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GUNTER: Was 2019 Canada's horrible year?

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29.12.2019

Queen Elizabeth called 1992 her annus horribilis — her “horrible year.” Her second son, Andrew (yes that Prince Andrew) separated from his wife; her daughter, Anne, divorced from her husband; the affair of her son, Charles, with Camilla Parker Bowles was revealed and a fire at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s family residence, ignited when a spotlight was pressed up against some curtains, eventually causing about $60 million in damages.

Will 2019 be known as the world’s annus horribilis?

Some days it seems that way.

The Americans are hopelessly divided between a narcissistic boor as president, who occasionally adopts decent policies (but mostly by accident) and a pack of smug, condescending lefties who are wrong on even more issues than Donald Trump is because they are fixated on knee-jerk, Big Government “progressivism.”

It’s the Battle of the Two Extremes.

A good example: America’s immigration debate isn’t over how many newcomers to take, with what skills, from where. It’s about a wall the Mexicans were never going to pay for versus, essentially, open borders.

American news coverage is unwatchable. It is divided between people who can’t analyze Trump sensibly because they are convinced he is an illegitimate president versus channels that swoon constantly about how he is probably the greatest president of all time.

Both weaken public confidence in cultural and institutional leaders, such as........

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