Opinion | Trump’s Populist Agenda Alive and Well in Charlottesville

The incident captured by a cell phone on Saturday afternoon showed a car careening through the crowd of anti-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Trump might as well have been behind the wheel sporting the license plate “WINNING”. The American people are not yet tired of winning, as prognosticated by Mr. Trump, rather they are tired of losing at every single turn and it’s beginning to show in the country and the president. The cracks are obvious. In my mind I see Trump’s small hands wrapped around the base of the Statue of Liberty, not sure if he is protecting it or stealing it. Flip a coin. Continue reading “Opinion | Trump’s Populist Agenda Alive and Well in Charlottesville”

Opinion |Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Wouldn’t Last a New York Minute in Toronto (Or Any Other Place in Canada)

President-elect Donald Trump visit’s the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Jan. 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand/released)

I promised myself sleep, and will pay dearly in the morning for having not gotten enough of it, but not as dearly as the transgender service members who believed they had been accepted into the United States’ military ranks. Earlier in the week Trump’s latest twitter barrage changed that reality. Abandoning his usual targets of blame, Democrats, Clinton, the media, Trump instead chose to launch a sneak attack on transgender service members. A guerilla war waged without provocation on Americans by the nation’s own commander-in-chief. It was a cowardly declaration. Continue reading “Opinion |Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Wouldn’t Last a New York Minute in Toronto (Or Any Other Place in Canada)”

Trump’s Greatest Failure…is not Healthcare

Donald Trump has once again failed in his efforts to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare, even the Republican’s “skinny version” in spite of the Republican’s grip on the House and the Senate. Trump claims the Democrats are obstructionist, as Trump stated he was “not going to own” the failure of the this most recent bill. In spite of Trump’s blustering, the self-proclaimed “deal maker” remains unable to build consensus even within his own party.

For the third time in Trump’s presidency, his official position according to his early morning tweet will be to wait until ObamaCare “implode, then deal. Watch.” This approach is a form of extortion very rarely seen at this level in politics, no different from Trump’s failures to pass the healthcare bill in the past. No different from Trump threatened the government shut down when his budget demands for the border wall met opposition. Each time he continues to blink.

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Trump’s “Mad Dog” Antics Earn Him Timeout in the Pound or the Lady Vanishes

WARNING: This article will intentionally misdirect you.

If you’re like most people, over the last week you’ve been looking at the wrong thing. Thinking the wrong thoughts, tuning into the wrong programs. Democrats have shouted for Trump’s impeachment or at very least his resignation. Even Republicans have leveled criticism at their leader. If this has been the object of your attention, again, with due respect, you’ve been looking at the wrong thing. Rather like the intentional misnaming of this article, Trump’s actions are simply misdirection. Continue reading “Trump’s “Mad Dog” Antics Earn Him Timeout in the Pound or the Lady Vanishes”

Why Now?

April 4, 2017 Photo of the day. Photo Credit Benjamin Applebaum

Over 2000 years ago Plato asked what turned out to be the most prophetic question in modern politics. Philosophy majors will remember Plato’s allegory of the cave. “What if you believed that the shadows you saw on the walls of the cave was reality, when in fact it was not?” This of course was the premise of 1999’s film, the Matrix, where our hero is given a choice—take the blue pill and live in the ignorance of the “make-believe” world around him, or choose the red pill to see the world as it really is. In light of the current administration which pill would you take?

Trump once boasted that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and “shoot somebody” and not lose any votes, to which his voters applauded. On June 21, during Mr. Trump’s most recent campaign style rally, the president defended his reasons for having almost committed the moral equivalent. Again the crowd applauded. Continue reading “Why Now?”

The Day Americans Became My New Best Friend aka The Article I Loathed to Write

Protest at JFK Jan. 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Rhododendrites

Popular culture aside, many people may not realize just how much our cultures differ. Gun control, health care and Tim Horton’s, just to name a few, but the list is longer than most may think. We’re different in Canada. Not better, just different.

I tuned into the 2016 election campaign from time to time, amused by its slags and zingers, reality TV from a reality TV star. Like many Americans, I didn’t take Trump seriously. How could I? A wall to keep American safe? Really? Continue reading “The Day Americans Became My New Best Friend aka The Article I Loathed to Write”

Donald Trump: a Blunt Instrument in the Operating Theatre of Politics

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Where most Western leaders approach situations with a certain amount of foresight, President Donald J. Trump barges in, no different than the Wall Street Bull of recent interest in the press. The political stage is Trump’s china shop.

Trump’s approach does not influence people, nor make him friends, but to Trump supporters—it’s gold. What continues to drive Trump’s roughshod approach to problem solving and why do Trump supporters continue to cling to the proverbial wall he has built around all reason? Continue reading “Donald Trump: a Blunt Instrument in the Operating Theatre of Politics”