Trump’s Biggest Political Enemy

President Trump has shown repeated frustration over not being able to get things done.  Since becoming President, other than things he has done through Executive Orders, his presidency has seen little in the way of legislative success.  The repeal and the replacement of Obamacare didn’t pass, tax reform originally was on the slate to be completed by August but has yet to even come to a vote, the building of a border wall remains undone and no infrastructure or immigration bill has been brought to a vote.   And this despite the President’s party controls both houses of Congress. Continue reading “Trump’s Biggest Political Enemy”

On Free Speech

The tragic events in Charlottesville last weekend have shown us the reality that there still exist people who hold to repugnant views and are driven to express them in outrageous and sometimes violent ways.

The whole thing was like some alternate universe.  From the…let’s say ‘confusing’, at the least, series of responses from President Trump who couldn’t give a clear cut response to what was an obvious problem, to the rally organizers who derided President Trump for his Jewish son-in-law and Slavic wife, to…. well, just fill in the blank.  One can’t help but wonder if others were looking around, too, wondering if they were in some dream from which we would wake up (nightmares are  dreams, right?)

Unfortunately, the events in Charlottesville itself were not the only troubling ones.  The whole incident has brought up an important issue, one that has been fundamental to the country and society, that being the issue of free speech. Continue reading “On Free Speech”

Political Assassination and Gun Control (again)

Last week’s attempted assassination of a senior Republican member of Congress has rekindled the gun control debate, as inevitably happens after mass shootings, maybe understandably so.  The difficulty in debating gun control is that it is an issue that is driven primarily by emotion and not by information and data.  And you can’t debate how someone is feeling or affect how a person reacts to something deeply emotional. Continue reading “Political Assassination and Gun Control (again)”

The Continued Erosion of Obama’s Legacy

The Obama legacy continues to fade.  As Thinking Man first wrote in February in President Obama’s Legacy, the approach to governance taken by former President Obama largely determined what form his legacy would take.  This week, President Trump reversed many of the Obama-era policies regarding Cuba, further eroding the Obama legacy.  Continue reading “The Continued Erosion of Obama’s Legacy”

“We Will Always Have Paris”…But Should We?

For ardent environmentalists, the topic of ‘climate change’ is one of the most impassioned areas of political thought. It has become a position held with religious zealotry in certain circles, with adherence to a strict dogma and any thought of opposition to the fundamental belief is considered almost blasphemous. It is considered by passionate adherents to be ‘science’ and even the slightest disagreement is a sign of ignorance and analogous to believing the earth is flat.

It is not surprising, then, that President Trump caused quite a controversy when he announced yesterday that he was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Treaty,

So what is the debate and why would the President pull the largest economic power in the world out of the Treaty? To fully answer that question, we have to look at the overall issue of ‘climate change’ and then at the Paris Treaty itself. Let’s take these in order. Continue reading ““We Will Always Have Paris”…But Should We?”