The Coming Christmas.

Here we are mid November and is the world in a happier place for Christmas? Of course not. Half the countries in the World don’t celebrate the same season as the West since they don’t worship the same God as the West. But, that distinction allowed, each set of peoples is happy to watch and share in the joy of another peoples holiday. At least I am, having been happy to share in the joy of Diwali just a couple of weeks ago. India celebrates a national holiday on 25th December so maybe that joy will be reciprocated.

What bothers me more than usual at this time of the year though are divisions within our own countries, pitting one side against another with little give and take. In my Country for instance there is the ever nearing Brexit separating one side from the other instead of the Bremainers just giving in gracefully and saying lets just make the best of it we can. It’s much easier it seems to complain about it right to the last moment and each side to blame the other for not getting the results they wanted.

The American side seems worse. The problem here started in the early days of the 2016 election when one side seemed to concentrate on policies and the other purely on the cult of personality. Tell a lie, big it up and then start a chant. I have no idea whether Hilary Clinton would have made a better President (the odds are with her) than this man who chanted Lock Her Up seemingly from morning to night and never once had to discuss a  programme of reform. No-one who knows me will be in the least surprised to hear me say I HATE Trump, bu it may surprise you to hear that I have no fondness for the Republican Party either. they have since the election ended put forward no policies intended to benefit the Country. Plenty which will benefit themselves by way of tax breaks but no help for businesses, the working man. Trump is not a working man and his businesses relying on Business as Usual seem to be OK.

In the recent mid-term elections Republicans ensured that a large number of votes were removed or hampered from minorities. In Georgia this was done by the man standing as a Republican candidate against a black person. That’s cheating pure and simple yet it’s unlikely to draw much condemnation. Trump never carried out his early promises of building  a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, nor having the Mexicans fund it. He has fallen down on all his election promises to the people yet all he has to do is mention the wall and people cheer. It would be better if he and the Republicans had tried to repair the ACA and found some insurance for health care that carried promises from the previous President.

Before January is upon us and the new Representatives take their seats in the house Maybe the two sides in this war found ways in which they could agree to help the people and put forward legislation to make 2019  a brighter year, not for themselves but to benefit the United States. Let Christmas 2018 be a time of Peace on Earth.


About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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4 Responses to The Coming Christmas.

  1. jilldennison says:

    Well said, dear friend. There is much dissent and discontent around the globe, not just in our two countries. I know that here, for many at least, the divisions that are growing almost daily have marred or darkened the holiday season and we would be just as content to skip it this year. Sadly, I don’t see our troubles nor yours ending anytime soon, but we can hope and we can all do whatever is in our power to help, even if just a little bit. Sharing smiles, hugs, just a kind word with others reminds us that people come first … reminds us of our humanity.

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  2. I agree, David, although I cannot claim to hate Trump; I merely regard him as a bizarre sideshow in an increasingly dysfunctional society. Increasingly though, I find myself aligning with a burgeoning sector of the population who have no political representation. Of recent years my only motive for voting has been a naive belief in democracy, the idea that, in spite of everything, the people win in the end. No longer true, I’m afraid. The vox populae is manipulated by the propaganda machine.
    My problem with that is I am required to pay a licence fee for it!
    Anyway, if only to prove I am not entirely a Jonah, can I wish you a very happy Christmas in the company of those delightful grandchildren of yours – who knows, maybe 2019 will be the year it all turns out right!

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  3. davidprosser says:

    He’s certainly the bizarre sideshow Frederick. Unfortunately he seems to believe that no laws apply to Presidents and half his ‘reign’ seems to have been spent in courts with judges overruling his actions but many of them seem to have a devastating effect on people like the child separation at the borders which went badly wrong. Allowing teargas to be used on children as young as 2 recently was also despicable.
    Heavens to Betsy, you surely don’t imagine the BBC to be a propaganda machine?
    As I know you’re no Jonah but a fellow believer in democracy where possible I shall happily accept your good wishes. I hope to see the children on Boxing Day. In return I wish you the very best Christmas possible with all the treats you enjoy. Fingers crossed for 2019.
    Hugs my friend.


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