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Blasts from the past

Okay, so this isn’t the year for the Cubs to win it all as predicted by the movie “Back to the Future,” which was revived on Facebook and other media for all to see recently.
Unlike 2003, however, I’m not heartbroken. This was a great year, with many highlights, culminating in beating the dreaded Cardinals in the league championship series before a home crowd. I’m not going to say wait until next year, at least not yet, been down that road enough. No, I’m just going to savor a really good season and pity St. Louis fans. They may have a perennial contender but they miss out on the character building experience of keeping the faith year after year after year.
Another blast from the past, making the rounds on social media, is an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart has a nightmare about a future that includes Donald Trump as the ex-president who bankrupted the country. It first aired 15 years ago and there are many uncanny similarities. One difference is the year is predicted to be 2030, but either way his hair is the same.
Believe it or not, there are some things Trump says I agree with including:
In an interview with Face The Nation on Sunday, Trump said hedge fund managers are “getting away with murder . . . The hedge-fund guys didn’t build this country… They’re making a tremendous amount of money— they have to pay taxes.”
And, in an interview with Good Morning America: “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
But then there’s: “When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.”
And let’s not forget: “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… wherever.” Or: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
And yet a big part of his base is women?
The third blast from the past that caught my eye was a clip of a debate between Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr. It took place in 1980 and immigration came up.
Here’s what Bush had to say: “Look, I’d like to see something done about the illegal alien problem that would be so sensitive and so understanding about labor needs and human needs that that problem wouldn’t come up. But today, if those people are here, I would reluctantly say I think they would get whatever it is, you know, that society is giving to their neighbors. But the problem has to be solved. The problem has to be solved. Because, as we have made illegal some kinds of labor that I’d like to see legal, we’re doing two things, we’re creating a whole society of really honorable, decent, family-loving people that are in violation of the law and secondly we’re exacerbating relations with Mexico. (…) If they’re living here, I don’t want to see 6- and 8-year-old kids being made totally uneducated and made to feel like they’re living totally outside the law. These are good people, strong people.”
And then Reagan: “Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems? Make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit. And then, while they’re working and earning here, they can pay taxes here. And then, when they want to go back, they can go back. Open the borders both ways.”
I really think the Cubs will have a great chance to win it all next year.
Can’t say the same thing for the Republican Party.