Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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Goodbye

Published on Wednesday 9. October 2019

I have said everything I have to say about what is happening in the US. I hope I have given some insight. But I going to shut down my blog at the end of this month. So goodbye and good luck.

Don’t Tell Us What to Do

Published on Sunday 22. September 2019

Many Americans, and especially those who voted for Trump, complain that the liberal elite is constantly telling them what to do. As if government shouldn’t do anything. It is as if, people just want to be left alone. Unfortunately, that attitude carried to extremes would lead to anarchy where there were no laws, no restrictions on Wall Street greed, no regulation for working life including a decent minimum wage, no restriction on pollution where companies like Pacific Gas and Electric could pollute the local ground water with carcinogenic waste like Chromium 6, which they did and Du Pont and 3M did with waste from producing Teflon. Do they mean that the government shouldn’t tell them to have health insurance, a living wage, clean air and water and affordable education? As I said below, American society is so titled toward the rich that our society is at risk of becoming an oligarchy. Shouldn’t governments assure that society is democratic with a fair sharing of opportunity and even wealth. At present, our society is ranked 21st in a ranking as to how democratic our society is. So maybe our government should do more than less. If we reelect Trump we can be sure that government will stay out of our lives as those who complain about the liberal elite seem to want. But maybe that is not what will benefit the 80% of us and not just the upper 20% and especially the upper 1%. So maybe we should wake up and try to understand that a government functions best for all of us when it actually does something. who complain about the liberal elite seem to want. But maybe that is not what will benefit the 80% of us and not just the upper 20% and especially the upper 1%. So maybe we should wake up and try to understand that a government functions best for all of us when it actually does something.

A Sick Society

Published on Saturday 21. September 2019

When people have to have guns to protect themselves from others who have guns, then the society is sick. When AK 47s are still legal when the majority of people feel they should be removed, then the society is sick, especially when the politicians who should protect us are bought by the NRA. When the upper 1% own 88% of the private wealth and the lower 40% own only 0.4% and when Trump gives 83% of the $1.5 trillion tax cut to the upper 1% and then threatens to cut $25 billion from Medicare sending 20% of seniors in to poverty, then it gets even sicker. And when so many Americans are deluded into believing that Trump cares for them and that the so-called liberal “elite” doesn’t, then the society is not only sick but uniformed. And when the so-called Christians celebrate Guns and God Appreciation day forgetting the basic tenets of Christianity, where are we heading? And what will it take to get us back on track? It will probably take a revolution like that proposed by the so-called “elite” who, despite Trump’s claim that they are the enemy, are really the only hope left. But will we vote for them or simply let us be deluded into an even sicker society?

Ignoring Trump

Published on Saturday 13. July 2019

What if the news media started ignoring Trump? Did not go to his press conferences to hear the lies? Did not go to his rallies with the necessary body guards? Did not give him the media exposure that only strengthens his position with his base and only repeats what we already know? Take him off the TV screen and the front page? Treat him like a non entity? What if the Democratic candidates dropped their beat Trump approach and focused on their program to really Make America Great Again? It might just work so why not try it? At least it would be a crushing blow to his ego encephalitis.

The last nail in democracy’s coffin

Published on Thursday 27. June 2019

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled along political lines 5-4 that Gerrymandering was legal. Thus the U.S. which was already ranked 21st in the world in terms of how democratic (undemocratic) it was, will slide down the slippery slope to more undemocracy. This is sad in two ways. First, the Supreme Court has ceased to be an objective interpreter of the U.S. constitution and is now simply a political tool. Second, all elections for the House of Representatives will be rigged as the Governor in power in a state and his/her croonies will be able to draw up the state’s districts in their favor.

Add to this, we have a president who denies the causes of climate change and does everything he can to assure its disastrous effects. This president feels that democracy is irrelevant to his agenda and that he can dictate to the world. He feels that he can tell the Turks where they can buy missiles and where the Germans and Danes can buy their oil and gas. In fact, he feels that he can black mail and extort the entire world. He even goes so far as to threaten individuals, in one case, the heads of INSTEX who are trying to establish an alternative to the dollar-based SWIFT currency transfer system in an attempt to circumvent the sanctions on Iran.

I will soon be closing my blog. I don’t see the point any more. We will have to live out our lives in hope that the immanent disasters do not manifest themselves. However, I personallly don’t see how they can be avoided. All I can say is good luck. We are going to need it.