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The media thrive on stories of scandal.

Bad news sells.

It does not matter whether or not the bad news is true.

It just matters that the news be bad.

If its not true they can just publish a statement admitting they were wrong.

Few will remember that though as it will only appear for one day.

The wrongness will remain embedded forever in the minds of the people.

Hitler said, “When you tell a lie tell a big lie and tell it often.”

I know from personal experience the power of a big lie often told.

The tone of the writers themselves all too often resembles the hysterical righteousness we find in religious fanatics but it’s actually worse than that because religious fanatics believe they are right. They aren’t. Not by a country mile.

This tone is actually very much like the men who came to Jesus with the woman caught in the act of adultery who said to him, “Moses in The Law states we stone such as these. What do you say?”

They thought they had him.

If Jesus said no than he’d be going against the Law of Moses. If Jesus said yes, stone her he would lose the love of the people. Either way they thought they had him cornered.

Except they didn’t.

Jesus said, “Let the one without sin among you cast the first stone.”

At that the lot slunk away heads down in shame.

By the way they had long before that stopped stoning women caught in the act of adultery. As well, they did not bring along with her the man she was caught with.

The media is worse than those hypocrites who tried to paint Jesus into a corner.

The media seems to think itself without sin. The media is very much like those folk who sit on their verandas tut tutting the passers by (or used to, in this age when television sucks the life out of people does anyone but myself enjoy their veranda).

There is truth and then there is TRUTH.

Trudeau was concerned about loss of jobs.

He let his concern about the working people whose jobs would be lost over ride the rightness or wrongness, the strict legality of a situation. He did that because applying the strict legality of the law would not harm the people who were being called to adhere to the strict letter of the law but rather the folks whose lives depend upon the jobs they will lose should that company say, “We don’t need this. We don’t need to put up with this. We’re out of here.”

Frankly, they’d be right to go.

Trudeau may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth but there is one big difference between Trudeau and those who oppose him.

That big difference is that the loss of his brother has inflicted upon him an understanding of what loss means. We can’t have that understanding unless we have experienced loss.

Trudeau does not want walls built to keep people out of this country.

The man who seeks to replace him does.

The world rightly was aroused to anger when Russia built a wall to divide Berlin. Of course that wall was designed not to keep people out but to keep them in.

What I’m amazed at is how little opposition from organized religion in this country this wall building business is receiving.

Why?

Because in The Last Judgment which you may not believe in but which they, by being (many of them) Christians certainly are committed to Jesus says to those who are consigned to damnation, “You say me hungry, thirsty, homeless, nakd, sick, in prison, a stranger and you passed me by.”

The about to be damned say, “When did we pass you by?”

The Lord replies, “What you did to the least you did to me.”

There you have it.

Justin Trudeau not only is the better man Justin Trudeau is the best man for the job.

He’s also one of the few world leaders welcoming the stranger intohis nation.

Bottom line, Justin’s a good guy.

Like all good guys now and then he does something dumb.

Thank God for that.

It keeps him human.

The people of this country know that Justin is not only the best man for the job he’s also a man who’s proven that he can’t be trumped by boorish, obnoxious people no matter how booring and obnoxious those who want to trump him are.

I’m with Justin.

So too are most of the folks in this nation.

He’s the man for the job.

He’ll be keeping his job.

The good people have taken the fun out of just about everything.

When I was too young to vote my father took me with him. At the election place people for all parties were handing out free beer. They knew how to voters out.

Personally I don’t for a moment most who voted voted for the fellow who gave them free beer (in part because all politicians gave us beer until the NDP came along at least0. No, they said, “Thank you,” for the beer and voted for the person they meant to vote for. The beer had nothing to do with their choice. It just got them out to vote.

Good taste has prevailed. We no longer get free beer when we vote.

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali said, “It’s good taste not bad taste which is the enemy.”

I’m with them. I’m with Justin Trudeau.

–Reg Hartt 2019–08-16.

 

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