Category Politics

Doing Politics Right

After seeing this commercial, I’d vote for these guys. No idea how I’d make the choice since they are running against each other. Probably base it on policies. Politics seems to be broken these days, like so much else in society. In their quest for personal victory, many politicians trample the truth, decency and the […]

The Last Debate

I won’t be watching tonight – it’s a time zone thing. I’ll catch the highlights in the morning. Maybe. Tonight’s second, and last US presidential debate is crucial.  The rules have changed. It will be tougher for Donald Trump to talk over Joe Biden like he did in the first debate. And, given social distancing […]

Gotcha!?

Several years ago a friend introduced me to the satirical Babylon Bee website. Unfortunately, Donald Trump’s friends didn’t tell him about it. Maybe that is due to a lack of friends with a sense of humor. Or of friends who would frequent a Christian site such as the Bee. Whatever the reason, last week Trump […]

Mailing It In

The US election is in two weeks from today, and the ballots are starting to roll in by the millions. President Trump has been screaming about massive fraud. But does he have credibility? Due to the pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans are voting by mail this year. In ordinary times, mail-in ballots are a […]

A Matter of Justice

If you want a quick lesson in the disfunction of the American system, the Congressional hearing on Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee is a perfect example. Justice is supposed to be blind and – but this legal system is all about politics. Democrats automatically oppose anyone nominated by a Republican president (and vice versa). […]

Highly Debatable?

It’s an event everyone usually ignores. Except for tonight. Once every four years the candidates running for vice -president of the United States square off against each other in a televised debate. Other than political junkies, no-one watches. Being vice-president is a thankless task in America. You have no real job description; you just have […]

The Positive Test

I was planning today to write about the US presidential election, then figured it would be too depressing. Maybe some COVID-19 jokes instead. Then Donald Trump was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. It is a little surprising that more world leaders haven’t had positive tests. Their jobs expose them to so many people. […]

Money Screams

There’s an election coming. There’s always an election coming – and that means political parties need money. Feel like making a donation? In Canada we have strict limits. I can contribute $1,625 ($1,227 US) to the political party of my choice this year. That’s the maximum, though admittedly I can give that amount to each […]

Welcome To September

The conventions are over, and now the US presidential election campaign begins in earnest. The 2020 campaign will be like none other before it, coming as it does in the midst of a global pandemic. Americans are faced with a clear choice. Mind you, that’s what commentators say every four years – and somehow things […]

Was Donald Trump Right For Once?

I had expected today to talk about the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He or she was supposed to be announced before 9 p.m. Ottawa time Sunday. Yet as I write this at 8:30 Ottawa time (2:30 a.m. where I am), due to mechanical issues with the machines that opened the mail-in […]