Donald doesn't give a shit about barrels... unless they're barrels of oil.

Donald doesn’t give a shit about barrels… unless they’re barrels of oil.


The Inertia

I’d like to start this (probably long-winded) piece by saying that I am not the most learned political pundit. I think, at a base level, I am a socialist, to a point. The shitty thing about politics is that you have to pick–there’s no in between. Parts of capitalism are good. Parts of socialism are bad. But I think there’s more good in socialism than good in capitalism. You can disagree with me, and we can still be friends.

Before anyone screams that I’m a just stone’s throw from a communist, let me assure you that I am decidedly NOT a stone’s throw from it. Socialism is just a happy medium between capitalism and communism, not a fine line. I realize that capitalism is a building block of the United States, but ultimately, capitalism is selfish–which, when a community grows big enough, is a major problem. A modicum of selfishness is important when it comes to creating a happy life on a single-family basis, but I believe that for a community (read: country) to truly be a healthy one that’s full of happy, thriving people, there cannot be a great divide where giant corporations own most of everything, leaving the middle and poorer classes to wallow in the offal of the rich. A strong middle class is the backbone of America, and creating ways to breathe life into small businesses while stifling huge ones is a good thing. Funnily enough, many of the people so invested in Donald Trump wouldn’t benefit from having him as President–but god damn, he’s good at riling unhappy people up.

Socialism is a bit of an idealist way of thinking, but so be it. It puts a lot of faith in the community. But if you make more than a half mil a year, you can afford to pay higher taxes–not for someone else’s welfare (although that’s part of it) but for education, a higher standard of living, and affordable health care. No one needs a glut of wealth, and it breeds people with base standards of living that are unhealthy, unmanageable, and a catalyst for unhappiness, which, I think, has never been more apparent than the current situation in the United States. As a Canadian by birth who is a recent transplant to the U.S., I can’t, for the life of me, understand why anyone would oppose affordable health care. I pay $300 a month for health care. In Canada, I paid $51. It came off my pay cheque (yes, que), and I never noticed. You will never lose your house to a hospital. And to nip something in the bud that I’ve heard far too often, Canadians do not wait days and days with a broken femur, screaming in agony in a line up at the hospital. If you have the flu, the person with the broken femur will take priority, but at most, you’ll wait for a few hours, sneezing into your shirt. Suck it up, buttercup. A broken femur is more important that your slight fever.

Donald Trump is disgusting. He’s a freak show that is impossible to look away from. He’s the car accident on the side of the road that slows down traffic for hours. He’s a circus sideshow that’s so terrible it’s hidden behind a dark curtain in the back corner of a dusty lot. He is not Presidential material. Everyone knows it–and the rest of the world is taking this coming election as a judgment of the collective intelligence of the United States in general. Don’t fuck it up. The world is watching.

Although no one outside of Canada was watching, the recent election of Prime Minister Trudeau and consequent taking-out-the-garbage of ex-PM Stephen Harper was a really, really big deal. It’s long been a problem that young people don’t vote. Harper, with all his environment raping, big business-centric, fuck-you-Ima-do-what-I-want ways, was messed up enough that the youth finally decided to throw their hats in the ring and say enough is enough. Although he did almost irreparable damage to the world’s view of Canada (as misguided and uncaring the rest of the world is when it comes to Canada), he did one thing good: he made the youth vote, and they said “fuck you, we want something better.” And while the “better” remains to be seen, Trump, with all his racist, ego-centric, uneducated garble, might do the same. A great catalyst is necessary for great change.

Now, long-winded diatribe finished, let’s move on to smaller, less important things: what having Donald Trump as President of this once-most-powerful-nation-on-earth would mean for surfers.

1. The ocean would be a cesspool of filth.
Trump, in all his misguided glory, said that if he were to become President, he’d do away with the EPA. That’s right: the entity tasked with protecting the environment would no longer be in existence. When asked if he would cut departments, Trump answered: “Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations. We’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.” This, of course, would open up a plethora of greedy businesses only concerned with the bottom-line… which, while good for business, is bad for everyone.

Of course, one can’t mention Trump and the environment without mentioning his stance on climate change, and this point seems to be the closest segue to that. Unless you’re an idiot (sorry, idiots) you know that climate change is real, and we’re causing it. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that every real scientific society of every major government on the planet has acknowledged. Trump says it’s all bullshit. He says that every every real scientific society of every major government on the planet is wrong… and he says that either out of pure, unadulterated ignorance or pure, unadulterated greed for the idiots’ vote. Either way, it’s bad.

"Get bent, Mexico!" -Donald Trump

“Get bent, Mexico!” -Donald Trump

2. Say goodbye to Mexico.
Donald Trump’s stance on immigrants isn’t something he’s shy about. In fact, his blatant racism has become a cornerstone of his campaign–a fact which, surprisingly, hasn’t done much to damper his run. While Mexico does have its problems, the U.S. is actually in much more dire straits. According to Nation Master, total crime rates in the U.S. are eight times higher than that of Mexico. Violent crime in Mexico (gun crimes, homicide, and rape, in a nutshell) is at 15 per 100 residents, while the U.S is at 88.8/100. While Mexico has a much higher murder rate, on the whole, the U.S. has six times more rapes and far more gun related crimes than Mexico. So, despite what American media tells you, most of the United States is more dangerous than most of Mexico. But fear sells, and people buy it, especially in the States. If Trump actually were to build his great wall and somehow force Mexico to actually pay for it, you can bet that as an American, the already faltering relationship between the countries would drastically speed up its downward spiral towards the drain. In fact, just a few days ago, it was decided that residents in Mexico City would burn a Trump effigy for Easter. Does that seem like an olive branch? Remember all those times you crossed the border as an American, no questions asked, to score empty, perfect waves deep in Baja? Good luck.

"Get bent, China!" -Donald Trump

“Get bent, China!” -Donald Trump

3. That cheap surf gear you love so much wouldn’t be so cheap.
People, myself included, are stupid. We moan about high prices while moaning about outsourcing. Back in 2011, he said, “China is our enemy; they’re bilking us for billions.” Donald Trump hates China, although he’s used them to make his things for decades. China makes things cheaply–far cheaper than anywhere in the U.S. That’s because they’ve set themselves up as a nation of manufacturers, selling cheap stuff to the rest of the world. That’s why they’re so successful: they’re profiting on the everyman’s lust for a deal. Trump’s imminent war on China would be good and bad: while there would assuredly be more “Made in the USA” products, those products would be more expensive. That surfboard you just bought online? More than likely, it was made in China. Those blanks your shaper is getting? More than likely, they came from China. The simple fact is that we aren’t able to make things as cheaply as China can. The trickle down effect of cutting China out of the deal would hit American consumers in the wallet. And although that would mean more in-country products, it would mean more money leaving your wallet for surfboards, wetsuits, and the like. Sure, Bernie Sanders opposes NAFTA and wants to stop producing so much in China, but he’s wants it out for love of country. Trump wants it because he loves to hate. It’s a situation we’ve created, and one we love to complain about. Everyone wants cheap stuff, but no one wants to buy it from China.

"It looks better that way!" -Donald Trump

“It looks better that way!” -Donald Trump

4. Seeya later, empty coastline.
Donald Trump is a developer. He builds things on land. He makes hotels and condos and anything else he can build, anywhere he can build it. Right now in California, the California Coastal Commission is in charge of making sure one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the world isn’t destroyed by mini-malls and condominiums. Although the recent firing of Director Charles Lester (under very suspect circumstances) might mean a disastrous future for anyone that prefers nature over towering blocks of cement and vast parking lots, they still have a hand in keeping the sanctity sacred, as it were.

If one needs an example that Trump cares more for money than anything else (one shouldn’t need an example), take certain a golf course he built. Back in 2012, Trump built Trump International Golf Links course in Scotland, despite the fact that it completely ruined incredibly rare dune wetland habitats. The course was built on 4000-year-old coastal sand dunes in Aberdeenshire–which, interestingly enough, were protected but the Foveran Linkes Site of Special Scientific Interest. Not only did the Scottish Natural Heritage body protest the construction, but Trump’s own ecologists deemed it to be unnecessarily destructive, according to Time Magazine. But now, a few years later, the golf course is there and the ancient dunes are not.

To sum this entire thing up, Trump would not only be a disaster to a healthy, happy United States, he’d be a disaster to our relatively small community of surfers. A clean ocean, the ability to travel to foreign countries, and enjoying the coast of the place Americans and transplants–which, ultimately, most of us are–would be a whole different ball game. It’s not a game anyone will want to play… and yes, I’m voting for Bernie. America is fucked, and it needs some tough love.




  • theKook

    Trump as president is not what I want, his presidency would be a disaster. The philosophical foundations of the terms you through around like cheese-its at a phrat-party are worthy of your further study. Maybe you should spend some time reading history in a balanced and methodical course of study which dose not only include thinkers in whom you will find no challenge to your preconceived prejudices?

    • CalMum

      Don’t believe everything you read. We are living a disaster right now. Can’t you feel it?

      • theKook aka: J S Powell

        thats my point exactly…

        • CalMum

          Then you want more status quo? A vote for any career politician will result in no change significant enough to better our lives. Give me a path to more fun. #Trump2016

          • theKook

            No, I was simply speaking to the lack of understanding displayed by the author.

  • Thomas Riley

    The United States is in more dire straights than Mexico? Please examine their human rights violations. Drug cartel violence has escalated since the war on drugs began in 2006 and rampant corruption has infected every level of law enforcement in Mexico. Journalists are being murdered at an alarming rate. If you run into trouble down there, make sure to tell them you bought your surfboard online and are clearly not a journalist. As this ‘article’ is proof.

    • Keith Walker

      I’ve been told something along the lines of, crime is pretty standard in Mexico. Therefore, not a lot of it gets reported.

  • Kama’aina

    Who ever thinks that the USA is not a socialist country right now is high. The days of personal responsibility and freedom are long gone. Each step toward progressivism is another step toward the problems that all of Europe is struggling with. Here in Hawaii we have a good amount of Canadians that winter here. I have yet to have a Canadian friend say that it is so cool that you guys are becoming more like us. They actually say “oh man you guys are screwed” and “why would the US want to be like us, like we are feeding and helping the rest of the world so much”. It is important to understand that the plot is to scare us all into allowing the powers that be to have their thumb over us. If we are not allowed to earn what we need than we have to vote for who will give us what we want. I am in no way saying that Trump is the answer but I am saying that if what you are worried about in this election are the issues pointed out in this article just think about of what happens to us as surfers as the government becomes larger and in more control of our daily life and businesses and what happens to our coastline access. Our bloated government has not been doing a great job I think we can all agree. Sanders and Clinton have not been the solution during their lifetime of political service so why can we think that this will change by giving them more power. These last 8 years of hope and change feel a lot like the 8 years before. Can we afford 4 or 8 more years of the same? Can the world? The weaker this nation has become the worse off the countries that we feed and support are. That includes Mexico. Vote for freedom. For the love of the constitution. Feed the poor, house the homeless, love the needy, and be good stuarts of this beautiful planet we are blessed to live on. If we all do that every day we will all be ok.

    • Keith Walker

      I remember hearing the same thing when I lived in Hawaii from European friends as well Canadians. “Yea you have free healthcare, but everything you make goes to taxes, because you have to pay for everyone’s everything.”

    • jasp

      your recent eight years of hope and change have been the greatest building blocks america has seen in many years

      • CalMum

        Hardly! Its been strictly devastating … my view of the past 7 years. Failed liberal logic. Failed Admin. Failure.

        • jasp

          your view is worthless and retarded, read a book

          • CalMum

            … he said with hate and stupidity. In fact, without reason. No matter, you make me laugh.

    • CalMum

      Bravo !!

  • jasp

    hahaha how’s the regressive, racist rhetoric these idiots before me are spewing. i for realz hope tum kritcher is just trolling, ’cause it makes me want to spend the next few years of my life applying for american citizenship (i’m aussie), buy a gun (easily, because your dumbass gun regulations are hilarious), kill tum JUST so i can add another murder to your already hopeless statistics, making ‘filthy’ mexicans look slightly better. because mexicans are significantly better than people like you, tum.

    haro, i like your articles.

  • Juan

    Easily the most disgusting thing I’ve read on this site…and I’m not surprised I found it in the comments section.

    “Imported a bunch of filth 300 years ago”…Bigotry is far more damaging to the fabric of this country, which was built by immigrants, than the outsiders you’re so threatened by. The fact that people think it’s ok to use language like this just because they’re hiding behind a keyboard is sad. If you really believe these things and you’re so wholeheartedly grounded in these convictions you should have the courage to show your face alongside it all.

    • CalMum

      This is the thing … you may object to things said, thankfully most people don’t think quite that way… But why give him and his comments any credence? Who cares what he thinks? If we all stop reacting – this nonsense will really begin to die off.

  • CalMum

    Ask each of the candidates, WHY they are running. Career politicians beholden to lobbyist and unions (just to name two) have murdered our freedoms in the US. I’m not going down the path of comparisons with other countries, nor how the eyes of the world are upon us, and don’t eff it up. WE need to ask for and get that one truth. Understanding what makes a candidate somewhat risk it all, is an indicator of where their heart lies.We should only be in interested in the betterment & protection of our country, countrymen and women. Equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for all citizens-period. Equal commitments for and from all. Enough laws exist – we don’t need more politicians mucking it up.
    Our next leader should not be a someone beholden to anyone. That man is Donald Trump.

  • Johnny Waddel

    What a Stupid coment. Trump is a good man have met and worked with him. You have NO idea what you are talking about and sound very naive and uneducated. Do some research and stop listening to the media !
    Trump 2016 for Real change and big barrels !

    • jasp

      HA good spelling big dawg. keep breeding (N)

      • CalMum

        shut up

      • CalMum

        Bah-ha-ha! YOU do know locale is spelled with an “e”. Either you forgot a letter or you are just illiterate. Breeding hate is what you do. See how hateful you have made me? Thankfully, I’ll be over it in about a hot second. Buh-bye!

    • McVaigh

      HIJO DE PUTA!

  • CJ

    Socialists have been running this country into the ground since the 1960s. Its time to purge our country of them.

  • freerider

    Your quote–“Easily the most disgusting thing I’ve read on this site…and I’m not surprised I found it in the comments section.” –Whoa– Can you please clarify what you meant by that–I think I’m (and others-are) offended by that. While I in no way agree with this Dude’s statements–(I do volunteer work with a multi-national group)–are you implying that the people that make comments on your site are not quite up to par?

    • jasp

      no one should be offended by the reply to that retarded comment. obviously he meant that you could only find it in the comments section, because no one in their right mind would post an article saying those sort of (fucking stupid) things. tum kritcher should be shot. if you disagree, i hope you don’t have kids. if you have kids, i hope they shoot you.

      • CalMum

        Yeah …this is what I mean… pure hatred.

    • Pete

      WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU QUOTING!? Jesus CHRIST, learn what quotes and dashes are for. For the love of God. You are either a very poor ESL student or a supremely stupid human being.

      • freeerider

        whoa Dude—-“chill out.” Maybe you need to head down to Mexico—and hang with the “Federales” like I did. Sounds like you “need” to head down for the evening “glass off” or watch some professional surfing—that always calms me down—I love the WSL more than I love anything else, apart from commenting on the comment boards—Peace

      • freeerider

        whoa—sounds like I hit a nerve—I’m just stating my “opinion.” I thought that’s what “comment boards” were for—I actually went and surfed a little wave this morning—“by myself.” Then I went home and watched Mick Fanning heats from “Bells” until I fell asleep. I love “white Lightning” more than I love commenting on comment boards. Da Cat had it right when he said—“the best wave you catch will always be the one you ride yourself–whether it’s 2 feet or twenty”—just my opinion—peace

        • freerider

          Hey Pete–had the feeling this was coming–The Inertia boys put you up to this? or are you the Inertia boys?…

          • freerider

            In all fairness to you guys at the Inertia–some of the stuff you write and post is pretty good–some though–I disagree with.

    • freerider

      Still haven’t heard a reply…..

  • Bampster

    Mr. Haro is unfortunately… ignorant in portraying most of his opinions and content contained within his article.
    His ignorance could be forgiven given the state of the failed US system of education he was forced to partake coupled with the leftist Marxist Communist ideology spewed forth by a large percentage of HS and University instructors who have been teaching the anti-Captialist anti-American exceptionalism and whom we refer to s: “Useful Idiots of the Totatlarian Left!

  • Bampster

    I stopped traveling to Meheeko to surf 30 years ago.
    Too much crime and filth.
    Trump is 100% correct in demanding a stop to Illegal immigrants entering the US as well as Islamist Refugees from Syria until we have adequate border security and comprehensive immigration vetting to ensure those entering the country LEGALLY upon our approval… will not harm Americans. Look at the Congressional Report on US Incarceration statistics from 2009 and you will observe the high percentages of Hispanic ILLEGAL Immigrant criminals Trump factually referred to! Just the facts man…. just the facts!

    • jasp

      you suck

      • Bampster

        That’s all you can come up with when confronted with the facts?
        Typical Lib-Tard!

        • jasp

          hahahahahahahahaha

        • jasp

          HAHAHAHA just read some of your other comments. dear lord you need to be neutered

  • CalMum

    Can you comprehend? Nobody has stated that. Just because you say it – does not make it true. Do you not see how broken our political system is? Meanwhile, you call out everyone else as retarded, worthless, poor speller, blah blah blah… it must be lonely to live your life or anywhere near you… get over your negative self – find a life worth living.

    • jasp

      keep driving your illiterate children to soccer, thanks. oh what’s that? your range rover is at the mechanics today because you crashed it into a supermarket car park bollard? let me know when you decide to get an education, then come talk to me

      • CalMum

        Ha! So far off base … about 100% wrong. On about 100% everything. Keep hating and judging others …you wear it well.

  • cjg85

    I moved from SoCal to Canada about 3 years ago, I miss pretty much everything about the United States and look forward to moving back no matter who wins the election

  • CalMum

    Find the truth! Stop believing everything fed to you. You might be a happier person, albeit difficult for you to be any more miserable.

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