The strange election campaign

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To the Editor:

We can all be thankful that the strange election campaign in the U.S. is finally over. And for those favouring Donald Trump, 2016 elections had a happy ending — their hero won. What is not entirely clear is why he, with nearly two million popular votes less than his opponent, came to be the winner? Clearly, he must have been anointed by the Wall Street bankers or he would not be where he is. Some minor vote recount is underway now. But to what end?

All American elections in living memory have been rigged, preplanned, and completely beyond normal human comprehension. The 2016 elections were no different. The 18-month long campaign produced nothing beyond some pretended personal attacks, lies, and fake promises. No solutions to major economic and social problems were found.

While the voters and politicians are recuperating from their gigantic efforts, part two of the elections is unfolding. According to the CBC, “On December 19, the 538 electors of the Electoral College will, on the basis of votes from each state, elect the next president and vice president. On January 6, the College votes are counted in the Congress and the results are made public. However, the president-elect has to wait until January 20 to take the Oath of Office.”

Although there are no reliable signals that something could still go wrong for Mr. Trump, he has already warned that he will challenge any unfavourable (for him) decision by the College that (in his opinion) is an undemocratic entity that should be abolished. This was probably just a campaign idea, to be forgotten after inauguration.

There are many speculations about the Donald Trump’s administration, but hardly anyone knows what his plans are. During the campaign he gave the impression that he will change the entire administrative process. But in regards to the Middle East, he is already talking like the two presidents before him. Namely, the U.S. coalition will continue the fake “war on terror,” which means they will continue, under this pretense, to destroy Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and any other country that wants independence and sovereignty.

Then what will he change? Probably not much. The choices for his administration are all haters and warmongers. Or are they maybe decoys?  For Chief Strategist, Trump selected Stephen Bannon, who has had strong connections to fascistic and white nationalist organizations.  For Attorney General, Trump selected Senator Sessions, an extreme-right figure whose foremost qualification for the position of chief law enforcement officer is his loyalty to Trump.  Trump has put a former military intelligence officer in charge of coordinating foreign and military policy, a clear indication that a Trump administration will engage in even more ferocious military aggression than its Democratic predecessor.  For CIA director, Trump has chosen Republican Representative Mike Pompeo. Throughout his six years in the House, Pompeo has stood for the most militaristic and anti-democratic policies.

Although U.S. prides itself as some sort of democratic and moral high ground, it is in reality a two-party dictatorship, controlled on every level by the Wall Street tribe.

Anton Skerbinc

Creston, BC