To my Irish Cousin – Merry Christmas 2016!

(Again, here’s my side of the conversation in reply to an email sent to me from one of my Irish cousins.  This is just my side of the conversation, as I have not asked permission to reprint his comments here as well.)

Before you leave Ireland, please be sure to give our best Christmas wishes to all the Irish family from these few American cousins in the USA.  Okay?  Thanks!

Regarding your first paragraph, it strikes me this way:  Most people are trying to get whatever they can get BEFORE the world turns to crap again from the BrExit/Trump elections which they expect may bring on another world-wide recession.  “Get while the getting is good!” because the future may suck.  So the workers want higher wages and more benefits, because they may believe that in the not too distant future those wages and bennies may be cut again like they were before.  Get the raises now so when the cuts come they are actually not much worse off than they were just a short while back.  Pendulum logic?  And the shoppers buy all they can afford to buy, because in the future they may not be able to afford to buy anything.

As your concerns are about BrExit and what it may do to reinstate “The Troubles” between Northern Ireland and Ireland, I believe we in America wonder the same about what Trumpieness will do to all our world-wide relations.  People wanted change, so they voted for it with both BrExit and Trump, but I for one am not sure anyone had any real clue about what kind of change we would be in for with regard to those votes.

I try to remain optimistic, and hopeful that people will live up to their best selves when things seem to be going bad.

I look at Trump and the strange picks he is making for his cabinet (Generals and Billionaires) as sort of a good sign.  Already he has irritated and angered enough people in his own party (Republicans) that they may just decide to finally work with, or at least cooperate with, the opposition party (Democrats).  If that happens then the obstructionists of the last 8 years and the Tea Party faction may finally be done for.  Maybe because Trump is pissing-off politicians on both sides of the fence they will finally start working together again to undo Trump. (I also believe that Trump will probably not be able to serve his full 4 years, and that he will either be impeached or have to resign, or something will happen that will transfer the remaining term of his presidency to Pence.  I think Pence is the real wildcard in this mess.  Who knows what he will do if he is in charge?)

BTW I do NOT trust the political or economic “predictors”.  Not even Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com.  No one, not any of them was able to correctly predict BrExit or Trump, and I do not believe they can do any better with their current predictions as this is a situation we have never seen before in world history.  You’d be better off going to the local psychic and asking her (Madame Zola) for her predictions.

And finally, I had to save my response to your comment here for the end of this email:

And what about Donald?  … Maybe you need to be a little bit more discreet with your comments, or the FBI might come calling!!!!

I hope The FBI, CIA, NSA and whomever else in the government is reading this, because if we ever get to the point in America where we have to worry about those agencies being used against American citizens like the KGB was used against Russian citizens, then America (indeed the world) is truly fucked.  (Pardon my French, but that is the only word that truly expresses my feeling here.)

Discreet speech in American politics is not the norm.  Freedom Of Speech is our constitutionally guaranteed right.  If that is ever curtailed or taken away from us, then again I say we (not just Americans, but you too) are truly fucked!

I do NOT like “The Donald” being our President-Elect.  I did NOT vote for him.  However, he may just screw-up and turn out to be a better president than anyone expects, just like he screwed-up and became a better candidate than anyone expected.  I do NOT believe he thought he would win.  Nobody did.  Yet, he did win.  Not many Americans at this point believe he will be a good president.  We may be wrong AGAIN!  He may be the ultimate Accidental Presidential Success.  Who knows?

Having stated all that, I do understand what you meant when you added in the next paragraph…

On a serious note,

But seriously! 😉

Our wish to you and yours (in Ireland and mainland Europe) is that you all have a wonderfully Merry Christmas, and that we can all look forward to a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

God Bless & Good Luck to you all!

in response to

Nollaig shona duit

Feliz Navidad y prospero Año Nuevo!

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To my Irish cousin (somewhere in Europe)

(Another reply to my cousin.  My side only, as I haven’t asked his permission to repint his email.)

That’s a lot to think about.

First impressions though:

1.  Looks to me like Muslims are the new Jews for the 21st Century.  An easy target for mass discrimination given the action of splinter groups like al Qaeda, Hamas, ISIS and other Muslim-centric terrorist groups and individual terrorists that people like The Donald and Nigel can point their fingers at.

2.  The minimum wage issue and shrinking middle class has been a big issue here in the states.  For quite some time we have known that the rich (in America at least) are getting richer, and at the expense of the middle class.  We personally lost much of our retirement savings due to the 2008 Great Recession and near demise of the company AIG (which was bailed-out by Obama and The Fed).  Plus, the U.S. housing market bust reduced the property value of our house to below what we owed on our mortgage.

On the dimly bright side, however, just doing a little research…  4 states recently voted to increase their state minimum wage in the 2016 elections:

  • Arizona  $8.08 now to $12 by 2020
  • Colorado  $8.31 now to $12 by 2020
  • Maine  $7.51 now to $12 by 2020
  • Washington (my state)  $9.47 now to $13.50 by 2020

I think the trend to increase the minimum wage was started in cities of Federal Way and Seattle (Washington) with their initiatives to raise it to $15.00 an hour.  That’s spread from city to city, and now to the states, at least with 4 of them compromising at $12.00.  The U.S. federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour, and will probably not change as long as Republicans are in control of The Fed.

It’s a bit surprising that of those states at least Arizona cast its Electoral Votes for Trump and Maine split giving at least one of its Electoral Votes to Trump.  So it was 24 electoral votes to Clinton (Washington state 12, Colorado 9, and Maine 3) and 12 electoral votes to Trump ( Arizona 11 and Maine 1).

Only 4 states out of 50 raising the minimum wage doesn’t really seem that encouraging though, but at least it’s better than none.

I’ll have to give this all a lot more thought and your latest email a few more reads.  There’s a lot going on in the world and not much of it good.  I have been kind of comparing it to pre-World War II but don’t see many clear parallels quite yet.  Neither Nigel nor The Donald have the dynamism to be a new Adolf, but there very well could be one sitting in a jail somewhere in the world, writing his book and waiting for his time to emerge on the world stage.  Who knows?

As you say  “Not a very cheery picture I’m afraid!!!”

 

This could well be the darkness before the dawn, or possibly just the dark before the greater darkness.

 

As regards your comment:  “I just hope Donald surprises us all!!”

I am sure The Donald will surprise us all, but I’m not sure it will be the way we want him too.  He is scattershot and unpredictable.  Writer Aaron Sorkin might have had someone like Trump in mind when he wrote the script for The West Wing (TV show) with President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) describing Republican presidential candidate Robert Ritchie (James Brolin) as a “.22 caliber mind in a .357 Magnum world.”  Trump is not a totally stupid man, as he’s proven with amassing his wealth and winning the election, but when it comes to what the world needs versus his personal needs I believe he will put himself and his personal needs ahead of any and all others.

I wish we (Americans) would have had a chance to vote for someone more like the fictional president Josiah “Jed” Bartlet rather than being limited to the reality of Clinton versus Trump.  But, as the old saying goes…

“Wish in one hand and shit it the other, then see which hand fills up first.”

(That may only be an old saying in America, so may not be familiar to you, but I’m sure you get the gist.  We ended up with a handful of….)

With my apologies to Mr. Eric Idle of Monty Python Fame… an altered (parody) version of his song lyrics to fit the current times (and 2016 election results).

(The following is sung to the tune of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” from the Monty Python movie “The Life of Brian”.  If you’re not familiar with the tune then here’s a link to a YouTube of the original song…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M  that you may want to watch before your read the new lyrics.)

  •      Cheer up, AMERICA. You know what they say.
  •      Some things in life are bad,
  •      They can really make you mad.
  •      Other things just make you swear and curse.

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle,

Don’t grumble, give a whistle!

And this’ll help things turn out for the best

And

Always look on the bright side of life!

Always look on the light side of life.

If life seems jolly rotten,

There’s something you’ve forgotten!

And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing,

When you’re COUNTRY ELECTS TRUMP,

Don’t be A silly CHUMP,

Just purse your lips and whistle — that’s the thing!

And always look on the bright side of life!

  • Come on!

Always look on the light side of life.

POLITICS is quite absurd,

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS A TURD.

You must always face the POLLSTERS with a “HOW?”

Forget about your VOTE — AND HOW THE TRUMPSTERS GLOAT,

Enjoy it, it’s the last chance anyhow!

So always look on the bright side of death!

Just before you draw your terminal breath.

Life’s a piece of shit,

When you look at it.

Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true,

You’ll see it’s all a show,

Keep ’em laughing as you go.

Just remember that the last laugh is on you!

And always look on the bright side of life!

Always look on the right side of life!

  • Come on guys, cheer up!

Always look on the bright side of life!

Always look on the bright side of life!

  • Worse CAN happen THAN BIG “T”  (THE GUY WHO SAID “BIGLY!”)

Always look on the bright side of life!

  • LIKE HE SAID, “What have you got to lose?”
  • You know, you come from nothing.
  • You’re going back to nothing.
  • What have you lost? Nothing!

Always look on the right side of life!

Original lyrics written by Eric Idle, and only slightly altered (WORDS IN ALL CAPS) to fit the 2016 Presidential Election.