“Entitled” to ignore rules, laws, and regulations that they don’t like

Dear Editor,

Re: “Too many naysayers, too much negative thinking” The author of that letter is quite correct, in my opinion. with his views concerning the anti-maskers, and the purveyors of fake news and misinformation.

Such folks are trying to divide our country like Donald the Duck, his supporters, and the QAnon folks have tried to do in America since 2016. Fortunately, the pendulum has started to swing the other way, and we’re seeing a growing resentment against those who tried to overthrow the American gov’t (via an insurrection), against those who spread lies and misinformation, and against those who persist in attacking people of colour, Asians, women, Jews. Muslims, Hispanics, and immigrants.

We are seeing stadiums booting out “troublemakers/hooligans” from sporting venues, and we’re seeing airlines removing obnoxious people from planes, and we’re seeing such people receive hefty fines and even jail sentences.

Why are we seeing such negative behaviours in Alberta (pastors refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions; people who are running for public office (Calgary and Innisfail) spreading conspiracy theories and advocating breaking laws to achieve their goals, and the rise of flagrant attacks by racists and bigoted? In my opinion, they have gotten their motivations from Donald the Duck.

Like the Duck, they think they’re “entitled” to ignore rules, laws, and regulations that they don’t like. Why do I call Donald “The Duck”? Because all his life, he has “ducked” his responsibilities (he dodged the draft 5 times while thousands of Americans fought and died during the Vietnam War. He ducked his marital responsibilities by cheating on all his wives. He “ducked” jail time after being caught misusing money donated to his charities (for personal use). He “ducked” jail time after his so-called T——University was shut down for swindling students out of their money with phoney courses. Like all presidents since Richard Nixon who revealed their tax returns, he has ducked/refused to divulge his tax records (why?) He has “ducked/fest-up” his association with porn stars and Playboy bunnies, and he continues (like Bill Cosby; Jeffery Epstein, and Harvey Weinstein) to deny he has ever abused women. Like some countries, New Zealand for example, I refuse to acknowledge his (last) name. To me he is a “duck”. Remember the old adage: “If it walks like a duck, smells like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”.

George Thatcher

Trochu, AB