Welcome to the 12th installment of The Patterson Post.
This week, I’m discussing the inauguration of Joe Biden, speculating on Connor McGregor’s paths to victory, pointing out two articles worth your time, and as always, ending on a quote and a question.
Please enjoy, and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Read time – 5 minutes
President Joe Biden – A Return to the Status Quo
On Wednesday afternoon, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. He replaces Donald Trump – the most controversial and divisive President in recent history, and represents a return to the status quo of political leadership.
The President’s key message in his inauguration speech was of unity and healing. After the insurrection on the 6th of January, 25,000 troops – more US personnel than are in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria combined – were deployed in Washington DC to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Thankfully, they weren’t needed.
Trump wasn’t at the ceremony, which is the first time a President hasn’t attended the inauguration of his successor since Nixon resigned.
Kamala Harriss was sworn in as Vice President, making her the first Woman to ever hold the office. She’s also the first African American and Asian American VP. She represents hundreds of years of struggle by oppressed groups to have their voices heard.
Many speculate Biden won’t stand for re-election in 2024, as he’ll be 82, and instead Harriss will be the Democratic candidate. If this is the case, we may be looking at the first female President in the making. Regardless of what happens four years from now, Kamala Harriss is probably the most powerful woman to have ever lived on planet Earth.
Biden didn’t take to start making changes. On his first day, he set to work stopping the border wall construction; ending the Muslim travel ban; rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement; blocking the Keystone XL pipeline project; and once again taking part in the World Health organisation. These were some of Trump’s most controversial policies, and most would agree are a step in the right direction for the US.
Joe Biden does not represent any change to the political status quo of the United States. He’s a career politician, serving in the Senate for 35 years, and was Barack Obama’s Vice-President. He won’t be tweeting 10+ times a day as Trump did, he likely won’t be involved in any massive scandals, and he won’t be introducing any particularly disruptive legislation.
Biden is an old, middle-of-the-road, experienced politician, which is exactly what the US needs. He’s in a good position to restore some order, combat COVID, bring people together and start to get the country back on track.
As I’ve said before, politics isn’t meant to be entertaining. It’s meant to be a slow, deliberate process, that works towards the common good of the people. Donald Trump made the White House into a circus, which the media happily played along with because viewers tuned in.
This culminated in the Capitol being stormed, Trump being kicked-off Twitter, and the military deployed to the streets. What we need more than ever now is a period of calm. Sleepy Joe will hopefully fulfil that role.
McGregor vs. Poirier – 3 ways McGregor Wins Tonight
The time is upon us. Connor McGregor will once again grace the Octagon, and the world will stop and watch.
McGregor has an inexplicable charisma, shared by Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, that compels human beings to look his way. It’s impossible to say why exactly that happens, but every time he enters the cage, it feels like you’re watching history unfold.
Tonight, his opponent will be Dustin Poirier- a highly skilled veteran of Mixed Martial Arts.
As a huge fan of McGregor, I hope he takes the W. I can see three clear ways he goes about doing this.
- A Straight-Left
As complex and sophisticated as McGregor’s striking is, his straight-left hand is probably his deadliest weapon. Beautifully simple, but devastatingly effective, Connor’s straight-left has been his most dangerous weapon throughout his career.
Some say this is the only weapon Connor has in his arsenal, which is false.
McGregor has a diverse array of attacks. He uses boxing, Tae-Kwon-Doe, Karate and Muay Thai to overwhelm his opponent’s defence. He’s built a diverse range of strikes, all of which allow him to land his lethal left hand.
Connor’s straight-left is probably the most feared in all of MMA, and if he can land it consistently against Dustin Poirier, the fight won’t last long.
- A Spinning Hook-Kick
In the first fight, McGregor opened with a hook-kick, which whistled just over Poirier’s head.
The spinning hook-kick is one of the most powerful kicks in Martial Arts because it makes use of centrifugal force. You rotate your whole body, throwing your heel at your opponent’s head, and bending the knee slightly to create the “hook” as the shot is about to land. Here’s a breakdown of the technique by a Tae-Kwon-Doe Black Belt, Scott McCoull.
In the first episode of UFC Embedded, Connor fakes a jumping front-kick and transitions to a spinning hook-kick, landing on the chin of a dummy. After the beautiful technique, he looks at the camera and says:
“That might be the shot. That might be the shot… Stay tuned on that.”
He predicted the left-hook he knocked out Jose Aldo with, and he said he’d finish Poirier in the first-round of the first bout. They call him “Mystic Mac” for a reason. Stay tuned.
- A 5-Round War
Both McGregor and Poirier have been through 25 minute battles in the UFC. By the final bell of Mcgregor vs. Diaz 2, both men were exhausted and covered in blood.
In Poirier’s ‘Fight of the Year’ contender against Dan Hooker, he once again showed his phenomenal cardio and championship heart.
Both of these men are capable of going the distance, and both have said in interviews they’d be excited for a 5-round war.
If it does go to a decision, I would anticipate Connor to have landed more strikes, and been more offensive, giving him the edge on the judges scorecards.
No matter how this fight plays out, it should be a goody. Both men are warriors, and have consistently performed at the highest level.
I will be staying up until 5am, so if anyone else is watching it, message me your thoughts.
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has been described as “the last dictator of Europe”. Openly opposed to democracy, Lukashenko has been in power since 1994, and does not plan to step down any time soon.
In August of last year, Lukashenko claimed to have won an election with 80% of the popular vote, but many have claimed widespread vote-rigging. These claims have far more legitimacy than those of Donald Trump, and have led to months of protests in the capital.
Over 30,000 peaceful protestors have been arrested, signifying a brutal crackdown from Lukashenko’s regime. Many have alleged torture at the hands of the authorities.
This beautifully written article outlines the situation in Belarus, and what we can do to help.
The 7th of February is Day of Solidarity with Belarus, and you can use #StandWithBelarus to show your support and join the conversation.
A group of ex-Police Officers have formed to call for the legalisation of cannabis in Scotland.
Scotland has the highest rate of drug deaths in Europe, and current drug laws are simply failing to have any effect on the crisis.
The group has called for a US-style approach to widespread cannabis legalisation, which has been a resounding success in states such as California and Colorado.
Cannabis should not be illegal. A civilised society should not be putting human beings in cages for smoking a plant that makes you feel relaxed and cannot cause death.
It’s encouraging to see Police Officers feel the same way.
An Interesting Fact
There are an estimated 7111 languages spoken on Earth today. 7111! That doesn’t include dialects.
I had no idea so many existed.
“In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,
our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
- From Amanda Gorman’s poem – The Hill We Climb
How do you participate in democracy?
Today marks 3 months of weekly Patteson Post’s. I’ve had so much fun writing TPP, and it’s given me something to be working on during the Pandemic.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll never stop saying it, thank you all who take the time to read this. I do this for pleasure and practice, and the enthusiasm and feedback I’ve had over the past 12 weeks has been genuinely touching.
I hope I provide value to you guys. I sometimes wonder if the subjects are too diverse, but I share what I think is interesting or important, and I don’t want to restrict what that means.
Anyway, I hope you all have a peaceful weekend, and enjoy the hostilities.