A case of the pot call­ing the ket­tle black?

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Sadly, in pol­i­tics, sin­gle party or mul­ti­party it’s been com­mon over the years to pick a group of peo­ple and de­monise them so to speak. Usu­ally for a por­tion of that group there is mi­nor­ity fac­tual jus­ti­fi­ca­tion it’s just a mat­ter of ramp­ing it to cover the whole group. It’s all their fault. Breed fear, loathing and sus­pi­cion. A per­fect tac­tic for dis­tract­ing the pop­u­lous away from the real is­sues and agen­das and drum­ming up sup­port with sim­ple slo­gans. It was and still is a hor­ri­ble sce­nario.

Some­how il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, which is, well, il­le­gal, gets lumped in with asy­lum seek­ers in fear of their lives and or­di­nary, le­gal im­mi­grants. The tar brush spreads far and wide and is drip­ping with isms. Ironic that pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions of both sides have ducked the il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is­sue al­low­ing un­scrupu­lous busi­nesses to em­ploy cheap, il­le­gal labour. Lead­ing up to the must win mid-terms the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pears to be stok­ing up the rhetoric, which I find odd con­sid­er­ing that the Pres­i­dent’s mother and grand­fa­ther I be­lieve were both im­mi­grants? Is this a case of the pot call­ing the ket­tle black?

My gut tells me that we may be head­ing into an­other re­ces­sion. A trade war and the un­cer­tainty and fear that stokes the mar­kets will do that. My own opin­ion is that if we’re out of the last re­ces­sion it doesn’t feel like it. Some of my fam­ily mem­bers have been laid off in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try at a time when it should be boom­ing and there are plenty of big out­fits in trou­ble. The well-paid num­ber crunch­ers are pat­ting them­selves on the back as to how great it was last year, but I don’t think so. To me this feels like a bust, bust cy­cle. We’ve missed the boom. Can we have it please?

One of the best ways out of a re­ces­sion is to have a war or wars. Break it up and start again if you will. The sur­vivors will have never have had it so good, just like the late 50s and early 60s. A whole global econ­omy to re­build and profit from. I’m sure the top ech­e­lons of the world will be keen to send oth­ers off for can­non fod­der. Boy, am I cyn­i­cal to­day.

Turkey has had an elec­tion and the pres­i­dent has more pow­ers and looks like he’ll be there for the long haul. The trou­ble with sin­gle leader na­tions, some may call them dic­ta­tor­ships, is the leader can­not live for­ever lead­ing to even­tual chaos. I think maybe even Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Putin may be start­ing to think that way. Find an heir and/ or get what you want done as quick as you can. We are all, so far, mor­tal.

I’m sad­dened and shocked at the at­tack on the Cap­i­tal Gazette in Mary­land. Five peo­ple lost their lives just do­ing their jobs. Jour­nal­ism is a dan­ger­ous pro­fes­sion and, more for me any­way, a call­ing, rather than a well­paid ca­reer. We stick out necks out and tell it like it is. Some­times peo­ple, gov­ern­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tions just can’t ac­cept that and go postal. Please don’t shoot the mes­sen­ger. It would be a sad and dan­ger­ous world with­out the checks and bal­ances of a re­spon­si­ble me­dia.

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