Taosim suggests that there are two halves of the whole. The “Yin” is the dark or shady side of life. The “Yang” or good side lives and represents positive things.
Those two halves live in equilibrium, creating balance and provide perspective.
When people see things as beautiful,
ugliness is created.
When people see things as good,
evil is created.
Being and non-being produce each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other.
How wrong can any teaching followed today by over 7 Billion people really be? I suggest that the answer is that they (the adherents) are much more likely to be correct than what exists in a brain/mind controlled entirely by the dark or shady side of things.
The most useful current example is present day North American governments. I form my conclusions and observations especially following USA President-Elect, Donald Trump’s first post election (November 8th, 2016) news conference juxtaposed to the present individual serving as Canada’s Prime Minister’s most recent vacation junket.
I choose to point to Justin Trudeau’s holiday binge in the Bahamas during January 2017 because it is not the first time that the Canadian PM has ventured into the perceptional “danger zone” leaving himself open to suspicions and leaving many with the sense that his actions fail to meet the “smell test”.
North-American political Feng Shui is about to fall into catastrophic disharmony as it becomes very clear that differences between the two leaders – day and night emerge.
All of that began to play out while the future president of the United States was actively demonstrating how he was building a second wall. The well-known wall between USA and Mexico needs no comment. Deservedly, it will be built. That one can attribute this “wall” to President-Elect Trump is erroneous. The idea of such a wall was first discussed in US Congress in 1924. The idea re-emerged and was set aside during the early stages of discussions/negotiations surrounding the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Long-standing law on the USA books state,( 18 U.S.C. Section 202) “ that both the Vice President and President are exempt from federal rules that prohibit executive branch employees from participating in matters in which they have financial interests”
It goes on to also state: “Except as otherwise provided in such sections, the terms ‘officer’ and ’employee’ in sections 203, 205, 207 through 209, and 218 of this title shall not include the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, or a Federal judge.”
There are huge differences between Canadian law (as a Confederation) and the laws in the USA (as a Republic). Suffice to say that while Trump was certainly NOT required to disassociate himself from his immense business empire, he apparently sought and followed solid legal advice.
He retained a “blue-chip” law firm in Morgan-Lewis and saw to it that an arm’s length between Donald Trump and the Trump Organization was created. The subtle parts of the Morgan-Lewis strategy also puts into place an ethics councilor on equal footing with Trump’s two sons (Donald and Eric) without whose approval, no domestic business matters can proceed, a self-imposed ban between the Trump Organization and foreign entities plus rules pertaining to something called “Emoluments”. According to the carefully crafted Trump “divesture” the President will not permit himself to be seen as “accepting a bribe”. The USA “Code” defines “Emoulments” as gifts, rewards etc from ANY foreign entity. Even a free hotel room extended to a foreign national attempting to do business with the Trump Organization will now accrue to the Treasury of the United States – thus making every American a beneficiary.
These actions, though not forced, create a healthy perception and are best exemplified y the “yang” in Taoism.
Not so much with Justin Trudeau..
While Trump was actively distancing himself from suspicions, Justin Trudeau’s tack was concealment and denial. While all of Trump’s pro-active actions were taking place in New York and Washington (D.C.), Canada’s Prime Minister (PM) quietly slipped out of Ottawa along with his entourage and headed for another Caribbean Resort. The 2017 version happened to be a privately owned island resort owned by Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan IV. Khan is the designated head of a muslim sect known as the Ismailis.
Khan has a (Forbes) net worth of $800 Billion (US$) and happens to own a private island in the Bahamas (Bell Island).
Trudeau’s actions on this junket verge on clandestine and secrecy. His Ottawa office refused all comments as to his vacation destination this year. In view of the opulence and extravagance of his 2016 family junket to St. Kitts and Nevis, embarrassment was hoped to be avoided this time.
The media was playing “where’s Waldo” again with the PM staff and he eventually was tracked down to Khan’s Bell Island compound.
The ever-co-operative main stream media then quickly leapt to Trudeau’s defense in explaining it was a family vacation and “surely” the hard working PM was entitled to some peace and quiet and privacy with his family.
Khan (despite his wealth) picks up huge annual contributions from the Canadian Federal Government. Though unconfirmed, those annual gifts to the Khan foundation may exceed $45 Million (Cdn). Thus, Khan and the Federal Government obviously have “some dealings”.
The notion of a “quiet family winter vacation” took yet another twist into the realm of “Yin” when it was found out that the Trudeau clan was accompanied by the head of the Liberal Party, (Anna Gainey and spouse) as well as Seamus O’Regan, MP for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl in Newfoundland and Labrador, and his husband along for this junket.
By definition, free lodging in a lavish Caribbean resort is an “emolument”. Let’s be clear, the Canadian and American law are extremely different on such things. Where the USA law provides exemption from “conflict of interest” for its President and Vice President; Canadian law makes no such exception for the PM.
The Canadian Conflicts of Interest Law states, “states “neither a member [of Parliament] nor a member’s family shall accept, directly or indirectly, any gift or other benefit, except compensation authorized by law, that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the member in the exercise of a duty or function of his or her office.” Section 4 specifies, “For the purposes of this Act, a public office holder is in a conflict of interest when he or she exercises an official power, duty or function that provides an opportunity to further his or her private interests or those of his or her relatives or friends or to improperly further another person’s private interests.”(Conflict of Interest Act S.C. 2006, c. 9, s. 2)
Where is the Media
There is little/no doubt in the minds of many that Justin Trudeau has an extremely loyal set of defenders in the form of various parts of the “main-stream-media”. I do not wish to risk legal reprisals by naming them but I am certain that they are well known to many. While Trump, though pro-active action has attempted to distance himself from suspicion of conflict of interest, the Canadian PM attempts to obfuscate his own activities. Ultimately, folks are “wising “up to Justin Trudeau. The polling results continue to show a regular and steady seepage of support for the Trudeau regime and there remains an unfortunate deficiency in fair-play from the media. That silence only delays the inevitable. People are discovering that all is not well inside the present Liberal caucus.
Isn’t it ironic: wile Justin Trudeau was secretly hiding away in the Bahamas, USA President Trump was busy trying to bring jobs back to his country through talks with Chrysler/Fiat; Carrier; and Ford Motor Company?????
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