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EDITORIAL – The shooting at the mosque and Donald Trump’s twisted idea of how to build national unity

(Screengrab from mosque video)

(Screengrab from Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec video)

An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division…. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

— President Donald Trump

PRESIDENT TRUMP has been in the White House for a little more than a week. How are you liking him so far?

Who knows what he’ll do today, but we spent the weekend marveling at his ban on 218 million people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., splitting families and dividing the country.

As protest marches grew, and the ban was being challenged in the courts, Trump was painting it all as “working out very nicely.”

This is Trump’s vision of national unity.

Sunday night, if you were watching television, you might have seen an entirely different vision. At the Screen Actors Guild awards, presenter after presenter and award winner after award winner condemned Trump indirectly and directly, often pointing to their own very diverse ethnic and religious origins.

Trump believes he can make his country safer by building walls and discriminatory laws, when it fact it makes life more dangerous for everyone.

He sees weakness in diversity, when it is, in fact, a strength. The more differences, whether in skin tone or experiences or ideas, that come together, the better we become.

That’s what makes Canada such a great country, and that’s what has made America great, until now.

I wrote the above last evening, before news came of the attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. There are, as these words are now written, five people reported dead and others wounded. Motives are sketchy but terrorism is naturally suspected.

Is this part of the age of terrorism that Trump says he must stop, or is it a symptom, or maybe even a product, of the new era of Trump?

Donald Trump will ruin his country, and maybe ours, if he’s allowed. That’s why we must cheer for those who have taken to the streets to respectfully protest, and to the stage to do likewise, who are telling him he must stop.

mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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8 Comments on EDITORIAL – The shooting at the mosque and Donald Trump’s twisted idea of how to build national unity

  1. George S Duncan // January 30, 2017 at 2:53 PM // Reply

    Know who else caused a lot of violence and killing? The Allies in the Second World War. if only the Allies had just submitted to Nazi Germany, fewer people would have died.
    Ditto with Trump — if he would just let the U.S. continue to deteriorate as it has been under Obama, we’d all live in peace.
    People hated Churchill, too. People hated Wilbur Wilberforce, who forced Britain away from slavery. People hated Lincoln for the same reason. Trump doesn’t compare favorably to those men, but he’s the only one not sucked into globalism’s destruction.
    And the idea that diversity is strength is liberal B.S. Diversity adds colour and creativity and exciting cuisine, but only if when added to the strength that comes with unity. Diversity is great, but unity is strength.

  2. Too right, cheer them and join them whenever and wherever we can.

  3. George Orwell’s final warning is here or maybe Earth just passed through a cosmic cloud of stupid ?

  4. I believe that murder = murder = murder and yes, people everywhere should join the protest against violence.
    This not only applies to Trump but also to others who hate for all the wrong reasons.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakistan-honor-killing-explained-interview-man-kills-sister/

  5. Unfortunately, hate has no borders and can’t be stopped by walls or “extreme vetting”. Once unleashed and legitimized, it undermines and erodes the very foundations of civilization and common decency. The more we perceive and interact with the rest of the world on an ” us and them” basis, the more our worst expectations become our reality.

    Have we learned nothing from the history of the 20th century?

    Canada can, and must, act in bold counterpoint to these forces raging in the world. Let us lead by the power of our example.

  6. The Americans have a big problem and as a consequence, so do we. Week One and he’s already got people out marching to protest not one, but several of his dictatorial decrees. But this is what happens when you let Breitbart News make policy, with the Russians riding shotgun. How long before the civil unrest is widespread enough to ‘justify’ him to invoke some form or martial law? That sounded far-fetched before November the 8th… now… not so much.

    Who doesn’t expect the Quebec investigation to determine that the push south of the border to make racism great again contributed to the shooting?

    Good news is, only 207 weeks to go! Plenty of time to do some deals and let the western states join us. Who’d have ever expected a Canadian Panhandle, all the way to Mexico?

  7. There is no question Trump-ism is drastically escalating into worrisome territory but let’s not forget that the “west” has been waging terrorism on a grand scale since about mid-last century.
    How do we heal Mel? Let’s have coffee sometime…got to start small where we can…

  8. Not only do we need to cheer, we need to join them. Protesting is not easy but it is essential when we are faced with something like this!

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