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Why are Americans so black and white . . . or red and blue?

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Canadians are more open to flexibility in their voting choices.

Canadians are more open to flexibility in their voting choices.

The absolute and rigid loyalty of Americans to their respective political parties, whether Republican or Democrat is a mystery to me. It’s just one of those things that makes Canadians different from Americans. Most Canadians will admit to voting left at times, other times for the right and most often safely down the middle depending on who is touting the best middle ground platform. We don’t actually vote for our Prime Minister but instead have to consider each party’s respective stand on issues we care about such as health care, the economy or perhaps the environment. Then, we vote for the individual in our riding who represents the party or issues we support and hope that he or she gets the majority of “seats” to carry the election. The leader of that chosen party gets to be head honcho (Prime Minister) and run the country on our behalf.

With the exception of my ninety-year-old father who in seventy-two years of voting has never cast a single vote for anyone other than a Conservative (except for that one time he voted for a pseudo-Conservative running as Reform party candidate), Canadians are fairly open-minded and flexible about who we vote for. We take the time to understand the issues and while many of us have specific political leanings, unlike Americans, we’re not locked in to a party ideology that may have shifted from what we believe in. Most of us can claim at least one vote for each of the three major parties over the years.

'Til death do us part.

Til death do us part, for better or worse.

It boggles my mind how intelligent, educated people in the United States can support someone like Donald Trump simply because he’s Republican. Would it kill these people to vote Democrat rather than have a egomaniacal misogynistic liar running their country? Hillary comes with more than her fair share of baggage too and it baffles me how these two people got short-listed in a country of nearly four hundred million people. Was everyone drinking beer and watching football when they should have been following the lead-up to voting? It seems to me that if the Republicans ran a goat, then life-long Republican voters would elect said goat so long as it was painted red. I would like to think that the current circus playing out for the American presidency south of the border couldn’t happen in Canada but Toronto once had a certain mayor that precludes us being smug.

They said Brexit would never happen in Britain and it did. The pollsters are increasingly wrong but the horse-race for the Presidency is getting scarier and scarier. And we’re just the neighbours, not the people who have to live in the United States post-November 4th. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope it’s not a total disaster. Either way, whether it’s red or blue, it’s the people’s choice, for better or worse. That’s what democracy is all about. Buckle up for the shock waves across that invisible wall. And while we’re at it, paint it black.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

2 thoughts on “Why are Americans so black and white . . . or red and blue?

  1. I am glad I don’t have to vote in this election but have enjoyed following the debates and reality events of the day. It’s down to the finish line now…..whatever are the media going to report on when this is over.
    Gail from Oakville

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