And of course the Orange Ape would not see the irony in having his departure more popular than his inaugeration. People are celebrating his leaving.
As of January 6th, 2021, a “peaceful transition of power” is no longer an option. That ship has sailed. Praising your orange messiah for doing the absolute bare minimum that would be expected of him (Leaving without being physically removed) shows just how low the bar has been set.
Let there be no doubt: The only thing Trump has any remorse for regarding the Jan 6 terror attacks against US government is that they were unsuccessful.
Look North for your comparisons, not East. Canada is a social democracy with socialized health care, but other than that we are not only physically close to USA, we’re also very close in culture. Western Canada has seen an explosion of cases, although not nearly as bad as USA (and yes, that even includes counting cases by population). Western Canada tends to be more conservative, and most western provinces, including Ontario, have conservative governments. No mask mandates, no shutdowns, etc (until it was too late).
Eastern Canada, on the other hand, has been getting away remarkably well. Eastern Canada’s daily new cases are ususally single digits and, rarely, get up to 30 or so. My own province of Nova Scotia today announced eight new cases. Eight! There is not a state in the union that wouldn’t kill for numbers like that. Yesterday it was one. The day before that it was seven. We’ve got something like 25 active cases in the province. New Brunswick is faring slightly worse – they’re seeing 20 or so new cases per day. New Brunswick shares a border with Quebec and USA, so their cases could be expected to be higher.
So what has Eastern Canada done to keep itself safe? We have closed our borders. We’re not preventing travel, mind you: We’ve just made it law that if you come into the Maritimes from any other state or province you must quarantine for 14 days, and you must be tested. We’ve initiated mandatory masks. We’ve mandated social distancing. We’ve restricted how many people can be in businesses and even private homes at any one time. When people or businesses do not comply they are punished. But mainly, we are complying. Mask use is near universal, with only a few RWNJ’s not complying. People are staying apart. And it’s WORKING.
Contrast the Maritimes with our neighbour, Maine. Maine has a very similar population to the Maritime provinces. Maine is seeing several hundred new cases daily. The Maritimes are seeing a dozen or so. We’re doing something right here.
Years ago my parents were in a rollover accident in their Ford Explorer, and my six year old niece was in the vehicle with them. It was a “soft” rollover and nobody was hurt. I drove to the scene to pick them up, and after dropping my parents off at their house my niece wanted to stay at my place, so I let her. She was quite excited about that car accident.
Once we got to my place she immediately asked for some paper & pencils and set to work drawing. I asked her “What are you drawing?”
She said “I’m drawing a picture of the accident so the other kids in my class will believe me”
I wasn’t thinking along those lines. I was thinking more along the lines of “This idiot knows state secrets and we can’t trust him to keep his mouth shut”.
I really can’t imagine the secret service allowing Trump to go to Russia. The plane would disappear over the Atlantic.
But Trump himself said that 306 votes is a landslide, which is interesting because technically he only had 304 (two faithless electors voted against him). If 306 votes was a landslide in 2016, surely it’s still a landslide in 2020?
Here on the OTHER other coast (Nova Scotia) we don’t have it so bad – we’re only seeing single digit new cases each day (yesterday there were two) and there are only around 45 active cases in the province. Still, our government is being prudent – no household gatherings of more than 10 people (including the household), no indoor dining, no bars, etc. It’s better to err on the side of caution – better to look back and think we’ve overreacted than to look back and think we didn’t do enough
That’s kind of my point. Trump is merely the symptom. The disease has been present for years. Trump has emboldened his followers, but the fact is his followers were the way they were all along. He just saw an opportunity to exploit them.
Kind of like NASCAR. Tube chassis, fiberglass bodies, rear wheel drive, with a pushrod V8 and a four speed manual transmission. And it’s a “Camry”. And the S in NASCAR means “Stock”.
That’s why I stopped caring about it in the 1980’s. At least back then a Thunderbird was a Thunderbird and a Monte Carlo was a Monte Carlo. The bodies were actual production bodies, and the engines and drivelines were at least loosely based on reality (stock Thunderbirds and Monte Carlos actually were rear wheel drive with V8 engines).