Letters to the Editor: November 15

New North American Order; Tolerance, inclusion and diversity

New North American Order

That Trump has prevailed and won the U.S. election is a crushing blow to these editorial pundits, Carol Grant/Gwynne Dyer. They are dismayed beyond belief, probably because they have never been good at eating crow, a characteristic common in the folks that deem to know what is good for everybody.

Only in America are we able to see how people actively respond when electing their leaders: something that we should all celebrate. It is non-existent in Russia, China, Iran and many other countries. Americans decided to accept the alternative to the Bush and Clinton establishments despite all of the urgings by the mainstream media and the pundits for Clinton and the invective directed at Trump. The people have decided they are tired of being governed badly over the past decade and the results tell me they will also be critical of the new administration if it should waffle like the previous ones.

Impatience might arise if dallying develops and persists, but we Canadians can only watch, wait and see. As for complacent and excessively critical Canadians, adaption to the New North American order has arrived and we had better start adjusting now.

Carmen C. Purdy/Cranbrook

Tolerance, inclusion and diversity

This letter is in response to “Random Thoughts to a Night of Horror” by Carolyn Grant on November 10th in “The Daily Townsman.” A more appropriate title for this temper tantrum would have been “Random Irrational Paranoid Thoughts to a Night of Democracy.  Ms. Grant’s racist diatribe about the election of Donald Trump shows how her identity politics make her as guilty of the racism she rails against in her editorial. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had been elected and a newspaper editor had written the same editorial with black substituted for white? Can one imagine the backlash?

About 60 million Americans voted for Donald Trump. Many were concerned about Clinton’s policies and her continuation of Obama’s policies. Are they all racists, sexists, homophobes, transphobes and whatever -ist or -phobe you can name? Ms. Grant appears to be interested in tolerance, inclusion and diversity, but shows no tolerance for diversity of thought. Inside the leftist echo chamber, how could anyone vote for Trump?

What if you were concerned about National Security and Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server when she was Secretary of State? How would you vote? Does this make you a sexist?

What if you were the families of Robert Krantz (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/17/arizona.rancher.homicide/index.html), Kate Steinle (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/07/14/parents-of-kate-steinle-n2025110) and Brian Terry (http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/10/01/guilty-verdict-border-patrol-agent-brian-terry-killing-trial/73144850/)? Donald Trump vowed to reduce illegal immigration, defund sanctuary cities (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/immigration/) and pass Kate’s Law (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3011/all-info). How would they vote? Does this make them racists?

What if you lost your health insurance due to Obamacare (http://www.heritage.org/research/factsheets/2013/11/losing-health-insurance-due-to-obamacare) and what if your Obamacare rates increased (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/01/obamacare-rate-hikes-rattle-consumers-could-threaten-enrollment/89664628/)? How would you vote? Does this make you a racist?

What if you opposed Obama’s guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity based on concern for your young daughter (http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/politics/transgender-bathrooms-obama-administration/index.html)? How would you vote? Does this make you a bigot?

Perhaps hysterical people spewing their hyperbole need to meet Riaz Patel, a gay Muslim Pakistani-American immigrant Clinton supporter. Ms. Grant, I challenge you to read Patel’s letter, (http://www.glennbeck.com/2016/11/10/what-a-gay-muslim-pakistani-american-immigrant-learned-traveling-to-rural-alaska-the-week-before-the-election/) to learn why so many Americans voted for Trump. None of it had to do with white supremacy, racism, sexism or homophobia. Perhaps people could truly learn about tolerance, inclusion and diversity from Mr. Patel.

Grant Giles/Cranbrook