The Final Reflection

6 Nov

“I am, of course, not a lover of upheavals. I merely want to make sure people do not forget that there are upheavals.”

-General Aritomo Yamagata, Imperial Japanese Army, 1881

I have been asked, over the last few months, why I am so invested in the 2016 American Presidential Election. I am a British citizen. I’m certainly not eligible to vote in an American election. And I reply that the American President is, de facto if not de jure, the most important person in the world. The person sitting in the Oval Office is the Head of State and Head of Government of the United States, the one who will set the tone for the next four – perhaps eight – years. It is no exaggeration to say that the lives of vast numbers of people will be changed, perhaps drastically, by POTUS. The selection of the right POTUS is thus a matter of global importance.

This has been, in many ways, a truly dishonest election. Donald Trump, undisputed winner of the Republican Nomination, has been attacked savagely by his own party leaders. Hillary Clinton has been exposed as a cheat, rigging the nomination process to ensure she – instead of Bernie Sanders – was nominated. The FBI covered for Hillary Clinton, proving that the Clintons are above the law; the media has cheerfully done everything in its power, up to and including the deliberate falsification of both news and poll results, to blacken Trump’s name and standing. Indeed, it has even been suggested that Putin has been exposing Hillary’s crimes … and that, somehow, this excuses them.

Depending on which news sites you read, you could be forgiven for thinking that Trump is the Antichrist and Hillary the Messiah … or vice versa. That’s how bad it has become.

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What is truly unbelievable about the whole affair is this. The US population is, according to the internet, somewhere around 324,227,000. Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that 24,227,000 are ineligible for the nomination. That leaves 300,000,000. There’s a standard rule of thumb that one third of the US is solidly Republican, one third Democratic and one third undecided. That gives each party a solid pool of 100,000,000 potential candidates. And yet, they have managed to lumber themselves with two badly flawed candidates!

The only good thing that can be said about this is that it should serve as a wake-up call for both parties. Political elites have proven devastating to their electoral chances. But realistically, I don’t think they’ll listen.

This is, I think, the last post I’ll write on the election. And I suspect some people will probably consider that a relief.


There is a witty observation from Japan that notes that the first generation is often very capable, the second merely competent; the third outright incompetent. Japanese history bears that out. So does the history of aristocracies and elites in Europe. Those who had to struggle for their positions were often more capable, more understanding of the true nature of power, than those who merely inherited them. Thus – in England – we have Henry Plantagenet (Henry II) followed by red-blooded Richard, treacherous John and the child-king Henry III. Edward I was followed by Edward II, a weakling king; Edward III, forced to fight for his throne, proved far more capable and competent than his father.

By this standard, Hillary Clinton is not likely to prove a good President.

As I noted earlier, Hillary Clinton has very little experience of working her way up into a position of power. Many of her positions came through marriage or were practically handed to her by her connections. She ran for a very safe Senate seat, Obama appointed her Secretary of State. Indeed, the only genuine contest Hillary can be said to have won is the 2016 battle for the Democratic Nomination – and we now know she cheated. She had to cheat to beat an old and probably unelectable man.

Her scandals just keep coming. Her private email server was utterly against the law, yet the FBI rolled over and allowed her to get away with it. (Why – apparently, Obama knew full well it existed.) And now it has been reopened. The Clinton Foundation is apparently nothing more than a giant money laundering machine. She takes donations from Wall Street – her speeches, which she tried to hide, make it clear she promised to defend them – and foreign regimes that are effectively enemy states. Her foreign policy is based on – at best – wishful thinking; at worst, she strives to please the states that fund her. She is surrounded by people who are at best dubious and at worst potential traitors.

And her history of trying to rig the nomination raises questions about her potential victory, if indeed she wins the election. There is good reason to be concerned about the validity of the outcome.

Hillary Clinton has simply never been in a position where she might have to answer for her failures. A common or garden citizen of America would be in jail by now. She is not the person who will suffer for her diplomatic failures in Ukraine, nor is she the person who will die when rogue regimes – which she has encouraged – go to war.

Domestically, Hillary wants to expand the federal government – a dangerous thing, when the federal government is already far too large for its own good. There will be far more intrusion into the lives of ordinary citizens, higher taxes and entitlements … none of which will make life easier in the long run. And there will be more unvetted immigrants allowed to enter the US.

Internationally, Hillary has no credibility at all. None of her allies trust her, while her enemies hold her in contempt. At best, she will be seen as Obama Mk. 2; at middle, she will be seen as a weakling sitting in the White House, a woman who can be blackmailed into doing nothing as the world continues its descent into chaos.

And at worst, she will do something stupid.

It is often claimed – unfairly, particularly in Thatcher’s case – that female political leaders are weak, that they change their minds often. And this often casts a baleful shadow over their careers. Thatcher refused to back down on the Poll Tax, even though it destroyed her career; Merkel is still refusing to rethink immigration into Germany, even though its destroying her country and her people’s faith in government. Hillary may well feel that she has to stand up to Russia and Putin, even though the US is in no position to reverse Putin’s gains without a major war. And if Hillary miscalculates, there will be a major war.

There is no reason to welcome President Hillary. She is flat-out untrustworthy – and dangerous. It’s as simple as that.


Donald Trump is not, in my opinion, that much of an improvement. But then, the bar isn’t set very high.

That said, Trump has shown a number of extremely good traits over the last year. He’s proved himself to be adaptive, to understand where he’s going wrong and how to fix it, to refuse to give up at the slightest hurdle, to refuse to allow the media to dominate (and crush) his campaign … most of all, he has shown a talent for pointing to real problems and promising to fix them, all the while avoiding the curse of political correctness. Trump may be a rump – a rhyme I am particularly fond of – but he has a point. Trump has known success and he has known failure – and he has not allowed the latter to get him down.

And let’s face it. His success in overcoming fourteen of the most powerful Republicans in America and winning the nomination is a remarkable achievement, while Clinton had to cheat to beat an unelectable socialist.

His weaknesses, through, are dangerous (and blown out of all proportion by the media). He has a particularly filthy mouth, which could easily get him into trouble. (And it has.) And he will probably be hampered by ‘Cuckservative’ republicans more intent on trying to reassert their dominance than putting their country first. Fixing the problems facing America – and the West – will require more than fine words. Trump seems to understand that, but can he deliver?

Truthfully, I think that Trump will win – and that he will be a disappointment. The blunt truth is that no one, no matter how knowledgeable, cannot fix the federal government. It requires a devolution of power back to the people, the scrapping of regulations written by unelected and ignorant bureaucrats, the election of men and women who aren’t part of the political class … in short, it requires constant engagement from the public, not from those who can shout the loudest or come up with endless streams of buzzwords to justify themselves.

And, in a world where the political and media elites will do everything in their power to stop or co-opt an upstart, it will not be easy.


The one good thing about this election, as insane as it has been, is that it has exposed a number of uncomfortable truths.

First, the existence and power of political elites. For the Democrats, Hillary’s nomination was ensured through cheating, by the DNC arranging matters so Hillary’s nomination would be largely unchallenged. (Which it singularly failed to do in 2008, when Obama won partly because he was not Hillary Clinton.) The rank and file Democrats now know that their candidate is grossly unlikable – and that she cheated. One doesn’t have to detest Clinton or support Bernie Sanders to realise that this is impossible to defend. Whoever wins the coming election, the Democrats are in for a major shake-up.

For the Republicans, the rank and file of the party has been made aware of the existence of ‘Cuckservatives.’ The political elite – Jeb Bush and his ilk – are (were) comfortable where they are, making them unwilling to take risks. The elites already had it all – they didn’t want or need to rock the boat. It was easier for them to do nothing, to refuse to take a stand. On one hand, they were fearful of being accused of Bad Think – racism, for example; on the other, the last thing they wanted was someone proving that they weren’t needed. Their attacks on Trump were fuelled by an awareness that Trump’s success undermines their position, even if Trump loses. Trump has already shattered their grip on power. And don’t they know it.

Again, whoever wins the coming election, the Republicans are in for a major shake-up.

Second, the media has been proven to be nothing more than paid shrills for Hillary Clinton (and the Democrats in general). Their lies, quickly exposed on social media, have undermined whatever trust Americans were prepared to rest in them). It is no longer possible to trust the media – and, indeed, companies like Facebook and Google have been exposed cooperating with Hillary Clinton. The long-term effects of this, I suspect, are likely to be catastrophic. A free press is one of the cornerstones of democracy, but a press that blatantly supports one side and slams the other at every opportunity is a national menace.

Third, and finally, the election has exposed deep divisions within America.

Obama has been disastrous for the social cohesion of the United States. Race relations are at their worst for decades. Everyone is a victim now as the narrative of social justice continues to wipe away individuality and replace it with mob mentalities, with a hierarchy of victimhood and political correctness that is truly pathetic. Truth takes a backseat to whining and wishful thinking; facts take a backseat to opinion and feelings; free speech is shoved aside and truth hidden because someone – somewhere – might find it offensive.

This isn’t all Obama’s fault. Many of the social trends now coming into the open have been brewing for decades. But they have been made worse in the last eight years – and that I blame on Obama. Like Tony Blair before him, Obama concentrates more on appearance than reality. It is better to look good than be good. But imagine a cancer patient who was deluded into believing that some make-up and nice accessories would make her feel better. That’s the problem facing the United States. Anyone with half a brain would know that make-up and nice accessories would not take away the cancer.

But politicians have tried to deny this truth.

People are not always selfish. Truly selfish people are relatively rare. But people are self-interested. They ask ‘what’s in it for me?’ And a person in one position will do something that seems to make no sense, to an outside observer, because it makes sense to them, from where they’re standing. This is true of people living in flyover country – and it is true of politicians in Washington DC. Their decisions may seem poor, from our point of view, but they feel they’re the right decision.

This election has exposed, all too clearly, just how wide the gulf is between politicians and the average American voter. Obama hasn’t had a life outside politics – and he’s spent the last eight years in one of the most luxurious buildings in the world. Hillary Clinton hasn’t been an ordinary civilian since she married Bill Clinton. Her understanding of the realities of civilian life is apparently non-existent. Jeb Bush never grasped just how unpopular he was amongst the rank-and-file. Sanders and Trump did so well purely because they came from outside the political world. They weren’t tainted with a history in politics.

I am not sanguine about the future. Whoever wins the election, the United States – and the world – are in for some tough times.

38 Responses to “The Final Reflection”

  1. Johnz November 6, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Chris I agree that results of American election matters even if you are not American citizen and both candidates are flawed. I just have different picture about the entire election. Maybe we are already at mercy of bad recommendation algorithms that filter our news articles feed.

    • thundercloud47 November 7, 2016 at 5:20 am #

      Whoever is elected I’ll be glad that it’s over. Unfortunately, it won’t be over after Nov 9th.

      If Trump wins the elites will find ways to cancel out any changes he tries to make.

      If Hillary wins, we might just have war with Russia and China. The social justice warriors who voted for her will find out quickly what it is like to be of draft age. They’ll have to start the draft up again because very few hillbillies and rednecks will volunteer to fight in a war she started. BTW I was of draft age during Vietnam. I’m an urbanized hillbilly who grew up on a farm in the Ozarks. In my era SJW’s were called pansies.

      At this time I feel that because of all the changes that have happened in our military we will lose a war with Russia and China. The SJW’s will laugh and say that America deserved it. They’ll laugh right up until the time it finally dawns on them that their lives have changed for the worse and it won’t get better.

  2. Jas P November 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    The Media have always been the biggest Terrorist organization on Earth, constantly seeking to cause fear and terror so that they can create headlines and sensationalism, regardless of truth. In my previous occupation, I had to deal with a lot of issues as a result of media lies.
    Chris, you are absolutely right, the future is going to be very tough, especially with things already so tense with China and Russia, instability with the US is the last thing needed.
    There are going to be some incredible challenges for the leaders of our world in the next several years, and hopefully, someone has the sense not to try and exterminate us all.
    I keep waiting for someone to hold a press conference to say it was meant to be a joke and its just gone to far now..

  3. Billy November 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    I have thought about it (Benghazi ) and I think Hillary (Even though she had a Drone watch the whole thing in real time) why she did not send any help may have been because the Ambassador that was killed did not wire a few million dollars to her.

    That is how she would govern, you want her attention and help (No matter who you are * Evil or Good ) giver her lots of money.

    And she will do anything you want, no matter what the cost in lives or treasure to the country.

    I can not think of any King, Caesar or Ruler who was completely like that. I am sure there are many examples.

    They know it was not the Russians that hacked the servers, I think it was mad people in our own government who were upset with this double standard.

    And so Hillary and the Democratic Party are playing a game of chicken. (Like teenagers driving two cars head on into each other and the one that turns is a chicken. With the Russians. And the Russians are getting their Nukes ready as their response to this game. That is not a exaggeration.

  4. Fulvio Monti November 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    Quite clear and well written!
    (Y) !

  5. BobStewartatHome November 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    Spot on!

    I wonder if this will get England to reconsider her relative passivity in foreign affairs? And the same could be asked of Germany and Japan. The U. S. has held up the edifice of civilization for three generations while these countries have attempted to recover from the disasters that were WWII and international communism. Will the muslim invasion and the resultant attempt to intimidate your civil institutions through terrorism prove to be a much needed wake up call?

    The problem is that there seems to be no understanding of what is needed. America was a Republic, but it has granted powers to its regulatory agencies that now override the Bill of Rights. We now live in Wonderland. Eight years ago the EPA declared CO2 to be a pollutant, and the Supreme Court has affirmed this folly. (One can easily argue that H2O is an equally “polluting” chemical on the same basis, and it is present in the air in concentrations hundreds of times greater than CO2.) It is not clear whether this can be corrected by Congress, or whether it will take a Constitutional amendment. Legal issues associated with these regulations are handled within the agencies as civil matters, and those who run afoul of these bureaucrats have none of legal protections given felons. It costs millions of dollars to fight these agencies, and as a result bankruptcy is the normal consequence of contesting a ruling, followed by imprisonment. Successful appeals typically require the help of large non-profit organizations capable of raising and spending these large amounts of money. And these rules and regulations are becoming more and more pervasive. In principle, with every exhalation, which is 4% CO2, we could trigger some action by these agencies, if we want to take this its logical end point.

    It will ultimately get down to a question of whether the government is owned by the people, or the people are owned by the government. Winston Churchill saw this, and championed the people. We have no one of similar stature in the western world, and far too many of our countrymen take it for granted that they are owned (and cared for) by the government.

  6. Jack Hudler November 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    Regardless of who’s elected. I fear we are looking at next assassinated president. The political environment has become too radicalized.

  7. Kristophr November 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

    Hillary is worse than that ….

  8. Jensebaum November 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    “Merkel is still refusing to rethink immigration into Germany, even though its destroying her country and her people’s faith in government.”
    Out of curiosity: Is this really the foreign perception of the current situation in Germany, or merely an exaggeration for the sake of argument?

    • Drowe November 7, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Exaggeration and truth rolled into one, the destroying the country part is exaggerated, but the destruction of faith is true to some extent. However she has started to move a bit on the immigration issue, I doubt she would repeat the decision of last year if the situation occurred again.
      At this point the government makes an effort to send back as many people as legally possible, refugees have a certain amount protection against deportation into countries that are unsafe. That is a lot of buerocracy to determine for every individual if they are deported or not.

    • chrishanger November 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      A bit of both. But immigration is bad alone, but the damage done to public trust is far worse.


      • Jensebaum November 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

        I’m not so sure about this.
        Speaking only for myself: I dont like Merkel. I didn’t before 2015, and I don’t now, but she won some respect from me with the way she acted.
        She took a surprisingly humanitrian stance, and she defended it, even if it damaged her political reputation.

      • chrishanger November 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

        At a price paid … not by her, but by the average German.

        There’s no room for sentiment in international politics. Merkel had one job (upholding and protecting the interests of Germany) and she blew it.


  9. kg2v November 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    Only pick I have with this is your 300 million eligible number
    324 million population
    subtract 42 million immigrants
    subtract population below 35 (without going nuts, call it 40% of the 282 – so that’s about 169 million, NOW divide by your thirds, but the point still holds – each party had 56 million to choose from

  10. David Graf November 7, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    I suspect that I’m a bit older than many of you here. I can remember when people were actually worried over that nation coming apart because of Watergate. If Clinton is really the dastardly liar and crook that many say, you’ve got to give her credit for having gotten away with it for decades. Someone with that kind of ingenuity has something going for her. 🙂

  11. David November 7, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    Agreed Chris, particularly your points on the media and PC/Victimhood. I’m a bit distanced from this (Australian miiltary preceded by Brit short service commission, the Aust Pub Service now retired) but part of my fears come from how Australian society has and is changing. This used to be a somewhat hard-edged and robust society which is now being taken over by the left wing.
    As a journeyman SF writer I also admire how you manage to weave the failings of modern (western society) into your stories.

    • David November 9, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      So, any comments / prognostications on Trump’s victory speech?

      • David Myob November 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

        No. However, I am just next to terrified what that jackass will do starting January 20 since he will also have the Senate and House held by Republicans. Obamacare will be gone first since it is widely hated. Scalia’s Supreme Court replacement will be conservative too. At that point Roe v Wade comes under threat which will be very dangerous in terms of threatening a lot of modern American civil liberties. The markets will like none of this, globally, and until the next set of elections in 24 months things will be really rocky for this planet.

      • Jack Hudler November 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

        He won’t mess with Roe v Wade, that’s a wasted effort, there’s no money in it. I love watching the selloff on the market this morning. Wow you can see the shift in the market from buying opportunities.

  12. G November 7, 2016 at 1:20 am #

    As a political independent and husband, I do not understand how people can look at Trump’s horrible comments and behavior toward women, statements lessening America’s support for NATO–the cornerstone of our security, and ridiculous statements on economics that any college freshman would mark incorrect and compare it to mistakenly leaking classified information via email–which does NOT rise to the level of a crime–in a town where both parties routinely leak information to the press when it benefits them. As to people’s favorite fantasy, there has never been evidence of widespread, systematic voter fraud in the U.S…and if you believe otherwise, I challenge you to produce cold, hard proof and take it to court…

    • BobStewartatHome November 7, 2016 at 2:28 am #

      Leaking classified information is a very serious crime … for everyone except Hillary. Many have served hard time for these crimes, and this will continue to be the case. Especially if Hillary is President, as everything about her activities will be highly classified.

      Regarding voter fraud, the Governor of Washington was elected in 2004 by 129 votes, in an election where 1700 votes could not be accounted for. How do we know this? There was a court trial and the presiding Judge determined these facts. However, the Democrat was declared the winner because the Republicans could not determine how the 1700 votes were cast. Simply knowing that the votes were cast in overwhelmingly Democrat precincts wasn’t enough, or so said the Judge. It is a tradition in America that our vote is secret. This anonymity is a ensured by our voting procedures. The Judge felt the integrity of our system was best served by declaring Gregoire the winner under these circumstances. Moses he was not.

      And then there are other states where voter records showed that the sequence of voters participating in an election in an urban precinct, as determined by the sign-in sheets, was in perfect alphabetical order. Do your neighbors line up in alphabetical order to vote?

      Why to you bother with science fiction when you are living in a dream world of your own making?

      • David Graf November 7, 2016 at 4:05 am #

        Comey announced that the latest bunch of emails were reviewed and there was nothing in them. I understand why so many people dislike her but it does not appear that she can be nailed on this. I hope that whoever wins does so in a convincing fashion so that there is no more talk of a crooked election by either party.

      • G November 7, 2016 at 4:05 am #

        The Director of the FBI has now twice (2x!) stated that Hillary’s emails did NOT rise to the level of a crime…it’s those who insist it is who are living in the dream world…

      • Andrew Jones November 7, 2016 at 4:51 am #

        What he actually said was that the mishandling of the information fit the definition of the criminal statute. However, because she didn’t understand what was actually happening with her documents, she didn’t intend to violate the law.

        Her acts met the statute when it comes to mishandling information.
        Additionally, she created an off the books method of communication for her official duties.
        This created a way to communicate that wasn’t available for internal review, security or FOIA.
        When these documents were requested, there were endless delays.
        During these delays, data scrubbing tools were used to delete the drives.

        However, there’s no proof she intended to hide information or move information outside approved and secured sources.

  13. PhilippeO November 7, 2016 at 2:18 am #

    Trump is 3rd-generation Rich, his grandfather is immigrant in Germany who managed to become rich in America.

    Hillary is 1st-generation Elite, his father is middle class businessmen. by all account, Hillary is ambitious, capable, tough lady who rise since her school days, to vicious Arkansas politics then help her husband become President and govern.

  14. Anthony November 7, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    Just a couple of corrections to the original post. Trump won the primary with a plurality of votes (42%). He won because the Republican party has not been seen (with good reason) as opposing Obama’s radical agenda, and the media gave Trump in excess of two billion dollars in free advertising (a sum neither of the candidates will reach in the general election).

    Trump supporters don’t use the word “cuckservative” against the elites, they use it against anyone republican/conservative who won’t immediately agree with Trump in all regards. They seem to regard a refusal to vote Trump as a betrayal; as if Trump should automatically get their votes, and the refusal steals it from him. The whole issue is intensely personal hence several major “conservative” personalities threatening those who do refuse to support Trump.

    This has only deepened the divide in an already fracturing party, which likely spells the end of Republican Party ambitions. Why should the American people support a party which does not even try to win? This seems to be a small number of voters so far, but it will get worse, unless steps are taken to repair the damage and soon.

  15. Mark November 7, 2016 at 4:09 am #

    And because of my disgust with both Republicans and Democrats for ALLOWING these two fools to run for office when both (according to the media) have various scandals DURING the campaign, I have voted Libertarian this year. The Libertarian candidates are a pair of former US State Two-Term Governors.

    • Andrew Jones November 7, 2016 at 4:54 am #

      One of which has gone on record in public defending Mrs. Clinton.

      I completely understand wanting to find another team for which to root. I’m particularly partial to the libertarian point of view. Unfortunately, the LP tends to run candidates that always err to the left on the trendy issues.

  16. Tarun Elankath November 7, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    The email investigation is now finally closed. Comey has now *twice* stated officially that there is no basis for bringing any criminal charge against Clinton. Several man-years of FBI investigative effort have been put into this and you folks simply choose to dislike its definitive conclusion.

    There were very, very few classified emails (around 100) in several hundred thousand that were leaked, the state department (even before Clinton) has an established practice of sending confidential information to private email addresses and lastly many of those emails were *improperly* classified according to the classification rules. This was all established in her 8 hour interrogation where they couldn’t even find a pin-head of intentional crime. Now, even the new trove of e-mails have been investigated and found to have no classified material. The FBI director has found this to be non-prosecutable – *twice* now. This matter needs to be buried to rest as it *wonderfully* distracted from the real problems.

    My problems with Clinton as a candidate had never to do with her emails anyways – it has to do with the shady Saudi backers and lobbyists of the Clinton Foundation and her disastrous foreign policies. I wish these two topics had got much more attention, investigation and analysis by the media during the election cycle but that unfortunately didn’t happen. It was all emails, emails, emails – which completely played into her court.

    Anyways, she now looks to be the next POTUS. None of the polls show a path to Trump victory. He doesn’t even come close to 270 electoral votes with even the best of projections.

  17. Jozza November 7, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    It’s interesting to consider the paucity of real choice for the US electorate. Indeed for almost all the mature Western democratic traditions. It begs the question are we getting the leaders we deserve? Trump is a parody of himself. Clinton the very embodiment of the establishment. However lest we forget the GOP had groomed J Bush as the candidate the very definition of lacklustre with entitlement issues….

    There is an uncomfortable shadow of early 1930’s Germany about Trump and his campaign. The familiar tropes are there, blame the weakness and corruption of the establishment – Position the ‘individual’ leader as the only way to make the Nation great again – Scapegoat the weakest in society to pull together the collective angst and concern of millions of reasonable people who are blown by the unfathomable currents and eddies of a global economy they are least well placed to adapt to.

    Perhaps we should ask ourselves what would happen in the four years after victory and I cannot see either candidate standing again.

    If Trump wins we will probably see an extremely effective democrat defensive strategy, frustrating his grandiose plans and his opportunities to change anything. He is a man ill prepared to compromise and if there is the slightest hint of misusing the executive powers he will be mired in impeachment.

    If Clinton wins, and I sincerely hope she does because of the shadow I mentioned above, it will represent a more stable and understandable future for four years. It will potentially be the final swan song of the old order during which time the same old scandals and weakness Chris mentioned in his original essay but the economy won’t tank, the foreign entanglements won’t increase, and the polarisation of US society will continue to deepen. However it will give both parties time to change. The Libertarian in me tells me that the GOP will benefit from this more than the Democrats. The Shock to the system has been vast and despite the warnings from Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movements the GOP will I believe seek new candidates who can engage with the disaffected white working class vote.

    The Democrats will look to programmes and their tradition of Nation changing social policy. It will be a way to construct an economy less global and less brutal and probably more protectionist than previously to try and mitigate the impacts of the great ventures of the past 30 years which has moved wealth from the West to the East.

    Meanwhile we look on from Europe and are taken aback by the bitterness and vitriol. Our own position is if anything equally dire. Britain needing to consolidate its identity and destiny. While the old guard of the EU debate the grand plan for unification under the French model of the future designed by the exhausted and defeated remnants of failed political elites. All the while ignoring the rise of the right, as millions of economic migrants keep flowing into one of the most stagnated economic and political models on the face of the Earth.

    Sometimes we are told politics is about compromise and this time its the US public who are being asked to compromise and choose the least worst candidate.

    If you read this thank you and if you would like to comment that would be great 🙂

    • BobStewartatHome November 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

      Your comparison of Trump to Hitler is rather weak. Trump has no manifesto, no ability to engage in ideology, poor organizational skills, very little self control, and his “strong man” presence is not that of a demanding god-king, but rather that of an empathetic neighbor. He doesn’t back down when criticized, and that characteristic alone sets him apart from the political class. His strength and self-confidence appeals to many of my neighbors. An equal or greater number despise him for his lack of discretion and ill temper. And the ideological left hates him because they can’t control him with the usual charges of racism, sexism, etc. In fact, he seems to enjoy their attention as it separates him from the ranks of the political class. Hitler’s campaign had a lot of moving parts ranging from Brown Shirts in all the major cities to the arsonists who burned down the Reichstag, and they performed their duties “well”. Trump flies around in a renovated passenger plane with his name painted on the side and that’s about it.

      The real story of this election that isn’t being covered is the intimidation of Trump’s supporters. In my little town we have parades in June in which various politicians and parties participate. You walk a mile or two, give candy to the kids, smile, and generally have a good time. At least one Trump supporter with a car with bumper stickers had about $1000 damage done to it, tires slashed, windows broken, paint “keyed”, in the 40 minutes he was gone. This only happens to Republicans, and there is never anyone caught despite the vandalism being done in broad daylight in heavily traveled streets. And I have neighbors who are afraid to put up Trump yard signs due to the vandalism this will “invite” during the evening hours or while they are at work. Over the weekend a Trump supporter with his child was fishing near Sacramento, California, with his pickup truck parked about 50 yards away. He heard “F*** Trump”, and shortly thereafter windows being smashed, and then his truck was torched. He called 911 and hid out until the police arrived. The left wing response to this is that Trump invited this with his words, but Trump’s words were in response to actual attacks and disruptions that were initiated by the lefties. As I said above, he’s a bit short on the discretion side. If this escalates, it will not be pretty. The Trump supporters I know are blue collar types who enjoy hunting and fishing, and my money is on them if it comes down to it.

      You are correct in saying that Trump is the reaction to the weakness and corruption of the ruling elite in America. But that, by itself, is not a good argument that he is like Hitler. He is more of a buffoon, far less driven than even Mussolini. It is certain that when an opposition party is as ineffectual and cowardly as our Congressional Republicans, it will result in something unpleasant. In this case, the vacuum they created has been filled by a guy named Trump, and about all that you can say about him is that his strengths are in stark contrast to the weaknesses of the Republican elite, just think of poor Jeb at the debates. Of far more consequence are the policies that the Republicans have become complicit in through their refusal to fight tooth and nail against them. Start with a doubling of the national debt. Then there’s ObamaCare, aka The Affordable Care Act, which offers neither care nor affordability, and all we get is a gnashing of teeth and campaign rhetoric from the Republicans. More and more exchanges are collapsing for lack of insurers, the coverage may have peaked at 15 million, many of whom had coverage before Obamacare and far short of the 37 million the Democrats embraced as the goal, and ordinary families can’t find insurance that costs less $1000 a month, and these policies have high co-pays and deductibles that can range up to $7000 in year. The only people who can afford this “care” are those receiving low-income subsidies from the Federal government. Worse, many of those insured have expensive pre-existing conditions, and few healthy people choose to participate, preferring to pay their “Roberts tax” instead. And then there is the imminent arrival of a nuclear Iran, funded with ransom payments from the Obama administration. There’s a lot on the table, and pretending Trump is Hitler is just a distraction.

  18. shrekgrinch November 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    I am tired of this BS about having a say in the US election even if you are a foreigner. Particularly for Brits.

    During the time the British Empire dominated the world, did everyone else have a say in who occupied 10 Downing Street? No. Even most British subjects didn’t. Did Americans complain about it? Again, no. We had more important things to do…like building the nation that would replace the British Empire, for example.

    So the hypocrisy is both stunning as it is pure rubbish. Suck it up and quit the whining. It is unbecoming of Brits, really.

    Sorry, Chris. But that is the harsh truth of the matter despite that I agree with your take otherwise

    • Vapori November 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

      That time has long since passed.since world war II nearly anybody looked at other Gouvernements and elections.
      Among them many US citizens and officials of the US Gouvernement.
      (as well as both Candidates)
      So don’t whine about options from foreigners.

    • chrishanger November 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

      I don’t actually disagree with you – but really, Obama tried to meddle in British affairs so I’ll sleep easy tonight . Hell, BUSH showed more subtle understanding of British norms and politics than Obama.

      That said, the British Empire never exerted the kind of influence America does.


    • Dustin November 8, 2016 at 3:55 am #

      Really not sure why you have your panties in a wad on this issue. Foreigners may not have the right to vote, but I do think they have the right to voice their opinions on the matter. The leaders of any major world power isn’t going to just influence the nations to which they belong to.

  19. Big Ben November 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    There was one more thing missing from your breakdown of eligible potential candidates, whether it was your estimated 100 million per party or kg2v’s probably more realistic 56 million per party:
    To run for national office in the USA nowadays you either need to be an established high-level politician (the very definition of evil political insider) or you need to be filthy rich. Being famous doesn’t seem to hurt, either.
    There are races for congress, senate and state governor that run to tens of millions of dollars … per candidate. The last couple of presidential races have hovered around the billion dollar mark in total spending.
    Now I know that most candidates don’t self-finance, at least not entirely, but having a healthy bank balance before entering a race sure doesn’t hurt. Every president since Truman (back in the 1950’s) has been a millionaire, and many of the failed candidates who ran for the office were as well. That’s a form of elitism every bit as bad as being an evil political insider.

    So: to run for president you need to be born an American citizen, over the age of 35, at least moderately intelligent and somewhat rational and at least a millionaire …. and insane enough to actually want to run for office. Being a career politician and/or famous doesn’t hurt, either.
    I’d say that takes the pool of eligible candidates down to perhaps a few thousand per political party, much to the detriment of the nation.

  20. David Myob November 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Sadly, I have to take partial issue with your conclusions. Hillary’s actions merit a jail cell, would certainly have gotten me 10-20 years for mishandling classified, and her story that she thought (C) at the beginning of paragraphs meant they were paragraph c, rather than Confidential is to ludicrous for belief absent a lobotomy.

    Trump also has more than earned jail time and his name on sexual offender/predator listings too. He has bragged of groping women – that being sexual assault or even rape, depending on the jurisdiction. These claims are supported by multiple women who have come forward to say he did indeed assault them. Legal cases are in progress on these issues now. He uses SLAPP’s like mouthwash, daily, to suppress people calling him on his slimy behavior. He is a deadbeat when it comes time to pay for most everything. Unfinished investigations have raised ‘interesting’ allegations about money laundering and fraudulent behaviors by his corporate entities, maybe himself too. That remains to be seen.

    Bottom line is these are two utterly detestable creatures. Politically, I think Hillary is less dangerous; however, that’s a lot like saying that having both a heart attack and stroke while 200 miles from the nearest hospital is less dangerous than having untreated stage 4 cancer.

  21. Jack Hudler November 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Well as American, I surely know what BREXIT felt like for the Brits.
    Last night was unbelievable. So many ways for HRC to win turned into so few ways to pull this out… then Pennsylvania. You could hear the guillotine falling.
    But do you what I found telling about HRC’s character? The fact that she send Podesta to tell her supporters to go home, while she was on the phone to Trump conceding the election. She couldn’t ‘man up’ and face her people and tell them.
    Typical Benghazi Hillary.

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