I must admit that I didn't think that Hillary Clinton was a good choice right from the start. I'm sure she would have made a perfectly sound president if elected and Trump is either going to be a loose cannon, or he'll turn out to be just as establishment as Clinton, when push comes to shove. But I really don't understand America's love affair with political dynasties. I thought they fought a revolutionary war to be done with royal families. Surely in a country the size of the US they could have found a fresh face to be the new Democratic candidate?
They had the chance of fielding a fresh- even populist- candidate with Sanders- but he was too wild for them. As it is they put a safe, establishment candidate up against a maverick and the maverick won. Could Sanders have beaten Trump? Some commentators think he would have done.
I think all we can do is wait and see when he is inaugurated next year, It will be interesting if nothing else.
Interesting times, as the Chinese say.
It's a harsh assessment, but true.
I want people to be decent, even if it goes against their own interests... because you'll never beat equality by voting purely for yourself... You do it by taking into account the bigger picture.
It's a shame that so many of the 'masses' seem incapable of that. There's no point in coddling stupidity and claiming that they had an excuse. I don't think they did.
I think it entirely possible that many of the "masses" took account Hillary's links to the banks, her history of war-mongering, her funding by the Saudis, the allegations of corruption against her, and concluded that in the bigger picture Trump was the lesser evil.
If they take that decision in the face of the fact that he has no experience, AND is a disreputable human being to boot, then there was and is no hope for them.
Let's see what kind of freakshow this becomes.
- One can be calmed down, it will be no other than if somebody else had won.
Just systematically a little different.
Edited at 2016-11-09 02:21 pm (UTC)
The system remains the same. A President is only one cog in a vast, unwieldy machine.
But it's a far more lubricated machine with both houses of congress being in the same party.
I think you see very clearly.
Yeh, majority of people are stupid and do not look behind a name. But they choose another Bush.
The second Bush was a considerable mistake.
Well, they did reject Jeb pretty handily, so there's that.
The US needs free university education, at least for some people, or some courses of study. Most people can't afford an education, but education improves you in almost every way - not all, I know; it depends on which degree, and different schools have different approaches (McMaster University has a medical program that you don't need a science degree to enter it. The logic is that they have more compassionate doctors as a result)
They also need free healthcare so that not only can people access healthcare so that they don't live in fear of debt, also so that people can access mental health care.
I'd agree with that.
A little judicious socialism is in order...