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The Mad House

Panic everywhere 

but let’s hope that good sense comes

forth to rule the roost

 

Well, the orange oaf got into the White House – dear god.  Poor Hilary Clinton.  I felt bad for her in her speech which was very gracious even when spoken between gritted teeth and barely-held back tears.   Out walking her dog the next day however.  That’s one chilled out woman.   So people didn’t give her a chance thinking she was ‘up to something’, ‘too snooty’ and so on.   I understand America’s a very poor place for a big percentage of the population and they wanted change and jobs. But there’s change and there’s him.

As for world reaction, Russia’s delighted, China is smug (the ‘look what happens when you let people vote’ kind of smug apparently – settle down China, democracy still rules!!), Japan is worried because of the security deal they have with the US, all the more important now considering he has access (albeit highly-controlled) to the big button against provocative North Korea, and probably the threat of losing the guarantee of exporting their cars to the US – something D T has remarked on in a resentful way to attract voters who want the American car industry rejuvenated).  The right-wingers of Europe are ecstatic.  Let’s hope that doesn’t produce a domino-effect around Europe and the world.  Just days before the first anniversary of the Paris attacks, the NF party leader M le P was delighted with the result and among the first to issue congratulations.  My country’s Prime Minister also issued congratulations on behalf of his people – the backpedalling hypocrite….ugh.  Diplomacy or not, please don’t claim to speak for me (I didn’t vote for this guy).

This brings me to the Paris attacks of which the first anniversary is today.  The Bataclan is being re-opened and while I’m no fan of the singer performing (he likes to perform for very dubious heads of state – no principles), I’m just glad the band who were playing that night aren’t back. I had like most people never even heard of them (Eagles of … huh?) before that awful night but I thought from the very beginning that they totally milked the tragedy to get their five minutes of fame.  They’re blacklisted from the place now anyway.  They probably voted for Trump.  They have been blacklisted for saying some of the staff were linked to the terrorists. Trying to drag out their 5 minutes of fame.  Atrocious thing to say about people who were probably among the victims.  And if they managed to survive, they’ll be forever marked by grief, and survivor guilt.  Maybe I’m giving them too much time here so I’ll say no more about those nobodies of rock.

Well I hope things work out ok.  I’m neither pro- or anti-America.  I appreciate America greatly for what it has given the world in terms of music, film/tv, literature, peace-making politicians abroad (they’re not all war-mongers you know, look at Northern Ireland – the Clintons especially were good here but I’m thinking of others too).  I’ve been to the US (in George W’s time, yeah I know…) just once for a few days and liked it.  I’d like to go back but once this madness dies down if it ever does or preferably once Trump is out (do I have to wait 4 years though?? We’ll see). Even though I don’t think the person in the White House has a great influence on a person’s enjoyment of a holiday in the US – his hateful speech towards just about everyone does not make me want to spend money getting to and staying a few days/weeks there.  Things were tense in George W’s time (a lot of it his fault) but it did not affect my time there in any great way. A bit of nervousness arriving at the airport due to a needlessly intimidating passport officer but that aside, it was a lovely end to a round the world journey.

It has faults too of course just like any other country.

Democracy anywhere, not just in the US with its complicated electoral system, is still a great system and even if it doesn’t seem like everyone is listened to by the people in power, people should feel lucky they have the freedom to say what they need to say if they choose to say it and not be imprisoned/tortured/killed for it. As Hilary C said Americans have to give him a chance (even if through gritted teeth!).  So the Americans who didn’t vote for him – and most of the rest of the world – wait with bated breath … for the first chance they get to get him out of the White House!!  They’ll be watching him like a hawk that is for sure. He seems to have calmed down a bit already so here’s hoping that continues.

 

 

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