The ‘Weak’ in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios
I think it was around 75% of the prolific Facebookers in my newsfeed that were anxiously publishing the various commentary claiming, “Trump wants all Muslims to wear ID badges” and “Trump wants to keep a database of Muslims” which was at times accompanied with images of Trump dressed as Hitler (Thanks, Reddit). While he made stupid comments after the attacks in Paris last week with a Dr. Cason-wannabe statement, “if they had been armed it would have been different,” I was surprised Trump could be THAT stupid.
Answer? A bit of 50/50. Trump has since distanced himself from claims that he would want a register of all Muslims while CNN was apparently ‘caught’ editing Trump’s speech to suit the narrative they wanted to publish. Both his Republican competitors (other than Marco Rubio) and Democratic candidates strongly denounced his ideas, especially in regards to a potential registry. Many say it is likely he was referring to high-risk individuals who are on the Government’s radar, maybe, you never know with that guy.
What we do know though is that this week Trump has taken the lead in the polls again, so whether that was an ignorant comment or an overexcited mid-rally gaffe, he had a good week.
Bernie Sanders, who describes himself as a socialist has come under fire this week for his speech at Georgetown University where he discussed his position on democratic socialism, and parallels with President Roosevelt. In an interesting op-ed by Tim Worstall for Forbes around the differences between socio-economic systems, I had to agree with him that the term being used by Bernie is often not exactly in line with the European use of the term “socialism.”
Bernie Sanders tweeted today that “The U.S. is the only major country that doesn’t guarantee healthcare to all people as a right, not a privilege. That is an embarrassment.” He is right, but understanding that and demanding change doesn’t make one necessarily a socialist, just as it doesn’t make someone an exploitive Wall-Street greedy capitalist. Especially if it is similar to Hillary Clinton’s understanding of the term, “When I think about capitalism I think about all the businesses that were started because we have the opportunity and the freedom to do that and to make a good living for themselves and their families …. We would be making a grave mistake to turn our backs on what built the greatest middle class in the history.” The two extremes highlight discrepancies in the way these words are viewed and needs to be better understood by the general public, although it does make for good sparring.
While claims that Bernie’s portrayal as a Socialist is a “con” (a bit dramatic) it is well worth reading the literature behind what these theories really mean as we use them in the context of leadership values during a 2016 Election race. Make up your own mind, but—here is a fun challenge—don’t just read theories from writers you find instinctively palatable, consume as much knowledge as possible and then decide what truly resonates with you.
The ‘Weak’ in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh
Heard at Republican Party HQ
“How on earth did Sanders and O’Malley get in the race for the Democratic nomination?”
“They were recommended by Hillary.”
Heard at the White House
“I see Jeb is very keen on action against global warming.”
“It’s the only hope of saving his campaign from a total meltdown.”
Heard in Congress
“If Carson becomes President he could lead us to the Promised Land.”
“If Trump becomes President he could lead most of us to Mexico.”
Heard at Democratic Party HQ
“Why is Jeb mounting an advertising blitz against Rubio?”
“As a favour; being attacked by Jeb is a sure way to send your poll numbers up.”
Heard at the UN
“What sort of extreme measures do you expect Obama to take against Islamic State?”
“I believe he could even wage climate change warfare by deploying carbon-emitting drones.”