Opinion | Demolition Man: the Smash-Up Derby of Trump’s presidency

 

Crash bang smash ‘em up, put ‘em back again.

Smash bang crack ‘em up, its crash up time my friend!”

There is a game from my childhood called Smash-Up Derby. It was the only gift Santa did not bring me…until now. The game’s concept was simple—two toy cars get smashed together again and again. You could send them rocketing into walls, tables, and chairs—as their doors and engine hoods blew off on impact, only for you to snap them back together for the next round. The commercial’s jingle — “Bang, crash, smash ‘em up!… Smash-Up Derby is fun!” is the same song echoing through the White House as Donald Trump continues to bang, crash, smash ‘em up with everyone from world leaders to his own Secretary of State. It’s “crash up derby time” for Trump. Continue reading “Opinion | Demolition Man: the Smash-Up Derby of Trump’s presidency”

Opinion | Where is Heather Heyer?

It’s moving too fast. Things are getting lost, shuffled to the bottom of the deck. The media has adopted a “hit and run” approach to events and people like Heather Heyer have become the victim, both figuratively and literally. In August, a white supremacist drove his car through a crowd protesting against hate. Sadly, Heather Heyer, only 32 years old became the victim of the very thing she opposed.

So often the big things, the life-changing moments become buried in the covfefe of a president who thrives on obfuscation and celebrity. These are drugs to him, on the level of opioids, the coverage of which has also been lost to obscurity, but one tragedy at a time. Continue reading “Opinion | Where is Heather Heyer?”

Opinion | War, Distraction, and a Dying Administration

My friend Karl blew things up. His most famous explosion was the baby carriage in the park. The off-camera screams still ring in my ears. Film school is a special kind of place. Karl had a daily mantra—the bigger the explosion, the louder the applause. Karl did not become president of the United States, Donald Trump did, and with very little difference between the two of them. Continue reading “Opinion | War, Distraction, and a Dying Administration”

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”

“The lights on at the White House, but President Alone and in the Dark”

Senator John McCain deals “death blow” to Trump’s Obamacare Bill

On Monday afternoon the president tweeted, “A great day at the White House!”, the social media equivalent of whistling in the dark. “I’m not afraid” it seemed to say. But the jig is up, Trump is scared. After Friday’s most recent failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, and with Trump’s own Republican member John McCain delivering its death blow, it should have been a quiet weekend, perhaps one of reflection for the president, or for any president.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has warned us that when the president gets attacked, Continue reading ““The lights on at the White House, but President Alone and in the Dark””

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 lack 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.

Continue reading “Trump’s Greatest Failure…is not Healthcare”