The Remaking of America

  I believe the government shutdown is part of a revolution currently underway in America. As it progresses, the revolution may or may not be accompanied by violence but – if it succeeds –  it will bring radical change. The pundits I listened to late into the night seemed unaware of this threat. They blamed the Trump regime’s […]
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What I Did Not Know

  I came across a line in a story this morning that sent shivers down my spine. It wasn’t about imminent nuclear war, although that’s scary enough. And it wasn’t about Trump. It was about a secret organization named League of the South. The story was about  a left-wing group called Antifa (which in my […]
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America’s Iron Curtain

  When I lived in Canada many years ago, the US border was barely noticeable. In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, I used to take the ferry over to Sault Michigan when the Canadian bars closed early on Saturday nights. It was a no-hassle crossing. As I recall, all I had to do was show my […]
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Behind the Scandals

Tell the truth, which story are you likely to read, the one about Trump paying hush money to a porn star or the one about erosion of American democracy? They’re both in the news. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s lawyer paid X-rated actress “Stormy Daniels” (photo) $130,000 to keep quiet about her affair with […]
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Melania in Wonderland

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The vision of America reflected in the pledge of allegiance seems wistfully ironic today. It was doubly ironic when First Lady Melania Trump (photo) tweeted […]
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The Rise of Racism

  Apparently, America’s racism is coming out of the shadows again. I’ve had glimpses of it over the years as an immigrant in Canada and, later, America. And I’ve watched it fade in both countries. Canada evolved rapidly as the population became more diverse and enlightened politicians pursued increasingly inclusive policies. I was heartened when a young […]
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Leave Norway? No Thanks!

  Norwegians aren’t jumping at Trump’s invitation to emigrate to America. They’ve been unenthusiastic about moving here for a while. According to a  Reuters report: While hundreds of thousands of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, just 502 out of a population of 5.3 million people moved there in 2016, down 59 from […]
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Feeling the Contempt

  I can understand why CNN’s Anderson Cooper (lower photo)  had to fight back tears as he defended Haiti after Trump (top photo) described it as a “s—hole country.” Haiti has been through more than its share of horrors and deserves sympathy not contempt. But Trump’s disdain is not restricted to Haiti. He included El Salvador […]
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Bannon’s Indelible Toxins

  Like Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, Steve Bannon’s wings of wax have melted and he has crashed to earth, never (I hope) to be heard from again. Now, some pundits will probably say Trump’s camp has purged itself of the toxins that Bannon (photo) injected into American politics. Don’t be fooled. Bannon was only the […]
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Sexiest Man in the World?

People Magazine claims that country-and-western singer Blake Shelton is the “sexiest man in the world” and that has sparked complaints because he is white and male. I cannot describe how this kind of thing depresses me. First of all, who in their right mind believes there’s a “sexiest man in the world”? If anything in […]
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