In his latest Letter to America, Australian Roger Pugh shares the perspective of Clinton versus Trump from afar.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned story of good versus evil as long as good triumphs in the end.
This is just how your Presidential election is being portrayed on Australian television. Trump comes across like a villain in a Bond movie threatening to terminate civilization as we know it. Hillary on the other hand is depicted as rather like Wendy who is about to take over Neverland from Peter Pan.
U.S. television, however, gives me an entirely different perspective. The Presidential campaign there comes across rather as a story of evil versus evil with no prospect of a happy ending.
I get the distinct impression from watching Fox and CNN that if Hillary triumphs it will only spur Trumpism to irresistible momentum at the next Presidential election. And if Trump triumphs, most of the country will man the barricades to prevent him doing things like building a wall.
All this is of particular interest to Australians because, during a number of visits here, the Clintons have expressed unabashed admiration and support for the country, while Trump gives the impression that he wouldn’t give a rat’s arse if we became a member of the Chinese empire.
It’s no wonder, therefore, that Trump’s image in Australia is struggling to achieve a ranking above Kim Jong-un while Hillary’s ranks alongside Batwoman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
If Hillary becomes President, that would mark a happy ending in Australia; but, according to the polls, only around 34% of Americans would be happy. If Trump became President, Australia would be aghast; and it seems only around 30% would be happy up there.
Despite this negative outlook, I believe we should not give up hope for a universally happy ending to your Presidential election story.
Trump has engendered such low expectations that there’s a chance he could create a happy ending by exceeding them.
If Hillary wins, it could demonstrate that it’s even possible to achieve a happy ending through marrying a politician.