Category Politics

Talking Trade

When you get thrown under the bus, your first priority is to avoid the wheels. Once you have done that, you figure out your next move. These days Canada’s Prime Minister is doing his best to not get hit by the wheels. Last Monday the US and Mexico announced a trade deal to replace NAFTA, […]

A Special Place in Hell

He’s recanted and repented, but it seems a bit forced and not particularly heartfelt. Memo to the US government: you might want to make sure your messaging is a little less emotionally charged. That might save you some worldwide embarrassment. The recent trade spat between the US and Canada has me wondering about the theological […]

The Biggest Prize

After a week of reflections on the trail above St. Ulrich, I’m ready for a break. We’ll return to the trail in a few days, but I have a few other things on my mind that I want to share. Barrack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize when he had been the American president for […]

Ontario Votes

We take a break from our Black Forest series today because…. …it is voting day in Ontario. Voters are set to choose which of the three major parties will form the government. I will admit to not being all that excited. If we were still living in the province, I would probably have written extensively […]

A True Public Servant

I have managed to not get too caught up in the recent American political melodrama. As a result, I decided I wouldn’t bother reading fired FBI director James Comey’s autobiography, A Higher Loyalty,  which was published a few weeks ago. That changed when the book I wanted wasn’t available at the library –  and Comey’s […]

Trumpocracy

If you want to read a thoughtful analysis of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, then this is the book to choose, not Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. There’s no gossip here, no anonymous musings such as Wolff gave us. David Frum, who has a set of solid Republican credentials, answers the question Hillary […]

All You Can Do Is Dance

I wasn’t sure how to react, so at first, I kept silent. Sitting on my couch were two people expounding an obviously bizarre conspiracy theory. It was apparent they believed every word. The internet has been a great boon to those who think the world is against them. You can always find someone, somewhere who […]