There are “dark” days ahead for the United States, no matter who wins the upcoming U.S. election. NATO is saber rattling on the doorsteps of Russia. The U.S. “pivot” to Asia is wrought with inherent peril; particularly given the warranted projection of Chinese military power in the South China Sea. The catastrophe in the Middle East and Northern Africa created by stupendously incompetent U.S. policy in that region, including Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, continues to metastasize into a cancer that could envelope the globe at any minute (let us not leave out the retarded step-child of the U.S. known as Israel; always a destabilizing factor). All of which are leading to a global arms race. Factor into the aforementioned, the omnipresent potential for a natural disaster of “biblical” proportions, let alone civil unrest, and the United States is teetering on the brink.
Now come the nominees from both parties.
Donald Trump has bragged, recently, that he has “88 Generals and Military experts” that support him. Not to be outdone, Hilary Clinton has bragged that “95 retired Generals” support her. That being the case, in either case, let us look into our crystal balls and see what we might be able to determine in terms of what the next four years will bring.
Four years from now, the United States will still be at war with Melanic nations all around the world.
Four years from now, the U.S. economy will still be sputtering, if not in total collapse.
Four years from now, there may very well be additional U.S. military adventures in new places; though it is unlikely that the U.S. will actually ever step to Russia or China the way they have with lesser military powers. The United States, true to form and its nature, only attacks countries that it knows it can vanquish; like most bullies it picks on the weak, the infirmed and the very young or old. Further, though it talks a lot of shit, it never steps to a nuclear armed nation.
What is the message there, praytell?
Four years from now, the U.S. education system, health care system and taxation system will remain among the worst and underperforming in the world.
Four years from now, U.S. politicians will still be bought and sold; pay to play will remain the order of the day.
Four years from now, Black People in America will still have, per capita, the highest unemployment levels in the nation. A fact that has not changed, significantly, in almost a century. “African-American” President notwithstanding.
Four years from now, Black People in America will still be murdered wholesale by police and other white racists with relative impunity and almost no consequence.
Four years from now, the United States will still be reliant on fossil fuels and, thusly, will be pimped by its reliance on same; and will perpetuate all that goes with being such a whore.
Four years from now, the United States will still rank at the bottom in terms of literacy in general, and particularly so in the areas of math and science.
The good news is, I suppose, that no matter which of these candidates becomes the leader of “the free world” (that one always chokes me up, for reasons having nothing to do with emotion) they will likely be a one term President. Several factors go into my subjective calculus in terms of this assertion. First, there is the age of the candidates. If you took all of the top three candidates ages together (Sanders, Clinton and Trump) you would have almost 214 years (and yes, I am, painfully, aware that Sanders is no longer in the race). All of whom can remember, and in fact probably participated in, Jim Crow. Back-of-the-bus, segregated this and that, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more of them attended a lynching or two. Who’s to say?
In any event, if you consider the ages of the last two remaining candidates and the potential health issues that could very well play a part in their ability to be competent in office (including senility and dementia) it increases the likelihood of being incapable of serving two terms. On top of that, one must factor in the fact that these two candidates have the lowest public approval rates in history. Which means that the electorate is making a choice between two people no one really likes. The Trump voters are not voting for Trump, they are voting against Hilary; he’s not her. And, conversely, the Hilary voters are not voting for Hilary, they are voting against Trump; she’s not him.
Depending on who can be most successful in the prevailing dueling strategies: for Clinton, “he’s unstable”; and for Trump, “she lies”, that is who will take the brass ring. In the meantime, I suggest you gird your loins, ‘cause it don’t look good.