There is precious little left to say about the US election. It is time to wait and see, I guess. Despite being a political ‘watcher’ I rarely guess an outcome right, anyway. But I’ll take a weak stab at it. “The envelope, please……..”
It’s Clinton. And , with that choice, you have almost a parody of democracy…Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Clinton….or?
It’s Trump. And with that, you have made a mockery of the presidency, briefly glimpsed the abysmal ignorance that is the American public and launched a walking, talking embarrassment to the American Dream.
I have no real idea who will win, whether it will be close or whether there will be a backlash from the losing side or not. In all likelihood (judging from the fact that the media seem to have chosen a side), Clinton will win, Trump will whine, complain and make a lot of excuses and accusations. And more than just a few nutcases will shoot guns at kids in schools and MacDonald’s restaurants but that will be it and life will go on in the usual crude, stupid and stumbling way – whatever that is.
Or will it?
And that is the real question facing us all today. Will life go on?
Face it: the presidency is really all about what one single, largely weak, likely corrupt, ineffectual person might actually do (while needing the cooperation of thousands of others with which to do it) about stuff, much of which is out of anyone’s control. It is not about who gets to ride in Air Force One, it is about ‘the system’ putting a single face on future decisions that, in obvious fact, are made by hundreds of thousands of others. And often wrongly.
Regardless of who wins the presidency, the major issues facing the world as we know it (TWAWKI) remain and some are growing alarmingly worse. Russia is posturing again. Positioning, too. China is flexing new military muscle to go with their economic abs. Fanatical Islam is still blowing stuff up, killing people and ‘making statements’.
And, of course, we have the ultimate threat in climate change which, it seems, has – along with all else bad and human-caused – already eliminated 60% of the world’s animals just for starters. The ‘innocents’ always die early. Seems we have less than half the wild things we had in the 70’s.
Trump building a wall? Clinton empowering women? Really? You think those are the real issues? Even racism, sexism, and all the other petty little isms pale into insignificance when threats of World War 3 loom and the planet shifts it’s state of being from healthy to sick.
Honestly? Picking the US president is about as significant to solving what ails us as selecting the host of the Academy Awards.
Admittedly, if there was one single person more able to screw things up quicker and worse than would ordinarily happen, it is the president of Russia/USA/China. Those egocentric, power mad, delusional liars can do a lot of damage to a lot of people in a pretty short time. Take your pick as to which one goes whacko first.
In effect, we choose the people most likely to kill us all.
But, when half the world’s animals are dying off, do we attribute that loss to any single head of state? When the climate goes wonky, is there someone to blame?
Really………… the question is what good can they do? Answer: NONE.
With the possible exception of Jesus and Churchill, has any one person made such a hugely unique and significant GLOBAL contribution that clearly altered the course of world history for the better? We have had a lot of small heroes to celebrate (MLK, Gandhi, even Terry Fox) but who is capable of reversing climate change? Who can stop a war?
To my mind, the best president would be a dull custodian, an accountant, a boring middle manager-type who tries only to keep the trains running on time and corruption in check. We need more dull people in charge of things.
Our politicians don’t LEAD anyway, they follow. They let real leaders take the initial risk. When it is safely a trend, our politicians might make a limp endorsement. They are always thirty years behind the times. Example: look at today’s leaders talk positively NOW about solar panels, fer Gawd’s sake!
And they usually follow their own personal historical view (old person’s bias based on a personal fifty year old history spent in some kind of elitist environment surrounded by wealth) supported by sycophants who use reverse-looking analytics.
No one in Ottawa or London, Beijing or Moscow is looking forward except through to the next economic quarter. They don’t act, they react. They are not inventors. They do not go bravely. They are not visionaries. They are just greedy accumulators, inventory managers, actors, poseurs and figure-heads ……..and they are usually sociopaths to boot – consulting other grey-haired power-seekers about what to do while striking just the right pose for the camera.
Seriously? We pick the wrong people.
If you want to find a leader, you have look in any place that is NOT an institution or is part of the establishment. Finding one at the top of a political party is a contradiction in terms. You have to look to the fringes, the vanguards, the movements. Real leaders have their feet ‘on the ground’. There you will find two types of people- leaders and deviants. Irony: neither the leader or the deviant really cares if they are followed or not.