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.