by Oscar Wailoo
Hillary Clinton is right; she does have the experience to be a U.S. president: a track record in slaughtering unlimited numbers of people. Donald Trump, the bombastic, “utterly cold psychopath,” is also well suited to the American presidency. He would build walls and set loose the police. The Americans deserve to be inflicted with Trump, so they can “get a taste of what other countries have had to accept at their own country’s hand.”
A Canadian Vote for Trump: Let America Get a Taste of It’s Own Medicine
by Oscar Wailoo
“On the one hand is a man who speaks like a psychopath, on the other is a woman who has thousands of victims to show for her psychopathic behavior.”
Back in the early 1970’s, American politics in all forms covered Canadian University campuses like a blanket. From Black Power to Vietnam, their business was our business. Nixon, Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover entered every discussion. I was in the heart of it and took to American politics with relish. It was my own. In fact, it was everybody’s own.
We saw most things through an American prism. Back then it did not occur to me that I was a newcomer to Canada and that I should learn about my adapted country, a country that would keep me well for nearly 50 years and counting. But there I was, fully immersed in all things American.
Luckily, along the way I had my road to Damascus, wherein it was revealed that I was living in a country called Canada, which was not in America. And while Uncle Sam’s embrace was strong and hard to resist, we had our own issues, our own history, and we would have to see our political and social mysteries through our own lens.
That revelation decolonized my mind, and while I can’t avoid American news (heaven knows I try), I am now able to think of it as a foreign country. So Barack Obama is the American president, not “the president”, and whether it’s Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton next, I will still have to contend with Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne and John Tory.
But Trump and Clinton pop up everywhere: in newspapers, on TV, my computer screen, in the mouths of everyone I meet, everywhere. With that kind of presence, far too many Canadian minds remain colonized; they take the American presidential campaign personally and hold opinions as if they live there. They are apoplectic at the thought of Donald Trump becoming the next U.S. president and are shocked that I am not; they wonder about my sanity, as they do of Trump’s, when I proclaim that if I had a franchise, I would vote for Trump.
“Far too many Canadian minds remain colonized; they take the American presidential campaign personally and hold opinions as if they live there.”
I readily admit everything said about Trump: he’s a bigot, he lies, he’s a crook, a sexist, ignorant about most things that he is expected to know, bombastic, contradicts himself (sometimes in the same sentence), utterly cold, a psychopath…add more as you see fit, and I and the rest of the world will agree. Yet none of these characteristics has ever disqualified others from becoming president. In fact, willingness to kill other people has been a requirement of every U.S. administration in my lifetime.
Trump has never held political office, so we can only base our judgment on what he says, whereas his rival Hilary Clinton has a rap sheet longer than the sword that was used to sodomize Gaddafi: she is a more practiced and consummate liar; her husband Bill has had more black people jailed than in any other time in U.S. history, Hilary calls them “super predators”; she supported George Bush’s destruction of Iraq; orchestrated the invasion of Libya and waxed poetic at the sight of Muammar Gaddafi’s public crucifixion; she was an avid cheerleader in the ongoing destruction of Syria; stole money that was raised to rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; has never met an Arab leader she won’t murder at Israel’s behest; she wants to put Russia in its place…by force if necessary. She even wants to “drone” Julian Assange of Wikileaks.
Clinton is at ease with the murder and mayhem America has unleashed from Africa to the Middle East and earlier in South and Central America; her track record proves it, and she promises more of the same when she becomes president.
Trump on the other hand has misgivings about the invasion of Iraq, says he would rather treat with Russia than fight with it, that America has no business “exporting democracy” anywhere, and doesn’t care much for NATO. That amounts to blasphemy in the halls of power in Washington but gives me comfort even if uttered by Trump.
“Willingness to kill other people has been a requirement of every U.S. administration in my lifetime.”
So, this citizen of the world, weighed the two rogues in the balance. On the one hand is a man who speaks like a psychopath, on the other is a woman who has thousands of victims to show for her psychopathic behavior, and, given that my life will be affected more by American foreign policy than by anything they do domestically, I give one point to he who talks like a thug rather than she who is a proven thug.
The U.S. has killed or caused the death of enough people in Arabia and Africa to fill a medium sized country, and it shows no sign of letting up. Yet Americans, boastful of their exceptional democratic system, either by their vote or their indifference, abet this kind of behavior from one generation to the next. So I’m not particularly concerned about what Americans do to each other; that’s their business.
But given their history of inflicting unwanted governments on weaker nations, I would like to inflict Trump on them, and if hell breaks loose in what Obama calls “the exceptional and indispensable nation”, I hope that they keep their guns within their own borders, while I light candles for the hundreds of thousands of dead Vietnamese, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis, Somalians, Central and South Americans.
So for all their tireless work of “exporting democracy” even if it kills the ungrateful recipients, I give Trump a second point and my vote so he can arm his police, and build walls to his heart’s content. Inside the U.S., that should concentrate the minds of the locals as they get a taste of what other countries have had to accept at their own country’s hand; they have the responsibility and the ability to control their government but they won’t.
As for the rest of the world, Trump will be a laugh a minute, the gift that keeps on giving; and how great it will be to laugh at the bully who represents a bullying nation.
Resistance to a bully is his oxygen, but he withers when laughed at.
Oscar Wailoo lives in Toronto, Canada. He can be contacted at [email protected]