NEARLY ELECTION YEAR
by Anton Wills-Eve
<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/childhood-revisited/”>Childhood Revisited</a>
My earliest memory (7 months) is not detailed enough so here is a latest look into the future instead.
WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR DADDY?
It’ll be new year in a couple of days and the new year will be a presidential election year. Now I wonder how many of us can name all the people running for their parties’ nominations. In the US maybe a lot of you, but over the pond here in the UK and Europe probably only Trump and Clinton. That really is worrying because usually by this time most informed Brits and Europeans can name at least three possible front runners from each party at the start of a year when a president has to stand down. I may be the exception because I follow US politics, but beware of world opinion at the moment. Most people neither know nor care who becomes president because Obama has shown that the job, hard though he tried, is one which carries very little meaningful influence and absolutely no personal power – unless you are a mentally unabalanced multi billionaire like Trump.
Current polls over here place Hilary on 70% and Donald on 30% in a head to head vote and can’t name anyone else. For those of us who can comment on the subject I personally expect the GOP to shoot itself in the foot and eventually choose Trump, only to watch a late surge by Kerry, the Secretary of State, become the next president. He would be a good choice. Wouldn’t it be great if he re-wrote the first and second clauses of the constitution! Imagine what he could do. By straightening out the first one people would be free to express their ideas and feelings again, not just follow politically correct legislation which accentuates putative offensive stances rather than making them disappear. Acts of discrimination of any type, religious, sexual, ethnic etc are already criminal offences under other sections of the law.
And if the second one was scrapped altogether nobody could carry a gun except in time of war, and then only in a federal army. The police might not like having to enforce the law without killing people, but it would actually be rather pleasant. They would also have to earn their salaries too. But I have no vote in the US, even though I hold the rank of lieutenant colonel in the US army, but I have a lot of close blood relations in four states and certainly care what sort of a world they will have to live in after next November’s ballot. It would be nice to think that no guns and no fear of arrest whenever you opened your mouth could both disappear from my families’ lives. More tomorrow on 2016.
Funny I am no expert, having a goverment of 7 ministers in Switzerland and each year getting the same ones, just having a change around for the president, but I would like to see Kerry win. He seems (emphasis seems) to have a clean white shirt which is more than can be said for the others. Every Swiss active soldier (and there are many – 3 weeks a year military service) has a rifle in his closet somewhere. The bullets are in a sealed package to be opened only in war time – my youngest had one whilst he was doing his 3 week annual service.
John Kerry? I wouldn’t mind it, but …
Happy New Year, Anton! Thank you for reading my pieces and making them collaborations with your comments this year-Mark.
A very happy new year to you too Mark. I have greatly admired your posts this year in support of the oppressed in many places. Keep it up. It is always a pleasure to read your opinions. Anton
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