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

Bright lights from a passing car and the sound of firecrackers, and the scattering of people running for their lives. That’s all I really remember of the first time I heard real gunfire.

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.

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

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

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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”