Friday, February 17, 2017

Just Catching Up on the News

It's been a busy week in politics, and, yet, I don't feel the need to obsessively perch on the Internet, looking for new stories, as I did before the election.

Why?

I suppose, in some ways, I feel more secure with Trump in charge. Yes, he's a bombastic, over-the-top President, whose actions, in hiring and in diplomacy, could stand improvement.

But -

compared to the last President, and that OTHER candidate, he is OK. In some ways - immigration, for example, BETTER than OK.

And, I'm content with that. It's nice that I can go to sleep without worrying about the world's villains having weapons bestowed upon them by a feckless President, too eager to curry favor with rogue regimes, and too proud and stiff-necked to actually work with proven allies.

Wait a minute - isn't Russia something of a rogue regime?

No - it's a kleptocracy, and a thug, wanna-be empire. But, I've known thugs (10+ years teaching in the hood). You can often work with thugs, if you remember that they will only do so if it's in their interest. Don't trust them. Don't put yourself at a disadvantage compared to them - they will pounce on weakness.

But, yeah, you can definitely deal with them. And, better, you can sometimes use them to fend off worse thugs.

Say what you will about the thugs, they keep the neighborhood more stable than if gang warfare is the rule. And, a stable neighborhood is what is needed while the world flushes out the terrorist refugees, the hangers-on who will cooperate with them, and other assorted riff-raff. Once the majority of nations attain stability, then you might want to re-think that alliance.

Until then, work with them.

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