Rather than plaster my thoughts all over my social media accounts or declare my opinions on threads and threads of voices, clambering on what they see as lies or truth, I thought it made more sense to write a blog post on what I’ve witnessed over the last year in the lead up to todays US election. You may find some of my analogies abrupt. I don’t care. I feel as an Aussie living here in California, with my husband working and paying a shit tonne of tax just to be here, we don’t have the right to vote, but we sure as hell get to have an opinion. Everyone has a right to have an opinion. I am a “leftist” through and through. That is: I support all races, religions and minority groups, I am pro-choice when it comes to reproductive rights, and I believe that anyone should have the right to marry regardless of their sexual orientation.
Some of my Australian friends have asked me what it’s like living here, surrounded and immersed in American life daily, especially with this huge historic day which has had the entire nation treading on broken glass for the last few months. Well, I can certainly see the social and racial divide, that for the most part of the last 8 years, America has done it’s goddamn best to claw it’s way back from the biggest recession the world has ever seen. It’s no secret that I am an avid Obama supporter. I felt sorry for the guy who was handed a steaming pile of…coal (the word shit came to mind), and asked to make it into the glowing diamond the world once knew and adored, because let’s face it, rolling coal in glitter will make it look pretty, but it’s kinda still rough on the outside with many more processes it needs to under go before it can shine and sparkle again.
So for a time, Obama did his best to bring this nation together. I’ve seen comments from those who say “He was the worst President in history”. They are clearly forgetting his predecessor Mr Bush. I mean, that guy couldn’t form coherent sentences and the rest of the world usually shook it’s head in utter disbelief every time he had to make a public statement. I see no difference now with Trump. The instigator of hate who has loudly been blaring his egotistical thoughts into the fearful that reside in this great land. I call it his “Trump cult”. I feel sorry for them. I feel sorry that they have been persuaded by a shonky businessman, who refuses to declare his taxes or earnings, that has no morals or values except to vet his own interests. He’s made it into a running joke that it’s ok to hate and put down women, races, religions, single out a race and call them “rapists and druggies” (by the way…anyone notice Trump sniffing a lot during the first debate? I mean, maybe he had a sinus infection? The ramblings certainly made me think of Ben Cousins crazy arm helicopter movements after the AFL grand final and we all know where he ended up). The guy who massacred his Hollywood star? I’m not surprised this happened. Was it right? No. But this is an example of America’s frustration with having to witness an egotistical narcissist in action.
Let’s rewind 3 years back to Australia. Tony Abbott is elected as Prime Minister. The right has won. Good for Australia? NO. Broken promises of jobs, and support for Australian major brands – gone. Thousands of jobs axed. Ford motor group: done. CSIRO jobs: slashed. Mining boom – GONE (because China says a big fat fuck you to Australia now and guess who was buying all our iron ore?) A man who doesn’t believe in climate change. A man who thinks coal is the best thing since sliced bread (he doesn’t trust wind or the sun) who made himself “Minister for women” (does he secretly have a vagina?!) and of course, minister for Indigenous rights. Disastrous. His party had to vote him out after a year. He’s been replaced by a better speaking version of himself with Turnbull. Australia still isn’t happy. The economy has bottomed out. This is what it’s like living in the “right”. Well not anymore, thats why we jumped ship.
I’ve see so many comments “Hillary is corrupt”. “Hillary lies”. Ok, so maybe she did get big business to fund her campaign. Great! Sometimes politicians need sponsors. Just like sporting teams. Thats why she went on and Bernie didn’t. The emails stuff. She’s a politician. They tend to write emails, most likely a lot of them. She most likely deleted a whole bunch. FBI have declared there was nothing suspicious. More lies made by the GOP? She DID declare her taxes though. Still waiting for the other guy to do that. Her husband didn’t respect her when he was caught cheating. Bill paid the ultimate price. He was impeached. Anyone remember that? And look who STILL stuck by him. She’s a gutsy lady.
What I HOPE for America: decently priced childcare, longer parental leave, higher minimum wage, fairness to all regardless of race or religion, better police training, better mental health services and stricter gun reforms. I am sad that I don’t get to vote. But I am proud of my friends here that do. I am happy that majority of those we love and share the same values and ideals with support a free and happy America. One that shouldn’t live in fear, or hate. Who knows how long my family will remain here if the above doesn’t come to fruition.
So for now, it’s window shopping. I can glance on by through the window, admire the goods, just not have the goods. Whatever you shop for today, make sure it’s what you NEED. Make it count.