Where’s a good old insult when you really need one, especially when there are a plethora of politicians who so richly deserve one??!
The quality of leaders in the developed world has seriously deteriorated. At its inception, Canada had Sir John A. MacDonald. He drank like life was one long frat-boy party. He was only slightly less racist than his contemporaries, but he knit together a handful of disparate colonies into a Dominion that became what Canada is today.
William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister. He did it in two stretches. He got voted out, then later got voted back in, from the end of the ‘30s to the end of the ‘40s. He got us out of the Great Depression, though World War II, and put Canada – and the UK – back on its feet.
He was a Mama’s boy who frequented psychics and séances. He thought that the Parliament Buildings were haunted. More recently, two MPs were conversing near the elevator. Neither had pushed the button, but down it came. When the door opened, and there was no-one inside, one looked in and said, “Good day, Mister King.”
It all began to go bad with Pierre Trudeau. He had – not one, but two – sons born on Christmas Day, so he always thought that he was one better than God. Already famous for his Salmon Arm Salute, https://archonsden.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/20-a-to-z-challenge-c/ he violated protocol and photo-bombed Queen Elizabeth herself, by pirouetting behind her like a drunken – or gay – ballet dancer, at an official photo session. Richard Nixon described him as “an asshole.” His response was that he had been called worse things, by better men. I’m sure that’s true – lots of them.
The Excited States has had the Emancipation Proclamation, Honest Abe Lincoln. There was, We have nothing to fear but fear itself, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and The Buck stops here, Harry S Truman. The middle ‘S’ is not an initial, but an entire name, honoring two grandfathers with ‘S’ names. He once told a group of high-society garden club ladies, that the White House roses grew so well because his gardeners added lots of manure. One of the snootier women complained to his wife about his use of the vulgar word manure. Bess replied that it had taken her 20 years, just to get him to use that word.
It is hard for a Canadian to judge where and when America began slipping off the rails. It might have been with I am not a crook Nixon. I think that it was somewhere between the two Bushes – Sr. and Jr. – although Burning Bush Senior’s declaration that Atheists should not be allowed to be citizens or patriots, indicates that the rot had already set in. Slick Willy Clinton’s presidency could have been a skit written by the Three Stooges.
This brings us to Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, and (finally) the theme for this N post. Even Bugs Bunny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14KTu4i27j8 agrees that each of them is a
A fool or simpleton
From Latin: non compos mentis – not of sound mind; mentally incapable of managing one’s affairs.
Trudeau-Lite is such a nincompoop that even Trump doesn’t bother to call him an asshole. Trump is not fit to manage his own affairs, much less the nation’s. He believes conspiracy theories, thinks that we should drink drain cleaner to combat COVID, and has gone bankrupt more times than George W. Mission Accomplished Bush – and that’s a low bar.
Both these two – and others – are victims of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect#:~:text=In%20the%20field%20of%20psychology%2C%20the%20Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger%20effect,of%20people%20to%20recognize%20their%20lack%20of%20ability. They are so dumb that they don’t realize how dumb they are. Leaders used to be LEADERS – socially, politically, morally, intellectually, culturally. Now, doofuses like this are Cult Leaders – a Cult of Personality. They don’t so much get elected by the voters; they just win the most likes in a Twitter-storm, or a Facebook octagon match.
I would like to say that we deserve better, but if WE, as nations, vote these clowns into the positions of Chief Executive Nincompoop, we deserve the governments we get, and (collectively) we are the nincompoops. Think carefully – I’ll settle for just think – before you vote. 👿