The jaded and cynical Nathaniel asked (Gospel of John 1:46) “can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Jaded and cynical people in 2017 America wondered, can any good thing come out of Alabama? Sure can! I was surely apprehensive that Alabama might send Roy Moore to the Senate, but it sent Doug Jones instead, and great credit goes to him for running an excellent campaign. Last year in Massachusetts, 91 out of the 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts gave more votes to Trump than Clinton. So maybe Malcolm X was not so off-base when said that if you are south of the Canadian border, you’re South–but thank goodness the elections of 2017 have shown surprising signs of Democratic and progressive renewal all over the United States. Not in the way that Roy Moore figured, Alabama today has become, so to speak, a light and a witness to the nations (see Isaiah 49:6). I expect Alabama’s election of Doug Jones will inspire hundreds and maybe thousands of Democrats and progressives to get over the wailing and gnashing of teeth and prepare for political battle in 2018 in all 50 states. (Or sooner, if Trump manages to fire Mueller and/or the GOP passes their tax cut for corporations and pass-throughs/healthcare sabotage bill.) The GOP and Trump still have the power, if unified, to initiate giveaways to the robber barons of the 21st century, install horridly unqualified judges, and maybe worse. But the wind is not at their back right now, and Democrats can and should press their advantages, looking toward next November’s elections. Trump may tweet “I was right” (but of course) and blame everybody else about what happened last night, but he has suffered multiple political bubble punctures now, and everybody knows it. Doug Jones said today that Alabama’s issues are the same as the issues across the country, jobs, education, health care–and he is really right.
Hey Trump, why all the farting and cursing? Why didn’t you just cut to the chase on day one? Made us wait almost 99 and one half days before you dropped the big one on Canada. I coulda told you years ago how rough they are on Americans. The least you can do, because you made us wait so long, is give your loyal base the “thumbs up, thumbs down” thrill of deciding whether to let Canada survive or not. After the bears and lions (I mean the milk inspectors and the softwood inspectors) tear them up a little, that is.
BTW do the Canadians have nukes or not? I think the French do, but not real sure. Better ask Xi Jinping for the true historical history before you make any sudden moves.
OK I lied. Actually I am so proud to belong to a civilized and sensible nation, the United States, not a land of horrid vulgar barbarians like Canada. Our National Public Radio, I am pleased to say, referred to Ford’s live Canadian TV press conference Thursday as “vulgar” without deigning to quote him directly. We are a modest and polite people, we Americans, and we will simply have nothing more to do with embarrassing countries.
- Photos: Newspaper headlines day after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes lewd comments (globalnews.ca)
- ‘Truly Disturbing’ Toronto Mayor Gets TV Show (newser.com)
I thought Mayor Bob Filner had made such great therapeutic progress that he was going to go back to his mayor job, but no, he is apparently taking the easy way out and slinking away from public life. He is surely doing San Diegans a favor.
But what the heck are you doing, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, renouncing your homeland of Canada? Bad decision, I think. There are so few civilized countries on the planet, why mess with one of them? After Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama, the plagues and maybe the apocalypse are sure gonna get us, and maybe even global warming will be part of the divine plan to punish America. Canada might have half a mind to not let you unrenounce four years from now and become Canadian again. I know you still have time to turn away from your rash promise to renounce and turn back into the dual citizen you were naturally born to be. Can I tell Donald Trump or do you want to let him know first?
- How U.S. Senator Ted Cruz can renounce his Canadian citizenship (cbc.ca)
- Canada Responds to Ted Cruz’s Renunciation of Citizenship (newrepublic.com)
- Ted Cruz, Canadian-American (theatlantic.com)
- Dual Citizenship in America (wnyc.org)
- How to Renounce Your Citizenship (news.nationalgeographic.com)