Over the course of the last 5 years, December, January and February have rather kind compared to 15 years ago. What we are currently seeing is erratic changes, one day above freezing in a matter of hours freezing, and it seems to be oscillating back an forth. Next year will tell a story, This year followed closely the same pattern of Snow, rain, freezing sequence. As of today probability of a spring flood of the Saint John River is highly unlikely.
On the question of Donald Trump’s mental fitness, I have to come to bat for him. There is no doubt that his approach to the presidency is quite out of the extraordinary and his twits are what you expect from a middle school. But does that translate that he is mentally unstable?
I would argue on his behalf he is very stable and rational. What he is doing is catering to the populace mentality, in other words, the herd mentality. The reality is the populace most of the time is in error. As professor Dr Leo Stauss points out in his book “Natural Right and History”. As individuals, we can be very smart but as a group, we can be very stupid and give into our emotions rather than our rationality to influence our opinions.
Trump has been consistent throughout his campaign and up to now consistent with his presidency. He has been transparent in that respect. He is giving his voters what they want. While I don’t agree with his methods or his political philosophy I do not give into arguments that he is mentally unstable.
What he is using is a strict business model to run a country, I would argue that it is the business model that is flawed. Trump simply represents that flaw.
His behaviours suggest that he scores high on the Macheolvelian and the megalomaniac scale but that doesn’t make him mentally unstable, crazy. A number one “DICK”, yes, but not a crazy man.
The American people voted him in, It doesn’t matter what I think of him, he was elected by the democratic process. So if the Americans voted in a “Shit head” then they have to live with it. That what democracy is all about, sometimes you get what you want and sometimes you get what you don’t want.
There is a danger of playing the mental health card because the interpretation of behaviour is not a constant, what is seen as abnormal at one period of time is seen as abnormal at another period of time and vice versa and therefore can be used against anyone who doesn’t conform to the current Ideology.
If Donald Trump were to be removed from office because his opponents see him as mentally unfit that would set the precedence that would allow removing someone from office on the abstract idea of what constitutes mental illness because you don’t like the way they are doing things.
Personally, Trump and the whole American mindset is an object of political/sociological study. A study that will either affirm the current research or refute political and sociological theories.
Unless he violates any legislation, mental issues is not a justification for removal.
The Irving Oligarchy has been thoroughly researched almost to the point of ad nausea. Recently in award-winning journalism story in the national post, the House of Irving by Bruce Livesey and in a book Irving vs Irving Jacques Poitras, both Livsey and Poitras argues that’s Irving more or less bullies the Government of the day to comply to his demands.
According to CBC Irving pressured the then Progressive Conservative government under the leadership of David Alward to do something about Natural Resource Minister. Subsequent to a letter authored by Irving if premier doesn’t do something about the Natural Resource Minister, then they may have to downsize some of the lumber facilities and cease all expansion. Following this letter, Bruce Northrup was transferred from the position of Minister of Natural resources to the Department of Public Safety In an interview with the CBC he is of the opinion that it was because of Irving’s influence that he was removed from the position of Minister of Natural resources.
Northrup was critical of the forestry deal that Irving wanted, eventually, Irving was able to get the government to allow him a greater percentage of the crown land.
The following is a letter that was originally published in Halifax Media Co-op (2014), and re-published on January 8, 2018, in a CBC story “Natural resources minister in Alward government says Irving letter got him fired”
The ATCON story, Whoopee shit, there isn’t anything new here so why all the fuss, ah right! the upcoming election, let’s try to revive a dead horse to win the election. Bottom line since the ATCON fiasco of 2009 there has been one change of government who as well as the former government didn’t take any action, then back to the current government. Nothing has changed the money is still gone. The only winners are the banks who were able to recoup 80%+, New Brunswick was only able to get back a miserly pittance of 4%.
The ATCON story is not new, it is a common practice of Corporations to extort money from the government by using the threat loss of jobs, or the promise of job creation or both, but in the end, they never deliver.
Like others, Atcon understood the province desperation to keep and create new Jobs. They looked at the economically depressed Miramachi and promised that if the government would provide them with the money they would create new jobs and save the existing jobs. The old “Streets are paved in gold” sales pitch. In reality what they actually mean is “Streets paved in charcoal”.
The government of the day took the chance, even though, in the past, these corporations never followed through with job creation and in some cases actually closed their operation after getting the money, but the government took the gamble and lost (again)
Had ATCON been successful, the payoff politically for the government would have been great, but like rest of the Corporate extortionist ATCON took the money and ran. The consequence was the liberal government was replaced with the conservative government, but that still didn’t change the outcome, the money is gone end of story.
In a report presented by Canada’s conservative think tank the Frazer institute the reported that Over a period of nearly 20-years, federal, provincial and local authorities together spent almost $684-billion on subsidies, mainly to private corporations — and the impact on consumers was marginal at best. When you calculate in the tax loopholes and breaks that figure is tremendously higher than stated.
If so much of the public wealth was not being streamed into the offshore pockets of our invisible absentee landlord/plantation-owner Irving oligarchs, there’d be a *LOT* more to go around for the rest of the population of our poor province.
Allowing the Irvings to dominate the thoughts of the public with their media monopoly and allowing them not only to be the main private employer but also the top private provider of services to the government, means that they have both the people and government of New Brunswick in a vice grip that they can tighten at will, till they get whatever they want.
To date, the only prospect of turning this around appears to be coming from the Green Party in terms of the preservation and proper stewardship of our public resources as well as the termination of the wanton poisoning of the province with Monsanto RoundUp, which will likely be rearing its head as a leading cause of cancer among children in the next generation.
I think there might be a chance for change if the Greens and the New Democratic Party worked together after the NDP ever recovers from its pro-Irving stealth takeover by OIL-igarch sleeper agent Dominic Cardy, who showed his true colors by defecting to the Irving’s long-time preferred Conservative Party after capturing the NDP leadership(!)… which defection constituted a jump from the left of the political spectrum to the opposite extreme, that he executed as if he were merely changing an ice cream order from chocolate to vanilla… (in fact, even such a change would have been harder to make for my kids!)
A bit of background research reveals a long personal friendship between Cardy and one of the Irving oligarch clan’s sons. It is not a reach beyond the imagination that they might have sat down together one night on an IRVING OIL-igarch family yacht off the Bahamas over a couple of glasses of Moosehead beer and said to each other, “Hey, why don’t we eliminate one of the two potential threats to the Irving empire by taking over the weak and unprotected New Democratic Party (the traditional party of organized labor) in order to divide and conquer a potential LABOR-GREEN alliance that could eventually have the capacity to dethrone the Irvings.
The fact is that Cardy was a Washington-trained agent of empire, who worked for NDI the Democratic Party’s branch of the US global control mechanism that is headed by hate-monger Madeleine Albright (remember her? the woman who screamed “Disgusting Serbs, get out!” in Prague). The step down in salary and status by Cardy from being an international imperial agent to rural eastern Canada suggests to me that his return to Canadian politics after working against Russia means Washington was intent on extending its tentacles by taking direct control over political affairs in Canada after already providing the political campaign foot-soldiers to parachute former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper into national office from Alberta’s alt-right, and after training the current prime minister, a son of former anti-American Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (Justin), and then locking up the entire political spectrum by injecting Albright’s stars-and-stripes “bot” Cardy in to take over the NDP in New Brunswick and then have him go federal… which would have given Washington a three-strikes “You’re out, Canadians!” takeover of the country’s entire political system.
Thank God for the Green Party of Canada, a group the US has surely infiltrated with a few FAKE-DREADLOCK imposters, but which they cannot yet co-opt!