Trumpian Pee Soup and Other Political Delights

Trump has insulted our prime minister. Badly. He called PM Trudeau “weak,” “meek and mild” and “dishonest.” One of Trump’s advisers even went so far as to proclaim that there is a “special place in hell” for Trudeau.

Now, no matter what your political stripe, that kind of unregulated and moronic loudmouthery is something that will unite this country faster than you can say Jacques Robinson. That’s because, love him or hate him, Trudeau is ours. In other words, we can criticise him, but American political hypocrites who project their personality issues onto others can’t. That’s not allowed.

And then to tell us that we’ll pay??? Gall darnit, now you’ve really done it.

A riled Canadian is not a pretty sight. And although that whole “polite and nice” bit is mostly a stereotype, angry and pissed is not our natural setpoint either.

Just wait and see.

How Canadian is this?

So, right now there’s a movement to boycott all American products and services.

Buy Canadian!!

Or, buy anyone else’s products but theirs.

I was thinking about this. We could do it. It would require some pretzelling, but we could.

And we’d probably be healthier and smarter.

Just think, no more Coke, Twinkies, or Doritos.

No more desperate housewives from? Hmmm. Not sure what city they’re from. But they’re desperate, they’re from the States, and watching them will make you want to lick your own eyeballs.

No more smarmy bachelors and bachelorettes who look like they have been built from a kit.

No more cross-border hockey.

Really?

Well, if all the Canadians left, many of the teams would collapse. But at least the season would be over before May. May hockey is just wrong.

No more internet.

Wha???

Actually, we can calm down about that one. It was the result of a rather large, world-wide collaboration that was constructed, layer by layer, on the work and ideas of many, including Nicola Tesla. At various stages, American interests put money into it, but so did a number of other nationalities. However, what we think of as today’s internet was invented by a British guy named Tim Berners-Lee.

There. It’s okay. The internet is not “owned” by the US.

So yes. We could probably live without US products.

But the problem is, I don’t think we want to and that sentiment is about an awful lot more than just stuff.

We’re pissed because a good friend has done the equivalent of announce to the world that one of us farted a big one during dinner and that the bed we offered had bugs. Except these would be total lies. Actually, it was Donnie who peed in the soup – figuratively, that is.

We’re pissed because our veterans have been slighted.

We’re pissed because we’ve been deemed a security risk over the War of 1812.

Really??? Donnie, you baby brain, are you seriously serious?

We want things to go back to how they were. Yes, there was the occasional squabble, but there was never anything serious.

We got along, visited each other, intermarried, tried each other’s food and culture and books and watched each other’s sports, and yes, ridiculous tv shows.

For the most part, we’ve always been pretty chummy.

But now, everyone feels awkward and embarrassed. People are taking it upon themselves to apologise for a leader they probably never voted for and of whom they are ashamed.

A pretty great relationship has become an uncomfortable side hug.

But for as pissed as Canadians might be at the moment, please remember that we’re pissed at Trump and his entourage of peckerwoods. We’re not pissed at you.

We know that the majority of Americans didn’t vote for him. We know that many of those who did felt that they were doing the right thing.

I just hope that underneath the orange glow that’s emanating from your direction, we’re really still friends, and will continue to be friends, long after the Trumpian morass has been consigned to the past.

Now it’s your turn. How do you see it?

30 thoughts on “Trumpian Pee Soup and Other Political Delights”

  1. So Lynette, I’m a little worried to respond, but here I go. What if some of your blogger friends disagree with you? Would it matter if they support Trump? Would it change your perception of those you consider friends? Half the country did vote for him, which is approximately 150,000,000. One or two of those voters might be reading.

    You might think that I’m saying this because I voted for our president, but I did not. I didn’t for a president at all in that election, because I didn’t like my options. However, I’m not a self-hating American, like some. I’m proud of my country and what it stands for, just as people from other countries are proud of theirs (and rightly so). I’m not going to bash my president in order to be liked or to fit in. Sometimes we’re happy with our leaders and sometimes we’re stuck with them. It is what it is.

    So anyway, I’m still worried, but you asked, and those are my thoughts.

    1. Hi Lori,
      Thank you for responding – much appreciated.
      First of all, I’m sorry to have worried you or even to have offended you, and that is on me, because I felt that I had communicated the nuances as I see them, but also, I obviously didn’t.
      My statement “We know that many of those who did [vote for Trump] felt that they were doing the right thing” was meant to convey that I/we understand that voting choices are carried out for many reasons that others might not understand, particularly if they are in any way removed or haven’t experienced what that particular voter has experienced. Not everyone is the same. I also believe that there are many, many things going on that have lead to people supporting Trump. This doesn’t mean that I disagree with them – the reasons they have for voting for him are real, valid reasons that clearly need to be addressed, not dismissed as being meaningless or unimportant. I think that that type of reasoning is exactly why many people do support Trump. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t be friends with them or will automatically dislike them because they voted for him.
      I also have not jumped on the “buy Canadian” bandwagon. My opinion is that it might be overblown, but then again, some of the people doing this and arguing for it also have valid reasons – the tariffs are going to hit them hard. However, as you know, two wrongs don’t make a right.
      Here, many people are upset at Donald Trump, and that’s the case, but my sense is that that doesn’t extend to individual Americans, and certainly is true in my own case. While people here are upset with him and his policies, I think it’s really important to separate the manifestation of his government from the people who put him there. It’s something I’ve pointed out to my RL American friends as they have contacted me to apologise for him (one of whom did vote for him).
      I feel that disagreement is a good thing, a healthy thing. I feel respect for and/or have friendship with many people I don’t agree with – one of them is also an ardent Trump supporter.
      However, I am worried also. I don’t like what I’m beginning to see.
      I hope this answers your concerns Lori, and again, thanks for expressing them. πŸ™‚

      1. Hey Lynette. Thank you for clarifying. It’s not always easy to understand what people mean through writing without face-to-face discussion. I’m relieved to hear that you are open to all opinions. I don’t post political stuff on my social media, but I always respond to those who do. I’ve lost many fb friends for responding to their posts the same as I did yours. That’s why I was concerned, because I enjoy our blogging discussions.

        As I said, I did not vote for this president, but I’m not unhappy with his performance so far. Of course, I don’t ever expect to agree with any president 100% of the time. I do not care for the name-calling at all. I’m not for tariff wars, but I can’t reconcile the discrepancies between what the US is tariffed as opposed to the opposite direction (with most countries). I don’t know the answer to fix the issue, and I don’t know if I agree with what Trump is doing or not. I’m watching closely and forming opinions as things progress.

        Thank you for being open to discussion. It’s refreshing.

        1. No problem. πŸ™‚

          I don’t usually do political posts (as you know) but felt a bit compelled. I’m not an economist but what I’ve found out so far is this whole tariff business is really inter-connected and it’s like trying to unknot a wool ball after a kitten has played with it. So for instance the large dairy tariff that Canada applies is off-set by unfettered American access to the Canadian beef market (which is so open that it’s basically one market – there’s no way you could tell an “American” cow from a “Canadian” cow or a holy cow πŸ˜‰ ). I’m starting to get that there are agreements like this everywhere and involving every product or part of a product that you can think of; most are governed by Nafta but some aren’t. It’s the result of year upon year upon decade upon decade of negotiation by successive governments and of course from the early 90s a lot of it also includes Mexico. In my completely unprofessional opinion, it looks like these exports/imports were pretty equal; they might look unequal if only one item is considered in isolation from all the rest of them.
          So, the way I see it is that either Trump doesn’t understand the inter-related complexities of all these trade layers, or he does understand but doesn’t believe the US should be involved in it – he’s certainly said that before. And, maybe it is time to do a review of all this.

          Thank you too for the discussion – it IS refreshing. πŸ™‚

          1. Well, I’m not an expert in tariffs. I can’t say if what the U.S. is getting with the Canadian beef market is equal to the 300% tariff on dairy. I do know, however, that the bottom line is, the U.S. would like free trade for the world. This is what Trump has suggested. This is where our ideologies may part, because I support free trade.

  2. As neither American or Canadian, I feel out of my depth to comment on something I don’t fully understand. I’ve liked this purely for the line ‘It would require some pretzelling’. Apologies for being so shallow on such a serious topic. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚ I think that he’s a full NPD narcissist (I’m no professional therapist but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and acts like a duck … ) who is demonstrating all the characteristics of his disorder.

    1. I totally understand. Thanks for coming by anyway. πŸ™‚
      The photo was taken last fall and it was a beautiful day – it’s so hot here now with the midnight sun that I wish I were out there too! πŸ™‚

  3. I’m just thankful there are 3000 miles of Atlantic between us and Trump. Not that it means much really, we’re still stuck with his bloody golf courses.
    When he does get to these shores on official business I shall be ready to march, believe me.
    What a classless, vulgar man he is. How anyone can take him seriously with all his stupid tweeting is beyond me.

    1. Oh yes – the golf courses! I forgot about those. I read a piece about Scotland’s first minister who said that he would never welcome Trump there because of all the issues around one of his golf courses.

      My (completely unqualified)opinion is that Trump is an NPD narcissist and the world is starting to find out what that means. There’s going to be a lot more disbelief before people start to realise his methodology.

      Really great to hear from you again! πŸ™‚ I hope that you have been well.

  4. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I am quite fond of this post. A nice balance of serious and comic elements. I am not one of those folks who feel one should support Trump, no matter what, as if it’s some kind of patriotic duty to grin and bear it. Based on our nation’s founding principles, it is actually my duty to speak out when I witness malfeasance, which means I haven’t shut my mouth for the last three years… πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚

      Yup – blind orange is not one of your favourites. At this point, a long-sleeved grey might be kind of plain, but refreshing in its own way. πŸ˜‰

      We don’t usually treat our leaders to such patriotic support and we don’t do “support for the position” much either. We have a history of really going at them and of multi-party election results as well. Put together with our diversity (much encouraged, rather than the melting pot philosophy) we can be a very difficult bunch to govern. This example of support for Trudeau is a one-off because he was criticised personally. In fact, I can’t ever remember a US president being so disliked (disliked? We have disliked some previous presidents’ policies, but not they themselves) or people being so shocked at the level of personal disrespect aimed at our PM.

  5. Brave of you to post about the 45th president of the USA. I am chagrined to call him President, annoyed to see his face every day in the media, heartbroken that anyone voted for this jerk, and dismayed at the inevitable harm people will suffer because of his pathological narcissism. I wrote about him on my blog and got a fair share of hate mail from people claiming to understand NPD. What’s curious to me is that these so-called experts dismissed and criticized psychologists’ opinions: Professionals who have studied NPD, written books about NPD, treated people with a clinical NPD (and their victims) and educated the public about NPD. What is up with people who think their self-taught opinion carried more weight than the educated opinions of the psychological community? I can’t quite wrap my head around the arrogance.

    “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” is a best-seller and definitely worthy of study. It was written by 27 psychiatrists. I wondered how my Canadian friends felt about this asinine president. 45 will hurt people. Seriously hurt people.

    1. Brave? Or maybe just stupid? πŸ˜‰ So far, there hasn’t been any hate mail of any kind.

      I agree that he’s a narcissist (in my untrained but very N-experienced opinion). Certainly, I’m no kind of psychologist or psychiatrist and I would defer to them. But maybe for some of these commentators it’s more akin to a situation where you have to disagree with the doctor who says your lump is nothing; it’s more about being heard rather than being dismissed as a hypochondriac. Rightly or wrongly, Trump’s base feels that he’s listening to them (perhaps for the first time ever) and I believe that he thinks he’s listening to them. The concern is the damage he will do (both internally and externally) in the name of “helping” his supporters while not helping them at all.

      Thanks for the book suggestion. I have heard of it and have read a couple of reviews, but no time for it yet.

      Good to see you. πŸ™‚

  6. Just to look at the other side of this, what we saw was that the G7 did lie about what our President agreed to and they were rude to him. When President Trump left the G7 (early, to go to Singapore), he had nothing but good to say about your president and the EU. Then that horrid picture of Merkel trying to Bully him and everything else came out.

    I agree with a lot of what you say about “don’t insult my leader”. Warts and all, he’s mine. I think that’s a good rule. A word of caution: 93% of the news about Trump is negative. Despite the lowest unemployment of blacks/hispanics in history. Despite almost full employment. Despite the highest median income in 50 years. Despite ISIS almost gone. Despite positive moves with NoKorea. I could go on. 93% of the news is bad because the media hates him. The common man loves him.

    Do I really have to stop buying maple syrup from Canada? Darn!

  7. I think you were brave to post this, not stupid. It all goes back to “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” As to the name calling, many feel Trump just wanted to look strong going over to North Korea. Kim-Jung-Un just wanted a photo op and now seems to be plodding along his original course, as if the meeting was the end result he wanted.

    Trudeau said nothing more after the G6+1 meetings than what he had said before and I am not his biggest fan either. People keep talking about Fake News so much and then they go ahead and create it. I would rather have a leader who talks about how well his team is doing, as opposed to what a good job he is doing.

    In the end tariffs, boycotts, bullying and nasty rhetoric are not the answer. Meaningful conversation based on the real facts is the only way forward.

    1. Thank you and thanks for your comments. πŸ™‚
      I agree that meaningful conversation is the only way to establish good trade relationships or any other relationship. I don’t think that means anything to Trump, however. IMHO, and given his behaviour in light of the US indictments against Russians interfering in their election, and his crude recent behaviour in Europe, he has a Putin-directed agenda that he’s running in order to destabilise the present world political/economic order. I think he’s a pawn, and like all good pawns, he doesn’t know it. I never would have considered that he’s in Putin’s pocket, but his recent behaviour speaks volumes. Putin has much to gain from a break-up of the “traditional” western alliance as well as poor relations between the US and China.

      1. Funny that he aligns himself with the “good” guys, Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin and says how much he respects their ability to secure the people’s obedience and that how he likes the term “President for Life”. Maybe he is looking for a solution to end the 2 term limit. As my sister-in-law says, you cannot reason with someone who is unreasonable. One can only hope that the midterms bring a little balance back. But, I am not betting on it. Now, the whole Doug Ford thing is blowing up and I suspect Jason Kenney will also rock the boat when he gets swept in by a landslide of conservatism next year. People should have more in mind when casting a vote other than wanting things to go back the way the were 40 years ago.

        1. Well, now Trump has thrown his own country under the bus. I’m not hopeful that his megalomania will be checked by the Republican party.
          They certainly should have more in mind. But then again, humans can be amazingly thoughtless and ignorant.

  8. LOL Having tasted a fair share of the ever-strange-right-from-the-beginning peed soup, then throwing all out including the kitchen sink, and still you’re not losing perspective! Quite some delight, Lynette. 🍸

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