Views from the Beltline: America’s "flawed" democracy or The Revenge of the Deplorables

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), The Economist magazine’s research division, annually publishes an analysis of the state of democracy in the world. Its report for 2016, entitled Revenge of the”deplorables,” focuses on the popular revolt against the “political elites who are perceived by many to be out of touch and failing to represent the interests ...

Views from the Beltline: Guess which country dodged Trump’s travel ban

President Donald Trump has manifested his regime’s Islamophobia with a ban on the nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. The choice of countries is odd. Not a single citizen from any of these countries has ever committed a terrorist act in the United States. Not one. On the ...

Views from the Beltline: Lies, alternative facts and the Trump universe

Describing somewhat exaggerated claims about the inauguration by Donald Trump’s press secretary, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway came up with the delightful phrase “alternative facts.” It has so much more of a lilt to it than “lies.” Trump came up with a few alternative facts himself, claiming that the sun shone during his inauguration speech (it ...

Views from the Beltline: Inauguration Day—from class to crass

I have differed with Barack Obama on various issues during his presidency, but on one point I hold no reservations: he is the classiest U.S. president in my lifetime. A man of intelligence and eloquence, he displayed a combination of grace and dignity that honoured his office. And now he is to be replaced by ...

Views from the Beltline: Pipelines, good-looking liberals and Hanoi Jane

Jane Fonda is unhappy with our prime minister. She has announced that “we shouldn’t be fooled by good-looking liberals.” Rachel Notley says Fonda doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I’m with Rachel. Ms. Fonda, an ardent environmentalist, believes that by supporting pipelines, Prime Minister Trudeau “has betrayed every one of the things that he committed ...

Views from the Beltline: Trump saves the GOP (from himself)

Only a few months ago, the pundits were predicting a sorry future for the Republican Party. It was about to tear itself to pieces over the candidature of Donald Trump. And the prediction seemed to becoming true as one leading Republican after another distanced himself or herself from the candidate, often with harsh words. According ...

Views from the Beltline: Trump exposes the "truth" myth

One of the most common comments voters make about politicians is “I wish they would just tell us the truth.” If only that were true. But it isn’t. Voters don’t want to be told the truth, they want politicians to say what they, the voters, want to hear, things that reassure them in their prejudices. ...