One Month After: Notes on US Election Results

And so, after having lost the popular vote by more than 2.6 million votes, Donald Trump will become the next US president. Now that everyone has had the time to adjust to the news, I thought I should recount a couple of facts. Those might be as well taken to be a commentary on the US politics, since assuming that the president is meant to represent the will of the people, one could be forgiven for thinking that the reality which they reveal takes place in a bizarre opposite world.

They are as follows:

In all honesty, no one should be surprised at these picks – they match the presidential program in everything but the populist appeal. Equally, it’s unsurprising that the man picked as the secretary of defense proclaims that shooting people is quite fun, the national security adviser will be a man who believes that it’s rational to fear Muslims as Shariah law is spreading in the US, and leading the Department of Homeland Security will be a man who oversaw the US detention and torture facility in Guantanamo. And a man who is a neo-fascist favorite with the views one would expect from such a person will be the “chief strategist”.

Equally unsurprising is the amount of media and Democratic flip-flopping about the results: from New York Times which went from claiming that Trump was propelled by a “crisis of whiteness” before the election to claiming more humbly that they can’t really say what was the reason of his success and that he should be given a chance, to Bernie Sanders who, after claiming that Trump would be a disaster for the US, has now promised to work with him whenever it would benefit theĀ  working class.

In the previous post, I named the US political system a satirical and embarrassing spectacle. I stand by that statement.

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3 thoughts on “One Month After: Notes on US Election Results

  1. I’m hearing you, your system needs a bit of an overhaul it seems. The rest of the world is reeling also and we all feel like there’s a question mark over the next 4 years. Not that ordinary Aussies have ever felt that the USA were ever going to save us – you know – on the off-chance of Armageddon. But, the world (and clearly I speak for myself), looks to the US as a barometer of stability. When you have a loose cannon at the head, its just so hard to know how to predict the future. While everyone was glued to their TV screens here our state government passed some pretty abysmal legislation which will open up our public parks and green spaces to privatisation – hurrumph for right wing politics. If I ever have grandchildren, this era is going to be very difficult to explain. x

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    • Yes, there’s much to be noted about Australian politics, too. The seemingly endless parliamentary coups, the eagerness to get involved with American military posturing within the region, the lowering of living standards for the workers, and the inhumane treatment in facilities like those on Nauru are just some of the examples. The underlying process appears to be the loss of economic stability, exacerbated by the 2008 crash. Those, in turn, serve as excuses to enact further budget cuts. There is ultimately a limit to this process (meaning, you finally run out of budgets to cut), but as you say, it might be hard for future generations to understand how so many people could be driven to poverty and economic hardship in a country that – in theory – should be a world leader in standard of living.

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      • I think the economic fallout from China’s slowed growth has hit us very hard. They don’t need our mineral resources the way they did and that costs Australian’s jobs. Though it’s highly questionable as to how our govt. is happy to sell the Chinese our dairy farms. Like you guys, we’ll be holding our breath for the next election hoping the left can stem the haemorrhage!

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