OPINION | “Does Anyone Know, Where the Love of God Goes when the Waves turn the Minutes to Hours?”

In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government unilaterally decided that Japanese Canadians posed a threat to national security. Under the War Measures Act, the roundup began as Japanese Canadians were stripped of their homes and business, and sent to internment camps, thus beginning one of Canada’s darkest periods in its relatively short history as a nation.

My university film theory teacher was such an internee. Although never discussed at length, as he taught us about Kuleshov and Eisenstein, he was also teaching us about his life, and resilience.

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OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have now left the Singapore summit, and with their departure, a silence fills in the anticipation and the apprehension of the meeting. Both leaders were supposedly looking for something, but it is uncertain whether it was peace.

From a political point of view, the summit was a success for both leaders. Let’s be clear, Trump was not the first to propose a sit-down, but he was the most pugnacious, and the least criticized when the idea was proposed. Was he looking for an end to tensions between North Korea and the world at large or a photo opportunity to boost his poll numbers? Continue reading “OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?”

Mini-Opinion | Disney/ABC Bigger Than Trump, Roseanne, and racism. Thank you!

 

I was always taught, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Trump and Roseanne Barr have forgotten or never learned such a simple adage, or ever lived in the Marvel universe.

Roseanne, an incorrigible Trump supporter and star of the hit television series “Roseanne” was lauded by Trump. ABC has just cancelled her. I’m sure Trump will have a tweet or two to say. Continue reading “Mini-Opinion | Disney/ABC Bigger Than Trump, Roseanne, and racism. Thank you!”

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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