I don’t normally write about politics but I’m going to break the habit by writing two posts about the subject; one far away and one a lot closer to home.
I’ll start with something that I can’t change but has had me ranting with the incredulity of it all: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Before I get my soapbox out, let me just say that American politics is usually of no interest to me at all. When it appears on UK news, I tend to switch off – sometimes literally turning the television off.
But this man has had me ranting like there is no tomorrow. At first, it was a joke and I actually chuckled at his antics and outrageous comments. I mean, how could he be serious?
I thought it was a comedic publicity stunt, which I wouldn’t put past Donald Trump. I mean look at the guy! He has mad hair and a mad attitude.
|And I complain about MY bad hair ...|
You can imagine his advisors saying "I don't think you should call all Mexicans rapists, Mr Trump!" only to be slapped down with such political incorrectness that you almost have to laugh at the absurdity of it.
Almost! Before you realise that he actually really believes it,
And now, after his recent wins, it’s looking likely that this eccentric nutcase will win the Republican nomination and be just a step away from the White House with only Hilary Clinton standing in his way.
How on earth has this happened?
From what I’ve read, a lot of Americans are just as incredulous as I am, but the truth is that his popularity reveals that a large percentage of Republicans actually agree with him.
Has America gone mad?
Here are some things that this lunatic believes:
A great big wall should be built between the US and Mexico – and Mexico should pay for it.
11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, despite estimate that finding them and deporting them would cost in excess of $110 billion.
Climate change is just “bad weather”.
The US should use waterboarding as a means of interrogation.
Muslims should be tracked by law enforcement with all mosques in the US being put under surveillance.
Muslims should not be admitted into America.
I wonder what happens to American Muslims – put under surveillance, obviously.
Even the Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic church, has had a go at him, and we have had a debate in the UK parliament as whether he should be banned from the UK because of his xenophobic views, based on a petition that gained 570,000 signatures.
Of course, it was never going to happen because the nutter may become president and we’re not going to enter a cold war with America, based on one idiot’s views.
I don’t actually know whether I have faith in the American people to do the right thing. It’s the jingoism that surrounds the US elections that seems to matter rather than the important stuff. “We’re going to make America GREAT again!” is a war cry that is almost laughable. I would laugh if a British politician said it – in fact, I think most of them already have. The bottom line is that Britain is great DESPITE the arses who currently reside on the government side of the House of Commons.
And I’m sure that America is great too, despite what Trump says.
Moreover, Trump is a big fan of the right to bear arms. Yet, it seems like every day we hear about gun crime in the US with psychopaths committing mass murder. America would be much better if a would be politician promised to do something about the archaic gun laws over there.
I don’t understand why it is so important to have the right to bear arms. Any politician could make America greater by attacking important issues like this. Certainly Barack Obama did.
In the UK, guns are strictly controlled and because of this our murder rates due to firearms is tiny in comparison to the US.
The logic is there for all to see.
Worse, on the news today, I heard a report that even most Republicans don’t want Trump to be their candidate.
So what’s going on across the pond?
I am praying that America sees sense and Trump himself is trumped! I have faith in the American people. I have visited America many times and I am certain that common sense will prevail.
Anyway, enough ranting – it’s time to end this with a bit of fun at Donald Trump’s expense.
How about a bit of trumpeting for Trump?
Follow this link and have fun and let's hope that all of this is just a blip!