On Trump…….a word……or two.

There are better things to do than comment on Donald Trump. There are a lot better things deserving of comment than Donald Trump. Unfortunately, it seems de rigueur today for anyone who has something to say about anything to pause long enough to take a position. And so, yielding to convention, and interrupting important work, here are a few words on the subject.

Our youthful and energetic prime minister congratulated Mr. Trump on his election victory, on his inauguration, and then invited him to Ottawa. It’s become a recent tradition for newly elected American presidents to make Ottawa their first foreign trip, and Mr. Trudeau was simply following a familiar precedent, as if all was right in the world of politics.

All is not right, and Canadians cannot be complacent and silent. A short letter to the PM offered a blunt perspective rooted in this unfortunate reality:-

January 23, 2017

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,
Prime Minister of Canada,
House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Re: Donald Trump

Dear Prime Minister:

I am a Liberal Party supporter and a Justin Trudeau booster.

The position you have taken on the result of the U.S. presidential election, and the interaction with Mr. Trump to this point is understandable and politic. That you can hold your nose with one hand and extend the other in welcome makes you a martyr.

The rest of us, however, do not have to follow suit. Donald Trump is a parasitic fascist, a sorry excuse for a human being, a pathological liar, and an emotional basket case. One can hope you would prefer a trip to Washington to meet with him, and save the rest of us travel to Ottawa to make him feel unwelcome, should he come to this country.

In the end, I wish you the very best of good fortune with this uncertain venture.

Yours truly,

Charles H. Klassen

On a personal note, I was a part of the Niagara District High School’s United Nations Club a way back in the mid-1950s. It was a large, lively group where each participant was assigned the role of representing a United Nations member state.

I took on the USSR, and to ensure authenticity, the Soviet Union’s Ottawa embassy put me on its mailing list. Each week a package arrived with the latest English translations of news of the accomplishments and successes of the revolution, and the leaders’ speeches celebrating the merits of the communist movement toward world domination.

Outlandish, outrageous, and offensive as it was, the Soviet propaganda…..that’s what it’s called….of the 1950s cannot hold a candle to what the world has heard and seen from Donald Trump in the last eighteen months. Why waste resources to protest his assault on intelligent life; a short note to the man’s comments on the size of the inauguration crowds is all this writer can justify:-

January 23, 2017

Mr. Donald Trump,
The White House,
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC,

Mr. Trump:

The live feed of the pictures around the U.S. Capitol on January 20 are clear.

If you take issue with what is obvious to even the casual observer, then I suggest you release your own photographic records.

Mr. Trump, it’s a matter of put up or shut up.

Yours truly,

Charles H. Klassen

With this, we hope not to feel the need to bring up the topic again. There is a plentitude who recognize the danger and can rally for right.


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