Monday, 10 October 2016

Bring in the Clowns

Today I watched a little of the presidential debate which led to some discussion with my son, Keaghan (who has been interested in politics and justice since about the time he could walk.)

I wondered how the republicans could have ever thought Trump was a good candidate and Keaghan thought that Trump did well in the polls and therefore the party thought he was a  good idea, not thinking of what kind of person he is.

My next thought was about the way that some people are more confident feeding their babies by bottle than by breast because bottle feeding gives us numbers, measurable intake.

Yes, it is an odd association to make but brilliance is demonstrated in the ability to make connections, or at least that's my story.

Anyways, it all lead me to the idea that maybe the world is obsessed with numbers, measurability, stats and performance indicators at the expense of trust, instinct, character and other more abstract qualities.



  1. I simply cannot understand how such a democracy with built in checks and balances, can let a man like this reach where he has in public life.

  2. I would love to comment but I have vowed to not take a political stance on any social media, except to say I have never been so disappointed in my voting options.

  3. Sigh. On both the political circus and bottle feeding fronts.

  4. Ramana,
    I see it as the result of a society whose one collective belief is selfishness

  5. EC,
    Yes. It is distressing to watch at times

  6. Not much really to do with Trumps stats--by all measures, them who make up the leadership of the GOP pretty much disavow him and have done such for a time. He has tapped into the fear of aging baby boomers who have been under assault as the ruiner's of America, taking more out of Social Security than ever was put in, leeches who have pensions and want to retire but don't because retirement is hard. white old men who are afraid that everything they have earned will be taken and given to black America as some sort of a payback for a situation they did not create, one they feel (I feel)only a responsibility to provide tools, not gifts.

    the term "ugly American" has finally hit home.

  7. Mark,

    I don't claim to actually know anything about it so thank you for some insight

  8. It was only a matter of time before Trump's "previous" life caught up with him and people are now seeing what an unpleasant, pervy old man he really is.

  9. Joey,
    His body language was horrible, he is not only pervy but threatening and abusive and cant carry an argument

  10. Sexist, racist, homophobic etc. Let's just pray he doesn't get elected.

  11. I could do with a measurable intake of Donald Trump - preferably zero. I'm glad to see so many senior Republicans have deserted him after the airing of his disgusting misogynist and predatory comments. It's a mystery to me why so many people support him. If they think he'll improve the lives of ordinary folk, they're sadly mistaken.

  12. Good that your son takes an interest in politics. As does mine. So many youngsters throw in the towel before they have barely started drying/trying. And let's never underestimate a fresh take on what, for some of us, has become stale.

    He who shall not be named? I don't know, Kylie. I am at a complete loss. It's all so cringe worthy, so toe curlingly embarrassing - I barely know to how to untie the knots I find myself knotted into. Currently in the business of being grateful for small mercies, I am so happy that I am not American. How does a nation live down their shame in the making?


  13. Nick,
    The electorate seem to be easily misled all over the world but I would have thought Blind Freddie would have the vision to steer clear of the Donald

  14. Ursula,
    I don't think there is any way to live down this one


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