So The US presidential election coming up in 45 day will be pivotal for future foreign and economic policy for the entire world. It’s a bit sad for non US citizen that they cant’ vote, but at least you can pretend with this worldwide poll.
This is the picture you will see on the website if you vote Trump, which seem to be the more popular choice right now. Interesting in the imagery is the wall of gold bullion in the background.
When Donald Trump entered the presidential race, many people thought of his entry as a novelty, perhaps even some free publicity. But then something unexpected happened, Trump started voicing the concerns of a muzzled sector of US society. Trump was off the standard political script, anti-Immigration, primarily illegal immigration from Mexico. Estimates are than as many as 10 million illegal immigrants from Mexico are working in the USA at any one time. This was stunning enough and tapped in to a ground swell of support. Following the latest terror attacks in Paris, he added a ban on Islamic immigration in the USA. The media simply went bananas, so did the voting public.
Trumps lead in the polls grew, showing he had tapped in the true sentiment of the public.
The political establishment hate him, along with the left leaning media. But right now he is a stand out contender with some polls making him electable as an independent president. The last time an independent was elected president was in the time of the founding fathers.
The next most damaging aspect is the American public has become accustomed to the president acting as a dictator and legislating through executive orders. While this is not what executive orders are meant to be for, the president has been set to allow dictatorial power. Democrats didn’t care about dictatorial power of a democrat was doing it inside their narrative, but now the narrative has changed they are very worried and are screaming blue murder.
It’s a year out from the US presidential election and Trump has a commanding presence in the minds of voters. Could Trump be a true change in political direction for the USA?
If running as a republican candidate Trump’s chances are even better.
Just to the North of Australia lies a series of islands known as Indonesia, known to Australians as a place of booze and drug filled ‘spring break’ style getaways, and one of the worst places to get on the wrong side of the law.
Having Just had it’s election for president, only the second time a democratic election for the office was announced, for the very first time a non-elite candidate was run and apparently won with 53% of the vote.
A political new comer to the national political scene Joko Widodo (Jokowi) cut his teeth as Governor of Jakarta and previously as Mayor of Solo.
Some commentators as saying he is too close to the much more experienced and politically connected former President Megawati Sukanoputri, and may be unduly influenced by her and her circle.
His presidential election opponent Probowo Subianto ( a more typical Indonesian military strong man president archetype) has called for a recount in a largely symbolic (and slightly sour grapes) move, though the result is unlikely to change.
Joko Widodo made his fortune in the furniture export business, and had flagged infrastructure and heath as major areas for improvement for Indonesia’s 240 Million People.
240 Million people on your doorstep have a new political direction.
48 million of them didn’t eat enough today either.
A sweet little info clip from the guardian.
We might think it strange to vote a chocolate factory billionaire as president of the country, we voted for a man with red Speedo’s (aka underpants) to run our nation.
Even in the east where he was least popular, at least 1 in 3 people voted for him. With such a large primary vote a run off was not required.
So now there is talk of corruption, How Poroshenko got his billions, his connection to Euromaidan via his TV channels etc.
Curiously much of his wealth come from Russians enjoying the old Soviet era chocolates and sweets that his factories produce. Could the tensions over Ukraine and Crimea be solved by the taste buds of Russians?
Stranger things have happened.
So what does he actually look like?