Tag Archives: Trump

God gets requests

7 Nov

I was watching a bit of game seven of the world series a few days ago.
It was top of the 10th (extra innings – overtime for clarity sakes). Chicago was leading Cleveland 8-6 and it was a tense game.
The TV panned to the crowd and everybody in the crowd, whatever team allegiance, was praying to the Lord. Everyone in Chicago was praying one way and in Cleveland the other way. In the United States of America most were praying one way or the other way. (Incidentally, the game got even more intense as Chicago won 8-7 … Cleveland got close.)
Many people in America pray as a matter of course. In America most are praying to the Lord one way or the other way to have their side, their candidate, triumph in the election.
God has a lot of American prayers to sort through lately.
I pity the Lord.

Don’t be like Trump

3 Oct

It is so hard to avoid these American elections. While most US elections are of interest in Canada – they usually are a source of bemusement and wonder.
These are different. You might not like Hillary Clinton but Trump beggars belief.
The only slight bit of positive from the political circus that is going on down south is that it has gotten my kids slightly interested in politics.
But to that end, when my kids start to get unhinged, start saying silly things … I say one thing. “Don’t be like Trump!” This gets the requisite peals of laughter, and the behavior tends to get improved.
What makes me wonder, and write this, is that, “New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte said during a debate on Monday that she would “absolutely” point to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a role model for a child,” as reported by CNN.
Yes, she later said that she “misspoke,” but for her to suggest that a thin-skinned, self-congratulatory blowhard can be a positive role-model for kids is bizarre to say the least. No parent would tolerate their kids behaving like Trump. I would say that parents who do not believe in corporal punishment would even consider using the belt if their child exhibited some, not even all, the traits that Donald is displaying on the campaign trail.
Somebody should have told Ayotte, “Don’t be like Trump.”
This phrase should be used more often.
You may use it as you will.

More Politics

2 Aug

It is less than 100 days to the American Elections on November 8, 2016. But I don`t think these will ever end.
The attacks are bizarre – Trump is complaining that he was viciously attacked by Khizir Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier, Captain Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq and was awarded the Gold Star medal for bravery. He said some nasty thinks about the family but defended these statements because he said he was just defending himself.
He forgets the nasty things he and his fellow speakers said about Hillary Clinton and the other Democrats. Yet none of them engaged in silly reprisal tweets.
This is called maturity.
In a political campaign one tries to attack the ideas of the opponent and also the character of the opponent. This is the usual game.
A very important element of this fight is when to tack and when to counter-punch. I try to teach my kids that – “Let it go.” There is no need to respond to everything.
Trump is blowing up his campaign by taking wild swings at every perceived slight and offence. Sure his supporters love this but this does not help his campaign. He might think he will win a few battles here and there but in the end he will lose the war.
I just want this to end…

Conventional dreariness

26 Jul

Well the Republicans have crowned their orange leader in a sea of fear and hate and it is now up to the Democrats to confirm Hillary.
The conventions were supposed to be exciting and controversial. I was expecting fireworks and fighting. But they have, so far, been… pedestrian. A bit of minor controversy here and there – but nothing really serious. The news channels are grasping at straws trying to pump up the level of scandal – analyzing and rehashing every statement.
So Melania plagiarized a speech – Michelle Obama’s speech. Bad. Sad. Stupid. Loser-like. But not an issue for the Trumpists. Cruz didn’t endorse – same. Some of Sanders’ supporters don’t like Hillary – nothing new. The Democratic party favoured Hillary – that’s not a big deal, everybody knew that. Like most people know that most of the Republican “establishment” is extremely wary of Trump and support him for simple party unity.
The conventions ae a dud if you came for controversy.

Is all politics stupid?

24 Aug

In most cases when a writer poses a question, the answer is “no.”
A friend of mine was at a political rally and insisted on texting me the stupid thing some such politician was saying. I was not very interested in this because I have come to the conclusion that all politicians say stupid things. I had just come from the US and had a daily dose of Donald “I’ll solve America’s immigration problem within four years” Trump.
I have to admit, I liked listening to his speechifying. It was great entertainment.
But he is not conveying ideas or philosophy. What his is saying is just a random collection of talking points meant to rile up a target audience. It is working. Trump does this well.
But in essence most politicians do this. Obama’s Hope and Change. There are countless of examples.
Some people are calling Trump stupid for saying what he is saying but really, we are stupid for lapping it up. It is damn fun if it were not so scary. His and most other politician’s speeches are there to rally the base and are not intended to have the people, the voters, the citizens, aspire to lofty ideals. It is our fault that we have let it happen.
How to stop this and reverse the tide is a very big question.
Meanwhile – the political circus goes on.