What the West really needs is a revolution of the rational middle

For most of my life, I’ve considered myself a “progressive”. Over the last few years I’ve changed that description to “moderate progressive” – something US Senator Bernie Sanders said, during the 2016 election, a person could not be.  I do not know if I left the progressive movement or if it left me but at…

Republicans lost on health care for the same reason Democrats lost the election

In the United States there are two major parties, both of which consist of big tent coalitions. The Democrats start from the socialist left and run to moderates who could just as easily be moderate Republicans. Republicans do the same from the right, from the Neo-Nazi alt-right to people who could just as easily be…

Why congressional Republicans are probably stuck with Trump

Photo credit: DonkeyHotey via Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA People waiting for the GOP controlled congress to act against Donald Trump are probably in for a long wait. The treasonous acts which Trump administration officials are suspected of are what is holding the Republican party together and the Republican base still strongly supports the Trump administration.…

Canada needs to respond to Trump with an emergency Safe Harbour immigration law

Given the turbulent times in the United States, Canada needs an emergency safe harbour law to protect vulnerable populations in the short term.  The law would serve as an addition to our normal immigration laws and would serve as a test case for future global emergencies.  It would grant a temporary version of permanent residency,…

Will Donald Trump use the RNC to quit the race?

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-SA If Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be president and doesn’t want to lose the election, the Republican National Convention is his best change to walk away as a hero to the GOP rank and file. Ever since Trump became the GOP frontrunner there has been…

Is American politics about to repeat the story arc of the West Wing? Ask Elizabeth Warren.

Photo by Tim Pierce In the West Wing, if you’ve never seen it or need a refresher, Marin Sheen played President Jed Bartlett. Bartlett, a former two-term governor, was best described as an idealistic pragmatist. He believed in the basic goodness of Americans and did his best to solve problems but was politically savvy and willing…

Don’t Blink: News Roundup for November 20

In the information age we are inundated by news and trivia, Don’t Blink is a regular featured designed to hilight a whole bunch of stories you may have missed in a relatively small amount of space. The latest conflict in Gaza has spilled into cyberspace. Israeli hackers obtained and released credit card information from a Palestinian ISP, meanwhile…

Don’t Blink: News Roundup for November 20

In the information age we are inundated by news and trivia, Don’t Blink is a regular featured designed to hilight a whole bunch of stories you may have missed in a relatively small amount of space. The latest conflict in Gaza has spilled into cyberspace. Israeli hackers obtained and released credit card information from a Palestinian ISP, meanwhile…