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William Brooks

William Brooks is a freelance Nova Scotia writer and Editor of

A cautionary tale for American Republicans

  On the eve of a House vote on the Trump Administration's first major Bill, The American Health Care Act, it was business as usual for Washington Democrats and their fellow travelers.   Maxine Waters was still calling for impeachment, young anarchists were still beating up senior citizens at “March 4 Trump” rallies, Chuck Schumer was still blocking Trump appointments in the Senate and Adam Schiff was still hot on the trail of a phantasmagoric Trump plot to hand the USA over to the Russians. Liberal media outlets were still hammering home the President's negatives and much of America's top drawer meritocracy remained opposed to a man they regard as a populist buffoon who won the Presidency with voters from the bottom end of American society.   Trump's detractors maintain that he is socially clumsy and inarticulate. His principles are murky. He is inconsistent. He stretches the truth. He is coarse. He is vulgar. He has a towering ego. He is a puppet of Vladimir Putin. He can be a bully and, what's more, his hairstyle is inappropriate for a seventy year old man. Some go so far as to call him a racist, a bigot, a fascist, even a Nazi. More measured critics see him as a knuckle-dragging, ultra-nationalist who is embarrassing America on the world stage.   Of course, much of this opinion is validated by the unconventional behaviour of the new man in the Oval Office. Trump has assertively contributed to his own low standing; especially among educated professionals and the occupants of some of the wealthiest and smuggest zip codes in the Nation. Like Hillary Clinton, many seasoned politicians and pundits saw Trump people as “a basket of deplorables.” But legions of working class voters admired Trump in a way that many “upstairs people” didn't. My… Read More

Is it really all about Harper?

  The audacity of Canadians who have elected Stephen Harper throughout the entire Obama era appears to be as troubling for east coast American liberals as it is for the overwhelming majority in Canada’s media and cultural establishment. This became evident early in our current election campaign when the legendary New York Times, newspaper of record for the American left, enlisted a young Toronto journalist to pen a stern warning for Canadians who might consider re-electing a Conservative government. Reading “The Closing of the Canadian Mind” the NYT piece by Stephen Marche, one might have expected some tough-minded analysis of Canadian foreign policy and the Conservative Party’s record. But, what the Huffington Post described as a “scathing” attack amounted to nothing more than the predictable laundry list of anti-Harper allegations put forward by his ideological opponents since he began winning elections in 2006. As political attacks go, it didn’t rise to any higher standard of credibility than the daily outbreaks of Harper derangement syndrome appearing across the country. “Closing of the Canadian mind”? In fact: “The Closing of the Canadian Mind,” a somewhat disconnected play on Allan Bloom’s landmark examination of relativism in post-modern America, amounted to little more than 17 paragraphs of Facebook-style gossip. References to a “culture of secrecy - know-nothing conservatism – our country in ignorance - and a subtle darkening of Canadian life” stirred up the same familiar illusions shared daily in the faculty rooms, coffee houses and newsrooms of Canada’s central-eastern liberal establishment. As so often happens with anti-Harper invective,” said David Frum, a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, “the accusation combines intense outrage against the man with gaseous vagueness about the man’s offences. “You are supposed to just know. If you don’t know already, it won’t be explained to you.” Real source of antipathy… Read More