Even in a social democracy like Canada there are overt signs which make me despair for the kind of societies we have built. The BMWs stopped at almost every red light in the city center see the obligatory disheveled occupant asking for change. Waste baskets at the food courts are constantly surveilled for something that may have been rejected that is still good.
There is something deeply wrong.
Bernie Sanders makes a simple plea to return to fairness and decency while being asked by idiots at televised town halls why he believes in communism. I despair at the abject stupidity which has spawned such ignorance. The Midwest is full of ghost towns that once contained thriving industries which supported healthy and vibrant communities. Trump went there with his repulsive face and his lies and told these people everything was going to be okay while at the same time approving huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. No, things will not necessarily be okay.
America is at a crossroads where they will thrive or perish and in many ways so is my country. Right wing fanatics in both countries with ties to the fossil fuel industry plot to fight against efforts to make inroads towards greener energy. All of it using the argumentation that we cannot afford it.
The top 1% of both nations have buried their head in the sand and are willing to risk our future for shortsightedness that will have huge impacts on our planet. You want to shake them into submission but their heads are too far into the clouds formed from the fumes of the mantras they consume. Meanwhile the bottom rung falls further into desperation perhaps completely devoid of hope that things will improve.
All I know is that if that fat orange imbecile and his cronies get in again, America is screwed.