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the hoards at the gates

I am following American politics a little more closely these days. The Republican National Convention through the eyes of The Young Turks has been particularly entertaining but also disheartening in that the level of animosity and vitriol coming from the right is at an intensity I have never seen before.

There is indignation and anger because the political fault lines are no longer just about schooling, taxes or health care but more about what kind of country the United States wants to be. Do they want to be a banana republic led by flag-waving jingoistic patriots who love guns and fringe religion or one based on justice, equality for all and achieving higher goals.

While neither party holds a monopoly on perfection it seems the Democrats are a little closer to getting there except that they have made their own mistakes. By having their own insiders derail the Sanders campaign they helped remove the candidate who might have had a better shot at defeating Donald Trump. Instead they have placed their bets on Hillary who has been branded the safe candidate but who no one likes all that much.

Bernie was too radical for some but then he also spoke to the worker who felt bad that he had lost his job while Clinton reeks of Washington establishment.

Trump, who is a populist buffoon, currently commands a lead in the polls leading me to think that a lot of Americans are currently not dealing from a full deck. You just need to watch this man for a few minutes on any broadcast to understand the depths of his inadequacy to hold any level of public office. I wouldn’t let him be the local dog catcher. He is that much of a disaster with unjustified smugness thrown in for good measure.

The YouTube youth core is doing their best against the older uneducated whites who think that Trump is a successful business man who tells it like it is. But judging from the polling numbers I’m beginning to wonder whether they will have any effect because they are preaching to their own loyal young demographic.

The disenfranchisement that many people feel has actually more to do with the level of injustice that is currently plaguing the country and the rest of the world. The American dream might just be a fantasy which has been replaced by those who are deemed worthy gleefully lining their pockets while the rest of the peasants are left staring in envy from outside the city gates.

If you want some evidence simply watch the film "The Big Short".


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  1. I have never been more worried for my country than I am this year. I am so scared of what either candidate of the major parties will do to my country. I do not even want to think about congress. It is just down right depressing that out of a country of over 300 million people Hillary and Donald are the best we have to offer.

    I have been voting since I was 20 and I could usually get behind a candidate but this time I just can't support either of them. I just hope the citizen of my country wake up soon. Thank you for the soap box.

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  2. I agree that no one is 100% in favor of either candidate. I for one am 100% against Trump. He would quite literally be a disaster, not only for the US but possibly for the globe. But that's my opinion of course, anyone else's mileage may vary.

    However I also suggest that everyone select this link to The New York Times, about Sarah McBride, the first transgender woman to address any major political party in the US. Just happens to be the DNC... http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004557772/sarah-mcbride-transgender-woman-speaks-at-dnc.html

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  3. thank you Michelle and Emma for your feedback. These are strange times not just for the US but for the world and the pattern for me is definitely global inequality and greed which seem to be universal themes since we have been on this planet. The main problem is that it has escalated to an extreme level.

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