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