For the last few months, I’ve had a new hobby: American Politics.
Actually, that’s a lie. It’s less American politics I’ve been consumed by and more Donald Trump — specifically, how much I hate him.
I can’t even begin to tell you how fixated I have become on the US election between Hillary Clinton, aka the most qualified person ever to run for President, and the man Rosie O’Donnell accurately describes as “the orange anus”.
I’ve had a few people ask me on my Facebook page why I’m so fixated on the US election campaign. It’s another country! Who cares!
And I’ve thought about this a lot myself because I really am fixated.
People who are scared of flying often describe a sensation of having to use their mind to keep the plane in the air during a flight. Like, if they stop concentrating for a moment, the plane might crash.
I feel a bit like this with this election.
The fact it’s in another country is almost irrelevant. It’s true that I wrote barely anything about our own election. I can’t even tell you how long ago it was. And that’s because the stakes felt so low. Turnbull and Shorten were both self-described feminists; intelligent men with a long history of experience who both believed in marriage equality and a republic. Basically, they were both pretty close to the centre.
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But with Trump and Clinton, that gap is so wide, so extreme, I feel like the stakes are IMPOSSIBLY high. America is the biggest superpower in the Western world. It has the capacity to impact all of us, not just economically, but also to start wars, finish them, and set the moral tone.
The American President sets the tone in many ways for the entire world. That’s why Obama – as the first African-American President – felt like a great step forward for diversity and tolerance and equality.
And why a narcissistic bigot like Trump would be a massive, dangerous step backwards into a dark abyss of hatred, bullying and fear.
As more than one person has pointed out, Donald Trump should see a psychiatrist… not just the nuclear codes.
So lately I’ve been averaging at least an hour a day listening to podcasts about the American election and I am constantly visiting The New York Times and The Washington Post and Slate online for regular updates. In fact, when I wake up in the morning they are the first websites I visit in search of something new to fuel my loathing for this repugnant, buffoon-like Oompa Loompa of a man.