Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Real Steve Bannon

Saturday Night Live likes to portray Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the Grim Reaper.And the real president of the United States.But now that Bannon has emerged from the shadows, and outlined his master plan for total Trump domination, I think SNL's portrayal is far too generous.Read more »

We Pivot: Mobilize Now Against Local and Global Fascism

Don’t be stunned or rest in a superficial analysis of our new world with this president, Trump. There’s a chance you’ve just been missing out on how Canadian and American societies have been changing. Perhaps you’ve been living in an … [Read more]

We Pivot: Listen to Refugees; Don’t Ban Them

Canadians are awesome, tolerant, opening and welcoming. Sure. To a degree, but even to the point of self delusion. We often feel morally superior to the Americans, particularly now as they slide from proto-fascism to soft fascism to jackboot fascism. … [Read more]

We Pivot: Psst, Wanna Stop Protecting the Environment?

On December 31, 2018, the US government will stop protecting the environment. If the Kill-the-EPA bill passes, the US government will certainly slow down protecting it until they blow out the EPA candle in 22.5 months. How is Congress doing … [Read more]

We Pivot: What are White Supremacists and Misogynists Afraid Of?

So, let’s dig into the fear that motivates white supremacists and misogynists. Are they in backlash/whitelash mode, afraid of losing centuries of entitlement? Because their hate doesn’t start AS hate, but as fear. And if we can understand what they’re … [Read more]

We Pivot: Of Impeachment, Conflicts of Interest and T***p

T***p said he’s ceased to operate business while in the White House. Beyond being a liar and someone who makes things up, even if he were being honest about this, it’s pretty gosh darn impossible. Don’t click on this link; … [Read more]

We Pivot: Ask Kellie Leitch What Problem She Thinks She’s Solving

Kellie Leitch and her dog whistle politics have no place in my Canada. As we pivot to a world of greater justice and dignity, we need to beware of politicians peddling solutions to vague or non-existent problems. For it is … [Read more]

We Pivot: Actually, T***p is the Rogue One

The USA is now a rogue state, intentionally sowing ill will around the world. Canada must become a sanctuary nation immediately. #cdnpoli — 💭💬💭 (@WePivot) January 28, 2017 Trudeau is in Vancouver today for a Harper-style no-questions media availability. … [Read more]

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Has Germans Thinking a Lot About Democracy

The German people have not forgotten their past and president-elect Donald J. Trump has them revisiting those painful memories of a darker time. An article in Der Spiegel asks “How Much Mussolini Is There in Donald Trump?” The writer reviews a number of fascism checklists and the results aren’t promising for American democracy. He concludes that ...

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Be Under any Illusions. Alt.Right Lives and It Will Have a Voice in Trump’s White House.

I’ve been using the word “AmeriKa” to refer to Trumpland. Now it seems I might be infringing on somebody else’s intellectual property rights. Kinsella found this handbill plastered on what appears to be a light post near his neighbourhood. I was a bit surprised to see the URL for I was drawn to explore ...

Montreal Simon: The Darkness of Trumpland and the Light of Resistance

It sure is dark out there. The darkness of Trumpland is truly upon us.On a day when we honour our Canadian soldiers who died fighting the fascists.On a day when we mourn the death of the great Leonard Cohen.And must now face the horror of this fascist clown.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Fascism Finally Arrived in America

Well I have to admit that I never thought Americans would be so crazy to vote to bring down their own country.Or that so many were so dumb to believe any of Donald Trump's promises… But I guess they were, and now they've got what they wanted.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

Although Donald Trump used to sleep with a copy of Hitler's speeches on his bedside table, I've tried to avoid comparing him to the Nazi dictator.For whatever he is Trump isn't Hitler, and to suggest he is only insults that murderous maniac's many victims.But after reading a review of a new book about Hitler's rise to power, ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deranged and Dishonest War On the Media

As we know Donald Trump is always attacking the media, and going after reporters who criticize him, or don't flatter his bloated ego.Blasting away at them on his deranged Twitter account, in an obvious attempt to intimidate them.He has vowed that if he becomes President he will change the law to make it easier to sue ...

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Hypocrisy of the Demagogue Donald Trump

I don't know how Donald Trump has managed to restrain himself, and not gloat about Hillary Clinton's bout of pneumonia. It must be really difficult.Considering what he was tweeting just six days ago. And how hard he has been trying to portray her as "lying AND dying Hillary Clinton."Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.But when Donald Trump realized he was alienating moderate Republicans and his polls were starting to resemble a ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.But when Donald Trump realized he was alienating moderate Republicans and his polls were starting to resemble a ...

Montreal Simon: The American Nazi Party Endorses Donald Trump

Well I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise, and let it not be said that I didn't call it long agoIf it walks like a bully, and quacks like a bigot, it probably is a fascist.So no wonder the American Nazi Party thinks it has found its Fuhrer.Read more » – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

In the eleven years since I started publishing this blog, I have almost entirely focused on Alberta politics. But while my writing focuses on provincial politics here at home, like many Canadians I pay close attention to what is happening… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Emperor God

There are now 100 days to go before the American election, and we find out whether we will be condemned to live in Donald Trump's nightmare world.Or whether Hillary Clinton and her progressive army, will be able to bring down the man some of his crazed followers are now calling the God Emperor.For it is ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s America and the Values That Protect Canadians

It speaks to the horror of the Republican convention that although Donald Trump did declare it an enormous success. As only he could. The Washington Post editorial board has seen enough.And has decided to endorse Hillary Clinton about three months earlier than it normally would. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Nightmare in America

I think I've mentioned this before. I once had a lot of trouble calling Donald Trump a fascist.I didn't want to diminish the word. Or the suffering of its many victims.I also knew that he was planning to use Richard Nixon's 1968 law and order speech to the Republican convention as a template for his own.But ...

Montreal Simon: The Real Threat of the Melania Moment

I got back home just in time to watch the New York delegation push Donald Trump over the top.And make him officially the Republican party's candidate for President.And while it was no surprise, and it was some consolation to know that everybody was talking about this.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: America “B” – John Feffer

“It need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt. It may even wear a dress shirt. Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retains its power of exploitation and special privilege. – Tommy ...

Montreal Simon: Nigel Farage and the Rise of the Anti-Brexit Resistance

Six years ago, while campaigning for his racist UKIP party, Nigel Farage narrowly escaped death when his small plane crashed in a field.But although Farage survived, Britain may not be so lucky.Because after UKIP's racist forces helped the LEAVE side win the Brexit referendum, it now looks a lot like that plane.While Farage can't stop gloating ...