So let's shift our view across the Atlantic where our closest allies are probably lining up to be in an even bigger mess than us even after you take into account all the brexit chaos. I am obviously talking about the upcoming presidential elections, which will see Trump Vs Hillary fight it out to be the Leader of the Free World.
I must confess I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton but I detest Donald Trump and everything he stands for. I was never the biggest fan of Obama but after seeing what may come next, the last 8 years have been a dream come true. Hell I'll go as far as saying a "future predicting animal" is a better option than Trump, at the very least everyone will watch the decisions being made. I mean who didn't enjoy "Paul the Octopus" who was a celebrity in the 2010 World Cup.
The reason I write this article is growing concern that Trump could actually win the presidency and become leader of the free world. A notion that no leader even the far right ones are looking forward to. This post is rather a call to action for those opposed to Trump but not fans of Hilary, must put aside their squabbles and make sure the United States of America does not make its biggest mistake in history.
In recent days after the Republican convention and the DNC hacked email being leaked revealing how the establishment worked against the outsider Bernie Sanders in an effort to ensure he didn't receive the nomination, polls have revealed the gap between Hillary and Trump is neck and neck with some even placing the Republican contender ahead. Some commentators are warning us not to panic but I disagree; this is the time to take a moment to panic and once that feeling of doom passes, we must redouble our efforts to ensure Donald Trump never becomes President of the United States of America.
To show their disdain at both candidates, many people are flocking to the Libertarian Party ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld. Though I am not a fan of a 2 party system of government, no one, not even the candidates themselves believe Mr Johnson can actually become president. The American system of politics needs reform but this is not the time. We must not champion reform just for the sake of it and thus allow Donald Trump into the executive office.
It is a real concern to me that disdain for Hillary will result in many voters staying at home or choosing other candidates who aren't Trump in the form of protest and I urge you not to. Though it can be said these voters are just as likely to back Trump rather than Hillary, I don't see it. To quote Trump's own words "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters" and scarily enough I think that is true. Trump's supporters appear to be willing to back him no matter what and in regards to policies that they don't agree in they laugh it off and claim the establishment is working against him.
Hillary is not perfect, I will be the first to admit that but the alternative is just unthinkable. That the majority of the people of a country once known for freedom and all things glorious will choose to elect a demagogue to its highest office. Many will claim since I have no actual say in the politics of the USA I should keep my opinions to myself but I disagree. The President of the United States of America is not just that but also the Leader of the Free World. They are the last remaining Super Power and to see them controlled by a man whose policies are rooted in bigotry and racism, I truly worry for the future of civilisation itself.
To steal from Michelle Obama’s speech "I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters." So I urge you, not only the citizens of the United States but all citizens of the world to come together on the #NeverTrump ticket for it is all our futures affected by a Trump presidency.