Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

Only a few hours are left for American citizens to decide if they are going to remain loyal to a political party or opt for the security of their own nation and the world.

36 years ago there was a republican who shouted he was going to

“make America great again”

In 1896 the Republican Party (GOP) became dominant until 1932. In 1964 the United States of America could again find themselves a critical election with a shift at the presidential level to the Republican (GOP) presidential candidates. However, there was a gradual shift toward the GOP at the state and local levels, as Aldrich (2000) and others have found. Democratic voting remained strong into the 1970s and only slowly shifted towards the GOP as state Republican organizations systematically broadened their base in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some actor could get the people also at his political hand. The majority voted Donald Reagan to be the 40th president of their nation from 1980 onwards, though or perhaps because for his conservative Republicanism, his fervent anticommunism, and his appealing personal style, characterized by a jaunty affability and folksy charm.

It must be said that was a man of words and his remarkable skill as an orator earned him the title “the Great Communicator.”  His party member with the big words or big mouth for this presidential election has not such refined vocabulary neither refined manners.

In the 1960ies the Americans and Europeans could already not that more and more money came into the play. those who wanted to get through presidential primaries had to have enough financial backing. Today it has been made clear those who have not enough financial resources do not have any chance at all.

After 1968 the extensive use of political advertising on television became something the ordinary American seemed to find normal. The high cost of presidential campaigns and the consequent increase in the influence of special interest groups made the system more corrupt, whilst the majority of the American population did not notice how they where lured into the trap of commercialism and public indoctrination by the media.

From the 1960ies time spend on fund-raising increased, but with the present primaries we could see and hear that setting up a big mouth and telling as much private matters and lies about the opponents as possible would bring most nominations. The 2012 election became the most expensive in history at an estimated cost of $6 billion (presidential and congressional elections combined). This election shall probably a much higher figure.

The man of words who became president in 1980 had promised to do things and had not told so many lies nor did not find it necessary to throw with mud all the time not giving any decent answers to the problems to be solved.

Reagan from the beginning made it clear he would not work together with the Soviet Union and other communist or dictatorial countries, actively seeking a rollback or collapse of the USSR as well as an end to the Cold War. This time his republican party presents a candidate who loves dictatorship and already gave enough signs what he would do to get all those who stand in his way, out of the way. The republican candidate beginning 21st century does not mind at all to work with the Russian and Turkish dictators and finds that Europe had to be already a long time (since last year) the battlefield for a world in which America would be glad to provide the weapons.

The sale of such weapons has to increase and is part of making the States bigger and stronger, having more fighting countries dependent on the weapon deliveries.

Supporters of Trump point and scream at an anti-Trump demonstrator holding a sign during a Trump campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona. [Reuters]

Though Donald Trump did not proof to know much about history and geography, the world should know that he is not the first authoritarian demagogue who could take power and undermine constitutional government in the US or Europe. Right-wing authoritarian populists have often grabbed power during economic crises, particularly in Western societies suffering national decline and severe racial divisions or culture wars.

In the bad economic situation of his country and in the fear of many for the refugees the man with the big mouth and the big purse, knows how to get people to believe in what he promises going to do for making the county big. He has not a particular ‘moustache’ but his attitude, body language and way of shouting, creating lots of  non-saying winds, stoking fire, for getting him into power, is something more people should be aware off and fear for.

When Reagan spoke of his great America, he meant one for all American citizens

“men and women of all races, nationalities and faiths bringing home to their families a decent paycheck.”

Concerning the way of financial compensation Trump already proved with his imperium how he made money on the slavery of others. He sometimes in the debates said Americans  should give work to Americans, though he himself hired lots of Chinese and brought in material from China, though it could all come from the states itself.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan, American politician and actor, 40th President of the United States, from 1981 to 1989.

For those who did not have opportunities to go to college Reagan promised a solution and got arrangements when he was a president to have more people having the opportunity to study where they wanted. This time those with no money would not have to hope for changes to go to a high school, because the State should not fund such ‘idiots’ (dixit Trump)? For those without opportunities this time they should know it is their own fault and others should not pay for them.

Reagan his convention was full of optimism and specific plans to cut taxes, deregulate energy and enhance the military. The republican convention in Cleveland showed a total different republican party, with no place at all for people who could not proof they are real Caucasian in-breath Americans. Now Trump has allowed some coloured people around him and some Hispanic because he cleverly knows very well he needs them to get in, but can dump them straight after he is elected to president.

Those Americans who sincerely believe that the name calling from the beginning of the primaries is all gone and past show, shall be very surprised as the real Trump turns up again after they gave him their vote. The same what happened in Germany in the 1930ies could now repeat itself in the New World, if the American citizens are not careful.

At many occasions Donald Trump showed his disgust for people who come from other countries and for those who have not the same skin colour as him and do not have the same faith as the majority of Americans. On more than one occasion we heard Trump calling brown or black-coloured people not ‘niggers’ but “monkeys”.

According to Trump Jews, Muslims, Hispanics are the cause of the United States of America “going to hell” (his words). For him it is clear America has to do away with them and

“liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.”

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67th United States Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election

Trump all the time tried to take away the focus away from his own personality and his own background, shooting with enough dynamite, to have those coming to his speeches to cry out to get away with Hilary Clinton, who seemed to have done the worst of crimes. He also tapped into everything that the Americans dislike about the last eight years of presidency under Barack Obama in the “corrupt system”. Himself forgetting to be part of that corrupt system and having created enough opportunities to make himself rich in not always kosher manners, but knowing himself that is perhaps the only way to become so rich as he.

Today we can see that the one man who managed to build up a huge “money fort”, created not only his own brand, both in business and politics, he also managed to pull the wool over most American’s their eyes.

Republicans claim to revere Reagan, yet their 2016 nominee fails to honour his ideals and made brushwood of many of the other republican candidates, also bringing a program (if you can call it that) which goes far away from the lines of the republican party Europe and the rest of the world knows.

For a quarter-century Hilary Clinton has been the GOP‘s go-to gal for outrage. Though today many republican should come to consider if they are going to honour their republican party and vote for this bugaboo or shall better choose from the “two bad people” the least bad one. They should sincerely come to think either to save the country or to save the position of that nominee, of which they better wonder if they can agree with all he says.

The danger is that the man with his big mouth and so many lies, like the English politician Nigel Farage who got the Brits in the Brexit debacle, can have enough people on his hands to become the next president. We have seen the many caustic attacks from republicans to the democratic candidate. But they should open their eyes and get to see what this smart woman really has already accomplished on international political level and how diplomatic she always has been, even in the most difficult situations.

It is a pity she did not united with the very promising Bernie Sanders. It is good she begun to integrate some of Sanders’ demands about free college education, more expansive funding of social needs, confronting institutionalized racism and mass incarceration, stronger anti-fracking and higher solar and wind production, a higher minimum wage, and reversing Citizens United.

We can only hope Sanders’ supporters have come out of the cold shower and shall be willing to support their other Democratic candidate. All should see that the democratic system is in danger when Trump would become the leader of the United States. His right-wing populism and the power of the weapons-lobby also can create a real political revolution and can bring the country in more troublesome times than now.

Lauren Carasik, the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law writes

Though the racialised and nativist hostility he has exploited will not evaporate with Trump’s defeat, it would be immeasurably amplified if he wins.

Either way, the enduring damage to the country’s international standing and founding ideals is already incalculable.

We in Europe do know that Trump is no fool but a very ‘handy’ man cunning as a fox. We also know that lots of the things he promised he shall never go to fulfil. But he made it clear that he would abandon America’s obligations to their North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, and for sure we in Europe shall have to face it. But we in Europe shall have nothing any more to say about human rights of which the nation under his presidency shall not be bothered, because all means shall be good to get ‘the bad boys’ out of the way.  International treaties such as the Geneva Convention also then shall be something for the bin and America shall not having to fear to take into account the way nature is going.

Let us hope there are more people, than Trump thinks, living in the United states that can use their brains properly and can use the balance mechanism to bring out a vote to give America a worthy trustable position.

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Please also come to read:

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  2. The Republican Party is Now an Open Threat to American Democracy
  3. Facing Down Trump’s Demagoguery: Lessons From Weimar Germany
  4. Donald Trump’s dangerous demagoguery
  5. Donald Trump is no fool: The dangerous demagogue knows exactly what he’s saying
  6. Trump’s demagoguery has no place in America
  7. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  8. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  9. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo

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Further reading

  1. This Election Has Disgraced The Entire Profession Of Journalism
  2. Voter Suppression – 2016
  3. Paul Krugman Reveals Who Really Broke Our Democracy and Why. 
  4. Donald Trump Releases ‘Deplorables,’ an Anti-Hillary Clinton Ad
  5. Reluctant Conservatives For Hillary
  6. Cautious Clinton campaign sticks with creative that’s moving the dial
  7. Clinton Buries Trump in Negative Ads (News Post #10)
  8. Presidential Campaign Ads
  9. Posting Political Signs in the Window Is Your Right — Isn’t It?
  10. Political Advertising: Radio Wins the Vote
  11. Audi & Tecate: Debate Night In America
  12. Wall Street Worries As TV Stations Warn Political Ad Spending Will Fall Short
  13. US Presidential Election Snapshot
  14. Reading Post #10 – Political Advertising
  15. Political Advertising or Holiday Marketing in October: Which Is Worse?
  16. Here’s why you haven’t been bombarded with political ads this year
  17. “Is political advertising dead?” #QTWTAIN
  18. Impact of Political Ads on Brands (Chapter 13)
  19. Three Days
  20. “. . . Donald Trump is what Americans aspire to be . . . “
  21. Trump’s Russia, I mean America
  22. Donald Bigly Trump
  23. Donald Trump’s Love Affair With Russia And President Putin
  24. WSJ Breaking News Of Donald Trump’s Affair With 1998 Playmate Of The Year
  25. Donald Trump is not a friend of working people
  26. For Donald Trump And His Surrogates, Its A Small World, Part I (October Surprise)
  27. Donald Trump, Political Version…..
  28. Why I’m Voting For Trump
  29. The President of the USA and the Undecided Vote
  30. “Don’t forget to vote!” GOP volunteers work the phones, knock on doors in North Shore
  31. Ray Sawyer explains why you always lose if you vote Trump. No winners can vote Trump.
  32. Director Comey’s FBI’s Antipathy for Hillary Clinton is A Threat To National Security
  33. A look at the issues facing Canada with Clinton or Trump in the White House
  34. Feeling the Bern, yet still with her
  35. No. No you are not.
  36. Obama Alters U.S. Oath of Allegiance in Compliance with Islamic Law
  37. The Fall of the Constitution and The Rise of the Shadow Government
  38. Philip Roth: where are you now that we need you?
  39. Trump vs. Clinton: Will 2016 presidential election leave the U.S. a more violent place?
  40. Hispanics And Nasty Women Are Coming To The Rescue For Our Future First Lady, Hillary Clinton
  41. Calm down. The world won’t end if Trump (or Hillary) wins
  42. Hillary’s Last Message
  43. You Should Know: The Ninth Amendment
  44. Type Of Information The Far Right In Trumplandia Were Reveling In Before November Surprise
  45. Senate Majority or Not, Democrats Turn to Hard-Charging Schumer
  46. I Understand Why People Are Not Voting This Time Around
  47. Despicable; The Republican leagcy
  48. The Trump Show is Remaking William F. Buckley’s Carefully Scripted Conservatism
  49. How Party Division Delayed Republicans’ Congressional White South
  50. Bridgegate Guilty Verdicts Put Spotlight on Christie’s Role in Trump Transition Team
  51. After the Election: The Fight for Congress
  52. Connecticut Democratic and Republican parties gearing up for busy weekend
  53. Last Minute Plea To Fellow Americans: Please Do Not Vote For Donald Trump
  54. Vote Now!
  55. Who Will Win The 2016 US Election?
  56. If You Don’t know…
  57. US Election: Two Days Away
  58. It’s almost over.
  59. US election circus about to end
  60. Only 4 From GOP On Ballot For US House In Massachusetts
  61. Open Borders Are an Assualt on Private Property
  62. Five Conventions, Four Candidates, and Three Parties: Chaos before the Election of 1860
  63. The Culmination of Single Party Corporatocratic State
  64. Slick Rick Finally Gains US Citizenship After Over 20 Years Of Fighting
  65. Today, I become an American citizen
  66. Republican Party elephant makes first appearance
  67. Cartoon: after it’s all (not) over
  68. what was good about this election?
  69. Exposed
  70. We know Election Day exhaustion has set in when someone says “mazel tov cocktail” on CNN
  71. How Could You????
  72. The Values Behind the 2016 US Presidential Election
  73. Patton Oswalt Throws Down HARD For Hillary
  74. “It’s a Rigged System!” “Maybe The System Isn’t So Rigged After All!” “It’s a Rigged System!”
  75. Election 2016: a lesser of two God-awful choices
  76. Why This Rockmommy Endorses Hillary Clinton for President — But Thinks You Should Hit the Polls for the Other Candidates
  77. Glenn Beck Compares Donald Trump To Howard Hughes, Labels Him ‘Dangerously Unhinged’
  78. The REAL Wildcard in the 2016 Election
  79. Draco Malfoy Took A Break From Hogwarts To Start Supporting Donald Trump
  80. Republicans tried to vanquish Elizabeth Warren. Instead, they’ve only made her stronger
  81. Watch Crazy Trump Supporter Go Ballistic On Black Man And Use The N-Word
  82. Will Bill Clinton be known as the First Lady if Hillary wins?
  83. Clinton, Trump gear up for final day of campaigning
  84. Kellyanne Conway: a Poor Spin Doctor and a Failed Campaign Manager
  85. Everybody Is Telling Me That Trump Is Going To Win – So Why Do I Have Such An Ominous Feeling?
  86. Trump Still Says FBI Investigation Is Rigged
  87. What Happens If Faithless Electors Swing the Results?
  88. The Fate of the Country
  89. Half of America Is About to Get Gut-Punched
  90. Editorial: The Four Way Race
  91. Choosing a President: Reconsidered
  92. Make America Great Again…
  93. Donald Trump is confused by hip-hop: “Was it talking or singing? I don’t know”
  94. Celebrities’ Choice For President
  95. The United States is the Envy of the World

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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20 Responses to Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

  1. jilldennison says:

    This is quite possibly the most astute, spot-on post I have read about this election. Would you mind if I re-blog? Your understanding of our political climate is perhaps better than those of us who live here in the U.S. Hats off to you, and thank you for this post!

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  2. thank you for the inclusion of “Despicable; the Rrpublican Legacy” in your insightful essay. continue…

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  3. Jim Denham says:

    Very interesting piece: let’s just hope our worst fears aren’t realised. But then, take some time to give serious thought to what gave rise to the Trump phenomenon (as we have to re Brexit in the UK): your thought on this will be appreciated at Shiraz Socialist.

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  4. N.S. Palmer says:

    It really has nothing to do with loyalty to a political party, nor does it even have much to do with Donald Trump. A significant number of Americans have concluded that both political parties serve a tiny oligarchic class, against the interests of our people and our society. The power centers of both political parties fought tooth and claw against the movement that Trump represents, as did almost all of the news media, Wall Street, and most of the government. That he became the Republican candidate has little to do with the man himself. It has much to do with the fact that Americans are now so desperate that we are willing to gamble on a flawed outsider to shake up a political system that is irredeemably corrupt, since the only alternative is absolutely unacceptable.

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  8. jilldennison says:

    Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Sometimes, as the saying goes, we ‘cannot see the forest for the trees.’ We in the U.S. have been neck-deep in the battle for the presidency of our nation, and it is interesting to see just what that battle, and what we, look like to an outsider. Fellow-blogger Marcus Ampe is a Belgian who has written a particularly astute piece about the candidates in today’s election. As I read his post, my thought was that he, from thousands of miles away, saw our candidates and our situation much more clearly than we ourselves did. Mr. Ampe has kindly granted me permission to share his post, so without further ado, I hope that you will take a minute to read it and ponder the point of view of at least one of our European friends. Thank you, Marcus, for your illuminating post!

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  9. davidprosser says:

    An excellent piece Marcus. The only point I’d raise is actually about Brexit. You appear to be giving too much credit to Nigel Farage. His support didn’t manage to bring him the crashing victory in the polls he’d hoped for as there is still much suspicion of where groups like the BNP and EDL disappeared to in his ranks. Dissatisfaction with the EU predates Nigel quite a way since the UK government kept signing new treaties with the EU bringing about an integration many worried about. We originally joined for Economic and Trading reasons, not in support of a Superstate. Rule by Brussels irked many of us. Not least when we who had remained outside the Eurozone suddenly became expected to pay vast sums to help bale Greece out of a hole we felt the EU had put them in.That seemed to be Eurozone business not ours. Not that we wouldn’t help Greece out as a friend for other reasons.
    Nigel Farage has been a good front to point all attacks at over Brexit as Cameron became for honouring his word over the referendum. I suspect the last word now will lie with the Law Lords on appeal and if they uphold the verdict of the judges with an interest in the Bremain camp then hopes of a Brexit may just fade away in a series of carefully selected delays.
    Hugs

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    • Marcus Ampe says:

      Dear David, thank you very much for your compliment and for your edifying comment. In my next article I’ll come back on the Brexit also pointing a finger at those politicians who did not want to listen to the people and did not want to see things which went wrong in the system.

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