Enjoyed a quick visit to Toronto and happened upon a small exhibit of old Canadian children's books
This was my third trip out of the USA this year. I remember one of the most memorable experiences I had when living abroad was the view of my own country and culture from afar. How heartening to see how there are other possibilities and solutions. Canada does a lot of things right. Most notably sensible approach to guns, a topic I am even more attuned to as a long time resident (though I've never thought of myself as a permanent citizen of) Charlottesville, a small city that everyone I talked to in Toronto had heard of, for the very bad news that had come from it.
Government at multiple levels failed Charlottesville this past summer. Hard for me to see how random guys from out of state playing dress-up as soldiers, in full battle gear with live ammo and fingers on the triggers of their assault rifles, and Nazis and other hate groups calling for mass violence (ya know like genocide) did not present a *clear and present danger;* the standard limit to 'free expression,' as protected in the vaunted First Amendment. Don't get me started about the Second Amendment - the one that sorta mentions a well regulated militia. The one that has been abused and misused and that makes this country the most deadly and violent of the western advanced democracies. With the subsequent assaults of similar groups on other cities, it becomes clear that Charlottesville was targeted at least in part because it is small, with a police force that more typically has to deal with drunken and disorderly college students. The image of those thuggie cosplay soldiers marching down a street three blocks from us was very banana republic. So many reasons to be worried about what the future here is for our children.
I do have to mention one other salient point about the 'Unite the Right' rally. As reported in the New York Times, Richard Spencer spent the month of August at the DC Trump Hotel planning the assault on Charlottesville.