Time to start ignoring America


America just became very small. For all of the ‘leader of the free world’ speak and how the Trump presidency will affect the world, I somehow think the opposite will happen.

There is of course a view that many Americans have that the country is somehow incredibly powerful and that the world follows it. That is true of course, but a presidency like this could simply cause Europe and many other countries to keep a distance and leave them to get on with it.

We have watched the election process with a mixture of horror, disbelieving and at times hilarity. The fact that it came to this only keeps those emotions alive and they will no doubt be spiked from time to time as each ‘crazy’ decision is made.

I don’t personally see a positive outcome from this result (putting it mildly in the extreme), but suspect the checks and balances may hinder some of the extreme views he has. We can only hope that turns out to be the case while we are sat here wondering how there are so many people who subscribe to his views and at times complete lies.

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  1. I don’t know which way it will go. Whether the U.S. will become pushier or whether they’ll become more isolationist. I’d prefer the latter.

  2. “Dick Cheney thinks I’m the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime.” -President Barack Obama at 2015 White House correspondents’ dinner.

    Although this joke was really a double smack against the 2001-2009 Republican Presidency of George Bush and Vice-Presidency of Dick Cheney, the joke illustrates that in previous terms of office some presidents were not the decision makers but malleable tools of an entity with an alternative vision and direction.
    Some presidents are selected more-so than elected (ie George Bush vs Al Gore). Trump was selected by a constituency with an agenda. Some say ‘they picked Trump because he’s not Hillary’. OK, but why didn’t they pick Bernie Sanders who reportedly was and is more honest than either and has a history of politics, activism and love for the people? Someone needed a tool. Now we wait to see who gets torqued. Never in U.S. history has a person with zero military or political experience been elected the president.

    The Gullible

  3. Interesting that Sanders likely lost the nomination because he wasn’t Democratic Party establishment whereas Trump won the nomination and election partially (or mostly) because he wasn’t Republican Party establishment.

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