So since my last post, a lot of stuff has happened. England ceded from the E.U. with Brexit, Donald Trump took office in the United States, Syria is all messed up, the president of South Korea, where I currently reside, was impeached and now the country has no president until May. This was a lot to take in for such a politically aware mench as myself.
My opinions on all this? Well my blog is mostly about East Asia, but I am of English ancestry so suppose I feel some sort of irrational connection to the "mother land" despite never having set foot in it. In short, Brexit was probably a bad idea. It strikes me as an irrational act propagated by ardent nationalists who believe that their country, identity, way of life etc. is at risk because of immigration or something. I've heard this rhetoric elsewhere, in my country too (Canada), it's stupid, we are developed nations, our people are getting older, our birthrates a dropping, we need immigrants to maintain our current level of development because we don't have robots yet but no, "Immigration is destroying our traditions blah blah blah, send em back!" In reality of course, England had a pretty good deal with E.U. reaping many of the political benefits yet none of the economic consequences of subscribing to the Euro as they were still allowed to use their pound. Now British folks need a passport if they want to travel in Europe and will probably have to pay more for university in Prague (or wherever). Also, a bunch of European immigrants might have to leave. Good job Engles, really solved all your problems there (sarcasm, this is sarcasm, Brexit was dumb).
|'sup. Guess I'm prez now.|
|A city in Syria right now. Yup, looks about right.|
Now back to East Asia . . .
|Park Geun-Hye and Queen Elizabeth II. I actually like the queen, she reminds me of my granny.|
My thoughts? I really don't understand why people still think the Saenuri party (the party Park was the leader of) should hold office. They haven't done anything significant for South Korea in recent memory aside from bankrupting the country in the late 90's and souring relations with North Korea in the mid 2000's, which . . . like why?! Why would you do that!? They're right there! You want to antagonise that country with missiles right beside you? It's dumb, especially since they reversed a lot of the progress made by the opposition. The Saenuri party did a lot for the development of the South Korean economy in the early days (albeit at the expense of democracy and human rights in many instances) but now South Korea's economy has all grown up. Now they need people who are going to introduce social reforms, and I think the Minju party (the opposition) knows what's up in that department, at least more so than Saenuri seems to. There will be an election in May to choose the new guy. Which brings me to my next point.
|Murica's a commin!|
My thoughts? This irks me because, "Hey man, what about South Korea in all this? Oh, that's right, they don't have a President at the moment" (they have a prime-minister but as I understand he has limited power over the military)! Yeah, brilliant timing buddy, you couldn't wait one frickin' month to send your boats? You really think North Korea is gonna bomb America? Really? Really? Russia could have bombed America a hundred times over back in the Cold War, but they didn't did they? Because that would have changed the whole dynamic of the conflict and then Russia and America would actually have to get their hands dirty instead of getting East Asian people to fight their wars for them (Ooooh! Did he just say that!?), and also the world might have ended. Trump sucks, boo Trump.
|A not-so-subtle cry to rally against imperialist forces.|
So that's that, had to get all that stuff of my chest. I think I will blog more. This felt good. I'm currently working on a couple of posts that are more like the stuff I usually write about. Until next time, godspeed you black emperor!