… And Not on the Other Side of the Canada-U.S. Border Where All Hell is Running Loose
A Brief Thanksgiving Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 11th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
This note might come across to at least some as sounding a bit too patriotic or ‘Pollyanna’, but I am prepared to live with that.
In my more than six decades of life on the Canadian side of the Canada-U.S. border, I have hardly ever felt more relieved and happy to be a Canadian rather than a citizens of a country that unabashedly sold itself to the rest of us as “the greatest democracy on earth.”
Well, something akin to our good friend Toto has pulled the curtains open to expose that illusion.
We now know that all it takes is a reality TV con man with a reptilian genius for stirring the latent anger, racism and love of guns and violence in far too many millions of Americans to see that so-called great democracy fall like a house of cards.
There may have been a time when, as the legendary Canadian rock group The Guess Who once sang in a song called ‘American Woman’, “shining lights can hypnotize,” but the scales have fallen off this Canadian’s eyes as they have, I believe, for so many others here and around the world.
We are watching a United States of America quickly descend in to a country more like Nazi Germany during the 1930s, under the leadership of a man who rules it like a fascist dictator with a cultish following numbering in the tens of millions.
So let’s give thanks on this Canadian Thanksgiving Day that we live on the Canadian side of the border, and the border is still closed to tens-of-millions of Americans who think the COVID-19 virus is some kind of left-wing conspiracy or hoax to restrict their individual rights, and to a sub-group of them who belonged to armed militias, white-supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, and are even in to abducting and possibly executing U.S. governors under the hateful umbrella of Trump.
To paraphrase the late British leader Winston Churchill, Canada’s system of democracy and its current leadership, may be far from perfect, but it is one hell of a lot better than the alternative south of the border.
I wish for all of us in Canada a warm and safe Thanksgiving.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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