Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
America, January 20, 2017
I’m in mourning
I haven’t felt like this since the Supreme Court installed W. And I expect things to go just as badly now …
Writing from the UK and from the political hard-left (the dour, slightly authoritarian wing) I can understand how you feel, I and my family survived Thatcher.
As it appears from here, Over the Pond, with feelings running high and so disparate groups flinging polemics at each other things could get socially nasty.
The answer is dialogue, it’s never easy but talk with folk of opposing views, if they are of the screaming frothing sort, don’t bother; but if they are of the quiet type, discuss; to repeat I know it’s not easy but the alternatives are worse.
Why do this? I suggest this administration is going to disappoint its voter base, and the people will need to be united to effectively steer the administration to its conclusion after 4 years (socialism y’see- of the dour sort)
I wish the US and its folk well.
Dialogue is a tall order right now, because of the lack of agreement on “facts.” I hold out hope that the two diametrically opposed sides might be able to meet in the middle on labor issues. If we focus on workers’ rights, wages, and economic security, there’s room for hope. Sadly, labor unions have been decimated over the same period that income inequality has ballooned (a true inverse correlation), so they can’t play the part of unifier.
I agree that Trump’s base is going to get disappointed, and they’ll be mad as hell. I just hope they aim the anger in the right direction!
We shall have to see, many of us (hand raised here) looked to Tony Blair as our saviour; you’d be hard put to find loyalists who dare to admit it these days.
I happened to be outside 10 Downing on the day he left office, and there was definitely a strange mood in the air. We thought Bill Clinton, then Obama, would achieve some things, but, you know: centrism.
Yep! These days I’m quite nostalgic for it.
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