(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!
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Nollaig shona duit
Feliz Navidad y prospero Año Nuevo!