JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NEW BORDER DEAL BETWEEN CANADA AND AMERICA – WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA AT THIS TIME – AMERICA’S DECLINE INTO A POLICE STATE   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED COMMENT TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

America is well on its way to being a police state, and it is as this disturbing development occurs that our misguided government has opened us to the lack of privacy and the very different way of treating people which is the American way.

What other so-called democratic society sends men to be tortured abroad? What other democratic society has the secret police (the FBI) able to check up on what citizens have been reading? What other democratic society has such a huge portion of its people in prisons?

What other democratic society has been cited over and over for extreme police brutality by international organizations like Amnesty International? What other democratic society is carrying out a massive program of extrajudicial killings in at least six countries?

Our press goes on about leaders like Putin or Gaddafi, but America’s last president killed more innocent people than any of them, and its current one is working hard on the same goal despite his meaningless peace prize.

This agreement is a very saddening development, but then almost everything happening or being promised to happen under Harper is more than a little saddening.

A man with 39.6% of the vote is ripping apart Canadian institutions and traditions and blackening our international reputation as a decent society, busy aping the United States in many of its most backward works.

Talk about a democratic deficit: we have a very serious one and stand in need of genuine parliamentary election reform.

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