Events around the world have created a sense of abandonment among the populace. For the past week the arrival and nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for the U.S presidency has taken over the airwaves. As I read, watch and listen to the news I get a sense that the progressives led by the liberal mass media are ignoring the facts about the increase of populism around the world.. The question is why?
When Obama was elected President in 2008, he became the darling of the media. He could do no wrong. After eight years of his administration, the world is under the increase threat of terrorism, the economy has stagnated, many young people cannot find jobs and the world has been divided into several factions, which may result in nativism and nationalism. Why is ‘Trumpism’ on the rise in politics?
There is absolutely no doubt that the world is less safe since the arrival of Obama. Terrorism is rampant, but now in a different form, mostly committed by individuals or small groups. He has refused to name the Radical Islamic Jihadists as the enemy and source of terrorism. Recent attacks in Europe and the United Sates seem to be a precursor of what could become routine in the free world. The world economy has been stagnating for years. Unemployment is not falling but is instead rising among younger people, and mostly among blacks in the United States.
Great Britain voted to exit the European Union, which is now in disarray because of large bureaucratic institutions and meddling in the internal affairs of member countries. The refugee crisis created by the war in Syria, and the response by Angela Merkel to allow millions into Europe has caused economic and social problems in many European countries.
In Canada with the election of a Liberal government under Trudeau, we can see that we are more focused on personality rather than policy. The economy is failing because of the price of oil, layoffs in the oil patch are increasing and taxes are rising. Climate change based policies are not going to improve the situation as new taxes make prices go up. Transportation, food, energy and other related costs will go up and further acerbate the dismal situation.
Keynesian policies which see the government create massive deficits are bound to make Canada worse rather than better. An ever increasing foreign aid policy which sees millions go to countries which are usually ran by dictators and failed governments is not being seen as improvement by Canadians. Too many citizens are seeing their wealth eroded by increasing taxes and government largess.
Alberta once the economic darling of the country elected a socialist government after rejecting a so-called conservative dynasty which in the last decade has failed its citizens. Socialist policies are being put in place, and as a result a province once without debt has its credit rating downgraded as spending grows. Policies which kill rather than create jobs are being implemented. There is no end in sight as new climate change rules and regulations are being put in place. The result will be a double whammy when added to a federal carbon tax.
Forgetting that the true nature of the global malaise created by the arrival of a well disguised socialist in the White House, for the past eight years the public has been fed Pablum by the media. Obama was seen as the ‘second coming’. He was going to be the one that will part the seas and clean the air. His initial success, elevated by an ill deserved Nobel Peace Prize, emboldened the left around the world. There is no doubt that socialism has grown because of Obama. But as he departs from office, the media is left in a quandary because they are reluctant to expose his failures. Instead they focus negatively on the rise of new politicians who propose to reverse many of the policies instituted under his leadership, either internationally or locally.
The media places all the blame for the increasing silent majority rage on racism, xenophobia, and any other ’phobia they can imagine. Pundits and reporters refuse to acknowledge the failure of political correctness and social engineering. Instead they focus on personality traits of people who challenge the status quo and who do not want a repeat of the Obama years.
The rise of Donald Trump, a successful business man is constantly being diminished because he had a successful TV show. They ignore the fact that he built a global real estate empire and actually created jobs. While ignoring the facts that neither Obama nor Hillary Clinton has actually had a job or created jobs. Obama was a community activist and Hillary has lived on the dime of the taxpayer for decades. Similarly in Canada the media ignored the fact that Justin Trudeau had accomplished very little before being elected as Prime Minister because of his name rather than his intellect or successes.
On the other hand any conservative minded candidates are demonized for their social stand or economic policies. Boris Johnson, who was recently appointed Foreign Minister of Great Britain, is still being portrayed as a buffoon or xenophobe for his stance on Brexit. We have yet to see the treatment of the new Prime Minister Theresa May. I would bet that as soon as she starts governing in a conservative manner the media will turn on her, and start making comparisons with Margaret Thatcher, who they will fail to point out was one of the greatest PM of the U.K. By the way they will also never point out that the so-called war on women has resulted in more conservative than progressive leaders.
On the provincial scene, as soon as Jason Kenney entered the race to lead the Progressive Conservative party of Alberta, many in the media have already portrayed him as a radical conservative. One of the first reactions by the media has been his social rather than his fiscal conservatism.
What I gather from all this media frenzy to demonize certain politicians is that the progressives are running scared. The left is being exposed for the fakes they are and the silent majority is rising. The establishment, albeit on the right or the left, have ignored the citizens. Over the years they have imposed polices and ideological agendas on an indifferent, and misinformed public, until now.
While I may not have been an initial Trump fan, to me a Clinton alternative would be worse for Canada and the world despite the entire attempt by the media to state the contrary. I oppose his stance on free trade but believe that fairer trade would be an improvement. On foreign affairs, remember that Clinton was the architect of many of Obama’s failed policy resulting. She is a security risk as stated by the Director of the FBI who for reasons unknown did not indict her.
The media is largely responsible for the state of affairs. While they call Trump and conservatives prophets of doom, they wear ‘rose coloured glasses’. Their lack of investigative and bias reporting has helped to create a misinformed public. In Canada news outlet certainly have a Liberal bias, compounded by their use of news feeds from international liberal outlets and more often than not repeat the same rhetoric instead of providing properly analyzed news.
A Trump presidency may well be the best thing for Canada and the world. For Canada the approval of a Keystone pipeline, better economic management will force the Liberal government to respond accordingly. No more kowtowing to organizations like the U.N and the E.U. No more multilateralism and multiculturalism that is destroying Europe due to the lack of assimilation by refugees. The establishment, albeit on the right and the left, have ignored the citizens. Over the years they have imposed polices and ideological agendas on an indifferent, and misinformed public, until now. The left is being exposed for the fakes they are and the silent majority is rising.
When one’s safety and economic wellbeing are threatened people take notice. Whether you like Trump, May, Johnson or Kenney, the fact is that they represent an alternative to a progressive left that over the years has made the world worse.
What I gather from all this media frenzy to demonize certain politicians is that all the name calling or distorted media reporting of events is just the result of progressives getting scared. The reality is that citizens are getting wise to their indoctrination tactics.