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The First Amendment lets Americans say pretty much anything to anyone, anywhere.

The Second Amendment lets them keep and bear arms.

So can they turn up at polling stations on November 3rd, armed and belligerent and, in the words of their President, “watch very carefully?”

No, they can’t.

In this case, what reads like 1+1 doesn’t equal 2.

The fact is, every one of America’s 50 states has rules forbidding such thuggery.

But until a group of constitutional lawyers at Georgetown Law School pointed this out, millions of voters had reason to fear this voter intimidation tactic. …

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Finally, someone not only fact-shamed Donald Trump in real-time, she wiped the smile off his face.

Until yesterday, I’d never heard of Savannah Guthrie, the host of last night’s Town Hall on NBC. Today, she’s my hero. She did what no other TV host, moderator or fantasy-inquisitor has done: when Mr. Trump tried to interrupt her, divert her, run over her, and basically make her disappear, she just kept talking, pushing, persisting — all with a big smile on her face.

In the first 10 minutes alone, she caught Trump not recalling if he took a COVID test before the first debate, refusing to condemn the QAnon conspiracy, which claims the Democratic party is one large satanic pedophile ring, and promoting a theory that the Navy SEALs didn’t kill Osama bin Laden in the 2011 raid, but a body double. …

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Two years ago, the New York Times food editor Sam Sifton spoke at the University of Toronto about the rise of Syrian cuisine in Canada. He apologized for his President’s nasty immigration policies and their inhumane consequences, and said he loved Toronto because “more immigrants mean more restaurants.”

We all cheered.

It seems that our acceptance of immigration, despite occasional racist and anti-immigrant outbreaks, is not only continuing, it’s growing more enthusiastic every year.

Last week, a poll by the Environics Institute, The Century Initiative and the University of Ottawa asked Canadians if they agreed with this sentiment: “Overall, there is too much immigration to Canada.” …


Bob Ramsay

Bob Ramsay is a Toronto writer, communications consultant and speaker series host: The Plague-Ground is his daily blog.