Let’s set the record straight, eh?

To the Editor,

Re: “Alberta in particular will suffer”

The author of that letter is a strong Trump supporter who continues to spread misinformation (false narratives; alternate facts) about Trump, about the presidential election results of Nov. 4, 2020, about BLM (Black Lives Matter), and about Antifa.

Let’s set the record straight, eh? There is no such organization called Antifa. The word is associated with people who are opposed to fascism. Fascism as we have seen in Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Putin’s Russia, and in Erdogan’s Turkey. The domination of a country by one man dictatorships. No civil liberties are allowed such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, trial by jury, free elections, etc.

BLM is not a terrorist organization either. However, the FBI, Homeland Security, the Secret Service all label extreme right wing paramilitary groups such as Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, KKK, Neo Nazis, and QAnon as dangerous terrorist organizations, and such groups have supported Trump and Trumpism in the past, and they continue to do so today.

Such groups are anti-democracy (pro dictatorships), racist (anti black, anti people of colour, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrants. They all promote hatred and violence to achieve their political and religious goals through propaganda, misinformation, and conspiracy theories (for example: Democrats/liberals are into kidnapping children for sex trafficking. Promoting cannibalism of children).

As a Republican, I support the actions of the “Lincoln Project” and “Republicans for the Rule of Law” against Trump and his supporters.

Here are some of the reasons we (moderate Republican/conservatives) oppose Trump and Trumpism: Over 400,000 Americans have died under his administration’s negligence in handling the COVID-19 crisis (made fun of doctors and scientists who warned Americans about the pandemic; he and his supporters urged people not to wear masks, to ignore social distancing, to ignore restrictions, and to ignore vaccinations).

More Americans have died now due to this virus than in all the deaths incurred by US forces during World War 2. More Americans have died now than in all the conflicts America has been involved with since 1950 (The Korean War; the Vietnam War; the Afghan War; the two Iraqi Wars, and the wars against ISIS, the Taliban, and al Qaeda in Syria, Iraq, in Africa, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Pakistan). Between 2,000 and 4,000 die in America every day. That situation is not a hoax. It’s not fake!

Plus, over 3 million Americans have lost their jobs under his watch. He has lied more than 30,000 times. Over 500 migrant children have been left without parents. He golfed 315 times while America suffered one crisis after another. 91% of his staff have either quit, resigned, or were fired during his 4 years in office. 26 women have filed sexual harassment charges against him. His association with Jeffrey Epstein, a serial pedophile and sexual predator. He has committed adultery against all his wives and associated with a porn star (Stormy Daniels) and a Playboy Bunny while married to his present wife, Melania. Has been sued over 2,000 times for corrupt business practices. He and his business organization is being investigated for tax evasion and for criminal activities such as the defunct Trump University and for promoting fake charities. Trump has been involved in six bankruptcies, and he dodged the draft during the Vietnam War 5 times (so much for being patriotic, eh?). He is now being impeached (for the 2nd time; no other president has that dubious distinction) for inciting his followers to assault the Capitol in Washington, DC. in order to overturn the election results of Nov. 2, 2020.

What is Trumpism? It’s all about ME. It’s the belief that a person is “entitled” to do whatever he/she believes is good for him/her. Ignore laws, rules, and regulations that they don’t like.

Who cares about the welfare of other people. Laws, rules, and regulations are for other people. Spread hatred of other peoples’ colour, race, religion, and ethnic background. Promote the sale of military weapons to civilians. Promote unregulated paramilitary groups (militias). Promote concealed weapons permits. Promote carrying weapons in public like we have seen with the Proud Boys, KKK, Neo Nazis, and other white nationalists at various state capitols. Promote private schools over public education using public money.

Folks ought to read Mary Trump’s (Trump’s niece) book entitled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” in order to get a better understanding of Donald Trump.

To get a better understanding of the BLM movement and racism in America, I suggest folks should read the history of the Wilmington, North Carolina coup of Nov. 10, 1898, the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, and the Louisiana Massacre of Sept.1868. Moreover, BLM is also about discrimination and persecution against women, Jews, Mormons, Irish Catholics, Mexican-Americans (Hispanics), Japanese-Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants. BLM is opposed to voter suppression, to “Jim Crow Laws”, to Black Codes, and to “sundown towns”.

George Thatcher

Trochu, AB