2016 comes to a close

by davebarclay1954

Okay, 2016 was the year of shocks. Britain (or at least 2 of the 4 countries making up the United Kingdom) voted to leave the European Union. All through the campaign ahead of the vote neither side offered any clue as to what would happen if we voted to stay or leave. People at the bottom were becoming less enamoured by Brussels overturning our right to self government. (This reminded me of a colony we used to have on the other side of the Atlantic). Anyway, we voted to leave and that meant a change at the top.

Then came one of the dirtiest competitions ever to elect a President for that same ex-colony I mentioned. Every positive change that has happened over the last 50 years was under threat by one of the candidates, the Republican one. Of course his campaign was partially funded by the Klan who want to see every American with rights being White. The thing is, when Trump spoke of illegals taking what doesn’t belong to them was he referring to those thieving white Europeans who stole from the Native Americans? Those same thieving Europeans who fought and almost wiped out the Native Americans? Of course not. Was he referring to his over-staying wife? Who had overstayed her visa just to be with him?

Of course, 2016 will long be remembered for the losses we felt over the deaths of people who had given such joy to so many over the years, it seemed to be escalating after David Bowie in January but slowed down and there were no more sad deaths than normal when looked at in total. Of course Alan Rickman and others who died young after giving pleasure to so many for such a brief period will be missed but, wouldn’t the world have been darker without them?

Then there was talk of World War Three during the Presidential campaign, what people have failed to see is that the world has been involved in a world war since 11 September 2001! This time around no country has been allowed to remain neutral. Will 2016 be remembered as the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Only time will tell.