I have no idea how I come across. Not really. Over my lifetime, I have found that some people like me, some don’t and the only remarkable part – if it’s accurate – is that most fall into those two categories and with many fewer being ambivalent. I do not make much of vanilla-benign-meh impression. Black or white, not so much grey. Such is life.
I even kinda know when I am gonna irritate a few people. I know it. My views on the Weinstein et al witchhunt, for instance. Anyone would know that some women might react viscerally. Differently. Opposed. I get that. (I still maintain that due process is the main message but I included a couple of ‘fightin’ words’ in my posts as well. I think that sex is a tool often USED by women and so on… But that is a debate for another day. This is not about that.) I am just saying, I know I can be annoying to some people. Sometimes.
Yeah, it was Sal who told me. Many times, actually.
This may prompt another one of those times. Trudeau is making me sick and embarrassed. He is still head and shoulders better than Harper but, sadly it is increasingly JUST the head and shoulders. He is only pretty. Harper was a Nazi. We all like pretty more than we like Nazis but, honestly? For the leader of my country to be a crying apologist for the history neither he, I, nor those in the audience experienced first hand!? I would rather have neither the nasty whip nor the whining wimp as the leader of my country. One made me angry. The other makes me embarrassed. A pretty airhead is less problematic, I suppose, than a Nazi but there might be a debate for some. Neither is a proper leader.
Trudeau, the walking tear duct, has feigned emotions for women, Inuit, LGBT-whatever-string-of-letters….to the point of absurdity. Even some of the media reporters are cringing. It’s ridiculous.
Once again, I do not want to be misconstrued or misunderstood. Apologies are sometimes necessary. Trust me, no one knows that better than me. And, I suppose, apologizing to a bunch of people for things done to previous generations has some beneficial purpose…for somebody. I suppose. And, I suppose, if I were gay, Inuit or female I would hold that view….but….honestly? It does NOT seem at all sincere to me. It’s a form of politicking. Nor do I understand why setting aside $145M tax dollars for ‘compensation’ to those deemed affected by some hindsight offense makes any sense.
But it is not really the apology I object to, it’s the stupidity of how and why it is done.
I apologize sometimes I have to (daily, if you must know) but I am either sincere or I don’t do it. And, if I am sincere, I make it a point to not re-offend in the same way. That’s part of the apology – a promise to do better. But I have never then cut the offended person a cheque. Never. And, believe it or not, some people have apologized to me (rarely) and I never expected monetary compensation from them. ESPECIALLY giving or getting funds from other people’s pockets? Trudeau tears up but someone ELSE pays the bill? That’s the very definition of insincere.
And the tears? The bloody tears? C’mon…….. I am sorry for bad things that happen to other people. Honest. I have even been brought to tears if I was close, knew them or was somehow connected. But I do not feel tears for generations or government decisions past. Maybe I should. But I don’t. But Trudeau cries for them all! What next? The Grizzly bear hunt? Whales? Puppies? Kittens? Roadkill?
He should apologize for the miserable acting.
Let me put this another way: my father was wounded in WW2. He was lied to by his and other Allied governments. He was misdirected. He was sacrificed. He was poorly treated afterward and he was wrecked by his ‘service’ to this country. When I say, ‘wrecked’, I mean he received a 100% disability pension (the equivalent of a welfare level amount). If, as a soldier, you get both legs blown off, you get an 80% disability. My dad got 100%. You’d think 100% disability was DEAD, wouldn’t you? And did he get an apology? Of course not.
My dad was not the only victim in his immediate post war life. The five of us (mom, me, two siblings) lived hand-to-mouth in condemned houses, ghettos and with a man prone to violence (PTSD writ large). Did we get an apology? Of course not.
And I do not want an apology. Wouldn’t accept it if offered. The prime offense was against my father. I was just a bit of collateral damage. And, I am OK with all of that. That’s life. To hell with stupid apologies. Just do NOT do it again!!!!
My point? We’ve all been hurt in some way. Harassment for women. Prejudice for others. Poverty. Lack of opportunities. Whatever. Trudeau did not do it to them, me or anyone. He hasn’t a clue about the real challenges in life so many face. Spoiled bloody brat. I just want him to shut the hell up and do what he can for those in the present and the future. Stop free-riding your political ambitions on the backs of the past victims. It’s nauseating.
And, if he does NOT fix the dreadful conditions on the reserves within days of these tear-filled apologies, what good are they? Isn’t he just setting it all up for some other insincere doofus twenty years from now?
Stop apologizing and just go to work to fix what needs fixing.