I was born in the US and spent the first 23 years of my life there. Although I have been allowed the priceless privilege of Canadian citizenship I am still proud of the nation of my birth. My mom was a Republican and dad a Democrat and I was exposed to friendly philosophical debate from an early age. My parents were passionate in their love of country and in their belief in a democratic system. We were part of the truly middle class America before the middle class was gutted and the blue collar demographic drove the USA. I know my mom and dad would turn their heads in shame, as do I, when spectacles of this sort become part of national election.