Guest Entry from My Stepdad
As of 12/27 I finally see the sun shining in Montreal. But then, we can go for weeks in Minneapolis under clouds.
My only previous trips to Canada were to Thunder Bay, and that’s not Montreal. Now, this is Canada. For the first time I wish I had grown up in a bi-lingual culture. I see here what good and not-so-good differences that can make.
Growing up in the South makes me glad to see that Canada never had racial slavery. Much of what is wrong with the USA to be seen in the culture of the Confederacy. It was a fearful, greedy and violent world. The slaves did not make that culture: the plantation owners did. To our great sorrow, the culture of Confderacy, with its darkened religion, fear of the outside world and lust for dominance is rising again. We need Canada and other successful secular democracies to hold an example of moral authority to challenge out backward plunge into neoconservatist triumphalism. We need to be reminded that power without wisdom is self-destructive.
Your wonderful anthem says it well, “Stand on guard for Thee..” The guns are obsolete. Values, ideas and courage are the security of the future. So, stand by your genuine human values. The world needs you.
An American patriot,
Phillip Griffin, Sr.