A Call To … Write? Opine? Enlighten?

I frequently like to feature guest posts from my readers on a given topic.  Here in the U.S., we have had so much chaos in our lives these last few months that it sucks all the energy out of the room, and leaves us with little energy to look past our own troubles.  But, the UK is facing a possible “no-deal” Brexit which could be devastating for them, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been throwing his weight and his rhetoric around, making things even worse.  And our neighbors to the north have also had their share of troubles in the form of a couple of scandals surrounding their Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that has cast a shadow on his chances for re-election next month.

I would love to have some of my UK and Canadian friends contribute a guest post helping us here in the U.S. better understand your situation, and also giving us your perspective, as opposed to just what we read in the news.  Any takers?  If you’re interested, shoot me an email, or leave a comment here.

Thanks guys!

32 thoughts on “A Call To … Write? Opine? Enlighten?

  1. My sister (living in Canada) is not a citizen (unlike me, who is but I live in the UK), is not able to vote in the upcoming election but she is volunteering for the ‘Green Party’ in a hope to bring about real environmental change.

    As for the political situation here in the UK… Oh I don’t think I could do that justice… I think it would take a book to explain it all. Needless to say the two main political parties seem to be in a complete meltdown. As for Brexit… I think it is a ‘dirty’ word on all sides now. We are in a terrible situation and I for one am just fed up of hearing about the chaos.

    People say, vote and change things. In my constituency, the majority vote is always ‘Labour’ but I don’t like Jeremy Corbyn (nor do a lot of his own party members and MP’s). My vote is so unlikely to change anything in my district, and to be honest, I just don’t see anyone that I do want to vote for. Politics in Britain is just too messed up right now. 😑

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    • Politics in both of our countries is messed up right now, but … I still think that to abstain from voting is the worst possible course of inaction. Sometimes, you just have to pick the ‘lesser of all evils’, until something better comes along, but … we cannot throw our hands up in the air and just say, “Fine, do with me as you will”. Hugs, my friend. ❤

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      • I do agree, but I need a new party to vote for…. One that has compassion at its core.
        I think Gary might be able to give you a perspective on the Brexit politics going on here, as might David and Roger. I might send you something, but it is a difficult subject to look at objectively. Most of us tend to feel subjective about it.

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        • David won’t, but you’re right about Gary, and Roger is, I think, pondering it. Yes, I understand fully … and if you ever feel inclined to opine about it, I would always welcome your views! Meanwhile, try to find something fun to take your mind off of it all for a little while, even if it’s only a good book and a quiet place. Hugs!!!

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  2. Jill, I don’t typically write about politics, and I’m shying away from your challenge for two reasons: 1. I don’t proclaim to know enough about it; 2. I’m working the election in Canada. I even stay away from making political posts on Facebook. However, I do watch Canadian news and read many news posts and commentaries. Here’s what I’m hearing and reading:

    1. I think this election is too close to call. The polls vary from day-to-day and week-to-week. In fact, the national polls often report a tie between Liberals and Conservatives.
    2. Canada is split by region. Conservatives are doing well in Alberta, mostly because of oil. Yet they are doing poorly in Ontario, mostly because people don’t like the budget cuts of the provincial Conservative leadership.
    3. People are tired of politicians digging up dirt from candidates’ past. The two that have done the most damage were Sheer’s early anti-abortion stance and Trudeau’s blackface costumes. Generally people are more forgiving of the latter mostly because of Trudeau’s recent positive stance pro-inclusion activity and his seemingly sincere apologies.

    Personally, I think the ‘spanner in the works’ will be climate change. I think that although the race will be between Conservatives and Liberals, both NDP and The Green Party will gain.

    I’m looking forward to reading any posts of your readers who accept the challenge!

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    • I certainly understand … no pressure ever! And thank you for your insights … I may incorporate them into a general piece after posting John’s and hopefully others’ guest posts. Your input is always appreciated. There was a time that I kept up with the ‘goings-on’ in a variety of other countries, and I’ve always been fascinated by international politics, but since the era of Trump began, I can barely have time to breathe, let alone study Brexit or anything else at length. Feel free to chime in any time!

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  3. I’ll try, but I am not promising anything. I haven’t finished a post in quite a while. I start fervently and just let it fade away. Then when I try to re-work them I’ve lost my interest. It is a sign of the times.
    Besides, as I am sure John will tell you (and he’d better cuz I would love to hear his take on it!), living west of Ontario we westerners NEVER get to actually take part in who wins an election. When the polls close in Manitoba at 8 PM, before our ballots are even counted, we turn on our TVs to find out the election results, already declared. We can sometimes turn the election from a minority gov’t to a majority one, or vice versa, but we never take part in deciding who will govern. And though we are a multi-party system, the voters in the east only elect from two parties, the conservatives or the liberals. We have never had a prime minister from another party.
    Our elections aren’t totally rigged, but as far as half the nation goes, we might as well not participate. Wait! I don’t participate! But others do, and I never know why.

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    • Oh, by the way, Consevatives will win in 2019, but hopefully with only a minority. Despite Trudeau’s political shenanigans, he will take second place, NDP third, and Greens 4th, with I’m hoping at least two Indies.

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    • I would love for you to give me a post, but no pressure … I promise. If you feel inspired, then turn your fingers loose on the keyboard. If not … maybe another time.

      Californians feel the same way here, I’m sure, and a few years (or maybe it was decades) ago, the FEC finally said that no results could be announced before the polls closed on the West Coast, for that very reason.

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        • Yes, and especially in really close or contentious elections, such as we had in 2016. I was literally glued to my computer monitor all night, and I’m sure it will be the same next year. I don’t even want to think about it … next year I may keep a cyanide capsule by my side.

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  4. Sorry, I have enough trouble keeping current with the onslaught of news, never mind writing anything coherent about it. But then again, I live in what was once known as the “Good Old U.S. of A.” and that rather eliminates my input in the first place! I do so hope that many of your followers from Canada, across the ocean and any other country will accept the challenge. Different perspectives are always enlightening and entertaining. Good Luck and fingers crossed that you are successful in enticing some to answer your call to write a post. Total aside…but I noticed the post titled ‘The “president” is a Son -of-a-Bitch’ at the bottom of this post and went back to revisit, mainly because as a fairly new follower, I loved it in 2018. It is just as loved in 2019! It should be noted that Trump got his wish that Boris Johnson is exactly where he wanted him to be. Thank-you!

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    • I hear you! That’s why I’m asking those who live in the UK and Canada to help us understand more about their situations without us having to wade through a thousand articles from various sources. Wow … I had forgotten about that post … I usually try not to name-call, at least in the title 😉 I must have been on a tear that day. I’ll have to go back and look at it myself.

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