Quite a bit of time has elapsed now since the US election and we have had time to absorb the results, analyse and rationalise them.
You may, particularly if you know me, ask ‘Why do you even care, you’re not even American?!’ That may be but, and this is very true, whatever happens Stateside affects us all, wherever we may be or come from, whatever our creed, race, religion.
I am going to touch on a couple of very basic points because it is these points that gave Trump his win. I am by no means a politician, I am not a political scientist nor am I a political analyst, I however like to pay attention to the matters that affect you and I. There are also parallels with Brexit and I will also touch on this.
But first I will touch on how I came up with my conclusion on the US election result, but before I do that I must assure people that I am not a believer in Trump, I believe he is dangerous, I believe that he can and will do a lot of damage to world security and I do believe it will be a matter of time that he leads us all to war, again.
I am a member of a few US Facebook pages, mostly military and law enforcement, these pages are for supporters of US law enforcement and LEO’s (Law Enforcement Officers) alike. The same goes for the military pages, they are for both civilian supporters and military personnel and it is through these pages how I came to see how and why the US got the result they did and it is enshrined in Americas creation, it is enshrined in what has become a part of their culture, American freedom and the American dream, though, if you speak to many Americans there is no such thing as the American dream but more so the ideal of it, a perfect ideal.
You see, Hillary was threatening to do away with the second amendment (the right to bear arms), she was also threatening to reduce police powers and their capabilities, as well as reduce military power and capability. Hillary also spoke on the global stage.
Now to Trump, well, Trump spoke to the standard American – the standard NRA (National Rifle Association) red, white and blue waving American patriot, the guy or gal who believes down to his or her very bones about the blood that was shed for America, from the American War of Independence, the civil war and the other wars thereafter. That is all Trump had to do and he knew it so that is the strategy he used and so he came out “Trumps”. It is not the only strategy he used but those are two of the strategies that kept the ball in his court.
Now to the recount – I am sitting here and thinking ‘what the heck is going on?’ This has caused me to lose ALL respect for Hillary, I have stated that I am no fan of Trump and given reasons for that but – hello, democracy? This is the United States that we’re talking about, this is supposed to be the nation that leads in democracy, the nation that lectures every single non-democracy on being democratic, I cannot believe this, Trump won, fair and square – nothing spells out sore loser more than calling for a recount and I cannot believe I am saying this but I think this gives me enough to say, I think I actually think Trump is the better of two evils, whereas I thought differently before.
Now, to the parallels of Brexit, why did Brexit happen and why has Trump happened? A very good friend of mine who is a lecturer and a military historian at Kings College in London pointed it out best and sometimes simple is all we need. The reason they have happened is because for too long have politicians in both the United States and the UK decided that the people don’t matter. Well, this is what you get and there could be devastating repercussions from both. And just like Brexit and the Brits wanting their country back from worsening EU leadership, standard Americans want to feel American again, can you really fault that?
Anyway, this is just my take on it, probably all very simplistic but sometimes to understand the whys and hows of a situation that is all we need, without complicating it.
I also want to send a message to the left in the US and the UK, GROW UP – you are making all of us look bad, I describe myself as just left of centre on the political spectrum, I also consider myself pro-defence and my belief is that with being either just right of centre or just left of centre helps us empathise in a situation easier, if not straight away, at some point. But seriously, why is it that the right are willing to sit down and talk but the left isn’t? Kinda food for thought that. For more of an example of that go onto the Van Jones Facebook page and look for a mini-series of his called the raw-truth and Van, who is a journalist for CNN describes himself as being so left that he’s on the left side of Pluto but he did this little mini-series and went deep into Trump territory into right supporters houses and he spoke with them, candidly and then he went to left supporters. The complete opposite, they were angry, aggressive and wouldn’t hear any perspective. As Van said, that gives you food for thought.
Anyway folks, that’s it…my take on it all. Apologies if I offend anyone…