04 November, 2016

Hillary Clinton for President

Sony 70-200mm - "Waiting" Coolangatta, Queensland [Click image to enlarge]

We Americans rightly talk about our Constitution and its protections, but often forget that any constitution can become useless in the absence of the trust and good will of the electorate — or of our elected officials.

You don't have to look at too many other countries to see that freedom and justice require more than words on a page. The Philippines, for example, has a constitution with a bill of rights that provides, "No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws." Sounds familiar, yet thousand have been murdered — at the behest of the Philippines President.

The Philippines President, in turn, took an oath:
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God.
Again, sounds familiar. But without trust and good will, they're just words. Any idea that justice (there or in the US) will be protected in the absence of trust and good will, is not only misplaced, it's dangerous.

For some years now a 'my way or no way' view of politics has been damaging our nation. If history has taught us anything it's that compromise is fundamental to the effective governing of a pluralistic society. The ignorant often complain about 'back room deals,' seemingly unaware that negotiations and compromises between competing interests are the only ways forward.

There's no question that we have serious problems. But, anyone who believes that the system is so broken that there's nothing left to lose, has no idea what 'nothing to lose' really means.

In casting my vote in this election, the principal questions seem to be which candidate can foster trust in the system and which candidate will be more likely to place the good of the nation ahead of blind ideology and grandstanding.

The innumerable divisive positions of Donald Trump convince me that his election would send the United States in exactly the wrong direction on both counts. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has a lifetime of public service that was characterised by consultation, negotiation and compromise.

So, I voted for and support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Do I expect that the Republicans will attempt thwart any effort by Hillary Clinton to govern? Sure, that's the kind of party they have become. But demographics are militating against them. More and more young people want government to work. All we can do is to try to move in that direction.

10 November 2016 - Post Election Update


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