American Columnist Draws from Democratic Primary Candidates
Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner March 12, 2020
The West Wing of the White House on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. ALEX BRANDON/AP
Not every Canadian is as political a nerd as I am, but I'd guess that almost every Canadian has been following with fascination and trepidation the long, drawn-out American political drama leading up to the presidential election in November. Everyone has opinions about who can beat Trump.
There are even a few among us, one of my relatives for example, who favour Trump's return to office, though this is scarcely comprehensible to me.
My friends and contacts are in deep worry, even despair, at the overall mess south of us. It's not easy to be ruled by a despotic, unintelligent, manipulative man who hurts others and tears at the fabric of society daily.
So it's not too strong a word to say I rejoiced while reading the Feb. 26 column of one Thomas Friedman, an award-winning columnist with The New York Times. He must be on holiday in Florida, because he published these thoughts in the Palm Beach Post. I'd say the Post editors got a scoop that day.
I'm going to quote widely from his thinking because it is so forward-looking, fresh and hopeful. The last thing we need is defeatism. Friedman advises the Democratic Party to put together a slate, a national-unity group of people, and offer it to the American voters before the vote. That way, everybody can claim some representation.
He is no slouch as a thinker: age 66, born in Minnesota, educated at Oxford, able to speak Hebrew and Arabic, writer of seven books, and a serious man with a sense of humour. For example, one of his books is called "The World is Flat" and another, "Thank You for Being Late."
Ideologically, he describes himself as a "radical centrist." He is plain-spoken: "Mr. Trump is an undiagnosed sociopath."
We all know America couldn't have achieved all it has: More than 200 years of democracy, a superior post-secondary education system, though often private; innovation and entrepreneurship, a military force which engaged in two world wars, and a rich artistic and literary tradition, without talent, intellectual capacity and, often good leadership.
But in recent years America has fallen back. Since the election of 2016, there is deep national malaise, and the politics of insult, stupidity, shame.
So Thomas Friedman calls for a national unity platform, and he names for positions. If Mr Sanders wins the presidency, these are the recommendations for cabinet posts. Continue Reading >HERE<
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