You heard that prime minister Justin Trudeau will be in Washington this week? He is having a visit with American President Joe Biden along with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. And let’s hope that Trudeau doesn’t get into playing poker with those guys. He would be lucky to come back with his pants. With those old politicos, Trudeau is out of his league.
Sure, Biden will lay on the No. 1 state dinner for the visitors but behind the scenes, he will lay it on the line. He has his own problems. His visitors can whine all they like about the North American Free Trade Agreement and Canada’s Auto Pact but reality is that Biden could be crushed by next year’s mid-term elections. He is not about to jeopardize his final two years in office facing both a Republican Senate and House of Representatives.
The hard facts are that a loss of both houses of Congress for Biden will open the door to a return of Donald Trump—or worse, the ghost of Donald Trump. There are some better funded, younger, smarter, more vicious Republican comers who could out-Trump Trump. And then Obrador and Trudeau (or their successors) will learn how nasty a neighbour the United States really can be.
We should all remember that the original Donald Trump was an amateur. It took him a long time to find all the rooms in the White House. He lacked the time in office to really screw things up.
It also pays to keep in mind that while Americans think of Canadians as ‘nice,’ they do not really respect us. They will take us home to mother only because we use deodorants and know which fork to use. And they will give us a roll in the hay, provided we go home afterwards. They do like our money as long as we spend it on what they want to sell us and it helps their bottom line.
But ‘The Three Amigos’ was just a mediocre Hollywood grinder that was just another insult to Mexicans. And the Americans have been insulting Mexicans for so long, they think it is the thing to do. Let’s not encourage them to try some of those insults on us.
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