Monday, December 19, 2016
Up Side Down
Vasu Reddy from
God Bless the
2016 holiday season is here. Christmas is coming this weekend, and Santa for sure is coming.
is once again
under polar vortex, really freezing and lots of snow on the ground. Chicago Bears Keep loosing every week, and
all Bears gear already in storage for this year, and Cutler is still with the
bears, but injured and on the sidelines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Bears.
cubs in 2016 won a World Series championship after 108 years and probably the
right spot for the year for Chicagoans, and die-hard fans world over https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Cubs. Illinois has been going into the second year
without a budget and no one seems to care (for those of you who care Illinois
is our state), and actually people don’t see any reason to worry about the
state budget, local services and whatever the government was supposed to be
The country has a new president elect in Trump, president Obama is just about packing his bags and moving out of the white house, Hillary is enjoying her nationhood and her couch. The Obama presidency if nothing else has been a good one for families with children, and full of personal and social meaning, along with being hassle and corruption free. We Chicagoans are proud that the Obama’s are one of our won.
Trump and his supporters (even after the election, and winning the presidency) continue to tweet and air fascinating theories. Trump’s selection of his support staff at the white house, really supports his election and thereafter tweets. He really tweets. Trump is a master of throwing things to the wall and let someone agree with him or something stick. What facts and who needs them? He has an abundance of material that no one else can think of tweeting, so the daily (nightly) soap opera continues, and for another four years it is certain we will either be entertained with conspiracy theories or can watch reruns on the television, and stop using twitter, may be the internet itself. But as it has been for more than a year and half, the television has been one place to keep the remote handy, to keep flipping channels to escape the barrage of conspiracy theories.
of a sudden become Trump’s favorite pals.
As the world watches in amazement, and while Russia continues to support
the carnage in Syria, and has annexed Crimea and just about everywhere Russia fingers
in dismantling democracies, Trump and his actions think otherwise. His latest appointment of Rex Tillerson as
secretary of state, clearly points to his reaching out to Putin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Tillerson. He is a very accomplished CEO of Exxon Mobil now
leaving the job to become secretary of state.
While an extremely successful oil executive, he is closely tied to Putin,
perhaps can be viewed as his biggest asset according to Trump. Russia
Despite the cyber attacks on the
and its election process, specially targeting Democratic Party, Trump doesn’t
publicly accept Russian actions against the , and keeps pushing his Russian
agenda with every action that he has taken, fully contradicting global posturing
towards Russian atrocities internationally.
The atrocities in USA Syria,
Crimea, cyber attacks on the USA,
and whatever else that have attracted global sanctions against seem to
be same as any other global reality for Trump.
There is nothing here to figure out as Russians wanted Trump to be in
the white house, and he is now getting ready to move in. Neither Russia Russia
can spin their politics by 100 degrees without causing massive global
disruption, but Trump is capable of doing what he feels (tweet) at any given
time of the day, and it will not be anything close to conventional for at least
next four years. USA
The largest trading partner of the
is at odds with Trump, and this is a twist that probably unplanned for anyone
in the political or diplomatic circles. New game show as Trump embracing China Russia, and constantly tweeting (tweaking)
against China, as China is the largest trading partner with . Since President Nixon started diplomatic
channels with USA China, each USA administration has threaded very carefully
both politically and diplomatically, but Trump tweets otherwise. China is a powerhouse by itself, and doesn’t
follow anyone else’s rules but it’s won, and even before Trump gets into the
White House, he has been tweeting perhaps about revisiting pre-Nixon
times. But, there is nothing to figure
out as China China remains what it
has come to the time of Trump. USA
We have yet to see the real political, diplomatic, economic, international and domestic turbulence. The
USA can certainly become isolationist and redraw
its priorities as simply . There is nothing wrong with domestic policy
making to simply be a stand alone nation.
The funny part of Trump’s domestic agenda will force him to shut down
all his dealings out side of the USA, and it is a good bet to make that he will
never put anything first, but his own name.
When Trump says USA
first, we have to believe him as he is right, all his assets are American. Unless he will standup and show us his taxes,
and then whatever his interests are will certainly tie with his national
There is some sensibility in his choice of support staff. Christie, Gingrich and Giuliani are no longer going to be in his cabinet, and new players have come in their place, but conspiracy theories are still abundant and will be huge material for writers and commentators and story tellers for years to come.