Deer Hunter provides insight into Trump’s worldview

A second look at the film gives insights into prejudices ingrained in American culture that are in full bloom this summer

Deer Hunter provides insight into Trump’s worldviewNEW YORK August 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The recent death of director Michael Cimino may inspire a new generation to watch his 1979 Best Picture Academy Award winner The Deer Hunter. What they’ll find, nearly four decades after its release, is a film with special relevance in the turbulent political season of 2016. Many shake their heads…

Here’s what Hillary needs to do to stop Trump

Acknowledge that those angry, older men in Rust Belt states who support him really have been left behind

Here’s what Hillary needs to do to stop TrumpTORONTO, Ont. July 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Your perspective on the Republican National Convention depends on your politics, of course. If you are in any way progressive, it was a five-alarm dumpster fire, a bonfire of insanities, a crazy conflagration of fear and loathing. It made Fight Club and Dr. Strangelove seem like newsreel…

Trump’s confused ideology is hardly conservatism

Let’s go through three parts of his acceptance speech that have nothing to do with modern, small “c” conservatism

Trump’s confused ideology is hardly conservatismTORONTO, Ont. July 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Donald Trump has been confirmed as the Republican presidential nominee but it is not yet clear whether the businessman’s astonishing rise in U.S. politics will lead him straight into the White House in November. One pressing topic has been the GOP’s shift from modern conservatism to what…

How to cope during these emotionally exhausting times

Terrorism, racism, police shootings, climate change, Trump: how much more of this do we have to take?

How to cope during these emotionally exhausting timesVANCOUVER, B.C. July 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If there is one big theme over this summer’s Facebook posts, coffee discussions, e-mails with friends and family, and media over-exposure, it’s the reality that it’s all becoming too much! Horrific Islamic State attacks, racialized police shootings and revenge ambushes, the consecutive parade of hotter and hotter months…

1940 Republican convention provided real political fireworks

Forget Donald Trump – Wendell Willkie was the man if you're seeking a presidential candidate who defied convention

1940 Republican convention provided real political fireworksTORONTO, Ont. July 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – This year’s Republican convention is a keen disappointment for political junkies. History offers at least one such gathering that was more compelling. Just a few months ago, we hoped to experience that rare animal in American politics – a contested, multi-ballot convention with all the drama we’ve only read…

First draft of Trump’s nomination acceptance speech

Something along these lines should work for him

First draft of Trump’s nomination acceptance speechNEW YORK July 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - As Republicans gather for their national convention in Cleveland, I am providing presumptive nominee Donald Trump with a highly abbreviated version of an acceptance speech. I will be sending an invoice. Without further ado, I think something along these lines would work for him (Yes, I’m serious):…

GOP, British Conservatives lost touch with their base

It's a lot easier for the base to get itself a new elite than for the elite to find itself a new base

GOP, British Conservatives lost touch with their baseTORONTO, Ont. July 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – In his earthier moments, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney was fond of the saying “You dance with the one that brung ya.” Politically, this can be an exhortation to loyalty. But it can also be a warning of the mortal peril awaiting any political party that loses…

Hillary’s biggest irritant isn’t Trump, it’s Bill

The consequences of her use of a private email server are nothing compared to the actions of her husband

Hillary’s biggest irritant isn’t Trump, it’s BillNEW YORK July 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ah, to be a fly on the wall at the Clinton breakfast table. In my dinner-theatre mind, it goes something like this: Former President William Jefferson Clinton enters the kitchen with a smile. His wife, the former secretary of state, sits at the breakfast nook – arms…

Donald Trump reminds me of John Connally

With one key difference: Barring a miracle, Trump will become the 2016 Republican nominee; Connally was up against Ronald Reagan

Donald Trump reminds me of John ConnallyTORONTO, Ont. July 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Someone recently described Donald Trump as a modern version of Ronald Reagan, which is nonsense. However, there is another 20th century American politician with whom Trump has a significant number of things in common. Now largely forgotten, that man is John Connally. Connally (1917-1993) was perhaps most…

Brexit, Trump symptomatic of a dying status quo

Free-trade deals and globalization will not survive for long in the absence of real social progress

Brexit, Trump symptomatic of a dying status quoEDMONTON, Alta. July 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Obvious problems are emerging in North America that are not dissimilar to the issues tearing apart the European Union. At the Three Amigos summit last week in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto celebrated the North American…