A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper, publbisher, NAL
Posted on the Fourth of July, 2022 on Niagara At Large
You don’t have to follow he news from the American side of the border too much to arrive at the conclusion that the country, which has long branded itself “the world’s greatest democracy”, is sliding down a slippery, slimy slope to full-fledged fascism.
Despite all the damaging evidence coming out about Trump and his cult followers at those Jan. 6 Congressional hearings, the common wisdom among pundits on all sides of the political spectrum in the U.S. is that the Republicans, which have become the party of Trumpism, will win this coming November’s mid-term elections.
That means that by the beginning of next year the ‘Party of Trump’ will hold a majority of seats in the U.S. Congress and Senate which will put an end to the current President, Joe Biden, and his Democrats passing anything else in the way of progressive form.
It also means that the Republicans will continue their campaign to restrict voting rights for African Americans and other groups that are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates. That will make it far easier for Trump or someone else like him to win back the White House in 2024.
Meanwhile, the extremists Trump and previous Republican presidents appointed to the Supreme Court are busy stripping away women’s rights and are poised to ban contraception and same-sex marriage.
Just last week, this same majority on the Supreme Court also gutted measures in the U.S. Clean Air Act for reducing climate-ravaging carbon emissions and this fall they are expected to tear the teeth out of the Clean Water Act which, when it was enacted five decades ago, was looked upon as leading piece of environmental protection legislation around the world.
The gutting of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts – this coming from a bunch on the Supreme Court that claims to be “pro-life – is also bad news for Canada and for our Great Lakes since poisons discharged to the air and to water bodies have no boundaries.
So it is hard to know what to say to my American friends this Fourth of July Independence Day except maybe, enjoy what is left of your independence while you can because the oligarch is coming back and he’s madder than King George.
The world, including Canada, which found itself suddenly being listed as a “security threat” in Trump world, caught a glimpse of the future in America when Trump was the president the first time around, and it was horrible.
God Help Us All!
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Trump to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a meeting between the two about four years ago – “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”
(For the record, it was the British that burned the White House during the War of 1812. It was Trump who encouraged a mob of his followers to sack the U.S. Capitol Building more than 200 years later.)
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