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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A FINE EXAMPLE OF A LOGICAL FALLACY CALLED THE STRAW-MAN ARGUMENT – SOMETHING USED SO OFTEN IN PROPAGANDA – THE GREATNESS OF CANADA’S PIERRE TRUDEAU   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Pierre Trudeau was a remarkable man, but not Canada’s national saviour

“100 years after former prime minister’s birth, fact and fiction about his legacy collide”

 

“Pierre Trudeau was a remarkable man, but not Canada’s national saviour”

 

Yes, Pierre Trudeau was a remarkable man, and a man of many large accomplishments.

One of our greatest leaders, for sure.

But who ever claimed he was “a national saviour”?

I’ve not even seen the expression used before.

What we have here is essentially what logicians call “a straw man argument.”

It succeeds in knocking down something that had no substance in the first place.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SURVIVING A MINORITY PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT IN CANADA – FALSE PARALLELS BETWEEN A GREAT NATIONAL LEADER LIKE THE LATE PIERRE TRUDEAU AND A PROVEN INADEQUATE ONE LIKE THE CURRENT JUSTIN TRUDEAU   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“How Pierre Trudeau survived a minority government – and how Justin Trudeau can do the same”

 

I’m sorry but that is a superficial parallel that does not take account of major differences.

Pierre Trudeau was a highly intelligent, tough, and independent-minded leader with something real to offer Canada.

His final list of accomplishments is impressive and historic. One of our greatest, for sure.

Justin has, in my view, not only embarrassed us, both at home and abroad, but he has no real substantial accomplishments. None.

He has demonstrated no real force of mind or spirit. He not only broke important promises, the whole tone of his government resembled something from an insipid television sitcom. Millennialist mush with no solid thought or dedication.

His frequent appearance in rolled-up sleeves of an expensive, well-pressed dress shirt almost perfectly symbolize the emptiness of his government for me.

That is, when his government is not dealing with the really serious matter of American Neocon policies abroad, ugly stuff which he and his foreign minister have completely embraced.

Justin Trudeau was a truly failed prime minister who did not deserve to be re-elected.

But the other parties didn’t do their jobs and offered weak alternatives, and good old “first past the post” voting – something Trudeau had strongly promised to reform but failed to act on – gave him back a government even with fewer votes than his main opponent. Shabby.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S “WIN” OF A MINORITY GOVERNMENT IN CANADA REALLY MEANS – “WESTERN DEMOCRACY” PARLIAMENTS ARE CHARACTERIZED BY ELECTION SYSTEMS THAT DELIVER RULE WITH A MINORITY OF VOTES – AMERICA HAS AN EVEN MORE DEVIOUS SYSTEM   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN SOUTH FRONT

 

“BRAND TRUDEAU WINS A SECOND TERM”

 

Trudeau’s party actually ended up receiving significantly fewer votes (33.1 % of total) than the opposition Conservatives under Andrew Scheer (34.4 %).

It’s an unhappy, anti-democratic outcome of the voting system used for Parliament.

Just as is the fact that a government can rule with an unshakable “majority” of seats in Parliament with the kind of the numbers Trudeau attracted in 2015 (39.5% of total popular vote).

Similar results prevail for Britain’s parliament. A “majority” government there typically represents well under 40% of the total votes cast.

And, of course, in the United States, with its antiquated Electoral College system on top of still other important issues, minority presidents are not an unusual election outcome. Trump is one of them (46.1% of votes cast versus 48.2% for Hillary Clinton).

Such are the glorious results of “Western democracy” so often glibly praised by press and politicians.

The irony is Trudeau had campaigned strongly four years ago in support of election reform, of getting rid of our “first past the post” vote counting and using instead something yielding proportionate representation.

But, as in so many things, Trudeau completely failed to make good on his promise. It was a serious disappointment, but for this 2019 election his failure kept him in power.

Trudeau has failed in a number of extremely important national matters, and he is, additionally, someone known for a number of embarrassing personal follies and scandals.

It genuinely is disheartening to see him back on the job.

Lack of significant voter choice in candidates is the immediate explanation for the election result, something which is sadly all too common in our “Western democracies.”

The other parties – especially the ones with some chance of gaining power, the Conservatives and the New Democratic Party – simply did not offer candidates strong and appealing enough to vote Trudeau out under the existing voting system.

Lack of attractive alternatives can reflect, as I think is the case here, poorly functioning political party organizations. But, in some “Western democracies,” as in the United States, it represents a mechanism by the official parties (only two of them and each equally dominated by establishment interests) to limit voter choice by design.

Good God, look at the two candidates America offered its voters in 2016. Frightening, each of them in his or her own way. Simply an unbelievable choice offered.

 

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S EARNEST EFFORTS TO RUN THE STUPIDEST ELECTION EVER RECORDED – MONTY PYTHON AT THE BALLOT BOX – OH MY, THE GLORIES OF “WESTERN DEMOCRACY” CLOSE-UP   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY AARON WHERRY IN CBC NEWS

 

“Andrew Scheer’s mid-campaign identity crisis

“From citizenship to same-sex marriage to pre-politics resumés, Scheer is struggling to define his own image”

 

Canada now has a genuine Monty Python skit instead of a national election.

For the two major parties, the only ones with a serious chance of doing anything, we have…

A man with a widely unacknowledged second citizenship and a man who is even susceptible to American conscription if Trump manages to ignite one of the wars he works so hard at [revelations that Conservative Party leader, Andrew Scheer, is a dual American-Canadian citizen by virtue of his father’s American citizenship, an artifact second citizenship common for thousands of Canadians, but also that Scheer has complied, as an adult, with American law to register for conscription].

Talk about embarrassing and demeaning.

And this man even harshly criticized the appointment of a dual citizen as Governor-General some years go, Michaëlle Jean [Ms. Jean later gave up her French citizenship]. So, add a huge, huge serving of hypocrisy to the mix.

Why the hell didn’t the Conservative Party get that all sorted a long time ago? Could it be incompetence?

Our other choice from a major party, Canada’s Liberals, is a man, Justin Trudeau, who has failed at almost every major task he has undertaken for four years – from election reform to relations with China. It’s almost insulting that he is asking to be returned to office.

A man who has embarrassed us with childish behavior abroad.

And now a man we know has had an irresistible compulsion to dress up in blackface for a major portion of his life. We have three occasions documented, and on the last one he was nearly thirty years old.

Oh, but he tells us that he knows in his own heart that he is not prejudiced, even though making fun of a group’s looks has been a significant theme in his life! Simply unbelievable.

Given the weakest NDP candidate in living memory, a decent man but ineffective, and good old Elizabeth May’s Green Party plans to turn Canada into a theme park dedicated to Greta Thunberg, I think I’ll sit this one out. My first time ever doing so.

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HANDGUN CONTROL – JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S INSIPID PROPOSAL FOR CANADIAN CITIES – WHY IT CANNOT WORK – ECHOES HERE OF TRUDEAU’S WEASEL FOREIGN POLICY IN WHICH HE TRIES TO APPEAR OPPOSED TO TRUMP WHILE EFFECTIVELY SUPPORTING HIM   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY LUCAS POWERS IN CBC NEWS

 

“Trudeau’s municipal handgun ban promise leaves key questions unanswered [proposal to permit each city to legislate as it wishes]

“Liberal proposal would create a patchwork of handgun prohibitions”

 

Absolutely.

His is a worthless proposal. Perhaps worse than worthless because it makes some people think something is being done, when it is not.

As I’ve noted before, the city of Chicago has very strict gun laws, but they are totally ineffective because the city is like an island in a sea of guns. There are other American cities which are examples of the same thing.

No effective control can exist, and in hot summer months, Chicago has had many weekends with sixty or more people shot.

You need controls at a national level, the level which controls national entry and exit, the level which controls postal inspection and shipping, the level with good intelligence sources, plus the level with the needed information systems.

I’m sorry, but Trudeau’s proposal is a weasel effort, but then that’s true of so many things he does and has done.

We might just as well vote for someone we know will do nothing as for someone who pretends he’s doing something with a big smile.

His proposal reminds me a good deal of the tone and content of his foreign policy, which effectively supports Trump while pretending to do something else.

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Response to a comment about” controls sure worked for drugs”

There’s quite a difference between the two commodities, drugs and guns. Size. Weight. Shape. Identifiability (guns have serial numbers). Properties (as in setting off metal detectors).

In fact, guns are quite controllable. There are very, very few guns in England. The police only rarely deal with them in the hands of criminals.

Drugs are not controllable. They can be hidden or disguised countless ways. And the profits are so high that there’s lots of money to corrupt authorities and police, which is just what happens.

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Response to a comment about the pathetic nature of Trudeau’s interview on the subject:

All of his interviews are pathetic, or close to it.

This not a leader, and he never has been one.

He’s more of a national male cheerleader figure, and cheerleaders are not renowned for thinking.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: KEY POINTS ON THE JUSTIN TRUDEAU “BLACK FACE” CONTROVERSY – THIS MAN SIMPLY CANNOT CONTINUE TO REPRESENT THE COUNTRY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“What we know about Justin Trudeau’s blackface photos — and what happens next

“From resignations to reactions, here are the questions being asked about the bombshell photos”

 

Some points I think very important.

First, we have three recorded events, not just one, and given Trudeau’s reluctance to say whether there were still more, I think it likely there were.

Whether there were more or not, this tasteless dress-up was a recurring theme for Trudeau, something he obviously thought quite funny, so, to get a laugh, he repeated it and repeated it still again. And the last time he did it, he was almost 30 years old, not an adolescent.

Second, the last event, the one from the school where he taught, happened in 2001, a good thirty years or so after society had already given its verdict on this kind of behavior.

Third, Trudeau, close to instantly, dropped a thoroughly decent man, Hassan Guillet, as a candidate when an influential service organization made an accusation against him.

Trudeau did not investigate nor did he give the accused man a proper opportunity to discuss the matter, and he left the poor candidate shocked by the surprise action.

Why does Trudeau’s own behavior allow such completely different treatment? And behavior where we have photographic evidence.

Fourth, how can he possibly represent Canada now at international gatherings such as the UN or the G20 without arousing derision and sarcasm and perhaps some anger? He cannot.

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY CANADA’S JUSTIN TRUDEAU SHOULD STOP OFFERING APOLOGIES AND JUST RESIGN   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY AARON WHERRY IN CBC NEWS

 

Champion of diversity or high-profile hypocrite? Who is Justin Trudeau, anyway?

All human beings contain contradictions – but when politicians undermine their own images, they pay a price

 

Trudeau is worth no additional discussion. How many words should be written and read about such a disappointing man?

For me, it is his basic performance in office that most counts, and that has not only been awful, it has, in foreign affairs, shut the door on all of our best Liberal 20th century traditions. Just slammed it shut.

Failed important promises such as vote reform? Ignored major national problems such as our oil industry’s plight? Childish antics on trips abroad several times? Letting down conscientious ministers in a scandal?

Those are all important, but flying down to plead with Donald Trump to help him in difficulties with China, difficulties caused entirely by his own decisions and those of his Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, is more than I can stomach.

Not having the judgment even to understand that Donald Trump is, literally, the last man on earth with any influence over China, or even much regard for Canada, is almost beyond understanding.

Trudeau is hopelessly disappointing when it comes to statesmanship or leadership.

The discovery that, for a major part of his years, the man regarded black-face routines as funny and worth repeating is “icing on the cake,” as it were.

Here is complete lack of judgment repeatedly displayed, combined with the arrogance to still ask for your vote.

He should resign. Instead we get another “apology” to add to the stack he has already freely distributed on a dozen subjects.