So today, voters in the United States of America go to the polls in their general elections. A contest between two of the least likable or worthy people I have ever come across, to think that either candidate is the most talented or worthy person in a nation of over 300 million people is entirely laughable, doubly so after the most expensive and length campaign in the world. We hate our politicians in the UK too of course but at least our elections take just a month and cost less than the New Hampshire primary. It goes without saying that anyone as Trump as Trump would never get a look in, nor would anyone as mired in scandal as Hilary.
So we’re told that we are approaching armageddon if Trump wins but a huge piece of me doesn’t care less and that little bit that does in a mischevious kind of way wonders what it would be like. After all, we in the U.K. are waiting WW3, we were told this would be the case should we vote for Brexit and frustratingly for anyone with end of the world tendancies, this has yet to happen.
I just don’t think one person can do that much damage or indeed that much good. At either ends of the polictical spectrum and indeed many would say, competency levels, we all got through George Bush Jnr (well most of us outside of Iraq and Afghanistan) and for all his supposed good intentions, I can’t find Obama as anything other than a disappointment. A fine orator but little else, neutered by the American political system as indeed would Trump and Clinton be.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Sir Winston Churchill
Elections just don’t seem to make that much of a difference any more. I genuinely think that the world or at least our part of it needs one last/more war or revolution to get things to where they need to be. Nearly 5 months after our Brexit vote, nothing has changed here. Partly as no-one knows what to do but also because except perhaps The Queen, few in the halls of power and even less in the all controlling big-business wants to do anything that might make their lives a little more difficult or less profitable, regardless of what the people say.
Europe is falling apart or perhaps more accurately collapsing from within. Again here, no changes have been made since the Brexit vote, the peoples of Europe desperately wanting change but the elites refusing to listen with no proposals of change whatsoever to the European Union. To the east and a resurgent Russia, resergent only in the minds of the dictator Putin. Another country that had monumental changes 25 years ago with Perestroika and now back in exactly the same situation as it was before, only worse as their economy is now even more broken and with a huge birthrate problem. Putin may want everyone to be afraid of Russia but it seems that no-one wants to have babies there. Not surprising as every penny of money there seems to go to the military.
Despite the huge anger in Europe of Brexit, it seems they still expect us to make the second biggest security steps after the USA, all ready to vainly fight a Russian invasion. Not at all hypocrictical!! Britain itself is under attack apparently, from Russian cyberhackers with reports that everything from our Kettles to Fridges might be utilised in furure wars. Even our televisions apparently… look what happened to mine last friday!
All of that almost pales into insignificance by all the changes to the worlds climate and environment. In a phenomena known as the Sixth Extinction, the world is changing in a terrible way, quicker than any of the previous five mass-extinctions and they included obliteration my asteroids. Now it is just because of people poisoning the air, destroying the flaura and fauna and filling the sea with non-degradeable plastic.
I remember at school at the end of the 1970’s and early 80’s learning about global warming and the destruction of the environment but it seems half the world still doesn’t believe and many of those who do, don’t care enough to do anything. Why else would animals such as the fantastic White Rhino which again was under threat when I was a boy, now all but extinct and all because ignorant people in China think the Rhino horn will help with procreation, as if there weren’t enough people there all ready… maybe all the rhino horns should have gone to Russia.
It was partially many years of terrible drought that caused the Arab Spring, that and the unquestioned support of murderous dictators by the West. How much of the huge mass-migration problem facing Europe is down to climate change which is mostly but not entirely not the fault of Africa combined with huge unsustainable population growths which are almost entirely are the fault of Africa.
In the worst case scenarios, this would only be the beginning as the climate change is only now beginning to properly kick-in. It could be that in the future, the world becomes much more closed-off and isolated as only the strongest can fight to keep a veneer of civilisation and comfortable living. Indeed in that most intractible of situations between Israel and the Palestinians, one side has already taken steps to control the precious water and most of it isn’t theirs to take! Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have all nearly come to blows over water, Turkey and Iraq might yet and Chechnya wasn’t allowed independence for no other reason than it might cause ideas amonst oil rich parts of Russia… places that have been Russian for all of a century or so.
It’s not wrong for desperate people to try and escape and make a better life for themselves just as it isn’t wrong for others to want to help but not at the expense of spooling their own lives or countries.
With all the millions being killed in places such as Syria, it is hard to see how the American election can really make that much difference one way or the other. It does seem though that no matter how many some might hate to admit it, big business and globalisation has made many rich and many comparatively poorer. People in Africa want to come to Europe, people in Mexico want to come to the USA. Neither area particularly wants them and both are scared to admit that actually, the system doesn’t quite work for everyone.
Winston Churchill saw both sides of the problem, he once remarked that the problem with democracy is clear after spending 5 minutes with any prospective voter but then he also remarked that Democracy is the worst option apart from all the others.
Maybe that is why Trump wants to build his wall, why Putin wants to divert everyones attention with how bad things are by invading countries, why Europe is falling apart, why Britain is Brexiting and why political groups in Scotland and other places want to divide already small countries as the elites refuse to listen to the people they supposedly represent and people retreat into core nations, regions and even tribes as they pull up the draw bridge in response to a mixture of fear, opportunism and even racism.
So given all that, I just don’t really care and i will just sit out the next few days before the campaigning starts for the 2020 election.
Having pretty much alientated every country, including my own with this blog post it is probably time to wrap things up. I don’t much care who wins today election as I already hate the victor, when I wake up either the second worst candidate in history will be the President elect or someone worse will be. As that great American Mark Twain once put it… if voting changed anything then they would ban it. On the other hand in all the very worst countries, they have banned it.