I have just finished watching, and then reading, Donald J. Trump’s speech at his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. It probably wasn’t a great use of an early Saturday morning. Trump is obviously no orator. When he uses a teleprompter, as he did today, he has all the presence… Read More Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.
Tomorrow, in the United States, millions of people will attend church. Their service this week will be a thanksgiving service, with worship, voices lifted in joyous prayer, tears, shaking, tongues, hugs and sharp sermons filled with triumphant words. They will be thanking the judeo-christian God for the election of Donald Trump to the highest office… Read More Praying for Trump and the worldwide church’s silent acceptance of his election
Amongst the fear, loathing, rage and acceptance of my Twitter feed (that was mostly my tweets), @LewSOS from over on kiwipolitico asked a compelling question that I have been pondering myself for a while. What can we do here in Aotearoa New Zealand to avoid our own Brexit or Trumpocalypse. What lessons are there? First… Read More How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change
In the last couple of days, I wrote a couple of blogs about a Clinton presidency and chances in 2020. I wrote them in full expectation that Hillary would win the US election, which would present challenges, but challenges we could manage. You can read them here and here. You can read them as overly… Read More Alas, we have been overthrown: the Trump presidency
[Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the result of the election. For my reaction and response, have a read of this blog] When I worked at the Merivale Community Centre, we ran a few youth programmes. Whenever funders asked us for demographics, they wanted to focus on deficits, and there were plenty to… Read More Counterpoint: you shouldn’t be concerned about the US Election 2020
[Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the result of American election. For my response, read this blog here] My wife and I have been blessed with four children. During each pregnancy, whenever a well-meaning but misguided person would ask how she was feeling about the birth, my wife would comment that it wasn’t… Read More You should be concerned about the US Election… in 2020