Campaign 2016 - Nationalism or Globalism?
Telescope or Microscope?
Problems and to spare,
we can see them everywhere.
One at a time now.
Giving thought beyond the election...
A nationalist Trump vs. A globalist Clinton?
Mr. Trump knows something about the world, and a lot about the USA.
Mrs. Clinton knows a lot about both.
Both have displayed evidences of poor judgment.
Many potential voters dislike their choices in 2016 so much that they will not even vote in November.
Another group of voters, many of them voters who for years have not voted, will vote in 2016. This group feels that their federal government is "headed in the wrong direction" and has failed to serve the public's interests. They are likely to vote for "the outsider" (Mr. Trump).
There will, of course, be registered "party" voters who seldom vote for anyone except their political party's nominees. Their parties will be working hard to pressure those "faithful voters" to actually vote this year. Most of them will.
The 2016 election should be another close one.
If predictions could be based solely by whether or not American voters have been content with the government they have had for the last two election cycles, Mr.Trump would be favored to win, because Americans as a whole are not happy.
Given that Mr. Trump has clearly shown himself to be an inept politician and a poor debater with baggage not unlike Mrs. Clinton's, the advantage should be Mrs. Clinton's.
The fact that the contest between the two remained a statistical tie some 35 days before voters cast their ballots, says a lot about how hard it had become to make a clear choice between the two leading candidates.
Some voters explained their dilemma as trying to choose between "more of what we are not happy with now" and "taking a chance on changes we may not like any better later."
The rhetoric, for what it may be worth, portrays Mrs. Clinton focused by her experience on more of a world view, while Mr. Trump is more focused by his experience on what needs to be done to correct problems inside America.
How voters regard those differences in the candidates' focus could well decide which voters actually vote, and which major candidate is sworn in as the next President of The United States of America in January 2017.
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