Let me start by saying I an not a political commentator and certainly no expert in US politics. What I do think I am is a an avid people watcher and shrewd judge of behavior.
I confess to sitting to the right of center politically but also consider myself a charitable and caring person. I possess strong family values believe people have a responsibility towards themselves and their family and that the state should only intervene in support when they have shown their commitment to helping themselves. Those genuinely in need should get everything they need, those who don’t try to help themselves don’t deserve support from others.
I would like to say I am surprised and shocked by the election of President Trump but frankly I am not.
Why? Simple, the core of voters in the US, like the UK, have tired with the political elite who continue to tell us they know best and ignore the wishes of the people.
Exit polls show that Trump probably won, not because of his popularity, but due to the distrust of Clinton, the symbol of establishment power and political correctness.
Right now I am going to make two controversial and inflammatory statements which in my opinion actually aren’t, they are statements of fact and the reasons why the world is changing in the way it is.
- The political left have been allowed to tell the ordinary man and woman in the street what they can or can’t say, do and think for far too long. (i don’t mention extreme right wing as they are generally beyond hope and redemption and don’t even deserve recognition)
- In the main, politicians are arrogant elitists who are totally out of touch with the views of the public and are in most cases too arrogant to even care.
Lets take sometime closer at home to illustrate what i mean. Our old friend Brexit.
We were offered a referendum, the people voted but politicians and the hard left refuse to accept the will of the people. We can argue all day the pros and cons of Brexit but that’s not what this is all about, it’s about LISTENING TO THE MAJORITY.
The right wing parties in the UK are increasing in strength daily, Conservatives rule with a majority and even UKIP who are in internal disarray are still strong and people may ask why?
Read my first “controversial statement”, people don’t specifically want to lurch to the right but see this as the only way of not being dragged to the ever hardening left.
Many have made the comparison between Trump and Hitler, a rather stupid and inappropriate comparison in my view but still a comparison has been offered.
So I say to those who have this sort of opinion, does your attitude represent the mainstream view and in making such a comparison are you actually fueling a lurch towards right wing extremism?
So maybe it is time on both sides to try to understand rather than condemn.
Trump was voted into power primarily by white, non college educated voters, the traditional makeup up both the US and UK, also the very people often branded as stupid, ignorant and racist by the left.
So stop for a moment, examine your feelings NOW,
- are you angry with my words,
- is “because they are stupid, ignorant and racist” echoing around in your head”,
- have you now branded me as a stupid, racist bigot who has not idea what he is talking about.
Well let me close by saying I UNDERSTAND your point of view on racism, I UNDERSTAND your opinions on helping those in need, I UNDERSTAND views on the pros and cons of immigration and I respect those views even if I don’t necessarily agree with them.
Can you say the same or am I already branded as a bigot?
Until both sides of the table come together and learn the meaning of compromise, accept that their point of view may actually be wrong, accept that democracy means following the will of the majority even if you don’t like that reality and accept that failing to do so leads to division, then things won’t improve and we will see a steady move towards right wing extremism.
So the time has come, are politicians and activists willing to engage and find a compromise or are we want a world where an un-electable Corbyn style hard left minority aggressively tries to impose their ideals on the middle ground pushing them further and further to the right?
Brexit and Trump are just a start, The hard right are gaining momentum in France, Germany, Holland, Italy and many other smaller countries. Immigration, jobs, education, tax, benefits and health are all mainstream concerns of the majority.
Unless we start to recognize this and put the needs of the “average person on the street” ahead of political ideals then we are heading into a really black future.