Tomorrow is Election Day in the US. On that day, after what feels like a decade of campaigning, the only poll that counts will be taken when citizens cast their ballots. Candidates have been focusing on voter turnout for the last few days, shoring up their base as well as trying to sway those who have not yet decided.
I have to admit I am still at a loss to explain how anyone could, in all conscience, even consider voting for Donald Trump. Yet here we are coming down to the wire. There was a time when policies, plans and issues played a strong role in electoral campaigning. But this year’s version has descended into a battle between the salesman and the seasoned administrator.
Trump comes off more like a television shill trying to sell the public some questionable new gadget. He is loud on end results but more than quiet on details. That’s okay, his people don’t want to be bogged down with facts and figures. They just want to hoot and holler at anyone who does. Yet obviously he is doing something right if the polls are to be believed. I have to assume there are many people who buy those wonder products that are pushed on television, without so much as a touch. Are these folks Trump’s followers?
I have never been fond of sales in general (if I had wanted fries with that, I would have asked for fries!), and certainly not pushy salespeople who will promise anything to get you on side, only to then start working backwards as truth sets in. “Just checked with my manager and it seems we cannot offer you those extra widgets I promised.” It is a scam. But that’s the current state of commerce. People can make a whole lot of money in sales, but it does not mean they can run a company, much less a country. It is irksome when a sales rep babbles on about his or her product, it is downright frightening when a potential leader does it. Donald J. Trump, Salesman in Chief. Nice ring to it no?
Donald Trump could be the poster child for the dumbing down of politics movement. But he is not the only problem, the bigger issue is those who genuinely believe he is correct. No doubt many people are riding his coattails in the hope of personal gain – Governor Chris Christie, Mayor Rudy Giuliani are two such riders that come immediately to mind. I have to believe that in a truly private conversation, not one that is likely to be Wikileaked, these men would come clean and point out that of course they know Trump is a lunatic, but he’s their ticket.
So my American neighbours I wish you the best of luck tomorrow. Here’s hoping for a safe election with a clear result that will enable you, and the world, to get back to reality, not reality TV. Please vote for the experienced administrator, not the salesman.