Tag Archives: America

Sad Commentary

  I’ll admit I laughed when I first saw this. Then immediately felt embarrassed for having done so. It is a sad indictment of the state of politics in America that such a concept could be taken seriously, but political divisions seem to have deepened in recent years. Demonizing your opponents appears to be the […]

America Burning – II

Why do so many young black males die at the hands of American police officers? Is it just racism? Or are there other reasons? America has a long history of racism – but slavery ended in 1865, more than 150 years ago. The country should not still be fighting the Civil War. Yet all too […]

America Burning

There are race riots in the streets of America. Again. We have seen this before. Does anything ever change? As an older white Canadian, I doubt I can fully understand the challenges faced by young Black American males. I grew up with the idea that the police were my friends, not the people most likely […]

Narrowing The Field

Last week pundits were calling Bernie Sanders unstoppable in the race for the US Democratic party nomination. Now Joe Biden is the front runner. Last week Biden’s campaign looked all but over. Now other big-name candidates have dropped out, throwing their support to him in the hopes of stopping Sanders. Biden is the hope of […]

An Election Non-Issue

Americans are voting in November. One issue that you are pretty much guaranteed to hear almost nothing about is gun control. Americans love their guns, and, on what seems like a regular basis, someone with a grudge will take one of those guns and shoot several innocent people. I think such incidents happen more in […]

Pressing The Flesh

Democrats go to the polls today in New Hampshire as that state holds its presidential primary. After last week’s Iowa caucus fiasco, the party is desperate to get things right. I’m not a fan of the primary system, for reasons to numerous to detail here, but I understand why the New Hampshire vote has traditionally […]

American Dreams

It has crept up quickly almost without my noticing – it is a presidential election year in the United States. Four years of Donald Trump has rushed by. Not that it has really been four years. With all the publicity surrounding the Trump impeachment process, it seems no-one is paying much attention to the upcoming […]

Impeaching Donald Trump

It doesn’t get much sadder. The United States has devolved into a cartoon democracy. The House of Representatives will vote this week on two articles of impeachment. With the vote expected to follow party lines, a Senate trial is a certainty. Certain also is his acquittal, as the Republicans control the Senate. The entire thing […]

American Justice

There are times when the US seems like a third-world country run by a tinpot dictator with no sense of the rule of law. The latest high-profile case from American courts has a bizarre ending that makes the justice system look silly. Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman has been sentenced in a  New York courtroom. […]

Lonely People

As an introvert, I try my best not to overload on people contact. I need space and solitude. I’ve come to the realization that is one of the reasons why learning German is difficult for me. It is not just that the language is hard, but I was also thrown into a classroom with a […]