The so-called Three Amigos met in Ottawa this week. It was nothing more than a public relations exercise. Nothing substantive could be resolved. The American, Canadian and Mexican leaders simply tried to ignore the problems their countries face. They certainly did not want to talk about the elephant in the room; Donald Trump. With Barack […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Amigos, meet the elephant.
It has been written numerous times that the measure of a person’s intelligence is based on how much they agree with you. And having a political science professor agree with this political apparatchik is doubly gratifying. You have to admit it is a rare occurrence. Too often we get into the typical argument with political […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump supporters discovered.
You might be tired of hearing about Donald Trump. That is understandable. He is definitely a Johnny-one-note. There are still miles to go before the November election. The one way to reach people who see him as a solution instead of the problem is to ask them to imagine Trump in the White House. It […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s White House?
Mia culpa. It must be the arrogance of a commentator that afflicted us. We wrote a casual commentary about populist politicians and thought nothing of it. At least until we read a commentary by a professor the other day that inferred that a populist was a fascist. It got us thinking. Obviously we are going […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trump: Fascist or Populist?
Maybe it is because they are never a hero to their valets that we have never been overly impressed with politicians. As a publicist and confidante to many politicians over the years, we have found that they share the same foibles, failures and frustrations as anyone else. Nobody is perfect and the person offering to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Politicians are just like us.
A fellow progressive once accused Babel-on-the-Bay of using bumper sticker solutions. What he did not realize is that the era of the bumper sticker is long gone. Maybe he had failed to note that automobiles no longer have real bumpers. Getting adhesive off a painted surface can be expensive. But what he was really complaining […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Bumper sticker solutions still work.
It was not until finding out that American bikers love Donald Trump that we think we have come to grips with his appeal. This guy feeds on negative vibes. He is like top-selling sales persons who tell you that they are never really selling until somebody says ‘No.’ It is all beginning to come clear. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Dumping on The Donald, does no damage.
Coming from a large family where half the siblings are in the U.S.A. and the other half in Canada, there is no lack of discussions between us of current affairs in both countries. No subject is sacred. With lots of religions represented as well as the LGBT community, family re-unions can be lively, learning events. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Trump tramp on NAFTA if he HAS-TA?
In the U.S, primaries, we are watching what is known in politics as the bandwagon effect. We have been watching it build for American billionaire Donald Trump. In a lacklustre mob of Republican primary candidates, it was no surprise that Trump started with a lead of around 30 per cent of the Republican votes. Against […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s bandwagon.
We finally found out the difference between millionaire Pierre Karl Pèladeau and billionaire Donald Trump. As leader of the separatist Parti Quèbècois, Pierre Karl realized he was a square peg in a round hole. There was nowhere he could take the Quebec separatist party but downhill skiing. Conversely Donald Trump still thinks he is God’s […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Au revoir Pierre Karl.
I realize that many progressives don't like Barack Obama, and like to claim he was worse than George Bush or Richard Nixon.Like some progressives in this country like to claim that Justin Trudeau is worse than Stephen Harper.But although he was not… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: One More Reason I’m Going to Miss Barack Obama
When Babel-on-the-Bay put out a morning line on Donald Trump’s run for the Roses of the American Presidency, 25 to 1 odds was the best we could predict. Nothing has changed to improve his position. Donald Trump is still an out-of-control egoist. As any farmer can tell you, you can paint a pig any color […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump is still a long-shot.
The Donald is supposed to be evolving as he emerges from the sewers of the Republican Party primary race. He has invested some money in an old-time political spin doctor who now explains that Trump is in the process of evolving into a persona more suitable to America’s highest office. And if you buy into […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump’s evolution.
Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth (Lucy Parsons)Well, the Democratic primary in New York has come and gone and Hillary won. What a surprize!!! Tens of thousands of people flock to see Bernie… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Deja Moo: The New York Democratic Primary
When we handicapped Donald Trump’s campaign for the American presidency last month we were generous with the 25 to 1 longshot. We later remarked on some of his oratory that smacks of the confused and simplistic Adolf Hitler diatribes in Munich in the 1920s and his corporatism that smacks of Benito Mussolini in the same […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: America’s Trump: Buffoon or Fascist?
The good news for the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 is that the revolution lives on. Watching the Occupy movement at the time was painful as the young and inexperienced organizers took their ideas nowhere. It was an ill-timed revolution without a plan. Only the now established anger at the one per cent for […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Bernie Sanders occupies the Occupy revolt.
It is terrible that Donald Trump cannot seem to find a better playbook for his campaign than that of the Weimar Republic of the 1930s. He is raising spectres that were thought to have died more than 60 years ago. He is causing comparisons with tactics that might have worked in the past but have […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “There will be rioting in the streets.”
… are words that you can find on old sailor navigation maps that are meant to say: “Hey fools! Stay away from here! Like, don’t even THINK about it!”. The American people would serve themselves well to heed these warnings. Rach… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Here there be dragons…
We are not saying that it is impossible but it is quite unlikely that Donald Trump could make it all the way to the American White House. The odds of 25 to 1 are not only a long-shot bet but realistic. Mind you, the serious loser in this race is the Republican Party. And it […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Morning Line on Trump: 25 to 1.
Canadians visiting the White House in Washington need to remember to never piss on the president’s rug and carry a plastic bag in your pocket for your errors in protocol on the White House lawn. While we most often criticize the Americans for their brashness in business and international relations, it is really Canadians who […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “Stoop and Scoop” on the White House lawn.
Some readers assumed we were sampling liberalized pot when we suggested that Donald Trump could win the American Presidency. Frankly it is not something we care to bet on. We just accept the logic. There are too many factors that can weigh in favour of a Trump win and it is too early to quantify […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Master of the Free World?
There are people who actually fear for the future of political parties as populism grabs more of the attention in the current American primaries. It is not something you need to worry about. Political parties need the periodic peak of populism to bring them up-to-date to the reality of the times. In Canada populism was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Political parties promote populism.
You know, extreme fashion like bell bottoms and clothes made from meat, a practical joke that pushed the limits of good taste, Boy George… That kind of too far. Sooooo, America? You have now and officially gone too far. Stop the stupidity. Now, p… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: That point when you know that something has gone too far…
If you really do not understand Donald Trump, your favourite psychiatrist might be able to help. You can also just think of Trump as another cathartic solution to the American condition. He is not that unusual a happening in politics. Trump is not even the first billionaire to have delusions of the power of his […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The terror of Trump.
This must be the divine intervention that American Catholics have been praying for. Having a younger brother who is (in his order of importance) Republican, Roman Catholic, an American citizen and a retired business professor, we have absolutely no sympathy for the current conundrum he faces. It seems that he has been struggling with choosing […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Does a Pope trump a Trump?