(Above: Grand Union Flag, first flag of the United States)
This blog is to explain what is going on in American politics. For most, the influence of American politics is overwhelming. No one knows this better than America’s neighbors to the north, Canada. In fact, in a 1969 speech to the National Press Club in Washington, DC, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau noted this relationship had a particular strain on Canadian politics and life.
“Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”
I hope that for the readers of this blog, they can get a sense of American opinion, and maybe Americans can seem less like loud, ignorant demons. However, this being said, this blog is by no means catering to an international audience. For Americans, this blog will be useful for illuminating points often left unexamined by large, corporate news media (CNN, Fox, MSNBC). For the Americans in the readership, it should interest you that unlike other countries, the US does not have a publicly funded media outlet (so much for consumer choice). While some may point to PBS and NPR as examples of public media, in reality, they are only partially funded by the government, with the rest left in those famous telethons and corporate sponsorship. This blog is a simple, inexpensive alternative which does not consider left or right, but rather, simply exists to inform on alternatives to current policies. While it is often convenient to hole up in one’s ideological corner, this blog attempts to show different sides of the debate, and avoids, as much as possible, the usual nonsensical distractions and character assassinations which are so common in modern politics.