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 and strenuously enough. In other words people are too lazy to “not” believe his rants or his tweets. Trump is his own downloadable voting app. His administration manufactures and disseminates self-interest conspiracy theories waging a counter-truth campaign against mainstream news, 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 outcome. He brands issues and assigns flamboyant names like “Fake News” “Witch Hunt” “Spygate” repeating them until they become part of the everyday parlance, in his attempt to dismantle any credibility of the ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia et al. The latest news, as reflected in the polls suggest the strategy is working.
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”→
When my father proposed to my mother, he did so on one knee. The Knighthood ceremony requires the candidate to take one knee before the Queen. When we bend down to speak to a small child, we often do so on one knee. I don’t know why Donald Trump hates one knee so much, but for the simple fact it challenges him— everything he is and ever wanted to become.
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”→
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.
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”→
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.
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.