A Commentary by NAL publisher Doug Draper
Posted August 3rd on Niagara At Large
“He could win,” said one of the nice people I crossed paths with during a tour of historic neighbourhoods in Buffalo, New York last weekend.
“Please don’t say that,” I responded. ”I don’t want to say it,” she replied, “but things have gone so crazy, he could win.”
What is horrifying is how close Donald Trump is to Hillary Clinton in many of the national polls on the presidential race. She got the expected bounce in the polls coming out of her party’s convention in Philadelphia this late July but as of this August 3rd, he was still polling within 10 points of her and many Americans are pretty damn wobbly on her too.
So if a tape of one of those $225,000 speeches Hillary gave to the hedge fund operators and junk bond peddlers on Wall Street – people like her son-in-law – should happen to surface, who knows what hell awaits the 99 per cent. President Trump?
Some of you may wonder why an online news site on the Canadian side of the border should pay any attention at all to what happens with Donald, Hillary and Bernie.
Well, for starters, Niagara At Large is fortunate enough to have subscribers on the American side of the border who take an interest in what happens here too.
Just as importantly, I have family and friends in the U.S. whose future could be profoundly impacted – and not in a good way – by a Trump presidency. And don’t kid yourselves, my fellow Canadians. Our future – economically, environmentally and in almost every other way you can think of – would tremor and crack away like a quake beneath our feet too.
Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre, put things in perspective for we Canadians some 47 years ago. “Living next to (the United States) is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. … One is affected by every twitch and grunt.”
And what an elephant in that big Oval room the Donald would be!
“I’m disgusted by Donald Trump’s selfish, hate-filled attacks on the parents of an American Muslim soldier who died bravely serving our country in Iraq,” stated Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on her Facebook page this August 1st, adding that she is “disgusted but not surprised. …Trump’s plan is to turn Americans against each other,” continued this most progressive Senator I’d rather see be America’s first woman president. “A deceitful and ugly blame game that says, whatever worries you, the answer is to blame that other group. Spend your energy hating them. And when that happens, there will be no energy to make real change and guys like Donald Trump can stay on top.”
Writes Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post in an August 3rd post; “During the primary season, as Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox. Now I am increasingly convinced that he is just plain crazy.
Sharing the page with Robinson’s column was a cartoon of Trump in the Oval Office, red-faced and angry with a letter on his desk reading; “President Trump, you stink! Signed Linda Jones, 14 Maple Street, Wichita, KS,” with two horrified aids trying to pull back his right hand as it inched closer to a nuclear button.
Donald Trump is “unfit to serve as president (and) woefully unprepared to do this job,” said Barack Obama this August 2nd in an unusually harsh comment coming from any sitting president for someone running for the office.
If that flurry of missives isn’t disturbing enough, Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida and host of MSNBC’s cable news program ‘Morning Joe’, spent a good deal of his August 3rd show questioning Trump’s mental health and shared the following story he was told by an old source in the Washington foreign affairs bureaucracy.
“I’ll be careful here,” Scarborough said. “Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on an international level went to advise Donald Trump. … Three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked, at one point, ‘If we have them, why can’t we use them?”
Wow! It is terrifying to think that, even with all of the Americans I know who would never vote for this mental patient at gun point, how many millions of others are cheering him on.
God help us all.
Click on the following image to watch ‘Joe Scarborough’ tell the nuclear weapons story on ‘Morning Joe’.
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