I wasn’t sure I wanted to post this, but what the hell. As a blogger and writer, if I’m not upsetting people and/or making them think, I’m not doing it right. And I’ve taken flak before. After one posting I had my intelligence compared unfairly to that of a turnip, but I know that on a good day I can outsmart that turnip two times out of three. First off, I’m Canadian, so the results of the upcoming presidential election shouldn’t have any direct effect on me. But, as a thinking human being, I am also aware that what happens south of the 49th parallel will affect my country as well. As a result, I’ve paid some attention to what is happening in the primaries, especially the Republican campaign. I’ve stayed away from commenting on the campaigns so, far, but I think it’s time I voiced my opinion.
I’ll admit Donald Trump scares me. From what I’ve seen and heard, he is preaching a gospel of hate. Talk of building a wall along the US/Mexican border; banning all Muslim immigrants from the country and now, in the wake of Brussels, increasing police presence in Muslim areas and around mosques doesn’t exactly sound presidential. Throw in his attitudes towards torture and this is one scary man. If you notice, he keeps talking about “making America great again” and “getting Isis”, yet I’ve never heard him offer one single detail of how he will accomplish this other than “nuke ‘em”. Talking with friends, most agree that if elected, Trump would drag the world into another war. Most put the time frame for that at somewhere between six and fifteen months. And unlike previous wars, this time America would be in the crosshairs which means Canada would also be hit.
As much as Trump scares me, Ted Cruz absolutely terrifies me. He too favours using nuclear weapons in the middle east (“I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’ll find out”). This man is an evangelical Christian from all reports, which is a dangerous character flaw for a politician because they tend to follow their teachings rather than common sense when dealing with matters of state. One report stated that if elected, he would establish a national church, which I understand is in direct conflict with the Constitution. Yesterday, during an interview, one of his aides stated that Senator Joe McCarthy had the right idea with the House Un-American Activities Committee – the “Red Scare” of the 1950’s – and it should be re-instated.
Picture this: If Cruz were to win and establish this national religion; and the aide wasn’t speaking his personal opinion on HUAC, we could be looking at America becoming a theocracy. And no doubt the reborn HUAC would be used to root out heretics (“are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Episcopalian Church?”).
Cruz also favours increased security in Muslim areas and other xenophobic measures.
Both men seem to favour isolationist policies (other than bombing the middle east) based on their comments about building walls and banning immigrants. My view is that the world would take care of that for them because if either were to actually follow through on their exclusionary rhetoric, most of the world would boycott America.
Those who follow American politics and have a better understanding of how the system works have told me that in the unlikely event either man does become the next President, the system would prevent them from instituting their more radical ideas. I certainly hope so.
But, in the event they are wrong, Ontario is a nice place to live and winters aren’t really that bad.