The die has already been cast.


Once a politician has been branded in a certain way, that branding can never be changed. Think of Ronald Reagan – A bumbling forgetful dolt. Steven Harper – A mean spirited control freak. Bill Clinton – A womanizing philanderer. Jimmy Carter – A gutless surrender monkey.
I had a huge belly laugh this morning when one of the “grumpy old white guys” from the coffee shop suggested that Justin had done a pretty good job picking his first cabinet. The mental bubble above my pea like brain was of a bunch of serious people from the liberal party, siting around a big conference table discussing who should and shouldn’t get a cabinet post. In the corner sits Justin with his crayons and colouring book completely oblivious to the proceedings around the big table. When the selections are completed with gender, sexual orientation and ethnic balance, I could imagine the following conversation:

Justin: “What about me don’t I get a cabinet post”

Serious liberal guy: “Well you’re the prime minister Justin”.

Justin: “No fair I want a cabinet post as well”

Serious liberal guy: “Um, OK Justin we will make you Minster of Youth and start a chat room on Google where you can connect with future liberal voters”.

Justin: “Yippee, now where’s my mirror”

Last week and most of this week I have not been able to watch a Canadian news program. I put myself into a self-imposed CNN, Fox News and BBC exile. The reason is every time I put on the CBC or CTV news it’s been hard to control my gag reflex. Seeing all the talking heads positively giddy about our newly minted prime minister. Then watching Justin’s overly animated, drama teacher, hopey changy pabulum, now in full view for the whole world to see, has been more than my stomach could handle.

The die is getting cast on Justin a lot quicker than I thought it would be. The die being that Justin is just a pretty boy hipster with very little substance. I saw a fairly good indication of this earlier today when New York Magazine’s style section “The Cut” had a paper doll dress up page featuring Justin in the altogether and various items of clothing that his fans can dress him up in.

Justin

A liberal insider was quite upset about this turn of events, stating that people are “objectifying” Justin. I’m not really sure what else they expected when Justin has done a fairly decent job of objectifying himself, with his all women “Justin up close and personal” nights and his ladies only charity events, where after they reached a certain monetary target Justin stripped down to his skivvies.

I heard that a talk show down in the States was having a laugh at our expense saying “What kind of country elects a pot smoking, skate boarding, surfer dude guy named Justin as its prime minister”. Many of us with a more conservative bent have been asking ourselves the same question for close to 3 weeks now.

If this national dalliance with style over substance were not going to cost us all a small fortune, I would actually find this all quite amusing.

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23 thoughts on “The die has already been cast.

  1. Hey C. Lets have some thoughts on Mr. J.T. rushing in the immigrants at, of course, our expense when Canada cannot even take care of their own elderly. How about spending money on increasing the available home care, nursing home staff, conditions of nursing homes instead of welcoming in yet another monetary burden on the CANADIAN public.

  2. Your last few posts have been upsetting.
    I used to think of you as a type of opinionated intellectual. I respected what you wrote.
    Now your cheap shallow personal attacks belittle you and your fellow political party members (which I am one)
    The dye is cast. Stop the ineffectual angry rant.
    If you want to make a difference in local politics, and be an agent of change, please realize that unnecessary rants like this blog post will cheapen your brand to the point where you become ineffective and dismissed.
    So please stop the angry personal attacks (crap) and get back to subjects where you can make a difference.
    If you are still angry, find another way to get it out of your system.

  3. Oh you poor conservatives, All despondent because Justin was the cool kid in high school and Harper was the nerd shoved inside lockers. That was probably the foundation of Harper’s resentment and vindictive governing style.

  4. I have to admit, it’s fun reading the right wing crazies going nuts over this. Keep it up. The Rebel is also particularly interesting if you can’t enough “the sky is falling” commentary from old white dudes.

      • Absolutely, but it’s been 10 years of hearing from the left wing nut jobs and it’s getting boring. Now it’s time to have some fun with the red faced right wing crazies…..at the end of the day we need crazies from both ends of the spectrum, it keeps the rational portion of the population centred.

  5. Nobody, remember your friend Mr Harper put Helena Guergis in His cabinet (yes, that really happened, it wasn’t just a bad dream).

  6. Maybe I missed something…but can you say that any of the MPs selected for the cabinet were unqualified? Was someone more qualified and left out?

    Regardless of the obvious satire which I always enjoy…it’s tough be open-minded and crucify this new cabinet (and our new PM) before they get a chance to govern for a few days!

    • In terms of the cabinet I don’t like the idea of it consisting of 15 men and 15 women Triguy. That seems very contrived. Appoint a cabinet based on merit. If that ends up being 25 women and 5 men so be it. In terms of our new PM the point of this post is to highlight the fact that through his own actions Justin has already been cast as a vacuous pretty boy at home and abroad.

  7. It is unfortunate that the media did such a great job demonizing Harper to the point where you could not turn on the television or pick up a paper without hearing that it was time for a change. At the same time every news clip of Trudeau was done in an up-beat manner. Now we have what we have. Trudeau has promised tax cuts for the middle class. Unfortunately that will amount to very little and all of it and more will be taken out of our pockets to pay for some new climate change initiatives which are as yet undefined. However, If I take up pot smoking once it is legal here in Canada, I may not notice 🙂

  8. This kinda makes me nervous – ‘all nicely gender, sexual orientation and ethnically balanced’ – it’s like they said we need this many girls, this many guys, this many ethnic people, this many ‘whatever’ – instead of we need the best person for this job and this job regardless of gender, sexual orientation and enthicity. The public have spoken and we have to respect that..but I, for one, sure have my reservations.

  9. Alea iacta est (“The die is cast”) is a Latin phrase attributed by Suetonius (as iacta alea est [ˈjakta ˈaːlea est]) to Julius Caesar on January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in Northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance of the Senate and began his long civil war against Pompey and the Optimates. The phrase is still used today in Italy (Il dado è tratto), Spain (La suerte está echada), French speaking countries (Les dés sont jetés), Brazil (A sorte está lançada), Greece (Ο κύβος ερρίφθη), The Netherlands (De teerling is geworpen) and Poland (Kości zostały rzucone) to mean that events have passed a point of no return, that something, whatever it is, will inevitably happen.

  10. Dear whoever you are or think you are.
    I have enjoyed your posts for a long time but I really think you a) need to get outside your own
    box and b) use spellcheck.
    I am a conservative voter but liberal in my thinking.So, I have problems too!
    xx

    • Hi Wendy, I notice that you have never commented before, welcome aboard.

      When you say “Dear whoever you are or think you are”. I thought that was rather obvious from the title of this blog, I “think” I am a Nobody like 99% of the general population.
      In answer to your other 2 comments:
      a) I am quite happy in my “own box”so why do I need to get out of it?

      b) I do use spell check, although I do miss the odd word that is correctly spelled but has a different meaning . I have been told that my grammatical errors add to the charm of this blog, but that is for others to decide.

  11. “……. heard that a talk show down in the States was having a laugh at our expense saying “What kind of country elects a pot smoking, skate boarding, surfer dude guy named Justin as its prime minister”……

    OK, I don’t really care about your comments regarding Justin Trudeau, but that criticism coming from the States is pretty rich!! That’s the nation where Donald Trump and (fruitcake) Ben Carson are leading the polls in the Republican Presidential campaign. Enough said.

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