Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: July 11th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: The world watches both Clinton and Trump carefully as they respond to the recent tragic events unfolding across America.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

Heavy week. From the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to the Dallas police shooting, we have watched the evidence of a broken system unfold before our eyes with the emphasis on both gun control and the Black Lives Matter movement. Hillary Clinton had days earlier tweeted “Black Lives Matter” in response to the shooting of two black men by police which had seen a huge social media campaign and viral posts in impassioned response to the events. Since then, with the protest in Dallas resulting in the fatal shooting of five police officers, Clinton postponed a rally in Dallas with The New York Times noting, “Mrs. Clinton postponed a rally with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., but planned [to] speak in Philadelphia about the police-related deaths of Alton B. Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.”

The incident in Dallas has thrown a huge wrench in the works for Black Lives Matter protesters and supporters, with Baltimore activist DeRay Mckesson noting, “The movement has been and will continue to be about ending violence.”

Donald Trump had been relatively quiet since the viral video of Philando Castile was shared and outrage was gaining momentum; he simply tweeted, “Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country.” Trump also postponed events, with Newt Gingrich telling Fox News, “This has been a terrible couple of days for America and it should be a wake-up call that there’s some things that are profoundly wrong in this country right now.”

How both candidates deal with the next seven days and the response to both sets of victims will be incredibly crucial to how they are seen as contributing to the solution that America so badly needs right now.

Sitting on the fringe, Jill Stein who is still running for POTUS as the Green Party’s candidate has taken advantage of the Bernie Sanders supporters who do not see themselves supporting Clinton. Jill, who says she could reach 15% in the polling, announced that she has made an offer via email to Bernie to join her in collaborate efforts to demonstrate the redundancy of the two major political parties. The cynic in me suggests that she is using the collaborative offer to secure the overwhelming number of Bernie supporters, considering in 2012 she only secured 470,000 votes (rating her 4-6%).

Meanwhile, after months of speculation, the FBI announced they would not recommend bringing charges to Hillary Clinton, with main emphasis being around the concept of intent. Social media responded, as it does, with 73,000 reviews of the FBI’s Facebook page hitting virtually within days seeing their star rating plummet to 1.1! The people speaking via reviews is every Yelp investor’s dream!

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The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at Democratic Party HQ
“I hear Hillary was interviewed by the FBI.”
“Let’s see, are they on Fox or CNN?”

Heard in Congress
“What do you think would happen if Trump inherited Obama’s Presidential legacy?”
“I think he’d pass on the $20 trillion debt to someone like Bernie who’d appreciate it more.”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“Obama’s out campaigning with Hillary.”
“It’s amazing the sacrifices he’s prepared to make to try and stop Trump.”

Heard at Hillary’s Campaign HQ
“Has Bernie given up the race for the Democratic nomination?”
“Not quite. He’s still awaiting final advice from the FBI.”

Heard at a New York Hair Salon
“Bill Clinton’s always struck me as a very intelligent guy.”
“Well, he’s certainly got Fifty Shades of Grey Matter.”

Heard in Hollywood
“Why were you so disappointed by Trump’s trip to Scotland?”
“He supported Leaving while I was rather hoping he’d perceive the benefits of Remaining.”




Alexandra Tselios

Founder and CEO of The Big Smoke, Alexandra oversees the leading opinion site in both Australia and the USA. As a social commentator, she is interviewed most days of the week on radio across the country in Australia as well as working with NFP think-tank, Plus61J, which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.

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