Note: This one is a bit heavy on the editorial content.
Now that so called “Super Tuesday” is behind us, all I can say is WTF, ‘Merka? Seriously, what is wrong with you people? Well, not you exactly, I mean anyone who is reading this, in all probability has more than two brain cells to rub together, but I’m still puzzled. As someone who grew up with the parliamentary system I find the American method of choosing a leader to be bizarre in the extreme. Essentially, in Britain a general election is just a nationwide series of local elections and the prime minister is simply the leader of the party that wins the most constituencies, and isn’t elected directly. Even after over two decades, I still find the primary process insane, especially the fact that anyone can declare themselves as either Democrat or Republican and run on that ticket without any prior justification or history.
Like most people, I presumed that Trump’s announcement to run was just one more ego trip designed to generate free publicity for whatever plan he had in hand and I fully expected the whole thing to crash and burn in a spectacular manner after a couple of weeks. Of course, I’m not going to rehash all his outrageous statements and claims, but from anyone else they would have spelled instant death followed by a flurry of the usual non-apology apologies and rationalisations. Not so with Trump. He is the archetype of someone who has never been questioned, never been called out on anything he says and has never been told “No”. What started out as a joke became a farce and then passed into a surrealist farrago that even Bunuel and Dali on acid couldn’t match on their best days. I bet Jon Stewart must be kicking himself for leaving “The Daily Show” just as the richest vein of material in comedy history was discovered. This makes the whole Anthony Wiener affair pale by comparison.
I don’t want to fall foul of Godwin’s Law, but as some of you know, I am something of a history buff – take a look at my book shelves and you’ll see for yourselves, but I have to point out that Trump’s rise to prominence is not without precedent. I can think of another political outsider with a stupid haircut who rose to popularity by offering the ill educated masses quick and easy solutions to complex problems, blamed all the country’s perceived ills on foreign powers whom he would force to pay recompense or face the consequences and wanted to force a religious group to be identifiable in public. We all know how that turned out, don’t we? At least with all those golf courses, the Donald has no shortage of bunkers.
Of Rubio and Cruz I will say little except the infighting between them has been hilarious as each one tries to outdo the other in religiosity and political hard lining. It comes to something when John Kasich is the voice of reason. My only hope is that this election truly tears the Republican party apart once and for all.
The other side of the coin isn’t too sweet either. Why does this country have an obsession with crazy old guys? Ross Perot, John McCain, and now Bernie Sanders. I just don’t get it. I find it hilarious that half the country is terrified of someone who claims to be a Socialist. Just the mere mention of the word is enough to give the entire population of the Confederacy an attack of the vapours. Well, let me tell you, Bernie ain’t no Socialist. As a former card carrying member of the Labour Party amongst other organisations, he would be laughed out of any meeting I’ve ever attended.At best, he is a liberal democrat with some crazy thrown in for good measure. I bet his basement is full of soccer and baseballs that have flown over his garden fence.
Last, but by no means least is Hillary Clinton. I will confess that I don’t like her. She expected this primary campaign to be some sort of coronation procession.
It may well end up that way, but what I can’t stand is her smug expression and her obvious sense of entitlement, like a spoilt child who knows that she will get any present she asks for. Even if she wins, and I expect she will, her first term will make Obama’s tenure look like a New Year’s Eve party. I can predict with confidence that the hate campaign against her will be like nothing we have ever seen. If you thought Obama had a hard time getting anything done, wait until Inauguration Day and then see what happens.
From all the above you may have the impression that I won’t be voting in November. Nothing could be further from the truth. I intend to mail in my ballot as soon as I can, and will vote exactly the way those of you who know me expect me to. I just think that there has to be a way to select the de facto leader of the free world that has more dignity, substance and honesty than the current one. Who’s for a new television series? I have a great idea – American Presidential Candidate Gladiator.