It has travelled far. It has infected many. They call it the Trump disease. It infects the incompetents, the crazies of world politics. It encourages them to reach for the brass ring on the merry-go-round of leadership. There are no tombs of honour for them. Their light flashes across the night sky and leaves us in darkness.
The infliction of the Trump disease can be at all levels. They challenge village councils and great nations. Their weapons range from sling-shots to rockets with nuclear warheads. They are all braggarts and brook no dissent.
They can use the bigotry and tribalism of a François Legault in Quebec to refuse the tolerance and openness and bilingualism of Canadian society. They can choose the path of a Poilievre in using the freedom convoy’s ignorance to further his ambition. Or is it as silly as the Wildrose retread, Ms. Smith in Alberta, who talks of an impossible separation by a land-locked province. Her sympathies for the unvaccinated falling on deaf ears.
Closer to home here in Barrie, we have a failed councillor, a failed MP, a boy in need of a job, his name is Nuttall, seeking to follow his mentor Patrick Brown into Barrie’s mayoralty. I could not think of a less competent person for the position.
The Trump Disease rampages world-wide. Modi, a religious intolerant rules the crowded lands of India. Liz Truss, a foolish libertarian, is the un-elected leader of the United Kingdom. Xi Jinping thoughtfully considers the offer of another five years as dictator of China.
And, worst of all, dictator Vladimir Putin of Russia threatens nuclear holocaust if he is not allowed to destroy the Ukraine for rejecting his offer of annexation.
It all comes back to the Trump debacle in the United States. He proved while in the White House that American politics are more corrupt than anywhere else in the world. From the pleasure domes of Las Vegas to the crumbling streets of New York, the almighty dollar rules. In lands without compassion, without love and without democracy, our world has little future and little hope.
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