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.