Sometimes you just get the feeling that there is a bad moon on the rise. It usually begins with that eerie feeling of a black cloud hovering over you until the hair on the back of your neck rises and a bizarre tingle runs up and down your spine. Is it just me or do other folks get that feeling as well? I don’t know what it is but I have learned over the years to take the feeling very seriously. Perusing through the news articles like I do, I begin to see events taking place that may have something to do with it. Let’s explore some of these current issues and see if that has the shivers a spinning.
Politics: Most of the primaries and caucuses for the 2016 Presidential Campaigns are over and it looks like Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee while Hillary Clinton will wrap up the Democratic ticket. How disappointing is this race going to be? We have a bratty, egocentric megalomaniac who is the closest thing to a card carrying Nazi that has ever run for public office heading up the right wing; and a known confusa-feminist, who is one step from an criminal indictment, heading up the left wing. Neither candidate is worth the trip to the voting booth where you will have to literally cast a ballot for the lesser of the two evils. No matter who wins the general election, we lose and now will have to endure at least four years of turmoil and bedlam.
North Korea: Here we have a murderous tin-pot dictator, Kim Jung-Un, who should be in a hospital for the criminally insane instead of in any kind of power position. He is seriously on the fast track to becoming a viable nuclear threat, and is working earnestly on the ability to spread those warheads halfway around the world. This guy must have a photo of Stalin somewhere in a shrine in his palace so he can bend over and worship that purging homicidal lunatic every day. If I lived on the west coast of the U.S. I would be watching this goon with great anticipation and dread. The really scary part is that China, who has had a stranglehold on North Korea since the ceasefire, is gravely concerned with his antics and foolery and is slowly losing control over him.
China: If you ever thought the U.S. or Russia or Europe or Africa or South America was weird, then China would be your huckleberry. They have one of the largest populations on the planet coupled with one of the strangest. Just read the news. They are still Communist but striving to be Capitalist while leaning toward National Socialism. They are just plain confused with what they are, and what they want to be. And their populace shows it by running around like road lizards on hot pavement doing insane things . They want to claim dominion over every bit of real estate in the Far East but have Russia to the north of them, Korea to the south, and Japan to the west saying they can’t have it, with America taking every opportunity to poke at them with a big military stick. We keep a fleet cruising in circles in the South China Sea daring them to come out and play. But we know, the bulk of their entire economy is dependent on U.S. consumers. Seriously, if Wal-Mart went bankrupt, China would fold like a house of cards and they would be back into the fiscal era of their ancient Ming Dynasty.
Russia: Vladimir Putin is a thug and a bully. He is crooked as a river and bold as an alligator. And he controls Russia with an iron fist. At the height of the Cold War, Russia could boast of a serious blue-water navy rivaling the U.S. Then during Glasnost and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, their military began to seriously decline as their navy began to rust away. But Vlad has turned that corner and is revamping the navy again. He knows that if you’re going to be a serious global player at the chess board, you must rule the waves. They have a massive Army and a notable air force all ready, but the navy is the key to resurgence on the world stage. He has already done some questionable things in his neck of the woods, in the Ukraine and Crimea, and the rest of the world just stood around looking stupid. Putin has an agenda, and he is forty moves ahead of the West on this chess board.
I can see now why I have that prickly feeling working up and down my spine. Yep, there is definitely a bad moon on the rise. We have a bewildered and flustered China going deranged, a rootin-to
Could always be worse. Obama could still be the President.