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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The last nail in democracy’s coffin

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.

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