Monday, 31 December 2018

2018: A Trumped Year

Most bridge aficionados know what the words ‘trump’ and ‘notrump mean, but most people do not really get it. But today the words mean something else. Many events, whether good or bad, have been attributed in one way or the other to a mercurial President Trump, resisted by his opponents, yet revered by his supporters. What does the past year meant to the world?

After two years of the Trump presidency, there is yet recognition of his achievements, but there is a continuous claim of Russian collusion and more Congressional investigations. There may be fire where there is smoke, but to date only some of his former associates have been charged for offences committed well before he even announced his candidacy for president. Others have been charged for fraud and arguably lying to the FBI. The world is still reeling after he has differentiated himself from his predecessors.

Not to forget his reduction of government regulations and a growing economy, on foreign policy, he has terminated the failed Iranian nuclear deal made by Obama which saw billions of dollars being returned to a regime that supports terrorism and threatens the Middle East. He has rightly asked that NATO members pay their fair share. He refused to take part in the so-called Paris Agreement on climate change. He has brokered a deal with the rogue nation of North Korea, which may yet be a successful accomplishment, but has proved to be at least a reason for a thaw on the Korean Peninsula. While I may disagree about his removal of troops from Syria, I have a caveat. The United States should ensure that the Kurds are protected, and that Russian and Iran are not left as the controlling forces in the region. More worrisome is the alignment of Turkey, a NATO member, with Russia.  It is a shame that he lost General Mathis, but on the other hand the U.S cannot continue to be the policeman of the world. As for his relationship with his allies, I would question the real meaning of ’allies’. The Europeans have spent very little to protect themselves, and still rely on the U.S for the ultimate protection form a rising Russia. They are aligned in a globalist agenda towards a one world government as they hide themselves in the United Nations.

Trump’s policy on immigration has caused the ire of the left, not only at home but among the other countries that are increasingly supportive of open borders. His idea of a wall across the border with Mexico is now debated as being immoral. The Democrats, who in the past voted for some form of wall or security barrier, now oppose the funding for the simple reason that it is Trump demanding it. Children’s’ separation from their illegal parents, and recently the death of two infants are now the subject of investigations. What is ignored is that there is a hoard of immigrants organized by leftist organizations moving north, and among them criminals and possibly terrorists. For years, both Republicans and Democrats have ignored the immigration dilemma for political reasons, and now it is  a crisis which Trump is determined to address even  including a prolonged shutdown of the government.

The Democrats, after two years, are still in denial that Trump is President and not Hilary Clinton. Despite retaking the House, they have lost seats in the Senate. They have tried to stop his nomination of officials at all levels of government, not to mention the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, through the most despicable display of hate seen since the appointment of Justice Thomas.
Democrats and some Republicans have been ‘Trumped’. The swamp is still operating behind the scene, but he is gradually cleaning it up. The danger not only lies within his party with politicians like the late Senator McCain, Corker and Flake, but with the unfortunate number of white suburban women who are not supporting him. This is a problem, because having been educated under an increasingly leftist/socialist education system, they are now voting based on tone rather than substance. Let us remember how tone produced feckless and vacuous leaders like Obama, Macron and Trudeau.

‘Notrump’ today means opposing the President at all costs. The resistance is well underway, supported by billionaires and a rising socialist class among the millennials. The opposition is so fierce, that I believe that if Trump discovered a cure for cancer, he would be accused of trying to poison the patients. Unlike the past, former Presidents are criticizing their successor openly and doing so on foreign soil, and for money. I do not agree with all of President Trump’s policies or the means by which he implements them, but I do believe that he is moving in the right direction to stop the growing threat of globalism, open borders and the continued reliance on the United Nations to make international policies, that although often non-binding, may affect sovereignty in the long run.

The bigger problem is while Democrats are trying to undermine Trump’s Presidency, they are ignoring the bigger threats, of China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and terrorism. Political correctness is endangering us all, as the left increasingly believes that freedom of speech is their right and only theirs to control.
If Trump is bombastic, unpredictable, intransigent, unyielding in the implementation of his promises and polices so be it, as long as he “Trumps” the rising left.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Canada at a Crossroad

During 2018 Canadians have witnessed few ups and more downs across the country. While we can argue who or what is to blame, we must acknowledge that the country is facing many obstacles, if not all created by bad policies and egocentric politicians.

The continued blind and ideological Prime Minister Trudeau has successfully thrown the country into another crisis laden by calls of separation by a Province-Alberta. The current federal government has continuously believed that lining up its agenda with the rest of the world, namely the United Nations, would make Canadians better. Despite the rosy claims made by the PM, dissention and loathing of some of his polices abound.

His blind support of the Paris Agreement on the environment and his polices of consultation with virtually every interest group against pipelines has caused a crisis in oil and gas producing provinces. Alberta has seen a recession and a collapse of its main source of revenue. But the catastrophe also rests with an Alberta government who agreed to impose a carbon tax in the hope of getting a pipeline built. In addition the Notley NDP government has destroyed the Alberta advantage through massive expenditures and socialist fiscal policies. The British Columbia government which only exists because it is supported by the Green Party has decided that Alberta oil is no longer part of the national economy and has helped the federal government to come to the conclusion that it should nationalize the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Furthermore the Quebec government does not support an Eastern pipeline, while the Eastern part of Canada buys its oil from foreign countries. Yet Quebec will receive Billions of dollars under the Equalization system while Alberta gets nothing. The Liberal government does not have a national energy strategy, what it has is an environmental strategy that will destroy the Canadian economy and divide the country.

The other issue that will burden the country for years to come is another globalist agenda. PM Trudeau believes in open borders and has allowed close to 40,000 of illegal immigrants into the country. In fact in a social media communication he invited illegal immigrants into the country. Millions of dollars are being spent in housing and supporting illegal immigrants while many Canadians, including veterans, live in poverty. He also recently signed a UN declaration on immigration, which although non-binding, may well be used to further increase immigration and be used as tool for gerrymandering. A culmination of his spending excesses that includes expenditures around the world to secure a seat at the United Nations has left the Finance Department to tell us that Canada will not see a balanced budget until 2040

While many blame the rise of Donald Trump and populism for the problems we see today, we should not ignore that it is the leftist and globalist policies of many governments that are causing the real problems. We can only see what is happening in Europe to understand that Canadians should follow suit and start confronting the current government, in non-violent protests, and stop us down the slippery slope of economic, immigration and terrorism problems seen in Europe. The result of globalist governments has seen the rise of populism in the Brexit decision, the Yellow vest uprising against taxes in France, and protest closer to home in Alberta.

The supporters of globalism are falling by the wayside. Angela Merkel is out of the German leadership. Macron is being asked to resign. Theresa May who started her rise as England’s Conservative party leader is fast becoming irrelevant due to her inability to negotiate the country’s exit from the European Union. Trudeau’s latest favorable poll numbers are even less than Trump’s. Does that say something about the state of the country? Well in my view all the above mentioned issues are a harbinger of things to come if the citizenry does not stand up and be counted. People around the world should really look at what is happening around them – a bunch of elitist politicians are attempting to rule the world with more international regulations and policies. The result, if they succeed, will be a loss of sovereignty and the death of nations as they blow down international borders.

With all this doom and gloom in sight Canadians should heed the words of rookie Tory premier of New Brunswick Blaine Higgs, who declared: “the Canadian federation fractured — with Ottawa and other provinces seemingly unconcerned about Alberta’s slump, and Quebec actively blocking economic development... Here’s a province that has fed many of our kids for years and we’ve all been happy to be recipients of that transfer payment. I’m not proud of that fact, and I would like to develop the very industry that they have,”
 It is said that charity begins at home. In politics I believe that it starts at the civic level. Alberta should vote out the current NDP government, followed by Canadians getting rid of a feckless and vacuous Prime Minister and his government. 2019 will be a watershed year for the country. If we do not vote for governments that are prepared to bring back free market policies and who refuse to pander to special interest groups we shall be doomed.