We Have Got To Keep the Anti-Mask and Gun-Toting Hate Groups that make up Trump’s Base out of Our Country
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 20th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government may have led the way, this time, in extending the ban on crossing the Canada-U.S. border for yet another month, until November 21st.
And good for the Trudeau government for resisting any possible push by a totally demented U.S. Trump administration to re-open a border that has now been closed since late last March – for a full eight months now – due to a pandemic that we in Canada are suffering, but that Trump and his zoned out enablers have never cared to take seriously.
So now, as of announcements coming out of both countries this November 19th, a continuation of a ban on crossing the border for all but essential, mostly commercial traffic, is official and as much as this Canadians is relieved, I share the view expressed by Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins that it is also “heartbreaking” for all of us with friends and relatives and favourite places we like to visit on both sides of the border.
It is heartbreaking for my family and I who have many good friends across the border in the Buffalo, New York area and beyond, and it is heartbreaking for our American friends.
This past Monday, I was on the phone with some close friends from the United States who my family has known now for close to 40 years and who own a second home in Ontario that, believe it or not, they always look forward to spending our Canadian winters in.
Late this past March, when the governments of Canada and the United States announced that they were going to close the border between our two countries within a matter of days, they were forced to scramble and go back. And they have been dreaming of coming back to that home in Ontario ever since.
“We will do anything,” they said. “We will get tested. We will quarantine.”
Talking to them this time about the possibility that they may not be able to cross over to that home they love any time this coming winter was enough to bring tears to my eyes.
Yet they understand why so many Canadians – polls show more than 80 per cent of us – are so apprehensive about opening the border now. They find Trump as reprehensible as I do as a Canadian, and they say they “can’t blame you” for wanting to continue keeping the border closed.
As Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins said in his October 20th media release; “This week Canada has extended its ban on Americans crossing the Northern border for the seventh time (and) as long as the U.S. President rejects scientific facts, calls medical experts ‘idiots’ and politicizes masks and other common sense health and safety protocols, coronavirus cases will rise, lives will be unnecessarily lost, and Americans will be seen as unwelcome health threat to our allies around the world.”
And now it is not only the virus that we Canadians have to worry about crossing the border.
With the U.S. election upon us in the next couple of weeks, we also have to worry about all of the anger and violence Trump is stoking through rhetoric that is asking ultra-right wing, heavily armed, self-appointed militia groups to “stand by” if he has any reason to believe the election is being stolen from him, who knows what violence and chaos might spill across the border.
Right across the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Michigan, the FBI just arrested a crowd of nut bars there that were allegedly plotting to kidnap that state’s governor and try her for treason for apparently being too strong on imposing health measures to control spikes of COVID-19 there.
So this is where we are at, and it is heartbreaking, indeed.
One can only hope and pray that enough Americans will have the presence of mind to vote Trump out of office.
It is shocking, given the tens-of millions of Americans who continue to support this dangerous monster that the outcome of the election remains a wide open question.
To read the most recent news release from Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins on this issue, posted on Niagara At Large earlier this October 20th, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/10/20/buffalo-new-york-area-congressman-calls-latest-extension-of-canada-u-s-border-closing-heartbreaking/
Here is Trump, recorded this October 19th, dumping all over Dr. Fauci. If you wonder why America is a disaster around dealing with this pandemic, here is a clue, To listen, click on – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BV9midZYNcon
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