Looking Back…

I now have over 3,000 posts here at RJsCorner and in a number of them I made some predictions. Every once in a while I need to revisit those posts, especially those where I got my predictions wrong. This is one of them. In this post below, I predicted that there was no way Trump could win the presidency. But I did leave myself an out by saying it depends on how many of us vote, so maybe I was right after all.  I guess my faulty logic was that I gave the general electorate too much credit for being informed voters.  I have learned my lessons in that regard. 🙂 

About Brexit and the British.. And How We are NOT Like Them

2016-07-19_15-09-10.png241 years ago we were part of the Great British Empire. We were loyal, although complaining, citizens. Then we chose to go our own way and eventually after a four-year rebellion got our way. We still have common bonds with GB but we are also markedly different. One of the major differences is that we are a nation of immigrants and Great Britain is a nation embedded in aristocracy.

We until recently have a classless nation. We don’t hold people in higher esteem just because of what name they have. America became known as the land of opportunity. A place where anyone with the right opportunities and drive could make their fortunes.  I say until recently because since the 1980s, I always like to put the blame on the Reagan administration, we simply did not allow massive fortunes to flow from one generation to another.  For the super-rich inheritance taxes were often 90% or more.

In the last one hundred years, but especially the last thirty, wealth began to flow with very little taxes from one generation to another. That results in people like Paris Hilton getting massive fortunes from their great-grandparents. That fact separates us into the “haves” and the “have-nots”. Paris has never known what it is like not to get her every whim and wish fulfilled with no effort on her part.  Unlike Britain, we don’t put perpetual titles on our gifted.

Getting to the point of this post, many people fear that since GB chose to exit the European Union that it might be a signal that we will also do something radical such as electing and egomaniac narcissist anti-immigrant person as our president. Given that we are a nation of immigrant and the most part unprivileged that is not likely.  Of course, this election will test that theory to the max. It all depends on turnout. Presidential election turnouts have typically been in the mid-50% range. That is, only about half of us bother to show up at the polls.  We are perhaps the worst in established democracies in that regard.

It will soon come to a point that the majority of us in the U.S. will no longer be WASPs. Over 40% of us presently claim heritage of a different nature.  Whereas Britain is still very much entwined with a whites-only society. It has been pretty well established that immigration was one of the primary reasons for the Brexit vote.  The well-established citizens could see the “British way of life” changing too quickly for them and because they are still a significant majority they were able to say “no more immigrants”.

The ethnic diversity of the U.S. is unique in all of the world. It has allowed us to empathize with oppressed countries around the globe and as the plaque on the Statue of Liberty says we don’t put a monetary or class requirement on those who want to come to join us. Well, at least until now, and these time will soon pass…

3 thoughts on “Looking Back…

  • I think we all felt this way. We simply underestimated the deep xenophobia of many Americans. And the impact or pain of the dwindling blue collar middle class.

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    • I think you are right Bob. The blue collar middle class is shrinking but the white collar, college educated, is doing fine. The free ride is about over. From now own it will take work to get and stay middle class and many people just aren’t ready for that yet. Fear is what seems to drive too many now. Fear of just about anything and everything…

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      • And to add even more “fear” tobthe pot he just called out the democrats as “traitorous and unpatriotic” at some speech in Cleveland today.
        I think you are correct he does think he is a king (or worse). To be against his policies is treason.

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