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Nafta unfair trade practices.

As a Canadian, I watch and read as much news that comes down the pipe about U.S President Trump and how he is going to straighten out the unfair trade practices that CANADA has over the United States (Nafta). (North American Free Trade Agreement) (I really thought he was joking in the beginning).

“You know how silly that sounds”?

I swore I would never get caught up in politics, BUT here I go?

I was going to save this post until my regular post time on Saturdays, but I’m upset with the stupidity and had to voice my opinion…

 

We have always been trading back and forth with the U.S, forever, but, little old Canada supposedly is putting a big dent into the USA economy which is not even worth the discussion, because of …

“HOW SILLY THAT SOUNDS”.

The U.S. President calls Canadians, Spoiled and “he’s going to straighten us out”.

As long as I can remember when the United States says to Canada, jump, our Government always directly or indirectly say ”how high” That’s a given. It always has been that way, forever, and why our Canadian government hasn’t pulled us away from that bullying mentality a long time ago, boggles the mind.

When Trump came into power, he swore, he would shake up the White House and from an outsider looking in, that’s exactly what he’s doing or did.

Probably the only type of person that could have pulled that off would be a really wealthy person with an “I don’t care” attitude. I don’t have any friends but I “can buy as many as I want or need”, attitude. He looks to be a good poker player (bluffing is his game) and then throws in the mixture of having one of the most powerful positions in the world.

I call that,  #A PERFECT STORM.

pLEASE READ, dAY AFTER nafta

But I’m only going to say this ONCE.

(He might be right about Canada and he MIGHT JUST BE DOING us a big favor in the long run).

It is time to be more of a sovereign country. Stop spending and giving away large amounts of money frivolously, make more investment in Canada and Canadian people, that are going to stay in Canada and help build this country’s status to where we should be on the world stage.  STOP the sale of Canadian corporations to foreigners. People from outside the country own more of our land that Canadians.

Who do you think owns the

(I AM CANADIAN) slogan, Americans

We have the education and the knowledge to build and make anything and certainly have all the resources known to man.  I feel Canadians got blindsided by our brothers to the south and there is nothing worse than a brother against brother.  President Trump surely should remember that part of their “DARK history”.

So times have changed and he’s going to straighten us Canadians out. He’s going to put us on Trump’s highway, to where ever land?

We as a completely separate Country from the U.S. I think we should start acting like it. So unlike Mexico, I say it’s time to build our own wall.

NORTH AMERICA

Wall between Canada and U.S.

And maybe by that time, the US Army Core of Engineers would have built their own shipping lanes into the great lakes from (let’s say) the … Atlantic Ocean (on their side of the border). instead of going through Canada.

I cannot foresee that happening any time soon,  “but it’s a thought”.

Some say, “it’s only business”, others like myself say, the repercussions will go far deeper than,  “JUST BUSINESS”.

We have just been bullied by a Friend/Brother and there can be nothing more cutting.

“THAN BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER” 

  SO

#WE WILL BE BROTHERS NO MORE!

Note… By the way, slandering our Prime Minister just reaffirms my thinking, it’s time to be less dependent on US! and more on ourselves. (Canadian)

Please read,  US flood Damaged Vehicles go to Canada

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What Is Tramp Art and Who Made Them

Who Made Tramp Art,  dah … Tramps!

Depending on where you got your information on Tramp Art, some collectors say Tramps did not make these famous art pieces as believed. So, where did they come from?

At the ending of the civil war and at the major stock market crash of the 30s, there was an influx of a lot of talented, educated and just unemployed people riding the rails looking for work. Some say during their lonely hours and days, they produced this form of art. 

In my thinking, Tramps would be considered a modern-day homeless person.

Wikipedia says… Tramp means “walk with Heavy Foot”

That would explain a lot about Tramps because they were known for rail hopping and they did a lot of walking.

I tend to think it is very possible, that in America these people riding the rails to someplace, anyplace, did indeed, do some of these carvings. Why would you think they didn’t? They had the means and certainly the time to make these pieces of art,  and especially during the thirties, there were a lot of talented and unemployed people roaming the country.

So during their travels from here to there, they kept busy by carving out their art form. Supposedly they made these pieces from discarded items such as empty cigar boxes, wood crates and I would assume anything they could use or find, just to pass the time, and they mostly carved these pieces out with a pocket/jackknife.

This is not saying other people didn’t pick up the trade. Anyway, whoever whittled or carved these items such as jewelry boxes, tables, small and large home decorations, lamps etc. out of discarded wood, are highly collectible today, no matter who made them. Cigar boxes were very easily found in those days and they were the most widely used for Tramp Art.

A few years back I made up a draft on Tramp Art, I thought I’d blow the dust off and freshen up my article. I found myself having to rewrite the whole thing, only because the beliefs have now changed on the origin of Tramp Art or maybe, … I’ve just changed my thinking and or found more update information?

Even though the tide has changed a little on the origins of Tramp Art, one thing is for certain, they are still a unique form of expression from hard working individuals with a lot of time on their hands. (No two are alike).

But, if we assume tramps did play a part in Tramp Art, they certainly did have the time for such an endeavor. If you had no talent before you started making this art form, you would certainly learn how to do it.  Staying busy during their sometime’s long in-between jobs and dark cold nights would totally make sense to me.

So through all reality, the word “Tramp” sounds like a negative, harsh word for an unfortunate group of people trying to stay active, busy, and alive through their hard times.

So whoever made these pieces of art got quite creative and talented enough to even sell their carved-goods/art for a little cash or food.  Of course, these pieces weren’t considered an art form until the 1950s, but still quite different looking, even in those days.

In my estimation, Tramps or whoever made Tramp Art in their day, were our first version of Recyclers, by using an old discarded material to make something new.

History of Tramps & Hobos

They both shared the same rail system, may be shared the same boxcar and I’m sure, they ran into each other everywhere.

They even shared the same code/language but they supposedly were two different types of people, workers, and …  none workers.

Tramp Art is part of our history and may be considered a dark period in North America and in Europe. There always were, and always will be, poor, unfortunate people just trying to make everything work in their lives, so whatever the origin of Tramp Art, these unusual pieces of art are highly collectible today.

The recorded time period for “Tramp Art” was from the year 1870-1940, but most say, that during the depression period in America, was the worst or the best time for these art pieces. Some also would put that period around the civil war.

Note … In 1940 the war was raging in Europe and every able body was needed elsewhere, that must have broken the trend and or that period in time for Tramps and Tramp Art. But it did bring in a new period of ART, “TRENCH ART”

(One of my next planned postings.) “TRENCH ART”

After saying all that about “Tramp Art”, and, we all know if there is money to be made, then a person might suggest that any and all groups of people would try their hand at making “Tramp Art”.

And why not? In those depression years, everybody tried to make a few extra dollars, but, none the less, these pieces of art would definitely fall under the category of “Folk Art”. Remember, Tramp Art was not recognized until after the Tramp Era, that was basically over around (the 1940s) and most collectors agree that the art form was handmade by hard working people.

Look for my links on Tramp Art.

NOTE

I’m neither a collector of Tramp Art nor a Professor of fine arts and Crafts, but I am interested in our past history and maybe, sell a few oddities along the way.

Google tramp art for an interesting read.

“HOBO Art”…NA

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