January 20, 2017 to be designated as
International Turn Off Day.
Yes, at exactly 9:00am Washington D.C. time zone, all Canadians and Americans who believe in Truth, Justice, and the Way of the Peaceful Warrior are going to turn off their TV sets, their cell phones, their iPads and computers, and take a walk with a friend / a loved one in the great outdoors. We are going to ensure that the inauguration of the 45th president of the united hates of america will achieve the lowest ratings in television history.
Having watched the outgoing President’s farewell address, his honouring of his friend and Vice-President, his salute to his staff in CNNs “The End: the final days of the Obama administration (“It’s not about me – it’s about the team.”), and having seen the intelligence and class with which he and his family have carried themselves in this most difficult of times, we salute you by turning off our “black mirrors” and stepping out to the sun, the clouds, the snow, the rain, the wind.
As my son Will said watching as The President prepared to leave office, “It is going to be a long four years.” Let us remember our better selves, that the Twit Who Would Tweet is but a brief journey to the dark side of The Force, and that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Skid Crease, Caledon
Obama was not “our outgoing President”, nor was he especially good for Canada during his time Let’s not worry TOO much about the ‘Excited Sates’ and concentrate more on how “our” Trudeau Junior is handling things. For example ‘Sunny Ways’ plus China can be seen as an oxymoron.
True – just as JFK was not “our President” but to my generation he represented the dream what our neighbor to the south could be. Only later did we discover what naughty boys he and his brother had been. Happy Birthday Mr. President…
There are many who see the U.S.A. as one of the largest sponsors of state terrorism. The first country to drop an atomic bomb on another, messing with the Shah in the Middle East, arms deals in Central America, CIA drug deals, and a WMD hoax in Iraq that brought the chickens home to roost.
And lest we forget the first 911 didn’t happen in New York. It happened in Chile on September 11, 1973 when the U.S. didn’t like the election of a left leaning president, and was clandestinely involved in the assassination of Salvadore Allende. Augusto Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship followed and over 3000 “dissidents” disappeared.
I am under no illusions about the role the U.S.A. has played in world and domestic politics. But keeping in mind that half of my kin live in the U.S.A, I keep looking for a ray of hope – Obama may have been that last chance for my lifetime.