Trump’s delir­ium

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This news­pa­per has not writ­ten that much about Amer­i­can pol­i­tics since the days of their Civil War, but the present elec­tion will force us to do so of­ten, it seems.

The lat­est pro­nounce­ment from the trump­ster’s mouth, that ‘im­mi­grants’ be screened for ide­o­log­i­cal ‘pu­rity’. So we’re back to the golden age of Amer­ica’s con­cept of free speech: The one that suits us. A lot of us re­mem­ber the far­ci­cal time when Far­ley Mowat, if ever a gen­tle gi­ant, was de­barked from a Los An­ge­les flight in Toronto be­cause he was not writ­ing what the Amer­i­cans wanted to hear. An en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, racon­teur ex­traor­di­naire, he was too much for the gen­tle Amer­i­can ear.

That Trump is the sec­ond com­ing of Ben­ito Mus­solini is clear to most peo­ple with the right amount of grey mat­ter in their head. What he pro­posed in Ohio on Mon­day res­onates with a large part of the United States vot­ers.

And it has huge im­pacts for us, right here on the border. Even if Don­ald J. Trump is never elected to the pres­i­dency of the Repub­lic, it doesn’t mean that both Houses of their Congress will re­ject all Trumper’s from be­ing elected. And the way that the United States po­lit­i­cal sys­tem works means that a small group of rep­re­sen­ta­tives or Se­na­tors cans have a huge in­flu­ence. So if only a cou­ple of dozen of rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and even half a dozen se­na­tors, start propos­ing amend­ment af­ter amend­ment to bills to push for this type of mo­ronic en­quiry, chances are that at some point the sys­tem will bend.

And then all hell will break loose. Never at a loss to ex­ploit to their ad­van­tage the tini­est loop­holes, Cana­dian ex­ports could grind to a halt in a cou­ple of weeks, sim­ply by ask­ing that all Cana­dian truck­ers be ‘tested’ for pu­rity. But there is NAFTA, some will naively say. Well NAFTA is on its dy­ing legs and will last five years at best be­fore it is ‘rene­go­ti­ated’. In case you don’t know what that would mean, we will re­sume: The US could ex­port and we can im­port all we want from them. The op­po­site be­ing ‘ne­go­tiable’. And since most of Canada’s in­dus­try is owned by Amer­i­can firms…

Our South­ern neigh­bours would also suf­fer. Not too many of us will spend a cou­ple of hun­dred to ob­tain a visa al­low­ing us to visit the US and suf­fer hours of in­ter­ro­ga­tion on our ‘pu­rity’. So the econ­omy of North­ern New Eng­land, that de­pends on us spend­ing money there, would crum­ble. Need­less to say, the mil­lions spent on the coast would be toast.

The only way for us to avoid the dis­as­ter is for the Repub­li­cans to be ut­terly de­feated in Novem­ber, from the lowli­est dog­catcher to the Pres­i­dency. In a way, this would re­ju­ve­nate the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal process not only for the party of Lin­coln but also the Democrats. This great coun­try doesn’t de­serve the ig­nominy of hav­ing a buf­foon as pres­i­dent, we can­not even con­tem­plate hav­ing him there not only for moral but also for down-to-earth rea­sons.

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