Politics and its Discontents: The Danger Of False Equivalency

In this morning’s Star, Daniel Dale has a very interesting essay on why, despite the fact that it forks no lightning but provokes much outrage from his supporters, it is important to keep reporting on Donald Trump’s shameless aversion to truth. Unfortunately, it is not yet available online, but if it becomes available, I will ...

Politics and its Discontents: Arc d’Trump?

Thanks to Jonathan once again for alerting me to some clips from the 1957 movie, A Face in the Crowd, starring Andy Griffith in a role so diametrically opposed to his later persona as Sheriff Andy Taylor that he seems positively demonic at times. That the director, Elia Kazan, was able to draw the link ...

Politics and its Discontents: Somedays, I Don’t have To Write A Thing

Watch this, and you’ll see what I mean. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Remarkable Speech

This lady surely has a future in politics, should she so choose. Her strength, integrity and passion are a beacon in these politically and socially debased times. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Ignorance Is Strength

That seems to be what Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, seems to be arguing in yet another interview in which he makes Dondald Trump, by contrast, look like Mensa material: …the former New Mexico governor appears to have stumbled into yet another gaffe by suggesting that somehow his ignorance of foreign policy is ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary On Trump’s Supporters

Receiving and responding to the comments of thoughtful and well-informed people is one of the reasons I maintain this blog. Yesterday I put up a post entitled, How Stupid Are Trump Supporters? It featured a Hulu show in which a convener pretends to be conducting a focus group study into the effectiveness of ads Trump ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary On Trump’s Supporters

Receiving and responding to the comments of thoughtful and well-informed people is one of the reasons I maintain this blog. Yesterday I put up a post entitled, How Stupid Are Trump Supporters? It featured a Hulu show in which a convener pretends to be conducting a focus group study into the effectiveness of ads Trump ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Stupid Are Trump Supporters?

If you watch this, the answer should become abundantly clear in about three minutes: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: How Stupid Are Trump Supporters?

If you watch this, the answer should become abundantly clear in about three minutes: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Childish Recantation

That is the only conclusion I can draw from the fact that in at least temporarily acquiescing to the demands of Republican orthodoxy, Donald Trump makes a conspicuous display of reading notes instead of using a teleprompter or speaking extemporaneously as he ‘endorses’ people he still has a score to settle with. The message to ...

Politics and its Discontents: If You Are Judged By The Company You Keep

Watch this video for confirmation of things you probably already know about Donald Trump: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Past His Best-Before Date

While I have long admired the film work of Clint Eastwood, his politics are a profound disappointment. Despite his advanced years (he is 86), I am unprepared to excuse him for this: Clint Eastwood has stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump, but in an interview in Esquire magazine he praised the Republican presidential candidate for ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Impressive Debut

I don’t feel much like writing lengthy posts these days. In the final analysis, as my literary friend Hamlet would say, they are just “words, words words.” However, every so often I come across a video that seems more than worth sharing, as in the following. Now is the season of commencements, and Grade 8 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Fascinating Speculation

I readily admit to not following U.S. politics too closely; my emotional resilience has limits. However, given the American media saturation coverage of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, it has been hard to ignore the run-up to their respective parties’ presidential nominations. Never, it seems, has either party offered such unpopular and unpalatable mainstream candidates. ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Yet Another Threat To Beleaguered America

Folks, I merely report these things, as bizarre a commentary they are about our beleaguered American ‘friends.’ I do not make them up. H/t Salon Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Fact-Checkers Be Damned

It would be comforting to think that the disdain for facts apparent in the current U.S. Presidential campaign ads were confined to that country. Unfortunately, experience with the Harper propaganda machine suggests otherwise. H/t Ryan McGreal Recommend this Post