7 years ago my wife and I moved from Winnipeg to Edmonton in what would turn out to be the best decision of our then short life together.
During our time there, we bonded not only because we loved each other, but because we now found ourselves in a much different city than what we were accustomed to. We were both born and raised in Winnipeg and this was the first (and last) time that either of us had spent any significant time (more than a few months) in another city.
From the moment we arrived, we could both feel something in the air that was different. And it wasn’t just the refineries.
First night out
I remember walking down Whyte Avenue on the first night. Not really knowing any of the other ‘hot spots’ in the city, it made perfect sense for us to check it out. Everybody that we knew who had visited Edmonton said that it was the place to be.
It had the usual feel of a trendy street.
A young crowd, lights, and lots of noise.
Oh, the noise.
We were walking somewhere between 104 street and 108 street, when, as we passed a group of teenagers, one of them said something to us.
I won’t go into detail as to what it was, but believe me, it wasn’t nice.
An election for who?
If you have been paying any sort of attention to what is going on in America, you will know that there is a Presidential Election going on. While I don’t pride myself on keeping up with American politics or even Canadian politics for that matter, it’s impossible to not take notice.
Trump this…Clinton that. Back and forth. Forth and back.
Doesn’t it seem like political campaigning has more to do with slandering the other person than creating an incredible platform that your country can be proud of?
What happened to the people who stand for something honorable?
Make America great again
If making America great again means that racism, bigotry, and discrimination must come to the forefront, then by all means, “Make America great again”. However, if it means, having a leader who personifies the very things that are written above, well…count me out.
And I quote:
- “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
- “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
- “I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it,”…“Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that.”
And the best for last…
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
To which I respond
I recently had a conversation with a very good friend of mine, and he opened my virgin eyes.
His cousin is a Paramedic who went down south to get some work exposure. Knowing a few ‘medics’ I have come to realize that the “action” of their jobs happens when something tragic occurs. Yes, I know, sad. However, this is the reality.
Noticing that she hadn’t seen any “action” yet, one officer asked her if she would like him to shoot that n@#ger down the street so that she may ‘rescue’ him.
Disgusting isn’t it?
…Make America great…
Not even close.
In 2014, the Canadian Human Rights Commission found that inequality still exists for Women in Canada. David Langtry (Acting Chief Commissioner) said that “When compared to adult men, Canadian women are earning less across most employment sectors”
The study also determined that Canadian women are more likely to be without work
Interestingly enough, when compared to men:
- Fewer Canadian women drop out of high school
- More Canadian women are enrolled in post-secondary education
- More Canadian women have a Bachelor’s degree
Education is the answer, right?
I bet you’re asking yourself, what can I do?
Educate yourself? Learn what you can about the political leaders? Vote for the person you most believe in?
If only it were.
Education is the reason that the world is in the predicament it is in. Don’t get angry. I am not talking about traditional education (although that could use some fine tuning), I am referring to human education. You know, instead of,
“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”
I’d like to ask the Soviet leaders one question…why is that wall there? Why are they so afraid of freedom…”
So, make America great?
Is making “America great again” the answer?
Yes, but not at the cost of violence, hate, racism, bigotry, or discrimination.
Cheers to your success,
Oh, and just so there is no confusion, I’m not an advocate for either of the two frontrunners.
I live in Canada after all.