Yesterday, the people of the British Isles voted to leave the European Union. So much for unity. Of course, the media is pouting this morning about the catastrophe and the future ramifications of this vote. And remember, it was a vote by the people. They chose to "Brexit." So far, from my perspective, I still have not heard anything about "why" the people of England choose to leave the European Union. Here are my thoughts. After a decade of liberal and progressive policies being force down the throats of working class citizens by "un-elected" officials in Brussels, the people of Britain said "enough." The other twenty-seven members of the E.U., having lived off the prosperity of the British Isles and over taxing its citizens, over played their hand. The British people said "no more." Only the counties of London and Scotland voted to stay in. The current "uncertainty" now prevailing the markets today will pass. Things will start to settle down. However, other members of the E.U. now may have second thoughts about remaining inside the trading block. Britain has the fifth largest economy in the world, and, from this writer's point of view, they do not want a "quasi-government" in Brussels dictating how to run their country, period. The vote also comes on the heals of a massive illegal wave of immigration from distressed counties, mostly from the Middle East. The instability of the Middle East is partly due to policy makers in Brussels. I.E., the decision by the E.U. to assassinate Moammar Gadhafi is a case in point. While the media continues to feed the public "doom and gloom," it is now obvious, at least to those who are watching, that "the people" have spoken. Another interesting note to follow is the resignation this morning of Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron. So, as the world sits back and takes all this in, as the stocks markets take a dive, the power of the "people" exerts itself once again through a voting electorate. Come what may, democracy has spoken! That's the way I see it, today, June 24th, 2016.
It is with great sadness that I write today. Again, the citizens of the United States are under attack by radical Islamic terrorists. This time, a Muslim of Afghan descent, a U.S. citizen, joined the ranks of ISIS and single-handedly, with an act of utmost cowardice, attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. So far, we know that over 50 people are in the hospital and another 50 are dead. We also know that this is the second most violent act of terrorism since 9/11. The terrorist held the building for almost four hours until the SWAT team was able to neutralize him. While everyone is focused on the current event, still no one is asking WHY it occurred in the first place. The simple truth of the matter is the United States has let its guard down. Again and again, the government of the U.S. is NOT protecting its own citizens. Chattanooga, San Bernardino, Oklahoma City, and countless other in-country attacks by Muslim Islamic terrorists is going under reported. Again, the President of the United States says, and I quote, "It is not about Islam." My question is this..."If it is not about Islam, then what is it about?" Here is the real sad part of the story. The perpetrator had already been under FBI surveillance and was let go. Yes, that is correct. The government already knew this terrorist was a threat to the homeland and did nothing about it. Of course, now, it is too late. Once again, Americans are left to fend for themselves amidst grief and disillusionment. Of course, history shows that America did not enter WWI until the last days of the war. We did not try to stop the Japanese during the 1930s and waited until they attacked us in 1941. It seems, again, even after this event, Americans are not ready to say "enough." How many more of us have to die until we act? What will it take? It this our new "status quo?" My heart goes out the the families that are grieving. May the memories of the deceased be a blessing and a signal to all of us. Maybe, just maybe, this is now a "call to arms" that will not be ignored. That's how I see it, today, June 12th, 2016.
This may be my last diatribe on the American political scene for a while. It is not because I no longer have an opinion. Rather, it is because to my utter dismay I am beyond words to describe what has happened to the American political system. Especially, when it concerns electing a President to oversee the country. Again, really, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, honestly, there is no way you can be happy with the "so-called" elect-tees. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump can't possibly represent the best that America has to offer. Without getting into either of their backgrounds, stop and ask yourself the following. If this is what America has to offer, if this is all we can come up with, if the "public at large" accepts this utter mediocre semblance
of leadership, then indeed, America is in deep trouble. Suppose you are in the political arena over in Beijing, Moscow or Brussels, and, to your utter amazement you are trying to advise your leadership on what is happening in the United States based on the current Presidential election process. Fully knowing the corrupt nature of both Clinton and Trump, indeed, this would surmount to a definition of "un-charted" waters and would prove to be a very challenging assessment. Outside of chaos and helter-skelter, you might want to look for a new job. The challenges of Islamic terrorism, Russian defense/offensive strategies, a faltering economy, 95 million unemployed Americans, Middle East unrest, and the rise of China might give you pause. Why anyone would even want the job of "President" at this time is definitely a question of sanity. Five months to go until the election. Five more months of stupid campaign ads. Five more months of imbecilic corporate news media rhetoric that makes me search for my barf bag. Hey, that's an idea. I should put together a "web-site" that sell Democratic and Republican "barf bags" so we all have something to puke into come November. That's the way I see it, today, June 10th, 2016.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.