I blinked, was there a summit???
Well, we had been warned this one was unlike any other summit...no advance agreement on a closing statement, little prep time, two leaders who had never met each other, etc. (and $20M of Singapore’s cash for such short security.) 5 handshakes, one long lunch, much time lost in translation, 2 offers for a visit and more info in tweets than in the official document.
PBS’s summary: “lofty goals, with few details on how to reach them.”
That said, and I agree, it still was needed, for it gave the world new hope for peace (always remembering what a short time ago it was that the world was braced for missiles and war.)
Peace was the winner, and that is truly important. Human rights was the loser. (North Korea’s record is one of the worst) and that is truly tragic.
(BTW, one Lexington TV station, six hours after the summit ended, was running headlines calling attention to the meeting about to be held, at the bottom of the screen during its newscast.)
Turning to domestic items: American Democracy suffered setbacks. The Supreme Court, 5-4, said Ohio, which has the strictest voter purging laws in the nation, could throw people off the rolls if they failed to vote for 6 years, and failed to respond to a letter. “Not our place to set these laws for local races” the court indicated in leaving this matter up to the states.
(I wonder how much Ohio has spent on purging voters, and bringing the case to the courts..and how much good might have been done trying to find ways to up voter turnout?)
Meanwhile, Indiana, also next door, took the opposite tack. A federal judge there blocked the state from purging voters because they might also be voting in another state! (This makes no sense to me. Ohio’s might well be too strict, but voting twice is a crime—except of course in some parts of Kentucky and my home state of West Virginia.)
The Ohio decision may make the Indiana ruling "moot," but what we need to be doing, with great urgency, is to find ways to get many more people to vote, legally.
That serious challenge needs to be taken up by the next Kentucky General Assembly.
I'm just sayin'...