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Take Back The U.S.A.

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A snippet of observation from the safety of my armchair sociologist’s lair. It is not news that in the last US election Hillary Clinton garnered 48.2% of the popular vote to Donald Trump’s 46.1%. A not insignificant difference of 2.1%. However the Electoral College system gave the election to Trump based on the distribution of votes. That’s the way it works, frustrating as it may be.

… those in the majority appear to be taking a weather approach; as in, everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.

But Electoral College aside for a moment, the fact that more people voted against Trump, in a two candidate race – more people voted against Bill Clinton than for him 1992, but Ross Perot split the Republican votes – cannot be swept under the carpet. However those in the majority appear to be taking a weather approach; as in, everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.

Immediately following the election and inauguration there was a flurry of activity in the form of marches, protests, and demonstrations.  What happened? I’m not seeing on CNN wall to wall coverage of peaceful expressions of dissatisfaction not with the system, but with Trump. Evidently the 65,844,610 electors who voted for Hillary Clinton have opted to leave their plight in the hands of Robert Mueller and his investigation at best or with billionaire Tom Steyer and his www.needtoimpeach.com movement at worst. While I believe Steyer hits the nail on the head with his ads, I cannot quite see his venture being successful.

Trump once said: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”. At first that sounded totally absurd, but conceivably he may be onto something. Did he understand before others that his base, his peeps, were with him through thick and thin?  No matter what he says or does, for all the outcries and editorials, he just coasts right along. Everyday he tweets or comments something that tests the strength of his people; most recently calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas at, of all place, an event honouring Native veterans.

I think the 48.2% need to start a Take Back the Country, movement, the one that has been wrested away from you,  before it is too late.

Watching all of this play out from north of the 49th parallel makes me wonder if the majority, those who cast ballots not for Donald Trump, comprehend the damage this man is doing to your country as seen from the outside. Trump claims he is working to make America great again, as a neighbour I would suggest the country has never not been great, but is now in serious peril of becoming a laughingstock.

There is a movement to expose and end violence against women called Take Back The Night, make it safe for women to walk at night again. I think the 48.2% need to start a Take Back the Country, movement, the one that has been wrested away from you,  before it is too late.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Donald J. Trump: Salesman in Chief

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Tomorrow is Election Day in the US. On that day, after what feels like a decade of campaigning, the only poll that counts will be taken when citizens cast their ballots. Candidates have been focusing on voter turnout for the last few days, shoring up their base as well as trying to sway those who have not yet decided.

But this year’s version has descended into a battle  between the salesman and the seasoned administrator.

The plethora of polls that have been published indicate that a once assumed Hillary Clinton landslide has become a very close race in the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s October surprise.

I have to admit I am still at a loss to explain how anyone could, in all conscience, even consider voting for Donald Trump. Yet here we are coming down to the wire. There was a time when policies, plans and issues played a strong role in electoral campaigning. But this year’s version has descended into a battle  between the salesman and the seasoned administrator.

I have never been fond of sales in general, and certainly not pushy salespeople who will promise anything to get you on side, only to then start working backwards as truth sets in.

Trump comes off more like a television shill trying to sell the public some questionable new gadget. He is loud on end results but more than quiet on details. That’s okay, his people don’t want to be bogged down with facts and figures. They just want to hoot and holler at anyone who does. Yet obviously he is doing something right if the polls are to be believed. I have to assume there are many people who buy those wonder products that are pushed on television, without so much as a touch. Are these folks Trump’s followers?

I have never been fond of sales in general (if I had wanted fries with that, I would have asked for fries!), and certainly not pushy salespeople who will promise anything to get you on side, only to then start working backwards as truth sets in. “Just checked with my manager and it seems we cannot offer you those extra widgets I promised.” It is a scam. But that’s the current state of commerce. People can make a whole lot of money in sales, but it does not mean they can run a company, much less a country. It is irksome when a sales rep babbles on about his or her product, it is downright frightening when a potential leader does it. Donald J. Trump, Salesman in Chief. Nice ring to it no?

Donald Trump could be the poster child for the dumbing down of politics movement.

Donald Trump could be the poster child for the dumbing down of politics movement. But he is not the only problem, the bigger issue is those who genuinely believe he is correct. No doubt many people are riding his coattails in the hope of personal gain – Governor Chris Christie, Mayor Rudy Giuliani are two such riders that come immediately to mind. I have to believe that in a truly private conversation, not one that is likely to be Wikileaked, these men would come clean and point out that of course they know Trump is a lunatic, but he’s their ticket.

So my American neighbours I wish you the best of luck tomorrow. Here’s hoping for a safe election with a clear result that will enable you, and the world, to get back to reality, not reality TV. Please vote for the experienced administrator, not the salesman.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Bob Dylan and the US Election

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Ah, like a breath of fresh air a little sanity crept into the news last week with word from Oslo that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. In a world gone mad, a man who did, and does, what he can to at least slow the process of encroaching insanity was recognised for his efforts. Bravo!

When Dylan wrote that the times were changing I wonder if he ever thought they would change as they have. Religious terrorism, global warming, environmental concerns and democracy in the US being given a sharp kick to the nether regions to list but a few recent changes. He told us we’d better start swimmin or we’d sink like a stone; I imagine there are those who, having taken Bob’s advice now wish they’d sunk!

Although I think Bob may have had Donald Trump and his treatment of employees in mind when he penned Maggie’s Farm:

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks

As for Hillary Clinton, with the Wikileaks documents shining a light (a light he never knowed) on her less than presidential dealings, perhaps Bob would have said:

I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

With 21 days to the US election, the campaign revolves around one candidate’s lewd comments, unacceptable behaviour toward women, and bombastic claims that the process is rigged, Trump may well be ” …a man who was wounded with hatred”. The other main party candidate, Clinton, who is often referred to as snobbish and above the dirt of politics may soon have to admit “ … that she’s like all the rest” must deal with documents that were stolen and leaked online. Yep, stolen, hacked, not for public consumption.

There is not a thing about this election that is above board, nothing. That is a shame.

 

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Intensity of Candidate Vetting Will Only Increase

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Donald Trump is dragging his feet when it comes to making public his tax returns. A document  leaked to the New York Times indicates he may not have paid any tax for decades after claiming almost a billion dollar loss which he was able to use to his benefit for some twenty years. All perfectly legal.

Is a man or woman who has been unfaithful to their spouse ipso facto really unsuitable to be elected to public office?

I believe it is incumbent upon Trump to furnish his full tax papers if only because it has become the tradition in the US. All presidential candidates for many years have done so. However I do not agree with the  tradition. I don’t think a person’s dealings with the tax people are anyone’s business but their own. In Canada candidates do not routinely provide copies of their tax returns.

I see this income tax reveal as yet another deterrent to potentially good candidates entering the race. In the US the vetting of candidates has long been a slippery slope. Is a man or woman who has been unfaithful to their spouse ipso facto really unsuitable to be elected to public office? If your dentist cheats on her husband is she somehow a poorer dentist for it?

So if you are considering a run for office be sure to wipe out any dodgy searches, like that time you sought information on varicose veins by Googling images of “men in stockings”

The scrutiny applied to candidates seems to intensify each year. I figure that by 2020 candidates will be subjected to harsh examination not only of their tax returns, but of their search engine record. The media will press Google to release the last ten years of search requests for each candidate. So if you are considering a run for office be sure to wipe out any dodgy searches, like that time you sought information on varicose veins by Googling images of “men in stockings”. Or that time you looked up “girls gone wild” when what you were actually seeking were details of a Girl Guides camping trip.

Make sure that your Netflix record is copacetic as well. Not too many foreign films. “And how, Mr. Moderator, can a man possibly be considered a suitable candidate for president when his Netflix history clearly indicates that a mere 36% of the films he watched were made in America?”

Are you supporting illegal immigration by downloading salsa and Reggaetón files?

AccuRadio, Spotify and I Heart Radio accounts will also be raked over. Have you been listening to an equal number of male and female artists? If not why? Do you prefer Latino music? Are all those recordings made by legal immigrants? Are you supporting illegal immigration by downloading salsa and Reggaetón files?

I think that if the current trend continues, and potential candidates are subjected to such severe inspection, many will decide not to run, some of whom would have made excellent leaders.  

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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My Guilty Pleasure: A Trump Presidency

I have a confession. With the first presidential candidate debate in the books, and Donald Trump acting odder and odder, I have found myself indulging in a bit of a guilty pleasure.  With the prospect of a Trump presidency looking very iffy at best, and Hillary Clinton starting to look presidential, I have come to the realisation that should The Donald lose, observers will be denied countless gaffes and exhibits of asininity. I apologise to my US friends but I think it is best I open up about this.

“We’re going to build a dome, and those aliens are going to pay for it.”

Don’t get me wrong, Clinton is clearly the better candidate and would make a much better president, but Trump provides an entertainment aspect that, frankly I would miss. So I’ll come clean, my guilty pleasure is indulging in the possibility of a Trump presidency.

Professional observers, editorial writers, political cartoonists and armchair sociologists like myself the world over will be denied an almost manna-like gift should Trump be defeated. With a Clinton administration, gone will be the possibility of Trump looking straight at facts and refuting them, claiming victory when absolutely no independent sources concur, and sending nonsensical Tweets at all hours of the night and day.

A Clinton presidency will rob us of the potential of a president who will demand that someone knock the crap out of a filibustering opponent.

When I allow my guilty pleasure to run wild I imagine President Trump threatening to invade Chicago to clear up the violence problem. Then perhaps he’d expound on the problem of illegal aliens, suggesting a severe tariff be placed on their UFOs and refusing outright any possibility of these space creatures ever becoming US citizens. “We’re going to build a dome, and those aliens are going to pay for it.”

What a missed opportunity it will be should Clinton win. I can picture Trump being sworn in at his inauguration and lightning bolts raining down upon the dais as he places his liar’s hand on the Bible while taking the oath. No President Trump going off teleprompter while addressing the United Nations, as an army of speechwriters cringes in fear.

No, it cannot be denied that a Clinton victory, while potentially providing good government, will strip the world of countless Trumpisms.

A Clinton presidency will rob us of the potential of a president who will demand that someone knock the crap out of a filibustering opponent. (Although I suspect this has been said before, but within the confines of the Oval Office.) A leader who will refuse to meet with another world leader who is a woman, because … well, she’s a woman. Resorting instead to Tweeting about her appearance.

No, it cannot be denied that a Clinton victory, while potentially providing good government, will strip the world of countless Trumpisms. Pity, enjoy it while we can.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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