A Plea to Our American Friends and Neighbours from At Least One Canadian
A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted August 21st, 2020 on Niagara At Large
At least some Niagara At Large readers may wonder why I dwell so much on the nightmare that has been folding over the past three or four years, south of the Canada-United States border.
The answer for me is simple and it begins with an insight about the Canada-U.S. relationship that then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau spelled out 51 years ago during a trip to the White House for a meeting with then-President Richard Nixon.
“Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”
Elephants, unfortunately, are animals that many often associate with circuses rather than the great wide-open savannas that should be their peaceful homes.
And for the past three or four years, with Trump’s ascendancy to power in the U.S., we Canadians have had ring-side seats at a circus that has often come off as more of a horror show, with the most scary kind of clowns anyone could conjure up in a nightmare laughing wickedly in our face.
Trump and his army of willing enablers have not only caused grave damage to the pillars of democracy and fair, civil governance in their country. They have done significant damage to us, and they have placed the hopes and dreams of a healthy, prosperous future for our children in Canada, and the rest of the world, in jeopardy too.
From the gutting of environmental protection programs and rules to restore and preserve the quality of our vital freshwater resources in the Great Lakes, to the shredding of air quality regulations and withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, to the imposition of punishing trade tariffs that have hurt jobs and economies in both countries, to impulsive, ill-advised acts of military aggression that, in one case last winter, resulted in the fatal downing a commercial airliner full of Canadian citizens, the damage and destruction Trump and his minions have unleashed on the world is already immeasurable.
And that does not even include the incalculable heartache and suffering for both Canadian and American people and businesses living in communities on either side of a border that has been closed to all but essential traffic since last March – and has remained closed thanks to a U.S. president that either can’t or won’t show the kind of leadership that other countries around the world have in dealing with this killer global pandemic.
One can only imagine how much worse it will get if this mad, reckless, hate-filled, self-serving monster wins a second term this November, with we Canadians living right across the border from a heavily armed country that is already showing signs of morphing into a totalitarian state.
As Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden put it in his speech this August 20th, on the final evening of the Democratic National Convention, nothing less than “democracy is on the ballot” in this November’s U.S. election.
So I make a plea again to our American friends and neighbours, do the only thing that makes sense for the future of your country and the world this coming November. Vote for Joe Biden and for every other Democrat you can running for the Senate and Congress.
Everything that every freedom-loving citizen in your country and ours has fought and sacrificed for is at stake. You have got to kick this evil-minded, crypto-fascist monster called Trump, and all of his boot-licking enablers out of office.
Now here, if you haven’t seen it, or even if you have, is Joe Biden’s August 20th speech at the Democratic National Convention. You can watch it by clicking on the screen immediately below –
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