No “Winners” here either!

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Compromise – the ability to gracefully persuade, not manipulate, a person or persons into a win-win situation.” ~ Anon

The Midweek Word-Prompt over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Compromise.

We ask our readers if compromise means that one side must give up what they have so that the other side can gain an advantage.

GC spoke about how negotiation in the United States has completely broken down resulting in a divided and suffering nation, with neither side prepared to compromise.

Gerry’s understanding of politics is far greater than mine, and recently, I asked him to help me understand why the border wall is so important to Donald Trump.

As I see it, one of Trump’s main arguments appears to be the issue of drugs entering the country via the border. Whereas everything I’d read indicated that by far, the bulk of illegal drugs are smuggled through the ports. So I asked Gerry why Trump was so insistent on building the wall.

The following is a small section from his reply.

His appeal is to his base which it seems is blue collar, racist and seeking a leader in much the same way the people of a downtrodden Germany after World War One sought a ‘Fuhrer’.  

The wall itself is really NOT the issue. It represents Trump’s ego and the way his Nazi like Stormtrooper approach to handling immigration issues adds the clout and the media coverage to globally advertise his campaign of hate disguised as nationalism. His reason for building the wall is self-promotion and personal adulation.

There are similarities between Trump’s America and those in the UK who voted to leave the EU.

Over two and a half years ago, before Donald Trump became president, I wrote this short article.

When I awoke this morning, the result of the E.U. Referendum was on my mind.

Later, when I heard the news of the people’s vote, I was saddened, but not too surprised, after all, some of the recent posts on social media have proved how ill-informed some of the electorate is.

The only issue on the minds of many was immigration, and they saw no further. However, I had hoped that enough of us would vote in favour of remaining in the E.U.

In reality, most people were ill-equipped to make such a momentous decision, so they made their choices based on what they feared the most, “foreigners”! And now we pay the price.

We should never have been asked to choose, the issues at stake were far too important to leave to the masses and I fear the consequences of their actions and of what the future may hold. 

It’s done, but hardly dusted and I am worried, and not least because we have a divided nation, and the anger and hatred that this referendum created will remain with us for some time to come.

Importantly, if some of our politicians had been more in touch with the man in the street, they might have appreciated the mood of the working classes, or i f you prefer, the blue-collar workers.

They might also have understood that when voting in a General Election those same people are often foolish and many times vote for the party they have always voted for, far few bother to research and find out who is the best man or woman for the job. So what chance did they have when given a vote for something that in its entirety was beyond their comprehension?

Going back to the beginning of this article it was interesting to note that Nigel Farage, former leader of UKIP and a man who once said he was proud at the height of Britain’s far-right movement that his initials NF also stood for National Front, was one of the first people to be warmly welcomed by the newly elected President Donald Trump!

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There is no compromise in the UK parliament; each of our politicians has her/his own opinion as to what is the best deal for the country. The EU, of course, is also unwilling to compromise and that adds a third dimension to the argument. Where will it end?

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Compromise from Weekly Prompts.

 

15 thoughts on “No “Winners” here either!

  1. The EU referendum will go down as the biggest political misjudgement in modern British history and the withdrawal negotiations as the biggest example of political mismanagement. The Tories cannot compromise between themselves so there is little hope of achieving it across the wider spectrum.

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      1. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is any going back. We have burned our bridges and the damage has already been done. I am a Europhile, having lived and worked in Germany for many years. I have seen closed borders, and open borders. The latter are so much better! We are all immigrants. We all need each other. We now have a country divided by indecision, by false information, and downright lies, by ignorance, and by hatred. That cannot be reversed in a short time, if at all!

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      2. You are right we do need each other. Going back is wishful thinking, but in reality, it would lead us into an even darker consequence. Thank you for your insightful comments Peter.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Your partner Gerry summed Trump up perfectly. We have a dictator here, not a president. There are no boundaries to his inflated ego and the “wall” he wants proves it. Those who are bound and determined to bring illegal drugs into this country will just find another way. Then what do we build, an impenetrable bubble over America?

    I hope our government can put its differences aside and remember that it’s there to work FOR the people, not against us.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. You’re right, Gerry summed up Trump perfectly. I do hope someone finds a way of removing Trump before he inflicts more harm on your country. Thank you for your comments Ginger. 🙂

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  3. Am so disgusted with the situation here in the United States. Both sides seem to see compromise as defeat that will cost them at the next elections. The divisions are so deep, and I wonder to what degree white, blue-collar males around the world feel put upon by the victories of people of color and women. The wealthy elites have done a great job dividing people into competitors for jobs worldwide, so that rather than see Trump and other wealthy people as the problem, they see them as the solution.

    They have convinced enough people that the “others” are the reason for their lack of success, rather than the refusal to pay decent wages, as well as the constant search for cheaper labor by the wealthy. I understand that people feel to build walls or leave the EU because they believe this is how they can save their jobs or get jobs. But, I find that people today don’t want the “academics” telling them what is real, they prefer to run on pure emotion, stirred by the wealthy into far-right and conservatism that keeps anyone moving forward.

    These are manufactured divisions that allow the rich to get richer at the expense of the rest. It really is a great strategy for Big Business and Politics, while a great loss for the rest of us, fighting each other and the immigrants who are as desperate for a good life as we are, while the wealthy meet in Davis to pretend they care. It’s hard to change something that has been decades in the making and which is fueled by playing on the survival needs of all people. It is so sad! Forgive the rant!

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    1. I believe each social group has its share of the good, the bad and the ugly. I find it difficult to blame the rich for our present situation, though I do blame certain individuals and their need for recognition, power and control.
      You didn’t rant here, you gave us your thoughts on the situation, and you spoke from your heart. Thank you for your comments, they are appreciated.

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  4. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    My partner and colleague Susan offers her interpretation of the upsetting and confusing political situation happening across the pond in London. It is truly the sad tale of two cities. – gc

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    1. A tale of two cities where two powerhouses reside, and two countries in divison and despair.
      Thank you for re-blogging my article alongside your own, they do belong together.

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  5. What I cannot understand is why Parliament don’t bite the bullet, say we got it wrong and call another referendum; the outcome I think would be different: then the government go cap in hand and say we want to stay in the EU. Surely this must be an option and possible? Thing is will the EU take the UK back?

    As for GC’s assessment of donald trump ( I never dignify him, by capitalizing his initials) is spot on 110% spot on; bit of WSC circa 1933 about GC it seems

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    1. Seeing as we’re not officially out of the EU yet, I don’t think they’d throw us out. I think the outcome would be different if we had another referendum. Right now most people seem to want the whole thing over with, stay or leave, just do it. Labour is calling for a General Election but the people don’t want that either.

      You’re right about Gerry (mine not the Nazi one). WSC got it right and I think he’s spot on too.

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