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Reflection on the American election

Bill FoxBy Bill Fox/Columnist

Some years ago, the American Medical Association said the worst disease in our society was greed. So many multinational corporations since then have sent jobs out of the U.S. and Canada to places where the workforce is cheaper. Now, it’s payback time for the workers! Even in Canada, how many have lost full-time jobs and now have two or three part-time jobs with no benefits? Desperate Americans voted for change! If this corporate greed continues and jobs keep getting exported to a work force living on the edges in third world and developing countries, I predict we in Canada will see the same kind of civil unrest that has hit The “UnUnited States of America”.

Yes, Donald Trump as the Republican candidate was the spokesman for the change so desperately wanted. In my view, the Republicans picked a poor choice as a presidential candidate as we have seen in his personality.

I believe Americans have to rewrite their sacred constitution. The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787! Clearly, the world has changed a lot since, including the weaponry! Some of their guns then included muskets, flintlock pistols and blunderbusses (a short-barreled large-bored gun with a flared muzzle, used at short range) – very mild compared to the machine guns and automatic rifles of today. The NRA (National Rifle Association) takes a lot of credit for Trump’s victory, having poured millions in the campaign to defeat Clinton.

I was in the Upper Ottawa Valley this past week, in the middle of hunting season. Seems around the Cloyne area, everybody was out hunting. Now few want to go after the hunters, but most Americans and Canadians want to severely ban handguns and stronger weapons such as the sawed off shotguns confiscated in Oshawa last week.

As Michael Che said, “I know the forefathers said you had a right to own a gun, but they also said you could own people! The Constitution is a lot like our grandfather. He’s wise, we love him, and he means well. But, he’s getting really, really old and every once in a while he says something crazy and we gotta go to the other room and discuss what we’re gonna do about him.”

Michael Moore’s reaction –“Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked”. What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. Years of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!””

As shown by the popular vote, the majority of Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. “The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agrees with the “liberal” position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen.”

Even in Canada, people are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of millionaires not paying their fair share of taxes, etc. How can our children ever afford a home in the GTA, when the rich invest in several houses, raising the prices for the ordinary family! We want to be able to afford a college education for our kids without student debt, – all the while, the rich become much richer.