It was disappointing to read Canada’s outrage at the treatment of 3M Corporation by the United States government, which halted exports of respiratory masks. At the time, scientific experts that President Donald Trump raised to the vice president’s emergency task force (to protect himself from the frenzied attacks of the democratic media and office-holders that he was a land philistine who opposed science in general), told him that the American healthcare system could collapse under the weight of the coronavirus. The Imperial College of Medicine in London had usefully predicted that it could kill more than two million Americans. The Governor of New York provided for a requirement of 20,000 ventilators, and the President had invoked the National Emergency Act. An American company appeared to be selling the items needed to save the lives of Americans to foreign countries. The administration’s response has been flawless and no other national government would have acted differently. Fortunately, the expected death toll has been significantly reduced.
The media and the holding Democrats want this crisis to seriously damage the president that he cannot win – this is their last chance to avoid Trump’s long unthinkable re-election and they are unleashed in all directions. Last week, Mike Brzezinski on MSNBC felt that Trump was pushing hydroxychloroquine as a possible remedy because there might be some financial interest. Even in the United States, where judicial interpretations of the Bill of Rights Guaranteeing Freedom of Expression made defamation cases almost impossible to win, it was probably criminal slander, if the President wanted to disturb.
The American administration quickly authorized the export of the masks to Canada. But there had already been a lot of self-justified vaping in the Canadian media. The Globe and Mail of April 7 made discover to its readers an editorial with the famous line of Michelle Obama then Hillary Clinton: “When Trump goes down, we (must) go high”. It was not going low and it was not an appropriate source: the National Democratic Committee and the Clinton campaign, in 2016, funded the pastiche of lies and gossip known as the Steele dossier and corrupted the intelligence services Americans and the FBI to assist in the spread of it to try to defeat and then obstruct or eliminate Trump; that is to say, they have gone lower than anyone else in the history of American presidential politics. It was the closest that the United States had ever been tanks on the White House lawn.
The Globe editorial concludes: Americans “have been ashamed (of Trump) for more than four years. A gesture of generosity from Canada would remind people of goodwill on both sides of the border that this is not what the world is supposed to be. We are better than that. “We are certainly better than this pompous nonsense. Not only has the problem been quickly resolved, but the American political situation, as I have already mentioned here, is more complicated. Many Americans are embarrassed by Trump. He is a particular amalgam of Archie Bunker, John Wayne, George S. Patton and Leo Durocher (“Nice guys come last”), all recognizable American types, but none of them or all together represent the friendliest Americans. Foreigners like weak American presidents like Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, except when they need American force to protect them, as they did at the time of Franklin Roosevelt and intermittently since. And most of the United States’ allies were pioneers generously accepting a US military guarantee while completely failing to fulfill their commitments to contribute to the collective security of NATO, and the role of Canada in this regard for the past 25 years has been a shame. No less than most Europeans, we just think of the United States as a great Saint Bernard who will do the job and take the risks while we hold the leash, educate and scold. We are indeed “better than that”, just like the Globe and Mail. (I have known his publisher for many years and he is a charming and sensible man.)
This theme was trumpeted in the Globe (and elsewhere) for several days; on April 6, John Ibbitson wrote that “Team Canada” was responsible for entering into a new trade agreement with the United States, lamented Trump’s “vandalism” and said that “Trump and those who support him are not friends of Canada or anyone in the world. “He proposed last week the unannounced 72nd anniversary of President Harry Truman’s signing of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe. (Lamentably, few Canadians surrender account that Canada operated a parallel export credit program for Western Europe which was, for our size, equivalent to the American program.) If Ibbitson thinks that President Truman and General George Marshall (or Prime Ministers WL Mackenzie King and Louis Saint-Laurent) would have produced a penny of aid to Europe if it weren’t for the Soviet threat, he hallucinates. The relevant facts are that GDP growth pa r living in the United States went from 4.5% under President Ronald Reagan to 3.9% under President Bill Clinton, to 2% under President George W. Bush, to 1.5% under President Obama. . The elites, unaffected, did not notice it, but the people and Trump, populist billionaire, television star and impresario, noticed it. The 20 years before Trump were the worst period of presidential maladministration in the history of the country: an endless war in the Middle East to turn most of Iraq back to Iran and create a huge humanitarian catastrophe for the refugees, the world’s largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, almost entirely generated by the Clinton and Second Bush administrations, the constant loss of ground in the world to China, a flat “new normal” that results in no income growth real for more than half the population and, under Obama, higher poverty rates and violent crime and shrinking workforce.
Despite being charged with a two-year fraudulent investigation into the rigging of the elections with the Russians, followed by a completely untrue dismissal carnival (in which Trump was charged with blameless acts for which there were no evidence anyway), Trump had, until the current pandemic, the first most successful term in the history of the country with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. He has kept his promises of tax cuts, deregulation, drastic reductions in illegal immigration, better trade deals, federal constitutional judges, renovating the military, crushing ISIL, reviving nuclear non-proliferation against Iran and North Korea (which had defrauded its predecessors), the elimination of unemployment and net oil imports, the reduction of poverty and violent crime and the expansion of the manufacturing sector and the workforce. Trump has effectively, if sometimes historically, managed the public health crisis and produced a package of economic aid that will quickly restore the prosperity of pre-coronaviruses. His drunken Democratic opponents, to avoid the appointment of a delusional Marxist, had to raise a scuffed wheel horse and they are headed for the last roundup.
Trump had the most successful first term in the history of the country until the current pandemic.
Trump’s national enemies have the excuse of feeling Trump’s overwhelming defeat against them. We have no excuse in Canada for not recognizing the resurrection of the American force. Trump’s grievance did not concern Canada, but Mexico, for attracting American factories, exporting to the United States, encouraging the non-repatriation of profits of American companies from Mexico, and facilitating illegal entry into the United States. ” one million unskilled migrants per year. . He solved it all. And I can assure John Ibbitson that Trump is resolutely loyal to his friends. His public personality is an acquired taste, or not, although his showman talents, which are still important in the United States, are considerable. No one is talking about the upcoming rise of China to the rule of America. Canadians of all peoples should have noticed this, and thinking about the Chinese alternative, especially after its shameful performance in the coronavirus crisis, is a thought to think about. By reviving America, Trump takes the whole West with him. Our inability to perceive this is more disappointing than our ingratitude.
Note: My comment on coronavirus policy in the Netherlands two weeks ago was out of date. They have become quite restrictive and are not very effective.