Tuesday, June 12, 2018

No Retreat, No Shame

On Saturday, the Prime Minister of arguably the USA's closest ally (that, prior to this presidency) criticized President Trump's determination to impose tariffs upon Canada. Expressing a notion which would have pleasedfascists of old, the exquisitely sensitive, politically correct President of the United States of American condemned the prime minister  as "very dishonest, weak." Elizabeth Preza writes

 “One of the arguments was that the president can't show weakness and what Trudeau did required this robust response otherwise the president would appear to be weak,” (former CIA head Michael) Hayden said. “Actually, Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak. President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned.”

 Hayden noted U.S. and Canadian intelligence services “don't just cooperate."

"We are, by-and-large, integrated because we have common values and common legal systems and common strategic objectives," he said. Back to embarrassment — we, frankly, ought to feel a little bit ashamed for treating such a good friend the they they were treated yesterday from very high levels in our government.”

That's excellent and on-point. However, although Hayden isn't particularly liberal, he invokes the leftist concept of shame because he does not realize that the concept means no more to conservatives than the notion of asking for forgiveness from a higher power means to Trump.  In commentary on Real Time Friday, Bill Maher remarked

Conservatives govern without shame, and liberals shame without governing. We have lost- liberals- the House, the Senate, the White House, the Supreme Court,Kanye. Our symbolic victories are the only victories we get now. They get to cut their own taxes, rip up the social safety net, and make coal a vegetable. We get to banish actors.

Five months ago, Donald Trump (probably accurately) stated "no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea." Now he says Kim Jong-un "hasto be a tough guy or he has been a rough person" and "loves his people." No explanation, no apology, no remorse, and no shame. We're America, bitch!

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