BRITAIN HAD THEIR BREXIT, NOW AMERICA IS HAVING THEIRS 


I have been away for a while preparing myself for some final exams I took for a degree. I was silent on my blog but I was very much awake  by the events over the past few months , and none so prominent than the election in the USA. 

What a connnundrum that was.

I distinctly remember the national remorse in the UK after their emotional vote to leave the EU.  The nicotine from the coffee the Brits drink took some 24 hours to take effect.  People were asking what happened as if they took a sedative to go vote.  It was something half of the country regretted and the other half were  understandable euphoric. That event in their history is now etched as an event never to be forgotten. It was a shock event with repercussions.

Months later the US is having the same symptoms  to their event.  What happened is the question asked by 59% of the people. The glamourised talk of the “smooth transition” from Obama to Trump has not been smooth and in 10 days since January 20 the homeland is undergoing a shock event of immense proportions. 

So it was very interesting to see these comments from a noted professor that seems to put some explanation to the symptoms Americans are experiencing. 

I think if you are American you should read this as  hidden within her thoughts is a silver lining. 

Kwesi  

An important message from a historian:

From Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College:

“I don’t like to talk about politics on Facebook– political history is my job, after all, and you are my friends– but there is an important non-partisan point to make today.

What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.”

Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order.

When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.

Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.

Predictably, chaos has followed and tempers are hot.

My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like.

I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is.

If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.

But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event.

A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union.

If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power.

Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.”

THE US DEMOCRATIC DEBATE- IF YOUTH KNEW, IF AGE COULD !

BERNIE

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Hillary Clinton argue a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Bernie Saunders , the old guy from gun toting Vermont is beginning to sound a lot like #RoboMarco. Ok so I have heard the rallying cry, lets burn down the System. Come join me and the rest of the young hopefuls in revloutionizing the US to a Democratic Socialist country. Bang, bang, start the fires, sound the trumet , Lets #BernItDown!

Maybe if I was a 25 year old I would have jumped on the Bernie fire train. After all youth is suppoed to do just that- start the revolution. But older men declare the war and the youth will fight the battle and die. And there lies my porblem with this entire #FeelTheBern movement. It sounds a lot like the famous 200o Congressional  vote he uses as his stumping point, the #IraqToNowhereWar. This war Bernie is promoting will be the exact duplicate . the #BernieWarToNowhere.

He has the ideal, he just does not have the details. He uses the big “IF” last night and that word “IF’ tells me one thing- If Youth knew, If Age could!

Bernie has long ago saw the same frustrations most people have felt and are experiencing and that is the System is rigged. But how do you topple a System built on decades upon decades of virusies of illcit behavior? You take it one virus at a time.

Hillary is governed by careful thought and discipline. Steady as she goes she is in for the long haul. Bernie is guided by personal dreams of Napoleonic overtures of Liberty, Fraternity and Equality and the choas that wined and dined that revolution.

Is America ready for another war? Will Berrnie have the revolutionary army he so glibly alludes to in the debate yesterday? This is yet to see but if history can determine the outcome, I feel Bernie will be charging ahead with his tricolor and suddenly turning around and his revolutionary army is nowhere in sight.

Message to Bernie from Che Guevara: “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall”.

Bernie to make it fall, you will have to make the entire America believe that the apple can fall, and there lies your problem. You are selling an ideal, not reality and idealism always loses to pragmatism when it comes to elections.

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