The nice side of naughty.
I watched U.S. President Donald Trump touring the hurricane Florence stricken areas. It looked like he was being nice, handshakes, hugs and encouragement, which is how it should be. One would like to think he’s been bitten by the presidential bug but I’m more inclined to think he’s going to have to play nice up to the mid-terms. I wonder if he can hold himself in check? November is a long way away and Trump and the Republican Party badly need some wins.
One way is peace in our time with North Korea. The South Korean leader looks to be doing a great job. I would love to believe that North Korea is headed down the path of peace, denuclearization and reconciliation, after all north and south are one people. However, like many I suspect, I have trust issues. I don’t think Trump will be able to call this a win anytime soon but, better than before, maybe.
On the thorny issue of NAFTA, I don’t believe Canada should sign up to a bad deal just to meet a deadline. Bad for the country and political suicide. The rhetoric and actions of some of our southern neighbours may get worse. If a fair deal for all shows up, then fine go for it. The clock is ticking for Congress and the new Mexican administration may not like the deal they’re presented with. The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court was set to be one of President Trump’s finest moments. Not so much now, the sexual assault accusations, have thrown the whole process into turmoil and it’s noticeable that Trump has not been quite so focal in his protests on this one. Winning or indeed keeping the female vote is key to the mid-terms and however this plays out now it doesn’t look good. The letter in question has been around since July so it’s not a surprise to the inner circles. Christine Blasey Ford is calling for an FBI investigation before she testifies, that direction must come from the President. Steam rolling ahead will look bad and worse will be this poor lady being grilled by a partisan committee. Maybe better to hold off and wait until after the mid-terms. You never know, someone else may come forward with more complaints.
Like NAFTA, Brexit is heading down to the wire and unless there’s a real shift in positions I would not be surprised to see a, “no deal.” I would also not be surprised to see a new Prime Minister in the UK and the EU must be concerned that the new leader will be a lot less easy to deal with.
I read an article on the BBC website recently. The writer did some digging into U.S. fertility rates since the 2008 crash and was surprised to find around 4.8 million fewer births. Apparently, the trend is continuing. I wonder if that is reflected around the world? The price of greed and corruption. All those unborn souls and the ones that would come afterwards. Great people, nice people, nasty people and all that fall in-between. Never to be born. What an effect on timelines for good or ill. And, for the bean counters out there. How many lost, entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, consumers, tax payers and more. Was it worth it? Is it worth it?