Opinion | Why Donald J. Trump Continues to “Win”

The latest poll indicates that President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating has improved over the last few months. Why? Booming economy aside, as much as I hate to say it, Trump makes politics fun, at least for his voters.

Trump is a salesperson who handily exploits the innate behaviour of human beings—the propensity towards laziness. We have Siri’s voice helping us with our math, our directions, our memory,  and we now have Trump doing likewise.

Trump inoculates himself and others from the truth by simplifying complex issues, changing the narrative, and of late simply lies outright, knowing often people will believe things that are repeated loudly enough, and strenuously enough. If people are too “lazy” to dig further, they believe his rants.  Trump is his own downloadable voting app. His administration manufactures and disseminates self-interest conspiracy theories waging a counter-truth campaign against mainstream news outlets, and Trump’s base loves it. Trump who has positioned himself as the champion of the everyday person, is lauded by his fans anytime he challenges the norms regardless of consequences. He brands issues and assigns flamboyant names like “Fake News” “Witch Hunt” “Spygate” repeating them until they become part of the everyday parlance, and serves to dismantle any credibility of the ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia et al. latest polls suggest the strategy is working.

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Opinion | The Drowning Man

The blood in the hallways of Santa Fe High School is no doubt as crimson as the reality of the present administration. This is not hyperbole, but fact. America is beyond arms reach, arguably ideologically isolated from ally countries by Trump’s leadership. Trump the candidate had promised to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, a promise he unceremoniously fulfilled earlier this month, in doing so destabilized the area and ejected the United States from being considered a fair broker in any negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

While on the campaign trail Trump also promised to increase veterans’ health care. A promise largely unfulfilled. And what about his presidential promise of the war against opioids? It’s been almost seven months since he declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency with no measurable action or gains, instead Mr. Trump prefers to declare war against the media that reports his blunders, the U.S. Post Office, and the world in general. Top of his list remains the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to indict those connected to Trump. Some already pleading guilty. Continue reading “Opinion | The Drowning Man”

Opinion | Sex, Lies, and Giuliani

The Washington Post has tracked Trump’s lies, now in the thousands.  It is evident Trump knew about the payments to Stormy Daniels, and this is how we know.

Over the last week, Mr. Trump’s new attorney, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has engaged in a “storm” of interviews in regard to the Stormy Daniels matter. He has now publicly admitted that Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney, was in charge of handling matters such as Stormy Daniels and whoever else came calling.

Cohen’s indictment seems inevitable, suggesting that he would rather “make a deal” with authorities than do prison time. What does Mueller want that only Cohen may be able to provide? The answer is obvious—Trump and the location of where the proverbial bodies are hidden.

Last month while speaking with reporters on Air Force One, Trump denied any knowledge of payments to Stormy Daniels, providing an emphatic, unequivocal denial. But the president’s denial is logistically impossible if one asks the obvious question—how did Cohen know whom to pay?

Presumably, if Ms. Daniels had approached Trump, Trump must have then directed Mr. Cohen to strike a deal.

In the alternative, if Mr. Trump had confided in Mr. Cohen explaining there was a list of persons whom Trump wanted to “keep quiet”, then Mr. Trump would need to first identify these people for the purposes of Cohen securing their silence.

Either way, it appears Trump was needed in order to steer Daniels and Cohen in each other’s direction. No other explanation makes sense. Ironic that Trump should become the matchmaker in what many believe is his own demise.

Only one question remains. In light of the at least thirteen women who have come forth with allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump, why pay “hush” money to Ms. Daniels?  That becomes the $130,000 question that no interviewer has asked.

 

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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.

Opinion | Trump’s Women

The morning after Stephanie Clifford, AKA Stormy Daniels the “stripper porn star” appeared on 60 Minutes giving rise to their highest rating in ten years, a group of women, steadfast Trump supporters shared their own views with CNN on who Americans should believe. These women have vowed to stand by their president.

In spite of Trump’s usual rhetoric ranging from NFL players kneeling to Amazon needing to be reigned in, it is the Stormy Daniels debacle that has given way to the president’s first seemingly self-imposed vow of silence, not having tweeted a single character in regard to the allegations of infidelity that took place over a decade ago. At the time, Trump was already into his third marriage and a new father. Infidelity is not so much the issue, even if we ignore the moral implications, but where the president’s exposure is buried is in the allegation that he tried to buy Daniels’ silence for $130,000 just days before the 2016 election. This act may be tantamount to an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign. Political repercussions abound.

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Opinion | Who Ran and Who Didn’t—An Overly Long Tweet the Morning after March for Our Lives

Reuters March 24, 2018

Trump is like a wrecking ball leaving children in his wake. A president is supposed to care about all people, not just the ones of voting age who agree with his agenda. On March 24, 2018, when the kids came to Washington the president ran away. The trip to his resort in Florida suddenly became the moral imperative rather than the responsibilities of the office to which he had been elected.

Some weeks earlier he had held  listening sessions but when he had an opportunity to apply what he had learned, the president ran away. Trump seemed to run as fast as his Chicken Little legs could take him. The sky is falling, has fallen on the victims of gun violence. Arguably, a committed leader would be running to help those kids and all Americans. And yet, when their collective voices were raised, the president ran away.

Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting spree, ran toward the falling sky.

 

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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.

 

 

 

Opinion | The Children’s Crusade: America’s New Duty-Dance with Death

The first time I heard the sound of gunfire, it sounded like firecrackers, until the people around me ran for their lives. Bright lights from a passing car and the sound of firecrackers, that’s all I really remember.

Chances are on February 14th the teenagers, children really, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t know what those sounds were at first, nor did the elementary school children at Sandy Hook in 2012. Not at first. Canada is not without its gun violence. Although not on the same par as American mass shootings, nonetheless, gun violence continues to spread, scattering like buckshot. Things are different in Canada, and of course, Canada didn’t have a leader who boasted he could stand in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and not lose any voters. The real question is, if someone else committed this unspeakable act, could Trump still not lose voters? 26 days later, the messages are still mixed.

“All of this has happened before and will happen again.”

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Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun

 

As the 60’s rock group, Buffalo Springfield once sang, “There’s something happening here…There’s battle lines being drawn.” The devastation at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the most recent mass shooting involving an assault-type rifle. The debate over gun control has been fueled by a combination of enraged and engaged students, a town hall meeting gone bad for politicians, and a White House listening session that resulted in crude and dangerous recommendations by President Trump. Add to the mix a CPAC meeting, where the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, gave a defiant speech warning that a perceived socialist agenda would strip away 2nd Amendment rights. Continue reading “Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun”