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OK, why am I a political orphan?

Because I feel no affinity for any political party or grouping. I deplore equally the climate deniers of the right and the social justice snowflakes of the left. I loathe both Islam and the left-wing apologists for Islam. At the same time I think that the Ayn Rand brand of capitalism espoused by the right vies with Islam for the title of most destructive ideology of the twenty-first century.

I deplore Donald Trump as president but recognise that parts of his inaugural address will, for good reason, resonate with many Americans. Consider these passages:

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

There is, unfortunately, some truth in this. However I doubt Trump and the Republicans have any intention of addressing the issues Trump raised.

Here’s how a President Bernie Sanders may have put it.

For too long, a small group on Wall Street has reaped the rewards of government* while the people have borne the cost.

 Wall Street flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

 Bankers prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

 The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

 Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated on Wall Street, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land**.

*Exhibit A being the bailout of Wall Street bankers.

**Stagnant and even declining incomes

But I doubt Sanders would know how to address these issues. His campaign rhetoric was great on fire and brimstone but short solutions.

If you’re read this far you will see why I am not exactly a comfortable fit with any political grouping.

In other words, I’m a political orphan.

So be it.