How Do We Explain All This?
Hello everyone, I’ve realised its been quite a while since I’ve written a post that isn’t either a crochet pattern, parody song or blogger related. As someone who’s quite use to spouting my opinions on all sorts of issues, news stories and topics this is quite unusual behaviour.
You might think it’s because I don’t have anything to say about the state of the world today, and in a sense you would be right. It’s not that I don’t think about what’s happening, I have plenty of thoughts but how to put them into words is a different matter. The title of this post was prompted by something I read online the other day. It was a parent asking how they explain the state of the world to their child. I read the post and I didn’t have an answer. The rest of this post is probably going to be a little rambling, quite political and probably come to no conclusions, but I’m going on nether the less.
The worlds gone mad
That’s the only explanation that makes any sense, but it really doesn’t explain anything.
How do you explain the phenomenon that is Trump. Day in and day out I hear reports on the things he says, the things he does. In the early days of his administration people genuinely thought it would only be a short time before he was impeached.
However we are reaching the midpoint of his first term in office and he has survived scandal after scandal, some personal but more worryingly several that involve criminal activities by those close to him. Republicans are determined to see their party hold on to power, so overlook and whitewash all criticisms of him.
Fake news has become the in thing. Don’t like the headlines, just make up your own version of the story. And the voters buy it. Millions of americans who are happy to cherry pick their truths to fit the preconceived idea that Trump is the people’s politician.
A recent example of this being the bombs that have been sent to prominent critics of Trump in the past week. Fox news and other Trump supporters have doubted the validity of these threats, going as far as blaming other democrats of faking it all to male republicans look bad.
Things in Britain aren’t any better. Day by day agencies release reports about how disruptive any sort of Brexit will be. We won’t be able to drive abroad, pilots wont be able to take people on holiday. Food and medication shortages, the list goes on and on.
And yet the both parties still push for Brexit. The man in the street wants the government to get on with it, consequences be damned. We’re like lemmings trundling towards the cliff edge with the belief there will be a cushion filled safety net there to break our fall.
Is there any hope?
For Britain I fear there is little chance of things getting better. I hoped that at this point the government would see that there is no way to sort a brexit deal. The EU will not make a trade deal until the Irish border problem is resolved, Theresa Mays solution to the border problem is to arrange a free trade deal.
So in my humble opinion we’re going to be left with two choices. Stay in or accept a catastrophic no deal exit.
America on the other hand does have the chance of turning the tide. The mid-term elections could reverse the republican majority in one or more of the houses of power. However this depends on the voting choices of the general public, and as we saw in 2016 that is not something that always goes well.
What do you think of the state of affairs in the world today? Am I right to be confused and scared, or do you think it will all turn out fine in the end?
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