Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner September 3, 2020
If a Canadian election is sprung on us this fall, it will be vastly overshadowed by the American one on Nov. 3.
Let’s face it: We are transfixed by the desperate shenanigans down there, especially the profound denial of truth and fact in the Republican campaign. That tactic is called “gaslighting,” after the 1944 movie in which a devious man convinces his wife she isn’t living in reality, whereas she really is.
The performances the Republican convention, which was arrogantly staged without masks on the White House lawn, were for me, surreal. Example: Advisor Kellyanne Conway, who first uttered the wretched words “alternative facts,” left her role after the convention when her 15-year-old daughter sent out a distress call on social media saying her mother was “ruining her life.” Surreal.
I have a sense of disbelief that American public life has been so corrupted. Up is down and down is up, if they say so. It’s not a trivial matter, because the fate of that country and indeed the welfare of all on the globe, is at stake. Do we Canadians live on the same planet? The same continent? Can the Republican party spin the infection and death numbers of COVID- 19 for their faithful base and for the undecided voter, so that they believe the pandemic is over, or not so bad, or well-handled? Can the legitimate, nation-wide protests against the killing of Black people by police be dismissed as “violent, communist-inspired disorder?” Can Democratic candidate Joe Biden, a moderate politician of 47 years’ experience, be realistically called “socialist?” Can the NBA, of which the Toronto Raptors are impassioned leaders who refuse to just “shut up and dribble,” be called disloyal, or un-American?
How do advertisers continue to support the rabid rantings of Tucker Carlson and crew on Fox News? How can a prominent Catholic bishop open this charade of a convention with a prayer, and a Catholic nun in long black habit describe Donald Trump as the “most pro-life president in history?”
But In any human situation, no matter how unpromising, there are the redemptive moments. Humour flows quickly from intelligent sources. Here is a good one: “When your convention features 12 speakers, and six have the same last name as the leader, we are moving into North Korean territory.” Continue Reading >HERE<
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