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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Thoughts on a Sad State: #Elbowgate


AN INSTANCE OF SYMPATHY

I am not particularly familiar with the whole fiasco. Nor do I particularly like our Prime Minister the Honourable Justin Trudeau, in fact loath is often a better term. However, I feel for him, and yet he enrages me; this is a direct consequence of his responses to the unfathomably stupid and infantile #Elbowgate controversy. To me the whole ferocious attack on Mr Trudeau over an apolitical and completely harmless error is not just indicative of the hysteria that permeates our culture in general but a malaise of effete conditioning tied to political correctness and feminism at the expense of masculinity and confrontation. 

Guess what happened? Someone was confronted in the House of Commons. Order broke down, it happened and it happens. Winston Churchill famously wrote that the House of Commons (of Britain) was designed in such a fashion to promote conflict, and this was an indication of a model of politics distinct from continental conciliation. The fact that the opposition and government sit directly across from each other in the model of battle lines is the obvious physical manifestation. It gave British and by extension Canadian politics a different character. 

Now we have introduced women En Masse to the political scene. We have invited them to participate equally in male spaces across the societal spectrum, while men are likewise denied affirming male spaces of their own, see Toronto's attempt at men's shelters.  But as the member of for Berthier—Maskinong√© Ruth Ellen Brosseau found our commons has a character independent of the people and must be respected. The media snivels about women's 26% participation rate in the House, well it isn't; clear they wish to be a part of the institution on its own terms anyways. I say good riddance. 

Our Prime Minister made on clear and obvious error. He apologized. His handlers made him into a sniveling patsy. He could have framed the issue in his terms as Bill Clinton perhaps would have, may not be the best role model, but their is no faster way to lose respect than to plead for forgiveness.