Politics – All in favor say “Aye”

“I have heard of people being ruined by a trumped up charge but America may be ruined by a charged up Trump.” Anon

Westmister Abbey
The British House of Parliament. Is modern democracy a vibrant hope for the future or a Gothic horror?

It is writer’s quote Wednesday.

OK, I am Australian, and all I get is the “news”. Most of what really happens out there in the big wide world remains a mystery unless you really take the time to investigate world issues.

I am well aware that the “news” on American politics may or may not be accurate “news” so if the impression we get here of Mr Trump being an offensive, bigoted, xenophobe is incorrect I would be happy to be enlightened. As I say, I only get a view of American politics through our own reporting “lens”, so there may be a lot we know nothing of. I would love to know more.

Bad leaders are elected by those who refuse to vote. Here in Australia voting is compulsory. I feel deeply saddened by the fact that where we have a genuine chance to elect a government so many people here are annoyed at the inconvenience of having to vote at an election. Most people in the world would cherish such an opportunity.

That smug remark “They are all just as bad as each other” is the coward’s way of not making an effort to find out about what is being offered and to refuse to take any responsibility for the results when their apathy leads to poor quality politicians. There may be times when the choice is a hard one to make but we should be taking this task and opportunity seriously. Do some real homework! These people will be making life changing decisions for the whole population.

It is likely that Australians will also be electing a new government in July. Soon we too will be watching the Australian “Campaign Trail” kick off. Thankfully it is still a low key affair without the huge rallies, bunting and massive entourage of party faithful. A visit from the local representative to the neighborhood shopping center or the footy club is more in our line.

I have worked at many elections and counted many votes. When you get back voting cards where people have just drawn a man’s “rude bits” or donkey voted rather than use a minute to place a responsible vote it makes me sick. You can bet these will be the people complaining when the government makes decisions they are not happy with.

So if you are truly fortunate to live in the few places on earth that enjoy the privilege of being able to freely and fairly vote, treasure this and make every effort to make informed choices for the benefit of society.












    1. It is the job of the media to generate as much hype as possible I suppose. Knowing little about the American system we are led to believe that it is pretty much a done deal but that is obviously not the case. I am very happy to hear to the contrary.

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      1. The media does an exceptional job of hype and disinformation. They want him to win the nomination. Easier target for Hillary in November. But I have a feeling the system will correct to exclude his shady self. Hair and small hands

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        1. Oh for some proper investigative journalism and less of the plastic mannequins spouting drivel. His hair is certainly extraordinary. I wonder if he lets it down from Trump tower for millionaire to climb up?

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  1. I take seriously my right to vote and exercise it on every occasion, so I’m entitled to complain if I like. 🙂 I agree that bad leaders can be elected by those who refuse to vote, but unfortunately, they’re also elected by people who do vote. The media has, for the most part, lost the talent of reporting news while leaving editorializing on the editorial page. Now “facts” are mixed with opinion to the detriment of all and everything is hype.

    In this election cycle, while I don’t believe they’re all alike, I’m not happy with any of the leading candidates of either party. My own suspicion is that at least some who support Trump are just happy to hear someone tell what he/she perceives as truth, as opposed to the lies and deception of these last years. I often wonder how much of Trump is for show. But when the three leading candidates are a bombastic loudmouth with more than one questionable business practice in his past, (if there is such a word), a repeat liar, and a Socialist, I’m not a happy voter!


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    1. I applaud your opinion as one who obviously takes voting seriously. I get worried that politics is becoming more of a circus than ever before and what we are left with is trying to find out what the “real deal” is in terms of actual achievable policy choices rather than big personalities and empty promises. I hope that the process leads to you feeling comfortable with one of the final choices. Ours is not so complex this time round although we had a dreadful time last election and had to take the best of a bad lot basically. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion. My grandmother was very clear that you do not discuss politics at the dinner table but now “I is all growed up” I think it is something we should be discussing a lot more.


      1. The important part of what you ended with is the word “discussing.” Too often these days, there’s no discussion, no civility, just anger at best and nastiness and name-calling at worst. If you can’t disagree civilly, there’s not much hope left.

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  2. American politics is and always has been strange to the rest of the world. The unfortunate thing about this election season is that many of the faults in the Republican party are exposed. The move towards isolationism is a real worry to me. We have many issues to work on here in America and partisan politics gets in the way every time. The country seems split: heavy religious conservatism on one side with a more moderate type of democracy on the other. Now, this is only my opinion and I do not want to debate my views. I have simply tried to state some facts. We must have some meeting in the middle in order to do what is right for all Americans. All we can do is hope that it all turns out for the best. 😀

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    1. I really appreciate you taking the time to demystify some of the issues. All free countries want to see America remain the great nation it is so your hopes are shared beyond the shores. Very best wishes. TJ

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  3. I had no idea voting was compulsory in Australia–interesting, wonder if it might have a negative impact of the results…equal to, say, people not voting in America 🙂 If Trump actually wins–an outrageous outcome–lots of people will be moving to Canada…and maybe Australia 🙂

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    1. It is an interesting question but generally the voting is seen to be “fair” due to the fact that everyone must have a say but with more and more “micro parties” setting up we are finding that we suddenly end up with members of parliament with very little national relevance.


      1. That is interesting–politics is a complicated venture, which frankly I don’t understand well, and tends to bore me stiff 🙂 My neighbor is passionate about it and keeps me informed on the essential points–which is nice, to have someone pare it all down for me 🙂

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          1. Oh I’m glad to hear you say that–the whole subject depresses the heck out of me…and I sometimes feel guilty that I’m not more interested, tuned-in, as though this reflects a lack of intelligence–but it exhausts me to think about, as I so rarely hear anything from politicians that glows with redeeming value.

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