The American People elect the right person to be President – By Ron Persaud

commentaryThe American People elect the right person to be President.

By Ron Persaud

By any measure there have been good, bad and indifferent Presidents; and although I am no student of any kind of History, I feel that each President was right for the prevailing times.

How would I explain two terms of George W. Bush?

The American People were asked to choose between two persons holding equally stellar ‘Resume of Qualifications’. The American People put the matter into the hands of an “HR Dept.” of sorts, the Supreme Court. That was my story and I am still sticking to it.

At the beginning of this election cycle I firmly believed that neither Jeb Bush nor Hillary Clinton would occupy the White House because The American People abhor a (Royal) succession as suggested by the former; and a family dynasty as indicated by the latter. After the Democratic and Republican Conventions I was relieved that I was only half-right.

Anyone, it seemed to me, would be better than Donald J. Trump!                         

When he was elected President, I had to ask myself, “Is this really the choice of The American People?

Here is how I console myself.

 The American People have seldom elected the same Political Party to three consecutive terms. Hillary R. Clinton could be denied office solely on this apparently time-tested tenet.

The American People elected William J. Clinton twice; but in his second term he was unsuccessfully impeached. Did The American People have second thoughts about his morality? Or was the impeachment the result of malice aforethought by his enemies? I believe that it was the latter; and lack of evidence or will – resulted in his acquittal. The American People remember the 42nd. President kindly because of fiscal and economic successes; and pushed his untrustworthiness (Slick Willie) out of sight but not out of mind.

After the Bush / Gore fiasco was sorted out, George W. Bush was elected; and I was glad that he (not Gore) was in Office when 9/11 struck. I suspect that The American People would agree with me. The wars that resulted were bad enough. When The American People found out that the launch platform was based on the unsettling foundation of misinformation they were furious.

Tired of war, The American People killed two birds with one stone. It elected Barack H. Obama, its first Black President – and a man of peace. It seems that from Day One, he was confronted by an “Obstructionist” movement; and in the face of this he decided to expend all his political into the ACA. Some attempts at this Legislation had been advanced – and rebuffed – for the previous hundred years; or so it seems.

The burning question persists; does The American People really want and / or need Health Care? Or was it a case of Big Business opposing it?

I have characterized the past 16 years or so as a quagmire in which The American People have been marking time and getting bone-tired of it. So this time The American People threw their collective hands up in the air and decided to elect a complete outsider; and gave his party the White House, the House of Representatives and Senate.

My father used to say that a sword could cut off a man’s head; or make him a knight.

The powers-that-be can squander this political capital by pursuing positive goals like cooperation, or negative goals like obstructionism. They can install a Supreme Court Justice who is aligned to partisan perspectives; or by revisiting the Constitutional role and function of the Supreme Court and then appointing a jurist best qualified for the position.

They can certainly repeal “Obamacare”; or dissect the Affordable Care Act, excise the tumors, transplant healthy tissue and give renewed vigor to an ailing organism.

In short, The American People have given the politicians a unique and precious opportunity to redeem themselves.

They have two years to ‘Produce or Perish’.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On November 11, 2016 at 12:41 am

    They need to fix the way the Electoral College VOTE ….

    The FIRST Monday after the SECOND Wednesday in December:

  • demerwater  On November 11, 2016 at 6:43 am

    My opinion is that the “First past the Post” method of allocating delegates to the Electoral College needs to be changed to “Proportional Representation”. I remember how British Guiana languished under the former system and, after it was changed, a forward march to Independence started – almost spontaneously. It was not easy; it is always hard before it becomes easy.

  • samdfb1  On November 11, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I have to agree with Clyde, the Electoral College needs a massive overhaul. I am looking forward to 2020, I, along with the rest of America, hope that Michelle Obama will run. It is unlikely, but hey, anything can happen….as we have all come to see.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 11, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Trump said the US political/economic system is broken and many people bought that bigly! Sorry about the bigly, couldn’t help it!
    It’s been obvious for a long time that the ordinary man was getting screwed by the elites and establishment people, that the American dream is toast for most people, that the media stinks, that both major political parties have been bought totally by the establishment billionaires and corporations, that the Supreme Court is a total joke carrying out the will of the political party president who appointed them, that the President/House/Senate/Supreme Court balancing act was not balancing.
    The angry white people, angry black people, angry women, Latinos etc thought that Trump as an outsider but still establishment guy could do a better job of fixing the problem than Hillary the establishment insider. After all, Hillary was only promising more of the miserable same as Obama, while Trump was offering the fantasy of Making America Great Again, which amounts to handing back the American Dream to ordinary people, the dream they enjoyed from the fifties to the seventies of the last century.
    In effect, they got the person who was promising to give them the dream back again. So, can Trump actually do it? Can he bring back America to the golden age of the fifties to seventies?
    Sorry, Americanos, he can’t do it.
    That American dream time is gone forever. Those steel mill, textile mill, car assembly, light manufacturing, heavy manufacturing, even gas station jobs, cannot come back. They were competitive once, when America was blooming while the rest of the world was on its knees or flat on its face. They are NOT competitive today. America cannot match the Chinese steel mills, the clothing mills in Bangladesh, the Japanese laptop manufacturers, you get the message. Gas stations now have one person on a shift instead of 4, customers pump their own gas, and the gas station jerk gets minimum wage that cannot support his family.
    It’s mostly gone to hell as Trump said. The world has caught up with America, little poor ass Cuba has a better health system, Estonia has a better education system, India is operating a cheaper space program than NASA! Automation, export of jobs to cheaper countries, maximization of profit by the elites, and lots of other factors have hammered blue collar, middle class, and poor America into the ground. The high value American dollar means America cannot sell its products outside in competition with China, Japan, Europe and the gang.
    Can Trump put up high taxes/ tariffs to keep out those foreign manufactured cheaper products and so bring the jobs back to the gold old USA? First part yes, second part no. He can tax out the foreign stuff to get an isolationist America, but that leaves American companies replacing the taxed out stuff only with the internal US market. That’s not going to cut it. Besides, if America drops tariffs on the Chinese, won’t the Chinese in retaliation tax out the billions of US exports to China?
    Can Trump get the US companies to lift the current miserable minimum wage closer to a living wage as it was in the American dream era? Not a chance. He wants to lower the minimum wage or even throw it out.
    Can Trump cut taxes for the rich and the corporations? Yes he can, but that leaves him plenty less income to do the rebuilding that would make America great again.
    Can Trump bring on affordable child care (like we have in Quebec) across the USA? I don’t see it.
    Can he bring free state college education for the youth? Your guess is as good as mine.
    Can he reverse the trend towards fewer full time jobs and more party time jobs with no benefits?
    Can Trump reverse the decades long stagnation in wages for workers?
    Can Trump bring back stronger unions that would protect workers rights? No way Jose.
    Can Trump create millions of jobs in rebuilding America’s deteriorating infrastructure? Maybe yes, but where will he get the money?
    Can Trump get some money by cutting the gigantic military budget ie by closing down plenty of those 800 odd military bases in 70 countries (this is not a typo!), bringing back soldiers from places like Japan ( does America really need 30 bases in Japan and 11,00 soldiers in Italy?), Germany and Korea? Yes, the bases and soldiers cost up to $200 BILLION a year, But the military budget is an untouchable in the US, there is NO discussion on it ever, and even the thought of cutting it is considered to be treason in some camps. No way double.
    Can Trump really shake loose the iron grip of the 1% elites who have eaten the American dream for the common man? I don’t think so. The only way the really rich can be pried loose from their money bags and controlis by revolution as in Russian Revolution Cuban revolution, Chinese revolution, Iran revolution. Such people have to be driven out physically or executed or imprisoned. Not a possibility for Trump.
    My point is that trump has promised bigly like all politicians, but he can only deliver littly. We already see hin climbing down on repealing Obamacare, appointing lobbyists and corporation hacks to his transition team, cutting off NATO allies who don’t pay up… The man is looking more establishment by the minute. Because he is the establishment now. How can you stick it to the man if YOU are the man?
    If you are American don’t hold your breath for the Trump miracle to appear. If you are not American, well rejoice! You don’t have to say you have a piece of shit as a president…

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 12, 2016 at 2:44 am

    The Audacity of Hope – Hope Springs Eternal … Beyond Hope, I say!

    Allan Lichtman one of the few professional prognosticators to call a Donald Trump win — has another prediction: Trump Will Be Impeached

    Peter W. Stevenson | Independent UK

    Few prognosticators predicted a Donald Trump victory ahead of Tuesday night. Polls showed Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead, and much of America (chiefly the media) failed to anticipate the wave of pro-Trump support that propelled him to victory. But a Washington, D.C.-based professor insisted that Trump was lined up for a win — based on the idea that elections are “primarily a reflection on the performance of the party in power.”

    Allan Lichtman uses a historically based system of what he calls “keys” to predict election results ahead of time. The keys are explained in-depth in Lichtman’s book “Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016.” In our conversations in September and October, he outlined how President Obama’s second term set the Democrats up for a tight race, and his keys tipped the balance in Trump’s favour, even if just barely.

    At the end of our September conversation, Lichtman made another call:
    That if elected, Trump would eventually be impeached by a Republican Congress that would prefer a President Mike Pence — someone who establishment Republicans know and trust.

    “I’m going to make another prediction,” he said. “This one is not based on a system, it’s just my gut. They don’t want Trump as president, because they can’t control him. He’s unpredictable. They’d love to have Pence — an absolutely down the line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I’m quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook.”

    So while Republican voters clearly came home before Nov. 8 — network exit polls show 90 percent of GOP voters cast ballots for Trump — it’s less clear that the party leadership is on board.

    (Lichtman actually isn’t the only person to predict a Trump impeachment; this morning, the New York Times’s David Brooks suggested a Trump impeachment or resignation was “probably” in the cards sometime within the next year.)

    It’s worth noting that Lichtman’s predictions use very different methods than pollsters and data-based prognosticators. Some statisticians take issue with the structure of his system, a set of 13 true/false questions, saying that the binary nature of his keys leads to what’s called “overfitting,” which is basically creating a system that fits the data but has little statistical significance.

    But Lichtman counters by saying that the system has correctly predicted every election since 1984 (specifically, his predictions have picked the next president correctly in all of those elections but 2000, when he picked Al Gore, who won the popular vote). And Lichtman has his own criticism for data-based predictions.

    “Polls are not predictors,” he said Friday in an email. “They are snapshots that simulate an election. They are abused and misused as predictors. Even the analysis of polls by Nate Silver and others which claimed a probable Clinton victory with from more than 70 percent to 99 percent certainty are mere compilations that are no better than the underlying polls.”

    And he has particular disdain for prediction systems that assign a likelihood of winning.

    “For all his acclaim, Nate Silver is only a clerk, not a scientific analyst,” Lichtman said.

    As for the real reason for Trump’s win, Lichtman says the blame can’t be put on Hillary Clinton or her campaign — rather, he says, it was decided by the larger forces that shape American politics.

    “The Democrats cannot rebuild by pointing fingers at Hillary Clinton and her campaign, which as the Keys demonstrated, were not the root cause of her defeat,” he said. “The Democrats can rehabilitate themselves only by offering an inspiring progressive alternative to Republican policies and building a grass-roots movement.”

  • Albert  On November 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Ram@”Cuba has a better health system, Estonia has a better education system,

    Dont entirely disagree with you but the above line stood out.If you could afford it and have the right medical insurance there is no place on the planet with a better healthcare system than the US. Do you know of any institution to compare with the Mayo Clinic, Emory, Sloan Kettering and the many others.
    Secondly, our top 12 advance graduate level institutions have no equivalent on the globe according to the people who should know.

  • Albert  On November 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Ron I think you may have left out an important point. …….The letter by the FBI director to Congress 11 days before the election to reopen the investigation of the Clinton email issue. Clinton at that point was about to take a victory lap. She had to pull back and present a lame attack.Trump people had resign to defeat until they got the lifeline from the FBI. They exploited the FBI renewed investigation cleverly. That FBI letter many claim was the main purpose for Hillary defeat at the polls.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    You are quite correct , Albert, in that IF YOU HAVE MONEY or good insurance, there is no better medical facilities than those offered in the USA. I understand that prior to Obamacare 48 million had no health insurance and even today there are 29 million without health insurance.
    This is disgusting and disgraceful, making the US the absolute worst of the developed nations in this regard. Almost as bad, the US is the only developed nation where health care is in the hands of for profit organizations, and where you get the health care you can afford, not what you need. Do you know that life expectancy is FALLING in certain sections of the US? Check this site

    Now as you mention, the top colleges in the US are very very good. The US education system generally, however, is leaning towards very very bad for a developed country. American Schools vs. the World: Expensive, Unequal, Bad at Math is the headline of the website saying the US education is mediocre compared to the world

    These are unpleasant things for us to digest here in Canada, and I can imagine how it is for those in the US who are willing to go beyond slogans like America is the greatest country in the world.

    This website says America leads the world in only three categories
    Scary stuff.

    But there was a time when America led the world in almost everything. Yes, it was the American Dream era of the fifties to the seventies. Here is US News saying that even Americans can’t afford the American dream

    Many many Americans are living in delusion and that is why they handed the reins to an idiot Trump because he promised them a fantasy Return of theh American Dream. Here’s another fantasy: the great and powerful US military best in the world with fantastic airpower, billion dollar aircraft carriers and a proud record, with 800 bases world wide protecting American interests . Stuff and nonsense, as they used to say. The US military hasn’t won any wars or even great battles since World War 2, and has been getting its ass kicked all over. Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, you name it the uS military has been humiliated. They can only score when they have overwhelming air superiority and overwhelming superiority in numbers. Those giant aircraft carriers are useless dinosaurs no longer needed when the military can deliver fireworks with long range aircraft, drones, cruise missiles from 4,000 miles away,

    I went to Germany some years ago in the eighties and was stunned to discover the barely disguised contempt those guys had for the USA in so many areas. The much vaunted Hollywood films and American pop music, television shows was generally ignored by the Germans. They saw the Americans as boorish and ignorant rubes (except for the very few smart ones of course) with bad beer, bad manners and inflated ideas of their own importance. I’m afraid to think of what they feel about America today.
    Bottom line: America is in a bad way compared to what they should be given their size and resources. We Canadians find the average Americans to be decent enough Joes and Janes, but we find your political systems stink, your economic systems backward and regressive, your social and cultural systems badly in need of repair. Very very few Canadians want to be American. We can walk over to the US anytime we want and live there as long as we want oo, but how many of us actually do so?
    America is badly badly in need of a revamping, restructuring, revolution even because it’s not working properly today and hasn’t been doing wellenough for its citizens for a long time. I don’t see the Americans getting that makeover any time soon, at least not in the 8 years we expect Trump to be in charge.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t buy that for a split second, Albert.
    That FB! letter was another joke in that it implied a little but said nothing. Certainly not enough to inspire people to vote for Trump, to cause Hillary leaning voters to back away, or to cause people to stay away from the voting booth altogether. Could that historic low vote be attributed to an FBI letter that was essentially withdrawn before the election?
    More important, was this stupid letter more damning than the 11 women who had accused Trump of sexual assault, the upcoming trial for the Trump university scandal, the racist rants often repeated about Muslims, Mexicans, or even the horrible comments by Trump at the last debate about Hillary being a nasty woman who should be in jail.
    No sir, there were other reasons for Hillary’s loss and Trump’s win. People across the board, enough of them, were fed up with what was happening with their lives and they wanted big change and return of the good old days. Which Trump promised. All Hillary could offer was more of the same, as some said four more years of Obama.
    Whether Trump could deliver on his romises, whether he had the ability to deliver, whether he lacked good character, were all irrelevant to those who voted for him.
    The polls read it wrong, because for the first time in recent memory, some people were not telling theh pollsters and the hated media what they were really thinking. Besides those polls are way unscientific anyway. How can you be accurate 19 times out of 20 with a margin of 3-4% when you are polling only one or two thousand people out of 300 million?

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 13, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon once said ……

    “The things you see from here, you don’t see from there,” explaining the difference in perspective when you head up your nation’s government.

    Donald Trump is about to find out – what Hillary Clinton already knows!!

  • demerwater  On November 13, 2016 at 7:20 am

    My thoughts on the FBI investigation here:

  • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Here we go again. The oracles, alias, sore losers, are at it again, in Life as in “Death”. Crooked Hillary was soundly trashed and placed in the democratic party’s trash bag, if that party does exist at all. Remember; Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall……..had a great fall;
    all the king’s asses and all the king’s men and women, couldn’t put this vermin back together again. One does not have to extrapolate anything at all; it is so simple; the last hurrah forgotten White people, you know the silent majority, who have been sucked to the bone, the well thinking and well meaning Black people, as well as the honest Latino population, the ones that Crooked Hillary sought, but failed to antagonize, said plainly “WE HAD ENOUGH”. TRUMP is the man in the van. The nonsensical polls were wrong and misleading, and as my old folks used to say, ” only serve as a brace for dogs to pee on.” Take as much time as you need to “grieve” like the rest of the losers, and don’t waste your precious time pontificating, remembering at the same time that Donald Trump only wins, and is now the President of the United States of America. SIT BACK AND ENJOY VICTORY in all five areas; viz; Congress, Senate, Popular vote, Electoral College, and Presidency. WOW.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Certainly if you are an American who voted for Trump, you should rejoice, Malcolm. You got your choice, all barrels loaded.
    That would not be me, a Canadian.

    I will sit back and watch the “entertainment” south of the border.
    Such as in the planned deportation of as much as 3 million undocumented ie illegal immigrants with criminal records. After he secures the border with Mexico.

    Let’s see how he’s going to do that!

    Is he going to deport them using the current law? As it is now, undocumented immigrants are entitled to full removal proceedings in immigration court, but the courts are clogged with these cases. Either he comes up with a new law, or finds some way to speed up the current procedure (good luck on that), or just have the police grab people off the street and toss them over the border if they are Mexicans. If they are Columbians, Peruvians, Venezuelans, Africans, Filipinos, Koreans etc he have another problem. Trump will have to hire planes or ships to take them home, at unknown cost and time.

    Of course Trump could tell these criminal immigrants to get out of the country pronto and pay their own ticket or bad hombres will be coming for them. These illegals aren’t going to do it of course. They will change their address, get forged documents, go underground, and play all manner of tricks. Police or the new deportation army will have to make thousands of raids on job sites looking for illegals, or initiate the old Stop and Search for Documents trick on people walking on the road or driving in their cars. Wouldn’t that be fun to see!

    Next comes the fuzzy issue of who are these criminal illegals? It will have to be people convicted of crimes, but hardly all offences. Trading drugs, possession of marijuana, shooting people, possession of illegal guns, entering the country illegally and such are okay I suppose, but what about traffic offences, domestic assault, failure to pay child maintenance, shop lifting and such things? Off with their heads if they have ANYTHING on their rap sheet?

    Now what about the children of those illegals who are born in the United States and are US citizens? Should they be deported too? No you can’t do that. So Trumpee will have to deport the parents and leave young children on their own in the United States. Very nice indeed.

    Another thought just struck me. How will Mexico in particular respond to these mass deportations? I guess they would not be happy. They might decide to tell the hundreds of thousands of American citizens now living happily in Mexico to get the hell out of town, senores and senoritas! I understand they are about a million or so who have no right to stay in Mexico but remain there at the grace of the Mexican government.

    But back to America and the wild west scenario that should erupt when these mass deportations get underway. Lawsuits will be flying, daily protests by legal immigrants, illegals deserting their jobs on the farms, cutting grass construction sites, taking care of the white people children, all the jobs where those with criminal records are known to be working. It won’t only be those with criminal records. An undocumented alien who has no criminal record would be a fool to stay at a job or at an address where the deportation army can pick him up. He’s not stupid you know. He knows ANY undocumented alien, with criminal record or not, is in danger if he is in the hands of the police or the deportation army.
    So the two or three million illegals with any criminal record will be running crazily all around the US trying to dodge the new all American Gestapo. And about 9 million other non criminal illegals will be dodging mightily and going into hidey holes all over the country. Or did you think they don’t know that after the criminal illegals are gone it will be the turn of the other illegals. Trump and the Republicans have made it clear they want ALL the 12 million illegals gone. I hear some figures put the number as high as 20 million.

    Yessir Americans will be singing loud about the land of the free and the home of the brave, but not so loud about
    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

    They will have to scratch that from the Statue of Liberty!

    But America will be great again!

    How I bless the day that I chose to come to Canada!

    • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 15, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      My dear man,

      No need to be too obsessed about those poor illegals, many of whom deliberately had their “anchor” babies in the USA., in an attempt to gain some measure of public sympathy, in their self created plight; there are still some service dogs, and sanctuary cities around to accommodate them. They broke the law, and must deal with their poor decisions. Yes, Trumpee, ran against the world of opposition, and WON. He is going to put into effect, every promise he made to the American people, and swiftly. The manner in which he will embark on the process, is, I presume, already worked out; the operation will be a sound one, so don’t grieve over it. Don’t forget, we are dealing with Donald Trump, President elect, a man at his word. And yes, America will be singing out loud , about the land of the free, and the home of the brave, as they view the Statue of Liberty, the said statue that my paternal grandfather saw as he arrived at Ellis Island, on 5th of May 1917, on board the ship SS KORONA.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 16, 2016 at 12:25 am

    That’s nice of you Malcolm!
    Them illegals broke the law by illegal entry into the US and they must pay the price. Trump will see to it.
    When you break the law you must pay, not so?
    Let’s see if Trump will arrest Obama and punish the US government for violations of US and international law with his drone assassinations in Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other such places. US law forbids assassinations of foreign nationals, you know, and that’s what those drones are doing right now.
    US law says you can’t torture people in the US, but George Bush did it and Obama did it too. Then they sent the guys to Guantanamo and tortured them there without trial. That’s breaking the law too, Trump should know.
    These drone attacks are also breaking international law which says if you attack another country and kill its citizens and destroy property, then that’s an act of war! Totally wrong! Just like Osama and his Saudi Arabian friends attacking the Twin Towers and killing US and other citizens. Let’s see Trump arrest Obama and the Pentagon boys for that.
    America has been openly arming Syrian rebels trying to bring down the Assad government. That’s illegal too. How much times will they have to lock up Obama the criminal?
    Flying into Syrian air space and bombing targets in Syria is big bad in international law but the US is doing it right now! Will Trump arrest Obama on this too?
    The US illegally bombed Libya to get rid of its leader Gadaffi. No need for me to say that’s illegal. They are bombing ISIS targets in Libya right now, openly breaching international law that forbids attacks on a sovereign state!
    The US led the invasion of Iraq to get rid of Saddam because they believed he had weapons of mass destruction. Now that was wrong, wrong wrong and illegal too, and Saddam didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction. Will Trump lock up Bush and Cheney for that? And by the way, why doesn’t the US invade Russia to get rid of those weapons of mass destruction that they have, just as he did Iraq? Because the US would get its ass kicked, not because it’s against international law.
    Oh yes, the US has been actively supporting Israel for decades as Israel ignores international law and UN resolutions in dealing with the Palestinians. What penalty will Trump impose on himself if he continues this support?
    Israel has breached any number of international laws and conventions by creating nuclear weapons for itself, and is protected by the US in the security council. Another US offence.
    Sanctions against Russia for the Crimea “annexation”- wrong or right in law? Crimea wasn’t annexed. They took a referendum and by majority vote applied to join the Russian Federation. US was wrong again, and is wrong today to continue those sanctions.
    America invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, totally wrong, but got no punishment. To this day the US Congress continues illegal and immoral sanctions against Cuba. Shouldn’t Trump lock up the US congress?
    You don’t need me to continue for another 10 pages with US breaches of law that have not been punished or even acknowledged. In many ways the US is the international criminal that escapes any punishment. Tell that to Trumpee!
    But he little guy from Mexico who comes across the border illegally to make a little money cutting the grass for Americans in Texas is the real criminal, right? His wife made a couple anchor babies hoping that would get them to stay in the US. Punish them criminals, Mr Trump, Malcolm is behind you all the way! Those guys directing drones to kill alleged militants in Yemen without arrest or trial, and bumping off a few innocents each time, those are the patriots and Malcolm is behind them all the way!
    Readers are forgiven if they feel they have to go in the toilet and throw up.

  • demerwater  On November 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I was really trying to evoke discourse by my modest venture into a political topic. I get engaged in the ‘pure’ (rather than ‘behavioral’) sciences.
    Many years ago we had to go behind the wording of a “Union Agreement” to tease out the ‘spirit’ of the Agreement. I suppose it is the same with laws – from ‘by-laws’ to ‘International Laws”. Let us agree to avoid ‘in-laws’.
    Our sentiments would range from, “What were they thinking?” to “What the hell were they thinking???”

  • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 16, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    My friends,

    War is war; call it big war or small war. It is a case of “We” vs. “Them”. One is either on the “We” side, or on the “Them” side. I must back the “We” side. Isis and others on the them side, have taken out many of us, on the we side, without a thought of legalities .It is called survival. Right now, sanctuary cities care less about laws, and are willing to defy them; we’ll see what transpires.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 16, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Woo, man. America is based on survival now? I thought it was based on the rule of law and the US Constitution! So you say forget about legalities, it’s us versus them. They have no thought about legalities or the Geneva Convention, so we must do the same!
    You know, Malcolm, you must read what you are writing before you post. You don’t want people to think yu have lost your mind.

    • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 17, 2016 at 9:56 am

      One can see through clear glass. It is common practice to usurp the basic tenet and the spirit of any law to suit one’s purpose, . This is exactly what you and many of similar bent are attempting to do. But the fact is, yes, the implementation of real law and order will soon be achieved, and in accordance with the USA Constitution. The USA will once again become a nation of real law and order, not the kind of rebel law that has been practiced in the nation over the last eight or so years. Sit back and enjoy real life.

  • demerwater  On November 17, 2016 at 5:36 am

    War is war, is it?
    Adjectives like ‘big’ and ‘small’ were replaced with ‘guerilla’ and ‘conventional’ in the era of Che and Fidel.
    The weapons have been changed from catapults to keystrokes; the objectives from cities to electricity grids.
    Most devastating of all who is ‘we’ and who is ‘they’ – in Syria or Nicaragua!

  • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    To insert Syria and Nicaragua at this stage of discourse, is another attempt to skirt the issue. We can attempt to cloud the facts with such nice verbiage as catapults and keystrokes, as stand-ins for guns cannons and bullets; at best they may make for good reading. If this is all that one can offer in discourse, then perhaps I should go back to my childhood days and read the likes of the comic, “Captain America”, or perhaps the “Hardy Boys”, the latter for their detective intrigue. Yes, we will soon find out who is “we” or “them” in places like Syria, and the Middle East, in short order, thus throwing much “light” on your inquisitions regarding your concerns for these entities.

  • demerwater  On November 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Context adds light; and sometimes – heat.
    However, I offered my opinion hoping for enlightenment. Sadly, the conversation has been sidelined in a direction along which I am not inclined to be taken; no matter how promising the ride.

    • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Senor Demerwater,

      Sometimes trains do get derailed, and require immediate on the track repairs., and bingo, it’s put back on track. Likewise in politics, the framework put in place by a specific party often ends in disillusionment, whether it is P.R., Communism, or Obamaism, and we must be strong enough to deal with the outcome. Unfortunately, you are missing the ride, and I feel for you; Ditto.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I must confess I have no idea what Malcolm Heydorn is trying to say.
    To take just one example: I ask if Senor Trump will deal with the issue of war crimes by the US presidency, the post he is about to assume in January next year.
    President Obama is right now breaking all manner of international law by authorizing as commander in chief the drone assassinations in foreign countries like Syria, Pakistan. Assassinations are wrong in US law. Obama is also committing acts of war by having his drones invade the air space of foreign nations, killing their citizens and destroying property. Obama is arming rebels against President Assad, people who are trying to overthrow the government of Syria- another brazen crime. All committed by the US commander in chief. I ask the question if Trump is going to arrest Obama for these crimes as soon as he takes office. I ask if El Presidente Trumpo plans to continue the drone attacks, acts of war etc in Syria and other places.
    I consider this a pertinent question.
    Senor Malcolm doesn’t think so.
    He thinks I am skirting the issue with these inquisitions, verbiage and intrigue.
    What to say?

  • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm


    You are quite correct in suggesting that Obama has, and is breaking international laws. But he has been breaking local laws of many types as well, by virtue of his quick fingered signature to paper, which, thankfully, will all be reversed. I can’t tell you what Trump will do, and/or who he will arrest, that is for the President in waiting to decide. Indeed, what I am trying to say, is that Trump will try his “darnest”, to drain the swamp, and put the Nation on a sound footing, all around, of which even you would be proud. Now you know what I’m trying to say.

  • Ram Jagessar  On November 18, 2016 at 7:42 am

    We will wait and see, you with great hope and optimism, me with a great deal of caution and scepticism. But I am Canadian. My interest is in how the new regime will affect Canada.

  • Malcolm Heydorn  On November 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I hope that things will turn around in Canada as well and soon. I am like the mythical Halcyon, I don.t know where I am going, but I certainly know where I’m coming from. “Peace” brother.

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