November 6, 2016Posted by on
This Sunday of Facebook: Despite having said to my wife that the election of a new President is entirely up to the electorate in the USA, which it is — whatever the rest of the world thinks — nevertheless I couldn’t resist having my say. Not being aware that the date for the election of a new President in the USA is next Tuesday, I am posting a selection of my intended articles today.
A global interest in the election of a President for the United States of America is to be expected however, the many views expressed outside of the USA being as entrenched as those inside suggests a global population on tenterhooks. Of course there is — at its most simplistic — a global divide between socialism and capitalism that in the USA (to an observer like myself) is seen as the divide between Democrats and Republicans.
I find it hard to recall the division of so many opinions about the frontrunners in the lead-up to the presidential election. However if my 2011 post Progressive Self Destruction was aimed at Democrats in the USA, I now find it increasingly difficult to differentiate between them and Republicans, or the intentions of left wing v right wing politicians anywhere. It seems to me that the only guarantee an electorate can be sure of, is that those they elect will always benefit.
- Why The U.S. Presidential Election Has The Entire World Confused: The revelation of an October surprise re-opening of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of classified data on private and vulnerable email servers does not come as a shock to me, but it certainly does to many people around the world. Hundreds of mainstream outlets are scrambling to spin the news as misconduct by the FBI rather than a victory for the halls of justice. Numerous alternative media analysts are rushing to cover their butts and admit that there is now a “chance” of a Trump win. Confusion reigns supreme as the weirdest election in U.S. history continues to bewilder observers.
- The polls might seem wild right now, but this election is closing a lot like the last one did: In a closely divided country, it means yet another contest that will leave many voters feeling whiplash. Even though far fewer polls have been conducted this year than in the last election, social media has made them more available and ubiquitous than ever. News headlines highlight the variations from one survey to the next — the inevitable product of the laws of probability — driving many voters to distraction as they check Twitter for the latest bulletin.
- Both Trump and Clinton would see the US run like a corporation: Despite a catastrophic financial crisis and sufficient evidence of the harm caused by Wall Street’s obsession with short-term financial targets, America’s mantras of competition, self-interest, efficiency and profit continue to reign supreme.
- Star-spangled banter: By comparison, the 2015 pre-general election debates in Britain were pedestrian, dull and didn’t even feature the woman who is now Prime Minister — so they were ultimately pointless to boot. But we’ve been given a ringside seat as America makes its decision — do they want Trump, who seems to stalk his rival across the stage, or do they prefer Clinton and her ice-queen response (which, to be fair, is probably the only way to deal with him)?
I liked the last article (4) despite never having watched a televised political debate, and find it somewhat heartening that such momentous events have become farce. I’m reminded of that late 70s television series Soap — which I did watch — with the catchphrase, Confused, you won’t be after this episode!