Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: July 18th 2016

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: A political protest of gassy proportions, Clinton and Trump political ad campaigns, Sarah “it’s just too far” Palin, and the case of an unfortunate penetrative logo.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

Acts of safe protest are the backbone of democracy and the ability to know one can take to the streets and be heard is a privilege not every society has. Also, I am a bit of a prude. So I don’t really particularly want to talk about Bernie Sanders’ supporters latest act of disturbance at Hillary Clinton’s convention. If you don’t know about it, it is essentially, “The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing,” according to organizer Cheri Honkala. Ugh.

In other news, here is a tip: buy shares in Chipotle asap.

Hillary Clinton has been doing pretty well with her ad campaigns, as in they are nothing if not super entertaining and often clever. This past week, Clinton put out a video where the most divisive Trump comments were delivered directly to children. Watching a seven-year-old be exposed to a man mocking a disabled journalist, then within moments seeing Hillary talk about ensuring that the “next generation is proud of us” was clever and moving. Trump has clever ads as well (sometimes), but Facebook status updates like, “Crooked Hillary Clinton is bought and paid for by Wall Street, lobbyists and special interests. She will sell our country down the tubes! and the videos his team posts to social media lacks the gravitas of at least acting dignified for a few moments.

Remember when Sarah Palin came out to endorse Trump? In fact, some expected Sarah Palin to be called Trump’s running mate for VP. The illusions of that are now far gone and Trump isn’t even inviting Sarah to the Republican Convention this week. Why? It’s too far; not Russia far, but apparently Alaska is too difficult for a supporter to travel for Trump, according to Trump. I remember being asked to a dinner party once. It was about a 30-minute drive away from my house. I used the “it’s too far” excuse as well, yet I seem to have no issues driving two hours for mango gelato that tastes like heaven. It’s called “just not wanting to,” Trump.

Logos are hard to get right and if you want to convey a particular message you have to really consider every aspect of the logo from the font to the color to the positioning. I don’t know what kind of message Trump’s team was trying to convey with the latest Trump/Pence logo. As most of us know by now, Trump announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate with many suggesting it was a smart move given both Establishment Republicans and conservatives like him. However, the logo that emerged from the Trump camp appeared to be an unfortunate T penetrating a P (the logo has since been discarded and replaced). Take that as you will, the internet has.




The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard at McDonald’s
“It’s so depressing that we’re stuck with a choice between Trump and Hillary for President.”
“They should restore a glimmer of hope as soon as possible by starting the next primaries this year.”

Heard at Trump Campaign HQ
“Why is Bernie going out to speak with Hillary?”
“They’re hoping that the people who don’t believe a word she says might react differently if it’s repeated by Bernie.”

Heard in Congress
“Both Bill and Obama are claiming that Hillary is the best-ever prepared candidate for President.”
“Yes, I think Jeb was overcooked.”

Heard at Hillary’s Campaign HQ
“Who will Trump pick as his running mate?”
“I don’t know, they haven’t even chosen the robot manufacturer yet.”

Heard at MSNBC
“Do you think that Trump understands the country’s social problems?”
“I doubt it, he thinks our biggest race issue is the New York Marathon.”

Heard at the State Department
“China is converting a reef in the South China Sea into an island.”
“How soon can we open a McDonalds franchise there?”




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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