Not since I was 18 and U. S. Senator Eugene McCarthy was running for president in 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War have I felt such an urge to get involved. Today in 2016 I look towards America from my chilly Canadian perch and I again fear for my American friends, although this time the enemy is a heartless, right-wing plutocracy threatening to destroy the middle class.
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; Screams & Whispers, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2013 by CreateSpace and King Donald I, a collection of his political satire published in 2016 by CreateSpace. His most recent collection of political satire is entitled Donnie’s First Year and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
The battle for civil rights eventually gave rise to such watershed moments as the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and serious attempts at affirmative action. Sadly, some of those initiatives are even now being curtailed by an increasingly tone-deaf right wing majority on the Supreme Court.
02/16/2016 01:13 EST
Despite the wealth of available traditional candidates, the race may turn out to be completely different than expected. If what's happening south of the border is any indication, by the time 2017 comes around, we may be looking at an entirely new slate of possible Conservative leaders.
02/08/2016 02:08 EST
The presumption is that access to more and more policy and opinion websites allows people to achieve ever-higher levels of understanding. In truth, the explosion of easily obtainable information may well have had the opposite effect.
02/01/2016 04:47 EST
The Liberals' primary planned revenue generator is the increased tax rate for Canadians in the upper income tax bracket but it's coupled with a one-and-a-half percent cut for middle income earners. They originally claimed that these measures taken together would add $3 billion to the federal coffers. However, they're already backing away from that rosy prediction.
01/22/2016 11:39 EST
January 20, 2017 Donald Trump is sworn in as America's 45th president and his running mate, Sarah Palin, is sworn in as vice president. For first time ever, the inaugural ball is held in Atlantic City.
01/04/2016 05:36 EST
Donald Trump's ascension signals the death of the American dream and the beginning of the end of the American Empire. When half of the electorate has given up on the traditional leadership, the ties that used to bind all classes of American society are coming unravelled.
12/22/2015 11:32 EST
First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!
12/14/2015 04:53 EST
I was standing in line at my local McDonald's when the person behind me asked, "Is that a plaid shirt you're wearing?" I was flustered, my face turned a crimson red and I quickly exited the restaurant. It was only when I sat down inside my car in the parking lot that I realized what had happened: I'd been plaid-shamed.
12/02/2015 05:33 EST
To attribute Justin Trudeau's ascendancy to a rock star phenomenon such as his father Pierre Trudeau experienced back in 1968 is to misread current Canadian politics. What happened, in fact, was less a cult of personality than a national plebiscite on the rule of the much-hated incumbent, Stephen Harper.
11/19/2015 04:34 EST
So what is it about the Canadian newspaper industry that leaves it floundering in the red and apparently unable to find its way to profitability and relevance in the 21st century? I suggest it has a lot to do with a flawed business model and near-monopolistic ownership.
11/05/2015 03:12 EST
This is the face of Donald Sterling. And those are the brothers Koch, Charles and David, who spend most of their money trying to help others with no thought of benefit for themselves. These three men belong to one of America's fastest growing disadvantaged groups: billionaires.
11/02/2015 11:59 EST
Like millions of other cell phone users, I've had to suffer the trials and tribulations of my phone company's customer service or what might more accurately be called their customer disservice. It all started with a text message to my daughter Sarah's phone informing her that she had reached 100 per cent usage for our shared 3 GB data plan.
10/15/2015 05:05 EDT
When the Muslim Canadian Congress called for an outright ban on the wearing of the niqab or the burka, they have gone too far. But that doesn't mean that we have to celebrate such restrictive clothing. Apart from the degrading and misogynistic aspects of burkas and niqabs, they offend against a fundamental implicit tenet of our society.
10/06/2015 01:00 EDT
In today's Internet-dominated world, rational argument is highly overrated. Given the speed of modern communication, there's no longer time for the methodical give and take of reasoned debate. If you just got slammed on Facebook, you better hit back fast and hard or you'll quickly become yesterday's man.
09/29/2015 05:17 EDT
Both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are committed to ending our outmoded first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system. However, it's still unclear what they'd replace it with. The problem as I see it is that Canadians haven't been offered a good substitute for our outmoded FPP system. We should have a whole smorgasbord of truly Canadian electoral options.
09/22/2015 12:35 EDT
Public servants continued to carry out their duties in a professional and impartial manner notwithstanding that some of them exercised their new political rights outside of the workplace. It seems that the political masters are always eager to muzzle and politically silence the public service. Notwithstanding the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the Osborne case, the current Conservative government took it upon themselves to create and implement the Values and Ethics Code in 2012.
09/14/2015 05:16 EDT
SATIRE: Hey, Canadian voter. You've been having lots of fun vacationing, barbecuing and going to the cottage. But guess what? The kids are heading back to school and there's a federal election on October 19 for which you're probably not prepared. Try these sample test questions to see if you're ready.
09/04/2015 01:10 EDT
Having been retired for five years now, I have to say, for the most part, it has been great. I get to do what I want when I want and, best of all, I no longer have to get up early and trudge off to work.
08/22/2015 09:40 EDT
One of Donald Trump's biggest attractions is that he is a successful businessman, one who says he can apply business principles to reform the workings of government. Trump claims he can run the U. S. like he runs his businesses -- with attendant efficiencies and savings.
08/02/2015 08:20 EDT
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