10 Ways to Tell if Your President Is a Dictator – Foreign Policy original post Nov 23,2016

6. Stacking the Supreme Court.

Trump will likely get the opportunity to appoint several Supreme Court justices, and the choices he makes will be revealing. Does he pick people who are personally loyal and beholden to him or opt for jurors with independent standing and stellar qualifications? Does he pick people whose views on hot-button issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and campaign financing comport with his party’s, or does he go for people who have an established view on the expansiveness of executive power and are more likely to look the other way if he takes some of the other steps I’ve already mentioned? And if it’s the latter, would the Senate find the spine to say no?

via 10 Ways to Tell if Your President Is a Dictator – Foreign Policy


The American Presidency 2017

January 29, 2017

Here we are nine days since Donald J. Trump was inaugurated to the office of United States President. As a Canadian that has lived through the Presidencies encompassing Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W.Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald J.Trump, who’s Presidency I hope to live through, I don’t mind telling you I am afraid, very afraid!

Growing up in the 50’s and early 60’s I remember the threat of nuclear annihilation, public school drills with air raid sirens, rushing to the basement in the school, duck and cover under the desk. The cold war at its peak!

The missiles of October and the assassination of a truly great President in 1963 when I was 11 years old, were probably my wake up call to pay attention.

We have spent the last few years going through a time of much change, the space race, the computer revolution and with that a reduction in the world of manufacturing in North America. It would be simple to blame it on “foreign powers” but they are not to blame; take a look right here on the home front (North America) where through greed and the pursuit of profits the 1% have lost sight of how our countries have been built, on the backs of the “working man/woman” blue-collar workers, the middle class.

In a short term of seven days this new demagogue  has alienated Mexico, put travel bans on Muslims, discriminated against religions under the Office of President, and claims it all to be “In the name of making America Great Again!”

The WHITE HOUSE President Donald J. Trump:

Sourced from the White House:“Finally, in pursuing a foreign policy based on American interests, we will embrace diplomacy. The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies.

The world will be more peaceful and more prosperous with a stronger and more respected America.

Sourced The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):

To claim “I am going to make America Great Again” by the way the phrase “make America Great Again” is a patented phrase by Donald J. Trump

Sourced from Time

After years of sourcing goods and services “off shore” himself, he now blames the downfall of the economy and manufacturing on foreign countries. I find this to be very hypocritical.

From the Guardian:

“The Mexican government and its people are in shock, but the week’s events have forged a sense of national unity. Normally taciturn billionaire Carlos Slim gave an extraordinary press conference on Friday in which he urged Mexico to bolster its internal market to gain more independence and historian Lorenzo Meyer wrote that a break with Trump would grant a “second independence”.


Coming into the second week and the month of February we can only hope that on Feb 2nd, “Groundhog Day” Trump doesn’t throw us into another Nuclear Winter!

(Groundhog link courtesy http://www.salon.com/)

Norm Swaebe