The election of Donald Trump into the presidency of the United States stood to elevate Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, it has been determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a cyber attack that increased Mr Trump’s chance of winning the American election. In my opinion, we may never know the precise result of the 2016 election. Russia should not have interfered in the American election.
After meddling was confirmed, I saw a photograph of US President Obama revealing considerable sadness. However, in his final conference of the year, the outgoing President stated that “he would not weigh in on whether Russian hacking actually swayed the election.” “Weighing in” may not be judicious. However, the President promised “methodical” retaliation.
Putin’s United States
News of the hacking were very disturbing. No nation should interfere in an election taking place in another country. It is a major assault on democracy. There is, of course, an internationally community and supranational legislation. The United Nations is a supranational community and would that every country respected its Declaration of Human Rights. We are also answerable to an international court. But it is for the citizens of the United States to choose their president, without interference from Russia or any other country.
Mr Putin should not have meddled in the American election and Mr Trump cannot say that the “end justified the means.” The wording is Machiavellian, but interfering in an American election, the means, is undemocratic. Mr Trump has stated that he would not accept defeat, but United States residents elect their various representatives. The Electoral College met yesterday, 19 December 2016. Their decision is that Mr Trump will remain President-elect of the United States. Therefore, it may be best to look upon the entire kerfuffle, the campaign, the election and the meddling, with some detachment.
Although Mr Putin meddled in the American election, my neighbours to the south will still buy their groceries where they usually do. Daily life will not change. However, Republicans are not pleased. President-elect Donald J. Trump may be given less elbow room by fellow Republicans.
Mr Trump plans to visit with Mr Putin after his inauguration. As expected The New Yorker‘s satirist, Andy Borowitz, has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin would sing and Mr. Trump’s inauguration. I wonder if Mr Borowitz knowns that in French chantage (le, noun) means blackmail and faire chanter means to blackmail. The Fox makes the Crow drop the cheese by telling him that he is a good singer and that he would like to hear him sing. The Crow (le corbeau) sings and Reynard catches the cheese. (See RELATED ARTICLES.)
The United States under Trump
- the Arctic
- global warming
Mr Putin will not change the United States. However, Americans should remember that Vladimir Putin announced that the Canadian Arctic belonged to Russia. Mr Putin may also attempt to claim Alaska. Mr Putin interfered, but did so out of self-interest. He may have viewed Mr Trump as a lesser opponent than Mrs Clinton. Americans should make sure Russia does not start drilling in Alaska. If Mr Trump builds walls, the border he should protect is the American Arctic.
President-elect Donald J. Trump does not “believe in” global warming. Global warming is a fact. No American President has the right to kill the planet.
Mr Trump’s election does not bode well. The President-elect was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, whose members stand in the way of stricter gun-control, and by the Ku Klux Klan, who are white supremacists and nativist. Shame on him! It will be a white United States.
- Social programmes
- The Middle East
My main concern is the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Americans pay their taxes and should be protected.
As for the Middle East, rumour has it that Mr Trump will join Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Putin in their attempt to crush Daesh (Isil). What about the Syrian Civil War? Eleven million Syrians—Muslims, mostly but also Christians, have had to flee Syria not only because of Isil, or terrorism, but also because of President Bashar al-Assad’s autocratic régime. President Assad’s forces have killed thousands of Syrians and have resorted to the use of chemical weapons.
With all due respect to the Electoral College, Mr Trump is unfit to deal with the conflict in the Middle East.
It all began with the Migrant Crisis. The result of the British referendum, Brexit, which took place on 23 June 2016, inaugurated a wave of nativism. It weakened the European Union. Nativism then swept across several countries, including the United States. Mr Trump’s promise to prevent Muslims from entering the United States is nativistic and populist. The President-elect’s decision to build a wall separating the United States is also nativistic and populist. In short, the American election was a Russian-assisted, populist, and undemocratic Republican victory.
- Vladimir “Poutine” and the Canadian Arctic (14 November 2014)
- Another Motif: Playing Dead (20 April 2013) (the fox)
I expect to post one or two articles before Christmas, but would like to wish you a very merry Christmas at this time.
Love to everyone ♥
A Christmas Special with Luciano Pavarotti (1978)
at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Montréal, joined by a boys choir, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, and an adult choir, Les Disciples de Massenet
conductor: Franz-Paul Decker
© Micheline Walker
20 December 2016
There is so much disinfo floating around in the news, who knows what’s truth anymore… life goes on. The pendulum swings too far left, it’s bound to swing right.
Have you noticed: 8yrs of Reagan/ Bush Sr, then 8yrs of Clinton, then 8yrs of GW, then 8 yrs of Obama, see where this is leading….
It’s a pendulum and it points to serious division. But all Americans will suffer because of Mr Trump’s hateful administration, which may wake people up. There will be more confusion because Mr Trump is not consistent and was thought not to be and to lie. He always changes the subject, so he can take people’s mind away from a subject. Our programme at the moment is to watch him and oppose him. I thank you for commenting and wish you the best in every way. Micheline
Thank you, happy holidays and a sweet new year to you as well. 🙂
My pleasure. Happy Holidays. 🙂
I am not sure Mr Trump will be able to grasp all the complexities of the Arctic claims.
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Gallivanta, Mr Trump is not equipped to deal with what could be theft on the part of Russia. Mr Putin wants the Arctic. It’s a miser’s a pot of gold. Mr Trump did not mention the Arctic during his “campaign.” He may not know the Mr Putin is ready to invade the Canadian Arctic to which he can add Alaska. However, the subject is all over the internet. Mr Trump hasn’t the intellectual sophistication and training to cope with very complex global issues. His presence in the Middle East could unleash a world war and he may not known about the threat to the Arctic. Alaska and Canada’s North West territories Arctic is land. Putin had everything to gain by interfering.
I am counting on Quebec’s Premier Dr Philippe Couillard and Prime Minister Trudeau to get together and help in this matter. Dr Couillard is an informed Premier. He is very perceptive and fully aware of the threat to the North. I can’t believe the result of this election. Incredible!
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I am glad you have good politicians who care for Canada’s interests.
We are a very privileged nation. In particular, official multiculturalism guarantees that no newcomer to this nation is a foreigner and the Honourable Allan J. MacEachen designed a network of universal social programmes several decades ago, under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. There is protection for everyone. It’s not a perfect nation, but we work very hard at perfecting it. We are a project. We have Prime Ministers Lester B. Pearson and his successor Pierre Trudeau to thank for putting into place policies and passing bills that unite Canadians and ensure their safety: official bilingualism and multiculturalism, our Bill of Rights, genuine democracy, etc. Quebec’s current Premier, Dr Philippe Couillard, a neurosurgeon by profession, is a gift to both Quebec and Canada and may help our neighbours navigate the Trump fiasco. Best wishes Gallivanta, Micheline.
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I would really love to visit one day.
Canada is a beautiful country and it protects its citizens. There are flaws because times change and adjustments are required. Moreover, except for the West Coast, it is very cold in winter. However, global warming has affected the entire country. It is a genuine concern all over the world. But this matter may be remedied. I hope you are well Gallivanta. Take care, Micheline
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Thank you very much. Best wishes, Micheline
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It all matches. Brilliant.
Hazel Hayes said:
Dear Ms. Walker,
Your blog is so thoughtfully presented and the arts are given admirable consideration.
Please do not despoil your good work with rhetorical opinions on subjects you know nothing about. The American political landscape came very close this election to becoming a state of absolute communism. Never in the history of our country has there been a more divisive president and more abuses and overreaching of power than under the Obama administration. Yet I voted for Mr. Obama not once, but twice.
Mr. Putin, like Mr. Trump, advocates peaceful relations. Let it not be overlooked that it was the Clinton administration that interfered with Russia’s election that tipped the scales for Boris Yeltsin. That being said, the Electoral College squarely elected Donald Trump as the 58th POTUS. The Electoral College was a stroke of genius by our Founding Fathers to dispel the myths of controversy circulating now. The fake media is in fact the pot calling the kettle black. Sour grapes.
The majority of Americans are deeply grateful for Mr. Trump’s willingness and diligence to save our country from a communist coup and recover its economic and moral deficit. American Cultural Marxism has become a pernicious disease domestically and globally; it will take decades for humanity to recuperate from what has been more lethal than the atomic bomb for mankind; Political Correctness has become a social disease.
Thank you and God Bless
Dear Hazel Eyes,
I hope sincerely that you are right. How lovely it would be to think that Americans will be better off under Donald Trump. In particular, I hope there will be no hate, no lying, no vindictiveness, no retaliation, no inequality and justice for all. Every day I see videos on YouTube, from every side, that show profound division, so profound that it has reached hate. It is as though the Civil War never ended and that each party was an enemy to the other. What no one can allow is a constant confrontational division. No member of a society is a lesser person than another. Correctness may be a disease, but so is the American tug of war. I sense in you a great deal of charity and goodness. I will remember what you wrote because I want to understand. Big hugs, Micheline