This article was written in July 2016, reposted here for reference
Understanding the US Presidential Race
Why is there so much hate towards the candidates?
The current US Presidential elections are presenting a dramatic situation that has never been seen in an American election before. The dynamics of electioneering, which include the control of the media, funding, and reading the minds of the electorate have never been more difficult for those trying to understand the dramatic changes taking place.
The race can only be understood if one is schooled in the deeper trends that are influencing the minds of potential voters. Forget the media hype of Trump and Clintons latest attacks on each other; the revolution is coming from the big trending issues that have not been taken care of.
The strongest trend deals with the financial and economic state of affairs but is followed by security in a close second place, and both have the electorate full of fear.
In reality, there is a deeply rooted revolution going on, a revolution from voter discontent; it is not politics as usual.
This discontent is being fueled:
- by lost jobs – over 90 million jobs have been lost since the financial meltdown. The electorate doesn’t believe the unemployment rates published by the government from the time they changed the system of reporting to exclude from the main published rate those who haven’t looked for work for only four weeks. If a person doesn’t look for work, they drop them from the numbers. Many blogs claim false manipulation of the numbers. One in seven families has NO wage earner.
- from the disaster of Obamacare – as rates are skyrocketing for the employed who have to pay their full share in order to provide subsidies for those who can’t pay, people have become scared and discontent.
- fear of illegal immigrants – as the Obama administration has opened the door and allowed millions of un-vetted people into the country.
- rising costs – which include a new housing boom fueled by low-interest rates. Elected officials claimed to re-organize the banking industry, but in reality, they have failed to do so, and a new bubble is being formed faster than the last disaster. Only 53% of US families now own their own homes. The banks are still offering zero down loans, and have not increased their equity ratio at all. It is still a feeding frenzy with each bank taking advantage of zero interest costs and making cheap loans as fast as they can. Their plan is to grab the money now, as the future is bleak anyway.
- being lied to – by the press and elected officials. As more and more lies are exposed, the trust level has reached an all-time low. The number of people who watch the hundreds of video’s on YouTube of building 7 being demolished with explosives and now believe that 9/11 is a big lie, has increased dramatically. US citizens still remember Bill Clinton in a court of law, putting his hand on the bible swearing to tell the truth and then blatantly lied, was caught and impeached for it. While the mainstream media won’t talk about Clinton’s lies, the new alternative media is flush with examples.
- debt – The US Government closed out the fiscal year on September 30, by adding $1,422,827,047,452.46 to the negative balance. The new total is now $19,573,444,713,936.79, growing to roughly 7.5% of the entire US economy. The International Monetary Fund warned that global debt had hit an all-time high of $152 TRILLION. That figure is nearly TWICE the size of the total world economy. By comparison, the Marshall Plan, which completely rebuilt Western Europe after World War II, cost $12 billion back in 1948, or roughly 4.3% of US GDP at the time. The initial appropriation for the WPA, perhaps the largest of Roosevelt’s New Deal “make work” programs that employed millions of people, cost 6.7% of US GDP. And, more recently, the US $700 billion bank bailout at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis was the equivalent of 4.8% of GDP. So basically, these people managed to increase the national debt by a bigger percentage than the cost of the New Deal, Marshall Plan, and 2008 bank bailout. What exactly did we get for that money? Did they spend $1.4 trillion on achieving world peace, eradicating poverty, saving the planet, or some other dream? Did they finally fix America’s crumbling infrastructure that has been in desperate need of repair? Did they send a gigantic tax refund check to every man, woman, and child in the country? Actually, the answer is (D), none of the above. They squandered it all. Their only option now is to follow Japan and lower the interest to zero and below, which in effect is a tax on the citizens and just kicks the can down the road a little longer. However, everyone knows from his or her personal family budgets; one cannot keep adding debt, sooner than later, you go bust. The FED has used all its backup resources to purchase bonds and does not have any more tools in its toolbox to fix the next crisis. They are also broke.
So the American electorate is looking for a change. Ten thousand screaming fans showed up at Donald Trump’s latest rally in Philadelphia. Trump has hit higher numbers of support than any candidate ever, while Clinton’s rallies are empty. Trump has tapped into the revolution of the people. The more the mainstream media attacks him, the more Clinton and the Democrats attack him, the more the long-term established Republican insiders attack him, the more popular he gets. The folks don’t care about locker room talk or Hillary’s health issues; they want jobs, reduction in the debt and a re-organization of the Government.
One of the biggest problems with trying to understand this election is the corruption of the media. It is so simple to determine who the journalist’s support. They print it in their headlines. Fair and balanced reporting, where a reporter gives both sides of an issue, has completely disappeared.
In Estonia, the press just re-writes articles from the US Press. Also, they only read the mainstream Clinton oriented side. Hence, most Estonians have a huge fear of Donald Trump and feel safer with Hillary Clinton. The feeling is that Trump will be so focused on saving America, that he will ignore the needs of Estonia and NATO. In reality, he would have to save America first, in order to keep supporting NATO in the future. When looking at President Obama and Hillary Clintons international failures, the failed reset button and doing nothing about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; toppling dictators in the middle east who had kept things stable for decades, which has allowed ISIS and other terrorists to thrive; totally mishandling relations with Turkey, that have allowed a new dictator to emerge who is now doing business with Russia; not sending help to our Ambassador in Libya when he was under siege allowing him to be murdered; ratcheting up the turmoil in Israel with one failed negotiation after another; and now in a full war in Syria, with Russia on one side and the west on the other, it is hard to see how a continuation of the Obama presidency, with Hillary at the helm, would help Estonia at all. While Trump is an unknown in international relations, he is a strong alpha male, but will he stand up against Putin when he needs to? This one American will bet on Trump.