Opinion – The Guardian view on President-Elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

I recommend this Guardian editorial. It argues that this is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. The conclusion is that it’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for.

The Guardian view on President-Elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

This liberal newspaper reflects on how Trump managed to win so convincingly and highlights possible winners and losers.

For me, the Guardian misses out on another important dimension, namely time. I suggest that there’s a need for longitudinal analysis over the Obama years.

Obama came to power with enormous promises, especially for black Americans. He inherented a broken financial system, following the financial crash of 2008, and unpopular wars in the fight against terrorism. His fine words often remained just scholarly – his eight years demonstrated a president who was ponderous and slow to action. He squandered his majority in Congress on the controversial Obamacare legislation. But eight years of Obama foreign policy is the most telling – Russia and China have gained geopolitical strength, piggybacking off Obama’s weakness. Traditional friends, like the UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia were abandoned. Obama’s weak foreign policy allowed Islamic power to gain strength.  Most importantly, those who voted for Obama felt abandoned as they reflected on his achievements for their families. And Clinton represented more Obama and importantly, she was flawed by privilege, wealth and open questions in the public’s minds.

Despite no political experience, Trump now has considerable political power. One is reminded that ‘the king is dead long live the king!’ The news is full of world leaders trying to befriend the next US president.

I hope that Trump picks a team for their experience and judgement not just their personal loyalty.


Opinion – How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic – John Gelmini

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The answer to Dr Alf’s open question is that politicians have dissembled too much, lied too much and have tried to avoid answering or thinking about the difficult issues we face.

Delivery under Obama has been so scant that you would need an electron microscope to see exactly what HAS been delivered and in America, as elsewhere in the world, people see themselves as consumers with certain rights.

Issues like automation, robotics, cybernetics, 3D printing and the need for up-skilling, more exports and a more outward looking focus have not been addressed, so when Obama, or his equivalents around the world, says that policies are working, people compare their situations to what has been promised and find that they are being delivered what Trading Standards calls “short measure”.

This means buying a pint or liter of beer but getting less than half of it, whilst being charged for the whole amount.
In the past people would grumble, be fed lies and in most cases put up with what they were given but no longer. They want what they were promised, when it was promised to arrive, and preferably faster than that.

Politics is still in the age of horses and carts, rather than the internet age where every promise and utterance can and is being compared with earlier utterances and politicians by not managing expectations and by not delivering or explaining why they can’t (changed circumstances), risk approbation and ridicule.

Trump may be a buffoon and will not win the Presidency but Hillary Clinton will not be able to disregard some of the important points he has made however much she might disagree with the inflammatory way in which he makes his case.
The genie is out of the bottle, people want delivery and they want to see fairer distribution of wealth and the old norms are simply not going to be accepted any longer.

John Gelmini