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Blame, the world’s oldest game

Bill FoxBy Bill Fox/Columnist

So you might be wondering what indeed is the world’s oldest game.  We pretty well play it every day…it is called blame.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing how people put the blame their misfortune on completely unrelated causes.

Recently we have seen an increase in hate crimes.  I heard it said that if you don’t love yourself, it is easy to hate other people.  People put the blame their own misfortunes or lack of success on others.  The news is full of such examples.

Sadly now even in Canada, hate crimes against Muslims or immigrants seem to be in the news every day.

As much as I hate to refer to the American president, he is a master of blame.  Mexican immigrants, so he says are responsible for so many problems in the USA.  While I am against illegal immigration, why don’t people look at a greater cause of unrest, in the gross concentration of wealth that has turned the USA into a textbook Banana Republic!  A Banana Republic is a country where few hold the wealth, and it becomes a militaristic or police state.

Donald Trump is a sad joke! In addition to promising to bully Mexico into paying for a wall, he has accused them of mooching off American taxpayers, and blaming them for low wages, unemployment and violent crime.  He also proposed to amend the constitution to do away with birthright citizenship, so that children born inside America’s borders will no longer be automatic citizens.

In a position paper before his election, Mr. Trump contended that “the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners” by “exporting crime and poverty”, which is alleged to have cost hundreds of billions in tax dollars, to have hurt Americans workers and to have precipitated a wave of murder and mayhem. However, over the last 30 years, America has experienced a boom in Mexican immigration together with a precipitous drop in violent crime. Mr Trump’s rhetoric might lead you to think that the gutters of El Paso, Texas, a border city that teems with Mexican immigrants, must run with blood. Instead, El Paso’s murder rate is among the lowest in the country for cities over half a million.

In Canada we are not without blame according to Trump who erroneously has said we burned down the White House!  Recently During a heated exchange in Quebec after the G7 with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs, Trump reportedly asked, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”

Did Canada burn the White House?  In fact, In the War of 1812, it wasn’t Canada that burned the White House. There were a couple of Canadians there because they were serving in the British Army. But in Trump’s simple mind, we burned it down over 200 years ago, so we can’t be trusted I guess, since he still blames us!

Canada, which provides the largest source of foreign-made steel and aluminium to the U.S., is now a security threat!   Our Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland recently unloaded during an interview, lashing out at steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by the U.S. and the Trump administration’s claim that Canada poses as a national security threat.  It’s all about the game of blame folks.

Trump blames any misfortune on others, and the press is the greatest enemy, because of course, they disagree with the way Trump perceives reality.

So in actual fact, Blame, was initiated at the beginning of time.  You recall how Adam and Eve had only one rule to follow from God in the Garden of Eden.  They were not to eat from the forbidden tree.  Now the snake told Eve that if they ate from that tree they would have great knowledge like God himself.  So Eve was convinced and in turn convinced Adam to take a bite.  Of course God returned.  Adam blamed Eve for telling him to take the bite, and Eve blamed the snake and the snake didn’t have a leg to stand on!  I’m sorry but only I am to blame for ending this column with a corny story.