My Take on The US Election and the Election Recount

Quite a bit of time has elapsed now since the US election and we have had time to absorb the results, analyse and rationalise them.

You may, particularly if you know me, ask ‘Why do you even care, you’re not even American?!’ That may be but, and this is very true, whatever happens Stateside affects us all, wherever we may be or come from, whatever our creed, race, religion.

I am going to touch on a couple of very basic points because it is these points that gave Trump his win. I am by no means a politician, I am not a political scientist nor am I a political analyst, I however like to pay attention to the matters that affect you and I. There are also parallels with Brexit and I will also touch on this.

But first I will touch on how I came up with my conclusion on the US election result, but before I do that I must assure people that I am not a believer in Trump, I believe he is dangerous, I believe that he can and will do a lot of damage to world security and I do believe it will be a matter of time that he leads us all to war, again.

I am a member of a few US Facebook pages, mostly military and law enforcement, these pages are for supporters of US law enforcement and LEO’s (Law Enforcement Officers) alike. The same goes for the military pages, they are for both civilian supporters and military personnel and it is through these pages how I came to see how and why the US got the result they did and it is enshrined in Americas creation, it is enshrined in what has become a part of their culture, American freedom and the American dream, though, if you speak to many Americans there is no such thing as the American dream but more so the ideal of it, a perfect ideal.

You see, Hillary was threatening to do away with the second amendment (the right to bear arms), she was also threatening to reduce police powers and their capabilities, as well as reduce military power and capability. Hillary also spoke on the global stage.

Now to Trump, well, Trump spoke to the standard American – the standard NRA (National Rifle Association) red, white and blue waving American patriot, the guy or gal who believes down to his or her very bones about the blood that was shed for America, from the American War of Independence, the civil war and the other wars thereafter. That is all Trump had to do and he knew it so that is the strategy he used and so he came out “Trumps”. It is not the only strategy he used but those are two of the strategies that kept the ball in his court.

Now to the recount – I am sitting here and thinking ‘what the heck is going on?’ This has caused me to lose ALL respect for Hillary, I have stated that I am no fan of Trump and given reasons for that but – hello, democracy? This is the United States that we’re talking about, this is supposed to be the nation that leads in democracy, the nation that lectures every single non-democracy on being democratic, I cannot believe this, Trump won, fair and square – nothing spells out sore loser more than calling for a recount and I cannot believe I am saying this but I think this gives me enough to say, I think I actually think Trump is the better of two evils, whereas I thought differently before.

Now, to the parallels of Brexit, why did Brexit happen and why has Trump happened? A very good friend of mine who is a lecturer and a military historian at Kings College in London pointed it out best and sometimes simple is all we need. The reason they have happened is because for too long have politicians in both the United States and the UK decided that the people don’t matter. Well, this is what you get and there could be devastating repercussions from both. And just like Brexit and the Brits wanting their country back from worsening EU leadership, standard Americans want to feel American again, can you really fault that?

Anyway, this is just my take on it, probably all very simplistic but sometimes to understand the whys and hows of a situation that is all we need, without complicating it.

I also want to send a message to the left in the US and the UK, GROW UP – you are making all of us look bad, I describe myself as just left of centre on the political spectrum, I also consider myself pro-defence and my belief is that with being either just right of centre or just left of centre helps us empathise in a situation easier, if not straight away, at some point. But seriously, why is it that the right are willing to sit down and talk but the left isn’t? Kinda food for thought that. For more of an example of that go onto the Van Jones Facebook page and look for a mini-series of his called the raw-truth and Van, who is a journalist for CNN describes himself as being so left that he’s on the left side of Pluto but he did this little mini-series and went deep into Trump territory into right supporters houses and he spoke with them, candidly and then he went to left supporters. The complete opposite, they were angry, aggressive and wouldn’t hear any perspective. As Van said, that gives you food for thought.

Anyway folks, that’s it…my take on it all. Apologies if I offend anyone…

Breaking Point: Breakdown or Breakthrough?

So this is the first time I’ve touched my blog in a while and so with that in mind I must apologise to my readers/followers for my allusiveness, I am and have been working through something. I must also apologise to my host for not touching this for a while.

Anyway, as I have just said I have been and am working through something and instead of now just “trying” I have decided to do. For a while I have had a personal ethos which is “Try means won’t, do means will” and so I have now made a conscious decision to “DO”. So on my personal Facebook this morning I recorded a live video and the title was “Breaking-point” so, what is breaking-point? Doesn’t that mean when we’re just about to have a breakdown? I think it depends entirely on our personal interpretation of it, it can be breakdown or it can be breakthrough, breakdown, breakthrough.

I have been trying to deal with what I have for a while now and whenever I have tried to pick myself up I have somehow sunk back into my pit of despair and uncertainty and emotional pain. But then yesterday something happened and I can’t really put anything on it but to say that I finally think it is time to fix myself. And the lesson I’ve learnt from this is that we cannot be fixed, whether someone tries or we try fix ourselves until we are ready. We each need to be ready, it doesn’t matter how much spirituality or how much of God is involved. It is when WE are ready, we each need to be individually ready, no amount of talking about going for counselling, researching issues, hiding away from the world, talking to people, not talking to people, secluding ourselves from family or friends is going to help. In fact, those are probably all the worst things we can do. We just need to bide our time and wait until we are ready but at the same time remind ourselves of the damage that we are doing to ourselves, our relationships and friendships and realise how special some of those relationships and people are and are very special to us and so that the faults lie within ourselves, so before we drive people away it is time to reflect and cast realisation upon the fact that not only are we hurting ourselves but at the same time we are in fact steadily driving people away, whether we, or they do not realise it, it will happen because as humans our individual spirits, our mind, heart and soul can only take so much. No matter how much we say, it is fine – bare in mind that unconditionally does not always mean unconditionally because we are not wired to take too much, there will always be a point where too much IS too much. So, with all that mind I have decided that it is time I “DID” and not “TRIED”

So, to all those suffering with some kind of hurt just remember, give yourself time to heal, when you are ready your mind and heart will let you know. But please, do not do what I’ve been doing and shut people, friends and family out. Remember the old adage “Time is a great healer” – tis true…

Be kind to yourself, give yourself time…

Beware of Dream Killers

So I think we go through phases in life where we all dare to dream, we get visions of where we want to be and who want to be – the only problem with this is there are always dream killers, usually friends and family that will say anything and do anything to destroy our dreams.

But remember, this is your life, it is your dream – do not listen to those who put you down, do not listen to those who will not encourage you, do not listen to those that dissuade you. It is YOUR dream. The ones that you should encircle your life with are the ones that help you, people that build you, those that will help you push you to the top.

“Support and lack of support, encouragement and discouragement will always weed out the genuine from the not so genuine and visa-versa, from those who have moved on and those who choose to remain, those who believe in you and those who do not – harsh realities but true. Not everyone who befriends you believes in you, not everyone who smiles at you is a friend. Choose carefully, if not, time and life will choose for you”.

It is your life and remember, its your vision. Use the fact that someone tells you that you can’t do something to prove to them that you can.

To those that are dream killers; it is not your dream, it is not your vision, if you cannot help a friend or family member to get to where they want to get to, say nothing. Success is not competition, it is self-validation. Walk away if you have nothing nice to say or do to help.

“Always seek to encourage – not discourage, to build – not destroy, aspire – not scorn”

Magnificent Seven (2016)

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With this being my second film review and the fact that I actually had to wrack my brains to try and remember if I had seen the first one with Yul Brynner and I must say I was sceptical and I still don’t really know. But as I have now seen this one I’ll give it my review.

As I said I was sceptical, but I was also looking forward to it; as I have just written my review for Forsaken I was expecting a difference and one of the things that I thought would be a let down was I assumed it was going to be packed with special effects but I was pleasantly surprised when I noted that there were not as many as I had thought. First, it opens as a classic western (a plus for me being a western lover) would start with the intro and the beginning scene was of the townsfolk of Rose Creek holding a meeting in the town church discussing how to get rid of the evil industrialist, Bartholomew Bogue, played by Peter Sarsgaard who has set upon their town during the gold rush, what ensues triggers the story which led to the town hiring bounty hunter Sam Chisolm to rid them of Bogue and his extremely ruthless “army”, what makes this story exciting is it emerges that there is history between Chisolm and Bogue.

Once hired Chisolm goes about hiring his band of six men, starting with Chris Pratt whose character I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the film, not only is he a talented gunfighter (Hollywood style) his character is fairly amusing, a cocky character but not at all a character to dislike, the second best character for me was a tossup between Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio) or Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) who plays a Comanche, so keeping in line with his Native American roots.

The cast is a diverse one and does make the film, including Ethan Hawke, who plays a civil war veteran suffering from the after-effects of the war and really brings his diversity to the screen in this role – I cannot say he was amongst my favourite characters but he does play a good part, along with his sidekick, South Korean actor and martial artist Byung-hun Lee (Billy Rocks), but I promise their are no high-kicking antics from this Taekwondo expert, that would have been a put off and even though I enjoy martial arts I do think it would have prompted my rating to be even lower.

I have decided that this needs a second watch and so there might be an edited version of this review but it was enjoyable enough. Denzel Washington is his usual talented self but I will say he seems to have unlimited ammunition and his sixshooter seems to have an unlimited capacity cylinder which was a minor setback for me which is why I have given it the rating I have, it is however Hollywood and so to be expected.

So, when you take off to see this film, enjoy it for I unfortunately do not see this a genre making a comeback to screen. Unless I decide to settle down and do my screenwriting course. It would be great to have some more original stories come back to screen rather than remakes.

Enjoy the film, feel free to write comments up on how you found it.

Forsaken (2016)

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A western which I like to describe as the western of heart I have been waiting for. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore, Brian Cox and Michael Wincott.

John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) returns home after many years away after first going to the civil war and then having become a gunslinger. He returns to his estranged father Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland) to find his mother having passed away. Their community has come under threat from a ruthless businessman (Brian Cox) clearing the way for the railroad with a band of ruthless outlaws who has also hired a gunslinger and gentleman, Dave Turner (Michael Wincott).

As westerns have become a dying genre I feel that this film has not been given the credit that it deserves. Filmed in Alberta, Canada this film offers spectacular scenery and the movie itself is heartfelt. My feeling is that many reviewers and critics have become corrupted by the later westerns which offer special effects and stunts that would have been unusual back in the day and not expected of a cowboy back then, whereas Forsaken is filmed in a classic style western and offers much more reality than most modern westerns. Of course everyone enjoys the modern films with explosions and gunfights which in all reality would not be possible and in real life would get the “gunslinger” killed, we all need an escape from reality at times but Forsaken keeps it real, there are no special effects to speak of and the scenes that take place are from a scenario which could happen.

Demi Moore, being the most beautiful woman to come out of Hollywood, to date plays her part very well, as usual and Michael Wincott is probably the best character in this film, a gentleman who has been hired to do a job and is not your typical bad guy. Donald Sutherland is as usual very good as is Cox. Who’s character you will come to dislike intensely, but as we all know, Cox plays a bad guy very well.

What else makes this for me is the father-son cast between Donald and Kiefer.

If you are anything like me who loves a good western you will feel like you know the characters. I love how this movie was written and enjoy the pace of the film and the story. It keeps it real.

What I also find helps me with a film is watching the extras before I watch the feature film (once I purchase it on DVD/Blu-Ray) to see what the cast and crew went through to make the story a possibility to best fit their audience. In the making of the film there is an amusing part with Michael Wincott who’s words are “seconded” by the whinnying of one of the on-set horses.

My review is entirely of my own opinion, we all have our preferences. You should watch this film and judge for yourself, but if you like a western this is a must watch. All the roles are played well.

Take a watch, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.