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PREMATURE EXCLAMATION (and other forms of Electoral Dysfunction)

Every man has been there, particularly in our youth.  In the heat of a vigorous election campaign, we get too caught up in the moment and let loose with something that it would have been better to hold onto just a little while longer.  Happily, most of our politicians in general and party leaders in particular are of an age at which it is far more often the case that the greatest electoral challenge they face lies in steeling themselves for the rigours of the campaign.  Not so with Justin Trudeau.  One of the few shortfalls (among the many benefits […]

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The Trump Who DIDN’T Steal Democracy

I am bleary-eyed as I write this blog on November 9th.  Like many around the world, I was up until 3:30 EST last night, watching with fascination the unfolding spectacle of the US Presidential election.  Although no one can claim to have confidently predicted the outcome of this historic election, there was no shortage of pundits of all political stripes that were confident that this election, however resolved, was going to discredit democratic politics and weaken even the increasingly tenuous argument that democracy was a system worthy of loyalty, adoption or respect. The vitriolic divisiveness and absence of substance so […]

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What I Wish She Would Say

  It is easy to be amused, appalled and disgusted by most of what Donald Trump has offered American voters in the first two US Presidential debates.  However, it is equally easy to be disappointed by the absence of substance from Hillary Clinton.  It is apparent that Hillary and her strategists feel that either no substantive answers are required to counter Trump’s incoherent perv-speak or that the format of the debates do not accommodate or reward a substantive answers.  However, among the xenophobes, Nativists, anarchists and miscreants that make up the most disquieting portion of Trump’s base lie well-meaning Americans […]

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