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David Martin

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David Martin is a lawyer by training and a retired federal public servant. He is now a full-time writer of short humour and political satire whose work can be found at davespoliticalsatire.blogspot.ca. Dave has been writing op-ed pieces and humorous essays for more than 25 years and his work has appeared on the op-ed pages of most major North American daily newspapers. He is also the author of My Friend W, a collection of his political satire published in 2005 by Arriviste Press, Dare to be Average, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2010 by Lulu.com and Screams & Whispers, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2013 by CreateSpace. His most recent collection of political satire is entitled King Donald I and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
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America Is Drunk At The Wheel

It used to be that the United States had a national purpose and a sense of community. For years, America had a commitment to common social goals as evidenced by Roosevelt's New Deal, Kennedy's New Frontier and Johnson's Great Society. That now seems a distant memory. After the Reagan-Bush years came Bill Clinton and another decade of selfishness and corporate greed. Although the books were eventually balanced, it was at the expense of the neediest as the gap between the haves and the have-nots widened into a chasm.
11/30/2016 06:03 EST
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Dear Middle America, Why Did You Elect Trump?

From my Trump-free perch up here in Canada, I'm tired of watching you Middle Americans repeatedly vote against your own self-interest. You've been doing it for decades and now you've taken it to the most ludicrous and dangerous level: the election of Donald Trump as your next president.
11/11/2016 03:25 EST
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Who's To Blame For This Mess?

By pushing further and further to the right, the Republican leadership laid the groundwork for a blustering, racist, sexist demagogue to win the nomination. And in doing so, they undermined the possibility of finding a reasonable, moderate candidate within their own ranks. When every Republican candidate has to swear fealty to a rightwing credo, is it really surprising that this year's field of presidential wannabes was so pathetically weak?
11/08/2016 07:47 EST
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We're The International Rifle Association And We Love Our WMDs

That's why we recommend that this matter be taken to the United Nations and urge them to pass a resolution modeled on the Second Amendment as in: "The national right to keep and bear weapons of any kind shall not be infringed." Once we're all armed to the teeth, peace can reign throughout the world. At least that's the plan.
10/07/2016 11:47 EDT
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The Media Is To Blame For Donald Trump's Success

For the most part, media outlets have given Mr. Trump a free ride. Trump's outrageous statements and positions have not only failed to disqualify him from the race, they have actually increased his profile and popularity. Instead of forcefully challenging Trump on each and every one of his lies and exaggerations, the media have simply winked and given him a pass.
09/28/2016 04:21 EDT
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The White House Doesn't Need A Stoner In Chief

If there was ever any doubt about Mr. Johnson's suitability for the office of the president of the United States, that response sealed the deal. If a candidate is that unaware of one of the most basic foreign policy issues of the day, he shouldn't be running for dog catcher, much less president.
09/14/2016 09:37 EDT
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What's In A Stadium Name?

Call me old-fashioned, but I like my baseball stadiums named after the team that plays there or, at the very least, the owner or former owner of the team. Today a stadium name isn't just a name; it's a cash cow that team owners regularly milk to enhance the bottom line. No longer can you tell from a stadium's name which team claims it as their home field. (I'm looking at you, Ottawa Senators.)
08/30/2016 08:24 EDT

An Obituary For America's Democracy

DEATH NOTICE: Democracy, American (a.k.a. Representative Government) On July 21, 2016, American Democracy died a painful death in Cleveland, Ohio after a long battle with a series of severe "-isms" in...
08/10/2016 12:48 EDT

A Generic Stump Speech For Today's Candidates

There's no doubt about it; it's a long presidential campaign. With months still to go until the election, Republican and Democratic candidates have their work cut out for them. The constant demands of...
06/10/2016 11:45 EDT