Politics – Outta Left Field

politics - outta left field

A few essays / articles I have written over the years about politics. I have that Masters in IPS – I might as well use it.

Picking up Clues: January 6, 2021

Holiday break is over. That means I am back at the keys. You can’t see me but I’m over here shaking my head because of the events in the US in the past 24 hours. I’m reading all my various news feeds and still head shaking. It’s mystifying – why are all these people acting … Continue reading Picking up Clues: January 6, 2021

Everyone else is just too tall

Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of “the culture of character” and its near opposite “the culture of personality.” Before I plunge into today’s societal navel-gazing it is worth the time to look at and define these two types of social structures. They may appear to some people to be synonymous. Other … Continue reading Everyone else is just too tall

Outta Left Field : Tums for Breakfast

There are two emotions competing for my attention this morning, relief and dread. It is a curious combination. At first, I didn’t understand the emotions. As I looked at the returns from election day and saw that Trump was not elected for a second term, despite his declaration of victory I thought I would feel … Continue reading Outta Left Field : Tums for Breakfast

Outta Left Field : Beginning of the end

The hope for every sane person in the United States is that on November 3rd, 2020 there will be an indisputable mandate from the citizens of this nation. The desire is that the election of 2020 will not be occluded by doubt.

Outta Left Field : Trump Might Win

Note: I can tell this is taking on a life of its own. So, I’ll attempt to collect them all under the “Outta Left Field” category. Trump could win another four years. Despite a blue wave. In the clutch of a pandemic. Faced with so many people who have waited four years to vote him … Continue reading Outta Left Field : Trump Might Win

It’s time to see how accurate I was

As many of you may know I wrote a series of quasi-essays in late 2016 because I was quite out of my mind with fright. One of the things I do to calm my mind when it is in that state of manic speeding thoughts is an exercise adapted from mind-mapping. Since then we have … Continue reading It’s time to see how accurate I was

The Accounting: A Trump Presidency

A couple of weeks ago (maybe more) I promised to do a follow-up to my series of articles that I wrote in early November of 2016. And then life happened. But, I am getting to it, right now in fact. Here is a list of the original articles if you want to refresh your memory. … Continue reading The Accounting: A Trump Presidency

Outta Left Field : A Trump Presidency

I chose my education with the sole purpose of becoming a diplomat. As a child of the eighties, the Reagan “Bear in the Woods” message resonated. Add to that some other personality quirks and I was planning to save the world by disarming the two great superpowers to create peace. Well, it didn’t quite work … Continue reading Outta Left Field : A Trump Presidency

A Trump Presidency: Resurfacing & Hope

This is the final installment of my series on the archetypes of a Trump presidency. These ideas come out of an exercise I used to alleviate the anxiety I felt on Election Night as the returns confirmed a Trump win. I was overwhelmed, disappointed, dismayed, but most of all, worried. So, using a method called … Continue reading A Trump Presidency: Resurfacing & Hope

A Trump Presidency: Part V – The Cappo

So many uncomfortable questions. So many fears captured on paper. This is the last of the major themes that I found after I had spent a frantic post-election morning mapping all the fears that were running through my mind. As a trained political analyst who suffers from anxiety and a very active imagination the map … Continue reading A Trump Presidency: Part V – The Cappo

A Trump Presidency: Part IV – The Sellout

So far in this series I have looked at some of the different “types” of president we might see with Trump. The first two types, the ‘Dictator’ and the ‘King’ are both scenarios that would be driven from internal needs for power and validation. The third type I described was the ‘Puppet’. In that case … Continue reading A Trump Presidency: Part IV – The Sellout

A Trump Presidency: Part III – The Puppet

I have to admit this is the scenario that intrigues me the most. I almost titled this after the 1966 movie “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming”. I restrained myself. I have been looking at the Trump/Russian connection for over 2 years, maybe close to three. There is so much possible in this … Continue reading A Trump Presidency: Part III – The Puppet

A Trump Presidency: Part II – The King

The last pathway we examined was terrifying. It was no less than a repeat of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot. Take your pick. That had to be the first path examined because it is the one scenario that is preying on the public conscious. Think of it as lancing a boil, best get it done … Continue reading A Trump Presidency: Part II – The King

A Trump Presidency: Part I – The Dictator

Although in essays and proposals it is good form to end with your strongest argument, here we start with the worst vision. Let’s just get it out there and done. It is the vision that I proposed first in December 2015. I broke Godwin’s Law and put it out there. I called Trump a potential … Continue reading A Trump Presidency: Part I – The Dictator

Introduction to a Trump Presidency

The sun came up this morning. I was very relieved, but then I recalled that President Obama is still in the White House. Trump’s Presidency won’t start until January, 2017. That’s months away. And if I’m honest, as dismaying as the Election Night results were, the smart money is still on the sun. But even … Continue reading Introduction to a Trump Presidency