Politics has always been a really bizarre and underhanded business, and I truly believe that no one can stay long term in office without turning into the worst kind of people you can imagine. I used to have my share of illusions, but I have lost most of them, and I can’t see anyone being real sincere about doing what is best for the majority of the people. The solution isn’t that hard.
There has been some especially bizarre elections in different countries in recent months, and more will follow. First the USA went through an election without candidates because there is no reason to believe that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. Her solution was after all to bomb both Syria and Iran, which would have meant a full scale war with two of Russia’s most important allies in Western Asia.
Then we had the election in the Netherlands, where the EU and MSM claimed that the political right wing lost. What really happened was that the Dutch election confirmed the progress the populists have made in recent years. Gert Wilders’ Party for Freedom won more seats in parliament that they had before. The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy has had the Prime Minister the last seven years, but they lost 8 seats in parliament, and the Labour Party lost an incredible 29 seats, leaving them with only 9. How is that a disaster for the right wing parties?
The French election is even stranger. There were eleven candidates trying to win the presidential election, and as the president needs more than 50 percent, the two top candidates will compete in a second round The next president will be Marine le Pen or Emmanuel Macron, and all the other candidates have teamed up against Le Pen. That sounds like a risky strategy because voters are very emotional and quite a few tend to feel sympathy. It would be shortsighted to vote for Le Pen just because you had sympathy for her, but it wouldn’t be the first time.
The question is what Macron could accomplish. He sounds a lot like Donald Trump. According to an article in The Guardian he wants to be everybody’s president, and he has introduced himself as “a liberal progressive outsider who would revolutionize politics.” Just like Trump, Macron was mocked by the establishment when he launched his political movement En Marche! in April 2016. Incredibly, that’s what this is. The next French president could represent a one man movement that had the people believe in change. He needs to build a party, a responsible politics, and alliances with other parties, but he doesn’t have much time. The French parliamentary election will be held on on June 11th and 18th.
I wonder how much he can really focus on the enormous challenges inside France, as well as in EU, NATO and the many conflicts around the world when his first term could be more about surviving. Most commentators see Le Pen as a really bad choice, but I wonder how much better Macron is. Incidentally, President Hollande is the first in modern times that haven’t even tried to get re-elected. That tells you how unpopular he has been, and that probably explains why Macron and Le Pen has a chance of becoming the next president. This is another election with no candidates and it doesn’t seem fair to leave it up to a novice to straighten things out.
I don’t think anything just happens in politics. There is something behind everything. Why do you think the USA suddenly changed their politics towards North Korea right now? The President in South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was impeached a few weeks ago.and there will have to be a quick election. Read about it on CNN. This has of course made people question the political stability of the country, which is important to the USA as they have 25 000 soldiers in South Korea and a lot of important equipment. Tension with North Korea could help both the US and South Korean government. As for North Korea being a nuclear threat, that doesn’t seem likely.
Considering the times we are living in, and the fact that we need someone sensible in power, I am not sure how much sense occupy the major political offices in NATO at the moment. It doesn’t make it better that the voters don’t really have any candidates. We have parliamentary election in Norway in September. A professor tried to get four people brought to justice for their role in the Norwegian war crimes in Libya a few years ago. One is presently Secretary general of NATO and one of the others is the leader of Labour, and most likely our next Prime Minister.
The short term memory of most people makes me sick.