A Plea To Our American Neighbours

For the Sake of Peace, Love, Justice, Democracy and the Future of our Planet, Vote this Tuesday, November 6th!

Vote for the Beginning of the End of Rage, Hate, Greed, Climate Denial and Trumpism!

A Brief Comment from  Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A sign I have seen on the front lawns of a number of people’s homes in Buffalo, New York

As a Canadian who has lived most of his life near the border of his country and the United States, I have made many good friends in the United States over my 60-some-odd years and have grown to love the places I visit, including the coastal town of Massachusetts and the classic old neighbourhoods and Olmstead parks of nearby Buffalo.

So to see all of that growing less welcoming and darker over the past few years with that vile, hate-filled monster now occupying the White House is heartbreaking.

To see and hear Trump and his band of psychos declare Canada, for some incomprehensible reason, a “national security risk” and declare that there is “a special corner in hell” waiting for our prime minister – even while Trump boasts about having wonderful relationships and exchanging “love letters” with some of the world’s most brutal dictators – seems like such a betrayal of a long, peaceful relationship between our two countries.

As a journalist who began my reporting career at a daily newspaper, reporting on the toxic waste tragedy at the Love Canal neighbourhood in Niagara Falls, New York and on the very serious pollution problems facing our Great Lakes at the time, and all the people who suffered from the pollution and fought so hard for  better rules and regulations to protect our environment, it enrages me to see this man so callously deconstruct so much of the progress citizens and governments on both sides of the border made.

I think of my old friend and colleague Paul MacClennan, a pioneering environmental reporter at The Buffalo News, who inspired and taught me so much, and who worked so hard to write stories that inspired others to fight for cleaner air and water and for what is left of our natural heritage. Paul died a year ago this fall and I sometimes find myself wondering what he would think today.

For your sake, dear neighbours, and for ours and the rest of the world, please vote this Tuesday, November 6th for a Democratic Congress and, if possible, a Democratic Senate that puts a leash on this dangerous man.

One of your great American singers, Barbra Streisand, has released a timely album this fall that speaks to both the heartbreak and hope that consumes her and so many others during these dark, Trumpian times. The album is called ‘Walls’ and one of the many moving songs on it, with lyrics written by her, is called ‘Don’t Lie To Me’.

Barbra Streisand’s new album ‘Walls’ is a cry of despair and for hope in the age of Trump

In a recent note Barbra Streisand shared on social media about why she made this album now, she wrote; “I find myself quite sad these days. They say that “One picture is worth a thousand words,” so I chose 138 of them for my “Don’t Lie To Me” video! I’m grateful that music allows me to express my feelings. In my own four-minute way, I’m trying to fight against the disintegration of democracy – where truth becomes “alternative facts” and lying becomes the new norm.”

Please e click on the screen below and give the song a listen –

Here are Barbra Streisand’s lyrics to “Don’t Lie To Me” – 

 “Why can’t you just tell me the truth?
Hard to believe the things you say
Why can’t you feel the tears I cried today
Cried today, cried today

How do you win if we all lose?
You change the facts to justify
Your lips move but your words get in the way
In the way, in the way

Kings and Queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Head and heart, on our knees
You can’t see what we all see

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

You can build towers of bronze and gold
You can build castles in the sky
You can use smoke and mirrors, all clichés
Not today, not today

Kings and Queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Hand and heart, down on knees
You can’t see what everyone see

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

Can’t you see I’m crying?
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Where’s the new horizon?
Where’s the new horizon?

How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
(How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?)
How do you sleep?
(All that we built has come undone)
Enough is enough
(How do you sleep when the world is burning?)
How do you sleep?
(Everyone answers to someone)

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

Can’t you see I’m crying?
(Can’t you see we’re crying?)
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Everyone answers to someone”

Another sign that began appearing this past summer on the lawns of homes in Buffalo

The last song on the album is an old one called ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’. In liner notes she writes; “While I sing ‘Happy Days’ in 2018 with deep despair, I hope that in the not-so-distant future, I’ll be able to sing it again the way FDR used it as his 1932 presidential campaign theme song: to celebrate the times with optimism and with confidence that our best days are yet to come.”

Make it happen America. This Tuesday, go out and vote no to darkness and hate, and yes to better days to come.

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

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