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?”

Which is the real one?

With Donald Trump as President, one thing Thinking Man assumes that everyone agrees on is that the important and significant news changes almost hourly. Trump seems to thrive in this ‘managed chaos’, but it does mean that the most relevant topic has often changed by the time the next news cycle comes along.   And even more, it seems as if we sometimes have two Presidents who bear only a passing resemblance to each other in demeanor and speech.  Such has certainly been the case over the last seven days. Continue reading “Which is the real one?”

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…”

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right and I’m stuck in the middle…”

The lyrics from that oldies tune seemed oh, so appropriate as I caught the headlines this week, like they were written just for this time and this political environment. Continue reading ““Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…””