Watching What Was Once a Beacon for Democracy Morph in to a Totalitarian State
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted July 20th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Far be it for me to write anything like an open letter to America.
I certainly don’t have the stature to do that, and I am not sure who on the planet – except maybe Greta Thunberg and those other young people pleading for a future free of climate and other calamities – does.
Yet if I were to draft such a letter, it would be all about expressing the horror I now feel witnessing a country that is losing its breath under the knee of fascist leaders and how very scary it now is living in a Canada that, for more than a century, prided itself in sharing one of the world’s friendliest, most peaceful borders with the United States.
Before I go on though, let me put what I am trying to say in context by showing you this – a new ad that has just been put out by a group of former U.S. Republican Party operatives calling itself The Lincoln Project.
Click on the screen immediately below to watch the new Lincoln Project ad –
In the days before this ad came out, I’m sure many millions of people in other parts of the world, including this Canadian, have been watching the news of Trump and his fascist attorney general Barr crushing peaceful protesters near the White House this past June 1st.
All of this state-sanctioned bullying so that Trump could do a photo op, holding up a Bible he’s probably never read, in front of a nearby church that did not want him there, and certainly made it clear of their objections to clubbing and gassing Black Lives Matter protesters to clear the way.
Then there has been the most recent footage of militarized goons in unmarked cars, clubbing and tear gassing protesters in Portland, Oregon, and hauling some of them away, without any explanation, to makeshift cages.
The mayor of Portland and the governor of Oregon and openly begged Trump to remove these heavily armed thugs from the state, but Trump is making a show to the white supremacists and neo-Nazis in his base to keep them there, crushing heads.
We find out through this that reportedly, these storm troopers or “secret police” or whatever else one chooses to call them are reportedly U.S. customs and border agents, suggesting that on any other day – outside of Trump’s mad orbit – Canadians and people from other countries around the world might find ourselves dealing with them at border crossings or inspection areas at airports.
Problem is that we know, Trump and his millions of followers have little or no use for “foreigners,” and may be quick to view them as a threat or “the enemy” if Trump tells them to.
Canadians have already watched Trump and his minions list our country, for reasons that never made any sense, as a “security threat” over the past couple of years, and just earlier this year, Trump tweeted about possibly lining our shared border with U.S. troops.
So what if he orders these border and customs officers to start roughing Canadians up if he feels it may be to his political advantage to do so? Given all of the madness unfolding in Trumpland right now, it would not be out of the question.
And if these officers are willing to come down as hard as we’ve seen them on U.S. citizens, what chance do we have if they are ordered to come after us?
Point is that between COVID-19 the spiralling completely out of control in many U.S. states, and this kind of bullying and violence, orchestrated by someone who holds the highest, most powerful office in the land, I am sure I am far from the only Canadian who is now saying – “Why in hell would I want to go over there!”
Sorry America, I have enjoyed visiting the United States all of my life and have many good friends there. But you are going to have to purge yourself of Trump and his totalitarian ways to get me to go back now.
Meanwhile, and as your ‘dear leader’ continues turning off so many once-friendly allies, what great company you are in with the brutal thugs running states like Russia, North Korea and Communist China.
When you get rid of Trump and get someone decent in the White House, like a Joe Biden, who wants to rejoin the free and democratic world, write us an open letter and let us know.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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