Frieda Marie pities the poor Aussies

Greetings from the Ridge.

Pity the poor Aussies. They don’t know whether we like them or not. Although last week our president said that he never changed his mind because in his words, “I’m a very stable genius,” they can’t help but be confused. Long before we began cozying up to authoritarian regimes while slapping democracies in the face, the Commander in Chief attacked the land down under. Shortly after his inauguration he ended a phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by saying, “I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.” Two months ago our president spoke of Turnbull saying, “The relationship we have with Australia is a terrific relationship and probably stronger now than ever before, maybe because of our friendship.” Who am I to argue with a stable genius?

Although our nation’s bond with Australia wasn’t my Top Ten Reasons to Worry last week, I thought that if the president of the U.S. could generalize so freely, I’d take a whack at it myself. Herb and I joined an intrepid little band of travelers to the Land Down Under with a brief excursion to New Zealand a few years ago so I’ll submit my non-political generalizations about the nation- continent. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>