Drawing my Trump line in the sand - Denny Scott editorial
As I was researching some story ideas for this week’s editorial board meeting, I perused my regular news sites which include the BBC where, if you’re looking for Canada, you have to click the tab that says “US & Canada”. It got me thinking, why are we lumped together?
Following that, it made me wonder, if we’re to be lumped in with anyone, do we want it to be the United States?
Even if you were to disregard the circus that is the current administration, the United States and Canada are two very different places. I know I’ve covered this before, but travelling south of the border is a real eye-opening experience.
I can only imagine what those hospital billboard signs on the interstates are saying now about the wait time at local emergency rooms. I wonder if, like when gas prices exploded in Canada, they’ve had to make the signs bigger by adding more digits.
The way the United States treats its sick and old (though to be fair, we’re not faring much better with the old) is appalling. The number of people who are being murdered or irreparably harmed, consistently, by law enforcement officers is more than concerning and the number of people who are being murdered, period, is just horrifying.
With everything going wrong south of the border, it’s plain to see that the United States is failing. There’s no more debate about it.
Both parties in the predominantly two-partied system have failed their voters. The Democrats lost touch with the common family, creating an atmosphere in which someone like Commander-in-Tweet Donald Trump could flourish. The Republicans have allowed a human publicity-stunt-gone-wrong to lead the country for four years resulting in social ruin and financial ruin likely following.
And both sides have proven they’re not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.
However, if we’re assigning blame, Trump and his cheerleaders have to bear the brunt.
I know there are those out there who think there’s a left-leaning bias in this newspaper and I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong. We’re not anti-conservative (or anti-liberal for that matter), we are, however, anti-racist, anti-misogynist and anti-stupidity and that’s why you’ll often see our southern neighbour’s resident Twitter Twit lampooned and lambasted in these pages.
He’s a racist. Full stop. He talks about “others” and tries to bolster his support by pointing at groups like Mexicans or other immigrants. It’s reminiscent of another polarizing leader who had a very distinctive mustache and hair style instead of a distinctive hair piece. He’s a misogynist. Whether it’s his early scandals about sexually assaulting young women and boasting about it or his more recent behaviour, sending Sarah Huckabee Sanders to North Korea as a “gift” to Kim Jong Un, Trump has proven that women aren’t people to him.
Finally, he is stupid. That’s not name-calling. He actually seems to be lacking the intelligence of his contemporaries, which is why he can be so wrong so often and stick to his false narratives so vehemently: he just doesn’t know any better. The only other explanation is that he could be a pathological liar who hit on the only job in the world where fact checking apparently doesn’t matter. In that case, I guess he’s devious. Not smart, mind you, but devious.
He has recently been encouraging people to commit voter fraud, spurring people to abuse each other (through his inability to condemn it) and he does nothing but antagonize the protestors that are meeting with clashing ideals to further the divide in his country.
Has anyone told him that the Pledge of Allegiance literally states “One nation, indivisible,” in reference to the country he’s leading? I’m kidding. Many people have, he just doesn’t care.
Heck, he has called, according to senior staff members, the most venerated members of a country, those who gave their lives during military service, “losers” and “suckers”.
According to staffers, Trump didn’t visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Paris in 2018, not because of rain, as he claimed, but due to his disdain for those in the cemetery.
“Why should I go to that cemetery?” he’s quoted as asking by a senior staff member. “It’s filled with losers.”
He then said that the 1,800 marines who died at Belleau Wood, an important battle in World War I, were “suckers” for getting killed during the battle.
I’m drawing my line in the sand here: I can get along with anyone of any political stripe: far left, left, centre, right and even far right because each group has some good ideas. I cannot, however, and will not waste my time talking with people who think that a man who isn’t just guilty of the claims above, but who seems to revel in them, is a good person or deserving of leading a nation.
As a matter of fact, whether he commits genocide or not, I think in 50 years people won’t be wondering about the next Adolf Hitler, they’ll be wondering who will be the next Trump, which isn’t surprising. After all, Trump’s a big fan of Adolf’s playbook.