I’ll be watch­ing elec­tion from the north

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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