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Opinion From the comments: ‘Pandora’s box is clearly open’: readers voice frustration over state of politics north and south of the border

Today’s comments were selected because they highlight the frustrations being voice by many readers about our current political climate.

President Donald Trump at a posthumous Medal of Honor ceremony for Tech. Sgt. John Chapman at the White House in Washington, Aug. 22, 2018. Facing potentially grave legal setbacks in the trials of his former fixer, Michael Cohen, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, Trump seems more subdued, asking several people in his orbit, “how did we end up here?”

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From Globe editorial: The danger of becoming numb to the circus around Donald Trump

Pandora's box is clearly open, and fighting against that deluge is both frustrating and exhausting. I would like nothing better than to forget about this man. I look forward to the day we can. In the meantime, it is indeed contingent on all of us to not accept what is happening as any version of normal. - bobo von moneyhowl

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Regardless of the outcome, these are without question interesting days in which we live. Who would ever have imagined we would see these days after the debacle of Watergate? Probably no one. Yet the the dynamics of the US electoral system created an outcome that even the founding fathers could not have imagined. Doesn't mean it shouldn't have happened, doesn't mean that I condone it, but the US system has grown very tired and weary over its history and its shortcomings on checks and balances, which held up for slightly more than 200 years, are now showing. If Americans want to "make America great again" they must look at their system and decide on the necessary changes. - robit17

There is nothing to find fault over in this editorial, as everything said has been repeated over and over again, and continues to unfold like one of those long running soap operas. But a very key point in this whole affair is that, it isn't our system, and it isn't our president. We have indeed experienced the fallout from Trump's brief presidency, and we will no doubt experience more. However there is exactly nothing we can do about it, other then take satisfaction in knowing that as bad as we see things in our own system these days, they are positively benign when compared to what's happening across the border. This isn't Canadians being smug or arrogant, this is simply seeing things for what they are. - JeffSpooner

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From Something’s rotten in Canadian politics by Kinrad Yakabuski

Konrad,

I can’t disagree with much of what you have said. I bet the Prime Minister is man enough to admit that he could have handled the situation in a better manner, as you describe. Then again, you can understand his exasperation at having to explain and defend over and over again why it is okay to treat human beings with dignity. And when you have the existence of groups like La Meute and Sons of Odin, decent people lose patience. That’s understandable. - CongnitiveDisonnance

Identity politics are a trap that is catching most Western governments of the left, right, and center. The average citizen wants immigration, rule of law, a good economy, good health care for all, good infrastructure, help for the disadvantaged, and careful management of the environment. These are all good objectives, good for all canadians, and deserve politicians' attention. Virtuous benevolence for minority groups should be given to those that are really suffering, like first nations in the North. Groups with less problems or historical grievances should be low priority. - kramnot

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