November 9, 2016 by Rua Lupa
Its no surprise that most Canadians supported Hillary Clinton out of the two presidential candidates – a sizable portion of that is because of US-Canadian relations. Hillary was going to hold the status quo, and was going to continue on the legacy of President Obama. Really nothing to complain about, and has a good track record for her political work as far as Canadians are concerned. The majority of Canadians were expecting Hillary to win because of this. So it is to our immense surprise that Donald Trump not only garnered so much support, but is now President of the USA. And Canadians are afraid.
Afraid for our relationship with our closest ally; Afraid for the rights of people living in the USA; Afraid for world security.
To say I am disheartened by the outcome of this election would be a vast understatement. I am not only afraid, but genuinely disturbed. I’ve lost faith in a large portion of Americans. Because you’ve openly supported and elected a person who has shown lack of empathy – being completely self absorbed, has a history of assaulting women – by his own words, threatens violence toward anyone who disagrees with him or happens to have a different skin pigmentation, not to mention how his threats directly oppose freedom of speech, and is a pathological liar. The American people have told the world that this man represents them.
I can blame gerrymandering, I can blame the American media flaw of false equivalence representation on their programs, I can blame the Federal Republic political system that directly causes a two party system, I can blame the failing education system, but those are just symptoms. I blame the willful ignorance, bigotry, and ego of Americans who voted for Trump, those who didn’t vote, and those who voted for a third party candidate that would have otherwise supported the Democratic Candidate.
You might be saying to yourself, “I understand your blaming of Trump voters, by why the non-voters and especially the 3rd party voters?”
Non-Voters and Third party voters who would of otherwise voted for the Democratic Party are willfully ignorant of the reality of the current political system of their nation, bigoted because they were looking for purist ideas and being intolerant of others (hence the phrase, “Liberals Eat Their Own”), and too egotistical in wanting a candidate to bend over for your pet cause to be pragmatic for the good of everyone. A good descriptive line for this is, “You are not a bystander watching a train wreak – you are on the train.”
Canadians are deciding to not visit the USA, when they were planning to before; Canadians are boycotting American products; Canadians are inviting their American friends to move to Canada – and incidentally Canada’s immigration website crashed at the end of the election; And Canadians are changing their investments, along with a great many others internationally – causing a crash in investments in the US stock market. In essence the world is boycotting you.
What else do you expect when a major powerhouse in international trade threatens and campaigns to cut trade? So those who were keen on getting a “business man” to run a better economy for the USA, the rest of the world doesn’t think so.
It looks like dark days are ahead, many of us internationally are hoping that Trump’s impact stays at home, but are fearful that he may cause unrest. Particularly with his statements of withdrawing support for NATO members, and strong support of Vladimir Putin of Russia. Why? Because that emboldens Russia to invade Eastern Europe and possibly Poland – a NATO ally. Which means International War. And it could trigger a 3rd World War. Not to mention how he is very loose with his view on the use of Nukes. The most powerful military in the world is being run by this person. And the World Is Afraid.
It is a strange day when an American can legitimately say, “Screw this Fascism, I’m moving to Germany.”
When I contemplate all this, I am unsure what feeling I should express really. I think the most prominent feeling I have is disbelief that this is a reality that our world has to face now, for the next four years. How will we cope? How will our national leaders be able to disagree with Trump while not causing a dangerous reaction from the USA now? As his track record shows, he doesn’t tolerate those who disagree with him and has no hesitation in advocating the use of force. This is why the world is upset America. You’ve chosen this and brought it upon all of us, and you are the only ones to blame. For those Americans who did their best to avert this outcome,
Oh, and Statue of Liberty, I invite you to come over too. I’m sure we can find a nice place for you by the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where you can actually represent what you stand for, and don’t have to worry about assault from your leader.