The terrorists aim is to divide and conquer. Remarkably we’re living in an age where we’re being openly carved apart by politicians with a hidden agenda. Power hungry alt right despots manipulate our compassion for their own material gain. We as a people fail to understand why this terror exists, where the terrorists come from, why they target innocent people on the street, or how the terrorist views life with such distain and insignificance. The terrorist doesn’t fear the threat of war on his people because he is already war torn, only by walking through hell can you bring hell to others like this. The Alt Right tell us not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims. They tell us that immigrants are Muslims, and by their logic all immigrants are terrorists. The war on terror has become a war on Islam, the Alt’s propaganda has created a fear of the unknown, sown the seeds of sectarian violence, and replaced our natural tendency to care for those in need with feelings of uncertainty and antipathy. If you want your child to grow up in an environment you can be proud of, that resembles the freedom you were gifted by your parents then remember that you must not teach them fear. Don’t teach them hate. Every act of violence is a victory for Trumptators. Every terror attack is a victory for Brexit. Every time we are divided is a victory for the terrorist. Be strong London.
At the moment Ireland is in absolute disgust with how the government covered up a series of orchestrated events that aimed to intimidate Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. The entire country has called for Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s resignation, but Enda’s got holiday plans to visit the White house, where he hopes to discuss immigration politics with acting president Donald Trump, who will be about as receptive to hearing about Irish emigrants as Helen Keller. Kenny has refused to step down or comment on stepping down until after the visit as he wants to put the national interest ahead of political instability and of course there’s that potential lunch invite to Mar-a-Lago.
Enda Kenny is considered by some as the greatest Taoiseach of our generation, not a hard feat considering the country was previously run by a party more corrupt than a Sam Allardyce dinner party.
The only reason Kenny has remained as leader of the party for so long is because of his unassuming, hypnotically boring personality, but by no means is he a great Toiseach, and when history is written he will be judged for some of the worst and most cowardly actions in Irish history.
Three highlights of Enda Kenny as leader of the Irish people:
1) Roscommon A&E
In 2011 Fine Gael practically ran unopposed in the general election after the collapse of the Irish economy at the hands of Fianna Fail. Bertie Ahern was crying on national television, Brian Cowen was being mocked as a drunk by Jay Leno and the fresh faced Michael Martin was doing everything he could to convince out of work builders that his party had an extensive election manifesto which included illustrations entitled ‘Better The Devil You Know’ and ‘Don’t Vote For The Blue Shirts’.
Fine Gael didn’t have to do much to win the election, Enda Kenny even refused to do live debates on TV3. All the same, in good old fashion political manoeuvres, Enda made some pretty strong promises which he would never keep, and no one called for his resignation over any of them. The most blatant of all his empty promises was that Fine Gael would ‘Protect and Defend’ Roscommon General Hospital, he made this one of his key promises two weeks before the election in a speech to support Fine Gael candidate, Frank Feighan, in front of a large crowd in Roscommon town on February 8 2011.
In the shape of things to come Roscommon A&E was closed down on the 11 July 2011, just a few months after Enda took office. The Taoiseach apologised for personally misleading the Roscommon community. At the end of the term Frank Feighan stepped aside and did not contest re-election for his seat, because he was so ashamed of the events and he knew he could not face the electorate over his failure to protect the A&E. In May 2016 Enda Kenny nominated Feighan as a Senator in the 25th Seanad where he was appointed as Spokesperson on Mental Health and Older People.
The Irish people did not react to this blatant Fine Gael cronyism and this insult to people with health issues, the appointment would be similar to appointing Gary Glitter as spokesperson for orphans.
2)The Fianna Fail Tab
The hottest topic in the 2011 elections was the Bank Guarantee and Enda Kenny was beating his drum to the tune of ‘Renegotiating The EU/IMF Deal’, a well know ballad from his hit album ‘Burden Sharing’. But Enda might as well have promised to resurrect Michael Collins as to promise debt write off. Despite his manifesto party piece ‘Fair Deficit Reduction’, in which he promised to ‘force certain classes of bondholders to share in the cost of recapitalising troubled financial institutions”, Kenny went on to create the most damaging piece of legislation in the history of the Fine Gael Free State, with the ambush of the ‘IBRC Resolution Bill’ which converted close to €5.5bn of bond holder debt into National debt, to be repaid by the Irish tax payer. The most disgraceful part of all this is that the legislation passed in unprecedented fashion. Kenny’s government calling for the Dail to reconvene on the night of 6th February 2013 to vote on emergency legislation, the debate lasted no more than 2hrs 15mins and politicians were evidently drunk and seen sleeping while opposition spoke out against the bill.
Enda Kenny closed the coffin on the banking debt crisis, sealed the faith of the Irish people to repay the banking debt, his promises no more than an election hoax as he neither had the will to default on the debt or the know how to negotiate it.
3) Irish Water
Long after the banking debt is paid off people will talk about how the Irish marched on the capital against the Fine Gael government, as the media played down the turnout and Enda Kenny encouraged his cabinet ministers to pay their water charges. The introduction of water charges by Fine Gael was the most upsetting event in Ireland since Gay Byrne retired from The Late Late Show. People who bottled up years of hatred towards Pat Kenny and Ryan Tubridy finally found a forum to unleash their fury. The protests against Irish water were a landmark in Irish politics, they were a reaction to failed promises and a failed government. At this point in time the government should have collapsed, the protests created enough media coverage to raise political profiles of activists on the left in the lead up to the 2016 elections, but sadly the people returned a Fine Gael & Finna Fail government despite crippling us with debt, destroying our health care, shaming us as a tax haven nation, and running around with wheelbarrows full of broken promises.
I hope Enda Kenny gets his invite to Mar-a-Lago because when he comes back it’s time for him to go. His party have lied to the members of the Dail, his cabinet ministers have failed their duties, and Enda Kenny has both lied to the people and failed in his duties.
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America’s first post truth press conference kicked off with an open attack on the media, Trump picking up where Red Hot Chilli Peppers left off by announcing a war on television.
Trump’s ‘Us Vs Them’ mentality which rallied enough support to get him elected continues to be his strategy to divide America and vilify his detractors.
President Elect Trump, the most unlikable character in American pop culture since Jar Jar Binks, used his first press conference as an opportunity to attack the media, calling “Buzzfeed a failing pile of garbage” and got visibly angry when one reporter tried to ask him a question. Nine days away from his inauguration as president of the United States and he can’t even keep his cool at a press conference that he organised himself.
Trump addressed the public in a series of embarrassing sound bites in which he referred to himself in the third person on several occasions; an effort to build a cult of the leader persona which he is determined will be a tool to reshape America. The Trumptatorship is here to save jobs.
Job creation is one of the building blocks for all dictatorships, the promise of jobs for the working class, to put food on the table, to build strong indigenous industries which will outperform the international community, a new wave of jingoism which blindsides international relations and global prosperity.
Trump claimed he will be “the greatest job producer that god ever created”, god known for making the seven days of the week and American industry, in Trump we trust, the greatest job producer, the greatest dictator.
Honestly I’m not sure what hurts me more, Trump’s dumbed down version of politics or his dumbed down version of economics, but he managed to cover both in his press conference with a single handed assault.
“If Putin likes Donald Trump that’s called an asset not a liability
Do you honestly believe Hillary Clinton would be tougher on Putin, give me a break”
How Trump continues to speak like a fourteen year old when addressing one of the most dangerous men in human history baffles me to the point where I can’t even explain my own thoughts, whether the plan is to divide up the Ukraine like the Nazis did with Poland, undermine Europe’s role in geopolitics, or simply to profit by forming an ammunition pact to feed weapons into the genocide games in the Middle East I just don’t know.
But somehow Trump continues to deflect attention from Russian hackers by focusing attention on China and the grand hustle border wall which formed part of his manifesto.
“We don’t even have a border, it’s an open sieve” “We are going to build a wall” “Mexico in some form will reimburse us, it will happen”
Again I don’t know what’s more terrifying here anymore, the audacity of announcing America are going to build the walls of Panem or the thought of what will become of Iron Curtain America under state control.
And what happens if you challenge Trump, what happens if you ask him to comment on his commitments to transparency, well he simply boxes you off, ghosts your questions, wheels out filling cabinets, refuses to give you a voice, denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of press;
“The only ones who care about my tax returns are the reporters”
No Donald, they are not the only ones, every educated mind in America cares about your tax returns, every free person in the western world cares about your dealings with Russia, every sane person on the planet worries that people actually voted for you.
America you could have elected a t-rex and no one would have give a damn, don’t allow your press to be silenced, Meryl Streep is not an over rated actress, you know this.
Pray for Meryl Streep
Pray for America.
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