Let’s wake up from this US night­mare

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — I once fell in love with a beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent, ex­otic crea­ture named Amer­ica. Years passed — she changed and we no longer share val­ues in com­mon. She has be­come an­gry, de­based, small-minded, and hyp­o­crit­i­cal. I no longer recog­nise her and am si­mul­ta­ne­ously dis­ap­pointed, ashamed, and em­bar­rassed.

Trump’s petu­lant Man-Baby Pres­i­dency will ei­ther be a wake-up call, or the fi­nal straw for a bro­ken na­tion. He has nor­malised ab­nor­mal be­hav­iour and the lead­er­ship that fol­lows is likely to be even more bizarre, ex­treme and un­whole­some. The dam­age in­flicted will take decades to re­pair and much is ir­re­versible. The cul­ture wars are fi­nally over — id­ioc­racy has won!

Sadly, any­one who believes the Democrats will save them from an unhinged pres­i­dent, or the ex­cesses of the Repub­li­can faith­ful, may yet re­ceive a rude awak­en­ing.

Democ­racy is dead in Amer­ica, as in many other na­tions. The peo­ple’s only power now comes as con­sumers, not vot­ers. There is but one po­lit­i­cal party with dif­fer­ent branches — most of which are cre­ations of the ‘es­tab­lish­ment’ elite. Ev­ery few years the in­mates of our un­sus­tain­able eco­nomic sys­tem are per­mit­ted the hu­mil­i­at­ing de­cep­tion of choos­ing the next lead­ers who have been short­listed for us by the banks, big cor­po­ra­tions, and wealthy cam­paign donors. The 1pc en­sure their place­ment/woman wins and the rest of us lose.

Trump is not the prob­lem, but merely a symp­tom, who con­ve­niently fills a can­cer­ous void at the heart of his na­tion.

Amer­i­cans need to look in the mir­ror to see the real en­emy who has en­abled a dys­func­tional sys­tem to crip­ple a once great coun­try by elect­ing an ig­no­rant, misog­y­nist into the White House.

Cli­mate change, over­pop­u­la­tion, and inequal­ity are now the prin­ci­pal driv­ers in our so­ci­ety (both the USA and Ire­land). Any true leader would de­mand to make our en­vi­ron­ment great again. The choice now is ei­ther ditch un­sus­tain­able cap­i­tal­ism and save the earth, or res­cue cap­i­tal­ism and dump the planet.

If ever there was one coun­try where utopia could have been re­alised it had to be Amer­ica. Wake up every­one, we can all do bet­ter than this. Ted New­comen, Ch­ester­town, Mary­land, US

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