I’ll be watching election from the north
RE: Welcome to Cleveland, where weird rules
I have always been proud to be a dual citizen of two wonderful countries — the United States and Canada. As a proud resident of Canada, I have maintained my patriotism for my birth country. As I look at things today, however, that feeling of pride has been replaced by a sense of disbelief. What is happening in America?
This 2016 election has reached Cleveland and the Republican National Convention. The divisive nature of the campaign has exposed America to the world, bringing focus to the nation’s glaring weaknesses. Racial tension, class warfare, political gridlock, polarization of opinion and inequality are now rampant in the U.S.
Rather than focus on bringing positive change to what ails America, the election campaign features a demagogue in Donald Trump versus an untrustworthy political machine in Hillary Clinton. The “hope” and “change” message touted by Obama has long been forgotten and based on what we have seen so far there is no real choice for the American electorate. They are backed into a corner. And this is not just my opinion. According to a recent Associated Press poll, a remarkable 79 per cent of Americans think their country is headed in the wrong direction.
History shows that America can overcome challenges, domestically and abroad. Let’s hope history repeats itself — I’ll watch from north of the border. David Weber, Dundas