Not for me: I always said Donald Trump had a strong chance to win the presidency in a country where tens of millions of people are economically insecure, racist and/or sexist. The far right impulse has always been strong in American politics. But Trump has shocked the media and political establishment by pulling a come-from-behind victory over the deeply flawed right-wing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Now we, and the world, must brace for the arrival of protofascism in the Oval Office, enabled by Republican rule over both houses of Congress.
They tell us we live in a country that serves as a shining beacon on a hill, a model for democracies around the world. If that’s true, how the hell did we end up with two candidates who are the #1 and #2 most unpopular candidates in the history of polling, either one of which could lead to disaster?
Another police shooting of a civilian with shifting narratives, another popular uprising, this time in Charlotte, North Carolina. Once again, white Americans are tsk-tsking that African-American rioters are making themselves look bad. The thing is, peaceful protests don’t attract national attention.
Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, is the villainous violent thug who campaigned on a promise to murder 100,000 criminals. He has already started on his program of genocide by having the police shoot hundreds of street-level drug dealers. Now he is scheduled to meet with Barack Obama, who plans to lecture him on human rights and extrajudicial killings. The problem is, Obama doesn’t have the moral authority to do so.
On the Friday before Labor Day weekend, the New York Times broke news that might have ended the candidacy of Hillary Clinton if it had been released at a time when people might be paying attention. As it happens, the house organ of the Hillary Clinton campaign released a classic media dump that exposed her as corrupt and wallowing in criminal behavior. If a scandal falls in the woods, does it make a sound?
A lot of people don’t want to vote for a third-party candidate like Jill Stein or Gary Johnson because they believe their vote will be “wasted.” But they don’t apply the same logic to most other things in life, many of which involve setting yourself apart from the herd.