Category Politics

Inauguration Day Reflections

Some random thoughts as Joe Biden is sworn in today as President of the United States. I’ve been thinking about the day, and the challenges the new president faces. Each paragraph is a stand-alone today – read as many or as few as you like. Joe Biden assumes office as President of the United States […]

Donald Trump Is History

Are you surprised to be alive today? To discover the world is relatively peaceful? Today is the last full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Go ahead, admit it, four years ago you were certain he was going to start a war.  Maybe the last war that would destroy life on earth. Yet he didn’t. The […]

This Is Amerika

The politicians and commentators wringing their hands at last week’s coup attempt in Washington were for the most part united in their protestation that “this is not America.” They were wrong. This is what America has become. The ideals are there, perhaps, but the reality is a nation divided with no end in sight unless […]

Why Trump Lost

Yes, they are still counting the votes, but even Donald Trump knows in his heart he lost the 2020 US presidential election. Not because it was fraudulent but for one reason: COVID-19. There are three reasons COVID-19 was fatal to the Trump presidency. He might have managed re-election despite one or two of them, but […]

The Next President

The election results tell us Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Are you sure about that? And I’m not talking about the ongoing legal challenges the Trump team has mounted to try and overturn the results. I don’t see much hope for success there. Which may mean that Joe Biden […]

America Votes – Who’s In Charge?

They didn’t learn their lesson 20 years ago, so why would you expect any change now? But the world wonders why Americans can’t figure out a better way to hold an election. In 2000 Al Gore lost the presidency to George W. Bush after the Supreme Court upheld a decision to not re-count the ballots […]

While The World Waits…

I spent most of Wednesday with CNN playing in the background as I worked. I wanted to know who was the winner in the US presidential election. I still want to know who won, but I am not listening anymore. I’ll find out when an announcement is made. Maybe Friday. At first I thought Donald […]

When It Is All Over…

I’m writing this shortly after midnight in the eastern US, and there is no winner yet in the American presidential election. There may not be by the time you read this. I have great respect for the Republican party’s ability, as the minority party, to get their supporters to the polls. That is how Donald […]

Voting Day – Again

Americans go to the polls today to choose a president. I don’t have a vote, which is just as well since I’m not impressed with the choices. Are you? Four years ago, when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, I posted this plea on election day. I was going to write something new today, nothing has […]

Handling A Crisis

I remember waking up when the bomb went off, though I didn’t know what it was. I found out the next morning that there had been a terrorist attack on a nearby bridge. That was 1963. We think of Canada as a peaceful place, but growing up in Montreal in the 1960s we were very […]