A spectre is haunting American politics and society on the verge of the November 8 election: a white working/lower/underclass in terminal economic decline; no longer assumed to exemplify core American cultural values; displaced by groups that some liberals perhaps too complacently call the coalition of the ascendant; plagued by family breakups and substance abuse.
Recently in this space, I recounted the story of the rise and fall of the Clairtone Sound Corporation (Frank 750).
It is part of the larger story of an ambitious though flawed attempt by Nova Scotia over the past half century to promote industrial development.
After one of the presidential debates during the Reagan years, someone at the old Halifax Press Club asked me who won. Walter Mondale won the argument, I said, but Ronald Reagan won the debate.
Even Sinatra Listens To Sinatra On One. That was ad copy for high end stereo systems produced by the Clairtone Sound Corporation, which rose and fell in Stellarton during the 1960s.
It was a conspicuous example of Robert Stanfield’s efforts, through Industrial Estates Limited, to bring modern high tech manufacturing to Nova Scotia.
I am of course a columnist. I have had a background in speechwriting. So it might be a natural career progression for me to become a political consultant/strategist.
How would I direct campaigns for The Donald or Hillary? Each of them would, I think, be candidates from hell: unable to take advice I might offer them or execute whatever strategy I might devise for them.
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