Friday, July 12, 2019
Although the next Presidential election is more than a year away, campaigning for it is already off and running. This year it appears to be more comic & tragic than in any recent past years. So, let's take a brief, hard look at why I say that. We'll examine only the two major Parties...the Trump Party (TP), and the Democratic Party (the Dems). The Republican Party seems to have dried up and blown away.
The TP most likely will be nominating a guy who is basically ignorant, a wannabe autocrat, and a psychological gaslighter. Although grossly ignorant of many significant concepts, he nonetheless is quite clever at manipulating people and lying to them. His lies are so blatant, numerous, and obvious that his running for office again is a complete comedy. The tragedy is that he may again get elected. His current Administration's primary legacy will be: abuse of child immigrants. What has happened on his watch in that regard is beyond unconscionable. In my opinion, it's criminal.
There will be lots of talk by the TP about "illegal immigration", but little to none about asylum seekers and the primary reason for them fleeing their Central American countries: past USA support for dictators and thugs in those homelands, plus their neoliberal, privatization policies.
The Dems have about twenty people running for the nomination. I've never heard of half of them, so I assume any appeal to voters they possess is regional in nature. Maybe it will become national, maybe not. Of the total twenty or so, some seem to be running mostly on a single issue, which varies from person to person. One or two seem to be running only to defeat Trump, with not much else in their platform. The Upper Crust of the Dems (which comprises many of the vote-stealing "super-delegates") appears to be leaning toward Hillary-Lite (Joe Biden), because he's the neoliberal, "establishment" candidate with close ties to the Financial Sector. That's important to the DNC. If he gets nominated, most likely the Dems will again (as a friend put it) snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Now, that's funny! It's also tragic.
There will be lots of talk by the Dems about immigration, but probably none about Hillary (& the rest of our Gov't) supporting the 2009 coup in Honduras. The result was corruption, neoliberal privatization, thugs, gangs, murders, and unemployment. No wonder many common people there are fleeing their homeland. In 2016, we were still giving millions to that thug gov't.
If the last several weeks are any indication, the election in 2020 again will be primarily about personalities, not issues. Get ready for another sham election. It's plain to me why 50% of eligible voters don't vote. The whole thing is a farce.
Not only my opinion. Be Well