We’ve been had! We have let fear of the ‘other’ (terrorists, etc.) after 9/11 allow the 1%ers and their political lackeys, in one generation, to take away our free press, our right to privacy, our freedom of expression (by putting whistle-blowers behind bars), and our obligation to vote for a legitimate candidate to represent us. In this election we had two very flawed candidates as a choice and we chose the most flawed to represent us and our country. There will be a very heavy blowback from this.
Europe will reconsider any leadership offered by the selected president elect. This will impact both the EU and NATO. The ‘president elect’ has offered no thought-out foreign policy and has shown evidence in his campaign that his policies are vaporous and subject to change if it suits his whim. The “deal” is what drives his policies but internationally that will not fly with established nation states. He will not be dealing with local bankers who can be bullied.
Both of our political parties showed their true colors by embracing such miscreant candidates. The effect has been that the legitimacy of both parties can be questioned. In addition we have now gone through two elections (this one and Gore v. Bush) in which the party who won the popular vote has lost the election because of the dysfunctional ‘electoral college’ voting system.
I just received an email from a friend in Europe who said in response to our election,
I am astounded!. I was in France when the Supreme Court appointed George (dubya) Bush president and people would come up to us and ask, ‘How could anyone vote for such a person.’
We are in deep trouble at a time when the world needs more than a “dealmaker” to represent the United States. Are you satisfied with this outcome?