodiness…
commented 2015-10-19 23:01:24 -0400
“the past 10 years of immigration have been controlled by harps”.

My thoughts exactly, and all he’s done is bring radical Muslims here in that time… Same as any Trudeau or Mulcair, or Elizabeth May. They’re all the same, I didn’t participate, but my riding went Conservative, with David Sweet, a supporter of “moderate rebels” in Syria.

So who was it that made Harper lose? Me, for not voting in the Conservative riding? Or the millions of leftist Muslims Harper allowed to settle in the cities and get the jizya payments. Surely he realized they were a left-wing voting block, yet he continued to bring them here. Sounds like Jim Prentice’s new “Conservatism” to me.

I don’t get the idea that things are gonna go better with Justine, this is a puppet position, the global economy is about to experience major depressive events with China and Europe. Trudeau’s job is to pass UN resolutions as federal “law”, cooperate with Wynne to get a “pension plan” (slush fund).

If you liked “The Hunger Games” then damn, you’ll love Agenda 21.
commented 2015-10-19 22:39:38 -0400
commented 2015-10-19 22:04:25 -0400
The white Obama is doing well – much to my chagrin

We all saw how Obama screwed the US – it will happen here as well
commented 2015-10-19 17:04:04 -0400
But you are entertaining lubbemeister.
commented 2015-10-19 17:03:04 -0400
I hunt in northern Ontario. Have for 20 years or so. I never said I was voting for Trudeau. Said I couldn’t vote for Harper. My dilemma is the strongest candidate in my riding is a conservative and he’s a man of integrity.
My point lubbemeister is that the past 10 years of immigration have been controlled by harps. What you see has directly influenced. you are pretty thick, hehe.
commented 2015-10-19 16:24:56 -0400
Jason, you claim to own guns and you want to vote for Trudeau??? I understand this correctly?
commented 2015-10-19 16:15:36 -0400
Does importing millions of third-world marxist immigrants sound “right wing” to you jackass??
commented 2015-10-19 15:04:31 -0400
Be careful everyone – Vanderlubbe is on the loose. Better make sure that nutbar doesn’t have any guns or we all could be in trouble. So we have a right wing conservative government Lubbemeister but they are allowing left wing political leaning immigrants in the country? Hmm its all very cryptic the way you talk – you know there are cultural heritages other than you own? I bet you didn’t know that.
commented 2015-10-19 14:54:05 -0400
@hyacinth: typical harper move.. distract and focus on the wrong thing.. and because of that conservatives are losing.. I wish someone else was leading conservatives.. harper screwed it for all of us.. yes; I have always voted conservative until today.
commented 2015-10-19 14:24:50 -0400
Hyacinth – Bryan’s been working overtime today, spreading his propaganda!
commented 2015-10-19 13:41:48 -0400
Who is Geroge Bush? Get your talking points in order before posting son.
commented 2015-10-19 13:10:11 -0400
and harper is Canada’s Geroge Bush??
commented 2015-10-19 09:23:44 -0400
Nathan W – you certainly don’t know much about the history of the Liberal party, or any other party, for that matter.
commented 2015-10-19 09:19:54 -0400
NW what planet do you live on? Must work at the cbc?
commented 2015-10-19 05:09:22 -0400
Don’t forget: it was years of brainwashing about Trudeau’s supposed incompetence that made it so easy for him to be able to show up and put on a credible show.
commented 2015-10-19 05:09:03 -0400
Trudeau was a math and French teacher, not a drama teacher.

Another Conservative lie exposed.
commented 2015-10-19 05:08:35 -0400
Liberals propose to legalize marijuana, and regulate it in order to take criminals out of the trade and make it more difficult for children and youth to get their hands on. In no way, shape or form do they propose selling it in corner stores.

Another Conservative lie exposed.
commented 2015-10-19 05:08:27 -0400
Comparing Liberals or the NDP to Stalin and Mao is utter hogwash. You should be embarrassed to publish such tripe.
commented 2015-10-19 05:07:18 -0400
Minimum wages: there is a lot of academic literature on this. (I imagine you haven’t read any of it). In fact, minimum wages are rarely found to increase unemployment.

Reality check: The world is more complicated than ECON101.
commented 2015-10-19 05:05:00 -0400
You propose lighting the candle on darkness. Yet, you peddle in childish insults and simplistic worldviews which may appear sensible if you passed 1st year uni, but which do not check out with a more thorough and refined understanding of the world.
commented 2015-10-19 05:04:32 -0400
On Obama and taxes: it is only a coincidence of declining taxes under very high growth periods (e.g., 1960s or 1990s) that total tax receipts increased at the same time as lowering taxes.

In most situations, cutting taxes reduces tax intake as a share of GDP and raising taxes increases the tax take as a share of GDP.

Consider the extreme scenario: Would the government take in more taxes if it reduced taxes to 0%? Obviously not.
commented 2015-10-19 02:39:05 -0400
I beg to differ with Theo’s otherwise excellent analysis on one very, very key point… Justin Trudeau is indeed a hapless twit, evidenced time and again whenever he has to try to string together an answer longer than 10 seconds… His best lines are put into his mouth by Gerald Butts and the “good old” back room Liberal gang pulling his strings… Obama is more insidious and obviously dangerous… He is fully aware of the lies he spouts every day and what he is, and has been doing for seven years, to establish a Muslim Caliphate which will lead to decades of conflict… Too many of our American neighbours, patriots that they are, cannot admit or believe that who they elected as their president in the person of Barak Hussein Obama without vetting him fully… And they still can’t believe the obvious proof now slapping them in the face every day… If we elect Junior Trudeau, a similar Muslim reality will come to slap our Canadian faces in the coming years…
commented 2015-10-19 00:03:24 -0400
Rick, with all the money Trudeau has I would think he could finance the Liberal AND NDP campaigns himself. Maybe he should take a lesson from The Donald.
One of the first things Justin would address, if elected, is climate change. He would call all the Premiers together. What are they going to do…..WALK, BICYCLE or fly on their brooms to Ottawa? Such silliness.
All the best to PM Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.