Brexit, Grexit and Vive le Québec libre

Before Brexit there was Grexit

I knew the effects of #Brexit would be huge. That’s why I closely followed the issue and also followed #Grexit last year. If Greece had left the EU there would have been serious global economic consequences. Not that we should only do what the markets want. If we did, the U.S. would privatize Social Security and the DJIA would be over 100,000.

It reminds me how much we hear about all news now because of social media. In 1990 my wife and I were in Montreal. Back then, there were always stories about Quebec seceding from Canada. During our stay, the “Lake Meech Accords” which had previously been proposed to keep French-speaking Quebec happily in Canada had fallen apart. On our trip, we heard a lot about it. We were surprised to hear nothing about it when we returned to the U.S., not even on CNN. A few months later Pat Buchanan, at the time a co-host on Crossfire and syndicated columnist, suggested the eastern Canadian provinces break off from Canada and join the U.S. Imagine the controversy today! Back then it got as much discussion as a new exhibit at an art museum.

And speaking of things that would be a billion times bigger now; in 1967, French President Charles de Gaulle visited Expo ’67 in Montreal. “World Fairs” were big back then; we had one in New York in the mid 1960s. Befitting the turbulent 1960s, Charles de Gaulle said during a speech there “Vive le Québec libre!” which translated means “long live Free Quebec.” Talk about getting involved in another country’s affairs! It was a story that everyone heard about but did not have the “trending in social media” impact it would have now. Actually a classmate of mine was in Montreal at the time, saw the speech, and told our class about seeing Charles de Gaulle. His added comment of the great French leader; “weird looking dude.”

Children can be SO CRUEL!!

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