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How is this for an attention-grabbing political rhetoric, delivered in the United States House of Representatives? One Republican from Wisconsin saw Canada and many other places as less successful than the United States and offered his theory of why they are “countries that fail”.
Rep. Glenn Grothman says it’s because of cultural divisions. In Canada’s case, he says, these divisions are about language. He compiled a long list of what he called failed states.
He began in his November 16 speech that “I have never felt that Canada has been quite as successful as America.” “[That’s] Because their elections, in a sense, pitted the French speakers against the English speakers.”
He went on to say that this was true in many other places, including the 54-nation African continent: “You look at elections in the Middle East, and it’s Sunni against Shiites. You look at elections in Africa, and it’s tribe against tribe.”
In other words, he said, when people in these countries go to the polls, they don’t say what is appropriate money to spend on national defense or what is our road policy or what should be appropriate or lengthy for a criminal justice policy. of prison sentences.
“No, in these failed countries, elections are a contest of one ethnic group against another.”
What is the context
Grotman has been speaking against the big budget bill Democrats hope to pass through Congress, and complained that it includes spending measures targeting minority communities.
He went on to suggest that this was part of a conspiracy to pit ethnic groups against each other as part of a long-term Marxist strategy to take over America.
Grotman, one of the more conservative members of the Republican convention, is a former state politician who has been elected four times to the United States House of Representatives.
The House is likely to approve the bill any day.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Canadian government are unhappy with one of its provisions affecting electric car production and hope to amend it before it finally passes the Senate.
As for tribal divisions affecting politics, Grotman voted against an investigation into the riots that occurred in the US Capitol on January 6, when his workplace was attacked by a mob seeking to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power after the election.
The work of this investigation is ongoing.