A stronger America

You know, this explains a lot. Because all my life I’ve had this unaccountable feeling in my bones that something sinister was happening in the universe and that no one was telling me what it was. Arthur Dent

The long American election is finally over. Hillary Clinton was probably pretty sure she was going to win, and she had reason to. There didn’t seem to be any indication of anything but a solid victory. I was following a Norwegian newspaper’s live web-TV coverage from New York, and one of their pundits consistently talked about how Trump was doing well where he was expected to, but his only choice was to accept defeat.

There are many theories about what went wrong, but the truth may be simple. It is possible that Clinton was unelectable in the present climate. Donald Trump did a good job of alienating everyone, and even before the old recordings surfaced, it seemed like he didn’t want to win. Hillary Clinton had a lot of support from media, and Michelle Obama gave a couple of speeches that was probably worth more than any amount of dollar, and Clinton had a lot of them as well. In other words, Hillary Clinton couldn’t possibly fail. She should have won most votes from African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims and women for starters. This could also have been the election when family loyalty to the Republican Party didn’t necessarily mean anything.

Her slogan, Stronger Together, suggested that she wanted to be seen as middle class, that she understood the voters because she was just an average American. She probably chose this slogan because it was the opposite of Trump’s. Incidentally, many politicians have promised change. Bill Clinton said “It’s time to Change America”, while Trump followed a tradition of patriotism:

Let’s Make America Great Again, Ronald Reagan

A Stronger America, John Kerry

Restore America Now, Ron Paul

America’s Comeback Team, Mitt Romney

Many saw George Bush as a bad president, but changed their minds when Obama couldn’t fix everything. George Bush had a slogan in his second election that may differ slightly from his legacy: “A Safer World and a More Hopeful America.” I am no expert, but I wonder why the Republicans didn’t get a third term if Bush did everything right.

It’s hard to see how people are going to work together when not even Republicans in Congress support Donald Trump, but we should give them a chance. You may wonder why it matters to the rest of the world who wins the US election. This is our closest, strongest ally, and of course it make people worried when one of the candidates says that he may ignore NATO’s article five.

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