Currie’s Corner 587 – January 11, 2018

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Currie’s Corner 587 –  January 11, 2018

Question .. What are Oprah’s views about NAFTA ? Assuming that the Donald hasn’t already scrapped the trade agreement by 2020 that is vital to the strength of the Canadian economy, and the prairies in particular, it’s probably time to compile a bit of a dossier on Ms. Winfrey.

The idea that barely two years from now, American voters might send a reality TV star to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to replace the one who’s already there is beyond belief. So are a lot things about the state of democracy in 2018.

Oprah sprang to the forefront of our attention last Sunday with a powerful speech as she received the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes. That prize, named for a legendary Hollywood producer who died almost 60 years ago, became hugely political a year ago when they gave it to Meryl Streep. Without mentioning him by name, she did a number on Donald Trump who was still unpacking his golf clubs at the White House. He responded with his thumbs that Meryl was “highly-overrated” as an actress, and the great American divide was underway.

This year’s Golden Globes were a celebration of “sisterhood” and the Oscars a few weeks from now will undoubtedly see more of the same, in contrast to a year ago when it was the “anyone but white” awards.

Does Oprah offer any significant reasons to believe that she might be an effective President of the United States? Seems it doesn’t much matter. On the plus side, her estimated net worth is close to $3 Billion. That means she should be less beholden to special interests.

She is female and African American. That checks off a couple of boxes, but I still want to know how the hell does she feel about NAFTA, and does she swoon over Justin Trudeau?

It has long been said that politics is great theatre. What we didn’t seem realize is that in the U.S. the dividing line between the two worlds has pretty much disappeared.

I’m Roger Currie