After a couple of days of feeling like crap, today I felt somewhat better… hopefully it stays that way.
What I find odd about the US election is that numerous sources still claim that in some way – whether or not if affected the outcome though quite how it works when a candidate yields before all the votes are counted is beyond me – the election was not fair. Fair as in all votes counted, fair as in tactics used in the polling lines, fair as in the use or abuse of technology. While the overall result may well be that the incumbent remained, the noise being made by those who proclaim the unfairness and the deafening silence from those in control remains. It may not be a loud noise, but it’s a noise all the same. So.. there’s that noise. The words ‘smoke’ and ‘fire’ spring to mind, and if they don’t for the US, then let’s hope they don’t throw that same stone at others because from where I sit, that house looks like it has a shed-load of glass in it right now.
Because when (note .. there is no IF there) the US kicks off because an election in another country was not totally fair and transparent, that’ll stink a bit won’t it ? Maybe the UN should be sent into America in 4 years time to supervise it ? After all, it’s not just violence that changes ballot results is it ?
If you translated what has happened there to something like a Student’s Union, or a Shareholders meeting, or even Parliament, then we’d think very differently. It’s almost an impersonal issue – certainly from here it is – but if you knew someone or a group of people that had acted in such a way, wouldn’t your opinion be that much less ?
My political views as to who should occupy the White House right now matters not. The simple fact is that what was seen and continues to be heard shows that the US cannot – to the satisfaction of people from other countries – conduct something as basic as an election – or even falsify the results and keep it a very well-kept secret.