I don’t claim to be an expert on American politics, far from it. I subscribe to the theory that there is very little difference between rich Democrats, and rich Republicans. Even the somewhat surprising election of a black president seems to have done little to advance the fortunes of people of colour in that vast country.
American politicians of any party always appear to be more interested in getting involved in countries overseas, rather than sorting out their domestic problems first. World dominance, control of natural resources, and punishing those who are not friends of the USA, has been the priority of all administrations since the end of WW2. As for a Socialist, or Left-Wing alternative, it seems to be largely non-existent, at least in any numbers sufficient to make any real change. In Europe, Bernie Sanders might be considered to be a lukewarm conservative politician. In the current presidential race in America, he seems to be thought of as the ‘Hard-Left’ option. To those of us in countries that still have some genuine left-wing politicians, this might seem laughable. If it wasn’t for the alternatives.
It is realistic to assume that Hilary Clinton will get the Democratic nomination, and might well become the first woman to be elected to the presidency. Any belief that this will make a difference to the lives of women in the US, the poor, the unemployed, or the immigrant communities, is unfounded. She will continue to represent big business, old money, and overseas ambitions. It will just be situation normal, but wearing a dress. Her hands will be tied by a majority Republican Congress, in a system that makes a mockery out of caring which party actually wins on the day. In the UK, Donald Trump is often considered to be a figure of fun, with no hope of getting the Republican nomination. Whether he doses or not, the damage he is doing on the way deserves to be be looked at.
Like the old Fascist dictators of the past, Trump is appealing to the lowest common denominators; ignorance, and self-interest. He claims to be saying what others are thinking, but we have no way of knowing if they are thinking that because of what he is saying. Racism, Xenophobia, Misogyny, Fear; these are all the weapons in his arsenal. Gun Control, Refugees, anti-Communism, and America for the Americans; (the white Christian ones, anyway) these are his rallying cries to the baying audiences that attend his rallies, or watch his speeches on TV. Trump has bought his way to this platform, let us consider that. His personal wealth has enabled him to fund TV advertisements, Internet broadcasts, publications, and personal appearances. This would all be denied to anyone but the obscenely wealthy, and has little or nothing to do with the party political system, or involvement in causes or good works.
It is feasible that this odious man could actually purchase the presidency of the most powerful country in the world, just because he can afford to do so. Are you worried now?