Bullying on the Political Playground

Most of the bullying tactics that politicians use are the very same ones that middle school and high school students use:
– Blame-shifting when they want to deflect attention away from themselves.
– Calling another person names.
– Sabotaging someone’s reputation.
– Spreading rumors or planting gossip about someone.
– Threatening others either by subtle warning to an outrageous declaration of what might happen in the future.
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Does Prime Minister Trudeau fit the Criteria of being a Bully?

– In Sepember 2021 he said, “There are also people who are fiercely against vaccination. They are extremists who don’t believe in science, they’re often misogynists, also often racists.” Compare that to the statement he made a few months earlier: “There are medical reasons, there are a broad range of reasons why someone might not get vaccinated…”

– In the past month he has said the trucker protesters were “very often misogynistic, racist, women-haters, science-deniers, the fringe.” Contrast this to a statement he made in earlier years: “Openness, respect, integrity – these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.”

– He recently accused protesters at the “Freedom Convoy” of spewing “hateful rhetoric” and “violence” , despite media reports that the massive weekend rally was overwhelmingly peaceful.

– He said he would not meet protesting truckers because of their ‘hateful rhetoric’. Instead, he went into hiding, in contrast to a statement he once made: “My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it.”

– This week Trudeau replied to comments and questions (made by a female Jewish member of Parliament) by accusing Conservative party members (and by extension her) of standing with people who wave swastikas and standing with people who wave the Confederate flag. (Yes, there were fringe minorities at the march. Organizers and leaders of the convoy condemned extremist groups, and asked that participants report lawbreakers to the police.)

– He invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act, which gives the federal government broad powers to restore order. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland warned they can tow away vehicles; freeze truckers’ personal and corporate bank accounts; and suspend the insurance on their rigs. The government will also broaden its anti-money-laundering regulations to target crowd-funding sites that are being used to support the blockades. Compare that to this statement Trudeau once made: “One of the things with Canada is we’re of a modest enough size that we never feel that the ideal outcome of any given deal is, we win and you lose.

The most honest statement he once made, though is this:

I think it’s hard to know how one deals in situations of confrontation until you’re actually in there, so I’m not going to speculate on what I would do.
– Justin Trudeau –

Not to be outdone by the politicians, Mainstream ‘Legacy’ Media – Canada’s CBC – suggested maybe Russia is involved:

“… given Canada’s support of Ukraine, in this current crisis with Russia, I don’t know if it’s far fetched to ask but there is concern that Russian actors could be continuing to fuel things, as this protest grows, but perhaps even instigating it from from the outset,” CBC panelist Koksal said.

For all my posts on this story, see Truckers Convoy.

23 thoughts on “Bullying on the Political Playground

  1. I honestly don’t believe personal blogs are the “right” place to share controversial political opinions. That being said, if you feel you aren’t be “served” by your MPP, MP, or Prime Minister, why not run for office yourself? A government is made up of PEOPLE – they need to “serve” not only their own constituents (THOUSANDS of them), but also the party they represent, and the MILLIONS of others who are citizens of this country. Their own opinions on things don’t even come into it. I grew up in a household with a politician for a father (he was only a “local” politician, but his goal was to “speak for the little guy”). You cannot imagine the work it took to review thousands of pages of material every week (on a part-time salary), make “informed decisions” on issues, and speak for the people he represented. Oftentimes “you were damned if you do and damned if you don’t”. There was never a time when he felt he “got it right”. I don’t know how anyone does it at a higher level (or why they’d even want to). One person does not make the decisions for a country (or a province, or a town/city/community), nor do the words they say represent what they might feel themselves about an issue (they have to speak for “the party and the people” long before they speak for themselves). You really shouldn’t judge what you don’t fully understand!

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    1. What better place than a “personal blog” to express opinions? And to say that the author “doesn’t fully understand” sounds like a kind of elitist snobbery to me.

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      1. I would say that nobody fully understands anything, but in this day and age it is probably important that more of us debate this stuff. So much of mass and social media is biased and abusive – their content isn’t how we all learn from others and become more tolerant.

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    2. Thanks for expressing your opinion, Margo. The ability to express differing opinions without fear and condemnation is something that is in danger of being lost in society today. It shouldn’t matter whether it is BLM or Truckers, everyone should have the right to gather and challenge the policies of the government, whether it is a demand to defund police or remove a mandate.

      You are right, the politicians opinions should not come into it. Yet that is what the Prime Minister’s words are.

      One person should not have so much power that they can make a highly controversial decision for a country, yet that is what the Prime Minister did by enacting the Emergencies Act. The Premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec did not support it and do not want it to apply to their provinces. The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois will likely vote against it. The border crossings were reopened before the Emergencies Act was even enacted, so it looks like the powers of the act were primarily something Ottawa wanted, perhaps. (The Ottawa police didn’t have to be vaccinated until the deadline of January 31. Prior to that, they could test every three days.)

      Is a personal blog the right place to express political opinions? It might not be right for every blogger, but as long as we live in a country where we have freedom of speech, many of us will speak (and judge) with ideas and opinions that are not always expressed by much of the mass media.

      If I don’t fully understand this situation, then I would argue that our Prime Minister does not fully understand the lives of the people who have been ‘essential’ for the last two years while he and the other ‘work from homers’ could shelter at home.

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      1. I wasn’t suggesting you didn’t understand the political situation; if you read my comment again, you’ll see I was referencing the JOB of a politician and the many “plates” they have to juggle to try to satisfy everyone they “report” to (their constituents, their party, the opposition parties, and everyone else who has an opinion about what they should do or say on any matter). Politicians are NOT omnipotent beings; they are humans with a terrifically hard job to do and they will never, ever (EVER) satisfy everyone. So be it.

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    3. Dear Margo

      If we don’t say things where we can, where do we say them? The whole point of a personal blog. the political elites do not want the ordinary man or woman to think for themselves in case they start asking awkward question of the politicians who are supposed to be public servants.

      ‘Humble and obedient servant’ was the phase on civil service letters. Although now I think uncivil service might be better. And disobedient self-serving servant.

      Trudeau has become a dictator and was never fit for the role he is in. Once everybody wakes up to that fact, things will begin to improve.

      Of course his words have given scope to the mini Hitlers in Canada so maybe there is method in his madness and hypocrisy. Make the population mad as hell to do something about the ‘Another fine mess we have gotten ourselves into’.

      Kind regards

      Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
      Please excuse the nom-de-plume, this is as much for fun as a riddle for people to solve if they wish.

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      1. I think media, including social media, are as much to blame as the politicians if they don’t challenge political narratives and if they don’t investigate the stories they are telling.

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    1. There must be a word for it – systemic bias against blue collar workers, maybe. Our Prime Minister has no problem with anti-pipeline protests and violence, for example.

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      1. How about Bias Against Thinking Society. Or BATS for short. This might explain Trudeaus love of China – see Wuhan wet market.

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  2. I’ve said in a comment somewhere (I don’t recall) that the so-called “leaders” of supposedly free countries need to wake up and pay attention to what the people are saying.

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      1. Sadly I don’t think the average person is educated enough to vote.

        But then that’s what the Marxists/communists have been trying to do for years, dumb down the populace so they can take over.

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        1. I’m not so sure it is about how ‘educated’ you are. I think it is more about how gullible and easily led you are. I know some extremely well educated people who have difficulty looking beyond the narratives that they are being fed by the interest groups they have identified with.

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          1. Fair point, but then I consider that part of education, to train people to think critically, think outside the box if you will. The Marxist/communists use battering rams of propaganda in schools, colleges and universities to prevent critical thinking.

            I don’t consider that the supposedly well educated are properly educated at all because they all to often are narrow minded special interest people, rather than what one might call polymaths.

            For example, there are those with doctorates who consider they have made it with a PhD, but don’t have a broad life experience to enable them to think properly and make reasonable judgments in many matters, including what we call politics.

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  3. Excellent post Margy! It is so very important that we express our views on what is happening with today’s current events in Canada because our free speech is being censored!
    The fact you are sharing on your personal blog is a positive move! Thanks so much for posting this excellent commentary!

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    1. People don’t seem to get how far ‘left’ the left has moved. The so called ‘right’ is actually in the middle now, but if they don’t get back in power they aren’t going to be able to stop what the Liberal/NDP, almost authoritarian government, is doing.
      “Authoritarian governments are normally characterized by the suppression of dissent and control of the dissemination of information. Any type of media is heavily censored. In many cases, the media is used as a tool of an authoritarian government in order to make it and its policies seem more popular in the eyes of the general population… It can be a government in which one person acts as the absolute ruler (totalitarianism), or a government made up of a certain group of people, such as a political party.”

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  4. Excellent post Margy….i have been rooting for your truckers from the midwest USA. I think those truckers were brave, honest and respectful in their protest….politicians should take a lesson from them…..if they would just open their eyes and ears they might learn something from the “regular people”.

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  5. I am so tired of Trudeau. Your opinions are always thoughtful and rational. The fact that the way you discredited Trudeau was through using his own words says it all. Being a politician is an incredibly difficult job and I know I couldn’t do a good job. It’s too bad Trudeau didn’t realize years ago that he’s not cut out for it either.

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