carlos b fly wrote:
carlos b fly wrote:
I generally try to never judge another countries politics. Globalisation and sticking your nose into political affairs between people and their elected governments is distasteful to me.
I don't agree, that's to imply that whoever is elected POTUS doesn't effect us across the pond, when it very much does. I don't understand how someone couldn't be on the edge of their seats as this car crash unfolds, because it will have a huge impact on all of us.
I don't live in America and don't know the conditions of the people in that country across a massive social spectrum. Its very easy from across the pond, with a completely different way of life, cultural issues and public service situation, to pass judgement on what impacts people and what drives their votes in reaction to this. For example, I think Obama seems like a lovely guy and has done a good job as president but several of my American friends utterly disagreed when I voiced this two years ago.
I don't live in America and neither do you, so his decisions and policies do not impact my absolute everyday way of life living in that country.
I would not presume to tell Betty in Alabama if her vote is right or wrong as I have no clue how her life how been affected, pro or con, by her government.
I therefore have to be a realist and say, only an American can really know what its like to live under the policies of their American elected party and what it does to every facet of their day to day existence and quality of life. There is a difference between a countries domestic policies and international ones. Domestically, I say butt the %+** out and let the people have their vote and vote their leader as they will be the most affected by it.
I have a view of their election but keep it very respectful.
I'm not in those peoples shoes and I don't live their life or know anything of their struggles, so I feel I shouldn't dictate on their vote that could change it.
At what point do you think people's behavior and beliefs no longer warrant respect? If we were sitting watching Hitler rise to power by manipulating the masses, drumming up hate and playing on their fear (seems like an extreme example, but take out the word "Hitler" and replace it with "Trump" and the sentence still works), are we to just sit and go "not my political system/problem, so I'll respectfully keep quiet"? At what point do we have an opinion? We can already see Trump's rhetoric has had some awful effects, hate crime has gone through the roof. Or do we just ignore that and sit back until we have a Bush/Blair type type situation where we're their right hand man being dragged into a pointless war? Come on.
Yes we don't see things from Betty's point of view, because we aren't being manipulated by the media the same way she is. What I CAN see is a politician, sorry, reality TV star, playing on her struggles and her desperation to further their agenda, causing turmoil and conflict and amplifying a fractured nation in the process. If anything as an outsider looking in I can see more clearly what is going on here, and frankly it's f*cking terrifying.