Donald Trump’s campaign is mostly smoke and mirrors. He spends the majority of his time talking about the campaign itself. How great he’s doing, how badly everyone else is doing.
He’s so in love with his poll numbers that he bragged about being able to randomly shoot people on 5th Avenue (New York) without fear of losing any support.
Not very promising for a greater America. Not very presidential, either.
Trump has said nothing new – nothing sane and new, anyway – and has offered no solutions within the realm of feasibility. This piece, however is not about Trump, but I would like to say one more thing about him.
While in Iowa this weekend, The Donald stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in Sioux Falls on Friday night and then attended church services on Sunday in Muscatine.
About the Holiday Inn Express, Trump acknowledged, “Good mattress, staff was great, good mattress, good everything.”
Must’ve been a great mattress (he mentioned it twice), but I’m not sure this would qualify as a cogent Yelp.
At Muscatine’s First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Saturnia focused on humility and inclusion, two things notably absent from The Donald’s repertoire.
Pastor Saturnia specifically mentioned Syrian refugees and Mexican migrants.
Commenting on the pastor’s sermon, Trump said, “I don’t know if that was aimed at me … perhaps.”
He’s so vain, but he doesn’t think the sermon was about him, did he? Did he?
I know, that was self indulgent. Sorry, but billionaires aren’t as great as we think they’re going to be once they get into government. Here in Illinois, we have a billionaire governor and he’s making Rod Blagojevich look good.
Anyway, America’s broken and there isn’t anything that Donald Trump or any of the other candidates can do about it. We’re still a great country but, a little broken. America is fun, as in dysfunctional.
There’s two main impediments to meaningful change. One is that we don’t have the political will to do it, either among our elected officials or our voters. We would need to fire all those guys (senators, congressmen, etc) and start over.
The other reason is that for all their talk about making it better, America is a pretty great place to be for guys like Donald Trump. Our motto should be, “America, we know how to treat the rich.”
America is plagued by a laundry list of problems, including a bloated bureaucracy, undue corporate influence, lobbyists gone wild, out-of-control spending on antiquated defense hardware, exploding health care costs, super-entitled lawmakers, crumbling infrastructure, and so forth.
Today I’d like to chat a little about what I call “Campaign ad nauseum.”
Most of the evils embedded in the American experiment are embodied in our elections themselves. At the heart of it all is the black hole of humanity, M-O-N-E-Y.
With election 2016 both boring and boring down on us, we’ve been barraged, harangued and generally assaulted on a daily basis for more than a year, the end barely in sight. In what will be a two year campaign, an estimated $5 Billion will be spent.
No matter who gets elected, I don’t see how it would be possible for anyone to think that it will be worth it. That it will be money well spent.
Our elections drag on interminably and suffer undue influence from all the wrong people. Vast amounts are spent to seduce the gullible into voting against their own best interests. I’m not going to say which side is most guilty of that particular offense.
It might be described as paradoxical that one party spends exorbitant sums of money to influence voters and almost as much trying to limit who gets to vote.
Here are some things that might interest you:
– The longest campaign in Canadian history was 10 weeks.
– In the U.K., political parties can only spend $30 million in the year before an election.
– In Germany, political parties release just one 90-second television ad.
– In 2013, over two-thirds of income to Norway’s political parties came from the government.
– Voter registration is automatic in Sweden.
– In Australia, voting is compulsory.
– In Brazil, Election Day is on the weekend.
The internet can be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the way elections work around the world. If you’re so inclined, you can start here.
As we say here in Chicago: “Vote early and vote often.”
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