Wednesday walkabout – October 9, 2019

It looks like a good day for a walkabout. As I walk, I will ponder a few random musings.

I said this then, but will reiterate it now. The five states who canceled their Republican presidential primaries may want to reconsider. A poll reported by The Washington Post noted an increase to 28% of Republicans who support an impeachment inquiry. And, 18% of Republicans support the removal of Donald Trump as president. That is almost 1 out of 5 Republicans.

For those trying to figure out Brexit, our friend Jill has had three guest British bloggers (Roger, Colette and Frank) who have offered detailed summaries of Brexit. Their perspectives and context are excellent. If Brexit moves forward, please join me in a wish for a planned exit. A “no-deal” Brexit will add many challenges to a complex process. Politicians who hope it will go well should be remlnded hope is not a strategy. See below for three links.

Americans are a largely uninformed body of people. We care too much about entertainment and sports to delve into global news or even domestic news for that matter. So, the news we are screwing over Kurdish people in Syria is probably not registering with many. Simply, the Kurdish forces were the “tip of the spear” to defeat the ISIS caliphate. Now, we are abandoning them because the president lacks an understanding of that history. The Kurds are an enemy of the Turkish leadership, so it is a delicate issue. The dilemma is the president lacks the delicate touch.

Greta Thunberg continues to impress people across America and the world, while unsettling climate change deniers. She has toured America popping up at a climate change student strike in Iowa, then meeting with Native Americans regarding their pipeline concerns. Kim Kardashian is outspoken with her admiration. This is informational only because of her sphere of influence. Yet, another denier made a tongue in cheek threat to this sixteen year old advocate. Regardless of one’s position, threatening anyone, much less a 16 year old, is beyond poor form.

Threatening name-calling, labeling, and denigrating are short-cuts to people who don’t have a good argument. They are code words to influence less informed people. So, my advice is when you hear or read such, dig deeper, especially focusing on the opposing argument.

🇬🇧 The Brexit Conundrum — Roger’s View

🇬🇧 The Brexit Conundrum — Frank’s View

14 thoughts on “Wednesday walkabout – October 9, 2019

  1. Good thoughts on your walkabout, Keith. Thank you on behalf of myself, Roger and Coletter, for the shout out. I’m hoping to have one more from Gary Metcalfe, but it is not yet complete.

    You are more generous than I when you say that Trump “lacks the delicate touch”, for I think it boils down to he is corrupt and self-serving, and there was something offered to him by Erdoğan that meant more to Trump than the lives of the Kurdish people. Granted, there is no evidence yet, but … wait for it.

    Greta Thunberg is an international hero, and any who would threaten her are beyond unconscionable! Yes, I agree that the name calling and threats are inexcusable, but more and more they seem to have become the normal means of daily communication. How could they not, with the person who is supposed to be the example for the nation calling all who cross him any and every name in the book? Sigh.

    Again, good post and I hope you enjoyed your walkabout!

    • Thanks Jill. I agree the phrasing of delicate was the kindest way to share my concerns. Thanks for your Brexit pieces by Colette and Roger. As for using name-calling, I do believe it gives us a way to push back. “Really, Mr. president, pompous ass? Tell me why Senator Romney is wrong in his concerns.” Keith

      • This ‘guest post’ project worked out better than I had even anticipated! I’m thrilled with it, and I’ll have another tomorrow afternoon! You’re right … the name calling does provide that opportunity as long as one can resist the urge to name-call right back! Sometimes my temper gets the best of me … sigh.

      • Jill, I must confess the US president exudes contention and invites name-calling with his. That is too easy, so we must ignore the temptation. I guess a response would be “help me under stand why calling Senator Romney a “pompous ass” makes his argument better?”

  2. Thank you for the reference Keith.
    It was refreshing to take part in a civilised discussion in which all parties did not agree (except on the quality of Boris Johnson- or lack of it)
    I confess to joining in on a verbal brawl on Facebook (where else?) against those who attacked Greta, it was no hold barred, although I did not resort to swearing; sarcasm, mockery and unkind humour melded with lectures on palaeontology were used in large amounts- on the basis of ‘See How You Like’. Maybe not dignified but it was very cathartic.
    Jill and I have to leave the dignified and mature reasoned arguments to you.

    • Roger, you are welcome. It was great to read the post and comments. As for your tete-e-tete on Greta, see my response to Jill. Name-calling permits push back. Tell me why you disagree, not threaten her or name-call. The latest threat came from a teacher of all people – don’t you think teachers want kids to articulate their opinions? Keith

      • Unspeakable folk.
        They are so obviously afraid of the message she is bringing.
        The truth may not be in their heads, but deep in those areas of their being wherein instincts lie, the messages of dangers will not go away, and it scares them.

      • It takes courage for anyone, even moreso for a 16 year old to tell legislators you are failing us. To name call someone like that is just juvenile.

  3. Thanks for the shout out Keith. I loved your walkabout ponderings…and agree with them wholeheartedly. We need level heads at the moment. We need to be ever more vigilent against those who are pushing information based on personal ego, stupidity, and hatred. Unfortunately, so many people want to believe what they are told, rather than doing a little research on matters.

    • Colette, my pleasure and thanks. What is sad is a tweeting president is the news source for many of his followers. He is the last person to get news from, but even if he was an informed person, he will be sharing a biased view. Any statue to him, will have one arm over his shoulder patting himself on the back. Keith

  4. Note to Readers: The Senate Intelligence Committee released another segment of its bipartisan report. The punchline is Russia interfered in our election to enable Donald Trump to win. It confirmed what the intelligence staff found and is contrary to conspiracy lovers who support the president that are pushing it was Ukraine not Russia, primarily to save Trump’s hind end from the Ukraine debacle.

  5. Note to Readers: The following is an excerpt from a FOX News interview with a special forces soldier who helps train the Kurdish fighters after the US president announced the pull out and Turkey took action:

    “I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple continents. The service member, whom Griffin described as “hardened,” is among the 1,000 or so U.S. troops who remain in Syria.

    “Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” this military source on the ground told Griffin. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks — none — from this side of the border.”

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