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My schadenfreude, where is at? [Oct. 21st, 2015|01:01 am]
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First (and second) thoughts on the election of Trudeau II

Image: Detail from screenshot of Prime Minister elect Justin Trudeau speaking on October 20 2015. Video by Canadian Press via National Post.

October 21, 2015, OTTAWA — The election of 2015 (or #Elexn42 as it was known on Twitter) has come and gone.

Personally, the results were an emotional roller-coaster. I was working when the results — a clean sweep for the Liberals, 32 out of 32 seats — came in from Atlantic Canada, so I was intellectually prepared for what was to come.

But emotionally? Not so much.

By the time the night was done, and the extent of the Liberal victory and the NDP's crushing defeat was laid bare on my father's ancient television screen, I was torn between rage and despair.

I couldn't even take any pleasure in knowing that Steven Harper's hate-filled and hate-fuelled regime had gone down to defeat. "Ding-dong! the witch is dead!" one of my fellow election watchers crowed, but I felt no joy, only a dread that Canadians had traded a nakedly brutal thug in thrall to the One Percent to a soft-spoken and smiling lisper who would make us enjoy the ongoing dismantling of liberty and democracy.

24 hours later? My sober first thoughts live behind the link: My schadenfreude, where it at?

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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2015-10-21 05:53 am (UTC)
Well, at least he has emotional intelligence of some sort. Whatever that's supposed to mean.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-21 03:45 pm (UTC)

Don't knock it!

I think I know what you mean by the italics, but being likeable is an important political asset. Just ask Bill Clinton or the shade of Ronald Reagan. They both committed war crimes and inflicted massive damage on their own supporters and were thanked for it.
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2015-10-21 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

Here's what I mean by the words in italics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5ckcTSYu8
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-22 07:07 am (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

That was a very good bit, but I stand by my words. Nerds (like me, if I'm being honest) are too quick to dismiss the value of such things as "emotional intelligence". We human beings are animals and being able to read and/or communicate emotionally is a bloody important skill. Just think of the dogs you've known; not a one would you want running your country, but I bet some of them could read the moods of a stranger better than you could!
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2015-10-22 07:10 am (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

Something tells me that a Prime Minister needs more than just the ability to read people's moods in order to be an adequate leader.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-25 09:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

No argument from me. The point I was getting at was only that "emotional intelligence" is a valuable asset, not that it is a sufficient one.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2015-10-21 11:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. I feel very isolated right now; everyone is celebrating and I'm like, "NOOOO BUT HE'S THE SAME why don't you see that he's the same?"
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-21 03:46 pm (UTC)

Yup

My facebook wall is starting to nauseate me, I have to say. If Trudeau actually legalizes pot, the love-in might continue for a year.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2015-10-21 09:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup

If I see one more shirtless picture of him, I'll hurl. That tattoo is the whitest thing I've ever seen.

I hope he legalizes pot. I'll fucking need it to cope.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-25 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup

You've probably already seen it (you might have been the first I saw post it on FB, but in case not, I hope you haven't eaten anything too recently).

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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2015-10-25 10:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup

I am so sick already of people objectifying a guy who could not be bothered to show up for the Bill C-51 vote and whose party voted for it. Now I know how the Russians and Ukrainians feel and I am sorry for ever posting lulzy Putin pictures.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-26 04:07 am (UTC)

Re: Yup

Sorry, I should have put it under a cut with a trigger warning.

I'm temporarily taking comfort in all the (very) good symbolic noises he's been making since the election and letting myself hope he'll follow Rachel Notley's lead by, to paraphrase one of the Wild Rose Party loonies, keeping his ostensibly (left-of-the-NDP) promises.

But you know I don't expect to be fooled for long.
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[User Picture]From: silverflight8
2015-10-21 06:59 pm (UTC)
Meh. Devil you know vs the devil you don't - but we know the devil before him, and for all the people who keep telling me it'll be the same, it's not and we don't want the devil we knew; there are things that Harper did that he chose to do and didn't have to (those remarks about the niqab, starting with the most recent things). Will Trudeau fulfill every promise? No. I don't think any leader has. But it's a sight better than we had before. I think that's worth celebrating.
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[User Picture]From: dewline
2015-10-21 11:55 pm (UTC)

If Trudeau the Younger is indeed a devil...

Then we've known this one in various ways since he was in diapers. He hasn't exactly been able to hide, even when he wanted to. And that may give us advantages that we didn't have with Harper.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-22 07:20 am (UTC)

Re: If Trudeau the Younger is indeed a devil...

It's a pretty thought. But the man as the backing of Bay Street (not to mention Brunei) and it's going to take one fuck of a lot of lobbying on the part of the common citizenry to hold him to his promises (such as they are).

The populations of mideval Europe knew their kings and queens from the swaddling clothes, but that didn't make their adult versions any less the absolute tyrants they were.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-22 07:17 am (UTC)

One-eyed sight better, yes ...

I'm not sure whether you read my longer, linked piece, or not.

In any case, in the longer piece, I came to your conclusion — to an extent. That Trudeau is going to put race and religion baiting in the closet is undeniably a Good Thing.

But beyond that, very little will change. The big picture won't much change. Trudeau is mostly a figurehead, a standard-bearer for the (proverbial, but also literal) One Percent. If you expect him to roll back C-51, or to back away from the TPP, or even to cancel the bloody anti-"Barbaric cultural practices" Act, I fear you haven't read enough history.

The Liberal Party's litany of lies goes back much further than Chretien's promise to kill the GST, or its slashing of funding for social programs even as it claimed to be improving them. I'm (just barely, 'cause I was a really geeky kid that way) old enough to remember Trudeau I campaigning against Robert Stanfield's Progressive Conservative Party's proposed "wage and price controls" in the mid-1970s.

"Zap! You're frozen!" quoth Pierre, and the nation rolled in the aisles before giving Trudeau a majority government.

Which promptly instituded ... you guessed it! Wage and price controls.
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