Is US Democracy fake?

With the outcome of voting in the US  still to be decided, a good American born friend of mine remains baffled why at least half the US population defy all rationality in voting for Trump. I too cannot get my head around that either, and am almost inclined to search back the history on how a previous madman came to power in Germany. He too was very liked, admired and cheered on.

Trump has proven beyond all doubt he is mentally unstable and he too has little regard for human life totally ignoring and almost cheering on the thousands of USA citizens going to their graves, dying from the Covid pandemic.  Yet, the conundrum remains, that otherwise totally rational people still voted for him. I do not understand it and neither does my American friend.

Perhaps this comedy throws some light on it?

On a better note. On my walks around a magic lake not far from my home I have come across a family of turtles of which I managed to take some photos with my iPhone. I almost feel like getting a proper camera. Anyway here are some photos. What are turtles telling us?

There is a sort of wisdom bout them.

IMG_0874Bowral Ducks

IMG_1158 The turtle

 

IMG_1183 3 turtles

18 Responses to “Is US Democracy fake?”

  1. danielwalldammit Says:

    Wish that video didn’t seem like a documentary.

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  2. Dora Says:

    Very unfortunate that the Murdoch media have convinced people that the Hotel Owner come reality tv “star” and in Australia’s case Scotty from Marketing know more and have their peoples best interests at heart over the experienced more wiser totally focused on his/her country politician.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Dora. Murdoch ahs a lot to answer for. Even so, after four years of Trump one would think that people got wise to the man.

      How can people who normally are very rational and normal, who eat soup with a spoon, stop at red lights, pay their gas bills on time etc, suddenly loose all reason and their critical faculties and vote for a man who did not hide what he was on about.

      It really is puzzling and I am waiting for someone to throw light on it. Is it some magnetism or a hypnotic spiel cast when Trump appears on the stage. He does shake and move his shoulder sideways in a peculiar way, similar to Hitler when he held rallies.

      He also tries and bind people in a Stockholm kind of way by appealing to a blind acceptance to when he demonises others.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        Machiavelli..:
        “To want to assume authority in a Republic, and install there a bad form of a Government, therefore, there is need to find the people corrupted by the times and that, little by little, from generation to generation, it is led to this corruption; these are led by necessity to this, unless they are (as has been discussed above) reinvigorated frequently by good examples or brought back by good laws to their principles. “

        ” And this conclusion can be drawn, that where the people is not corrupted, tumults and other troubles do no harm; but where corruption exists, well ordered laws are of no benefit, unless they are administered by one who, with extreme strength, will make them be observed until the people become good [cured]; I do not know if this ever happened, or whether it be possible that it could happen; for it is seen (as I have said a little above) that a City coming to decadence because of the corruption of its people, if it ever happens that she is raised up again, it happens through the virtu of one man who is then living, and not by the virtu of the general public, that the good institutions are sustained.”

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    I’m extremely baffled (and sad and angry) about THAT EXACT same Person/persons voting/thing. 😦

    Right on comedy video! 🙂

    Some people have told me the US is a republic, not a democracy. I should study this out more than I already have.

    Love your turtles! They ARE wise! And a joy to watch! 🙂
    🐢 🐢 🐢
    Hope you and Milo are having a good day!!! 🙂
    HUGS, PATS and RUBS!!! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Of course, Carolyn, people vote for a party as well as a President. Those who voted for Trump are voting for the republicans and one answer is that they might not like Trump, but they till do support or like the republicans and what they stand for.

      What is still a mystery is why so many Americans fear a universal health scheme. They also seem to fear the word ‘social’, indeed it gets mixed with Stalin and communism.

      The whole of America seems so divided, and many are stocking up on more guns at the same time swaying their arms in an Evangelical fervour.
      It is spooky.

      You are right, the turtles have the answer and so do ducks. There is so much wisdom between them and they have empathy. Mind you, there are black snakes lurking about!

      Let us remain calm and collected.

      Nothing better than a good hug for you and cooper.

      Gerard

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  4. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Well, it is good news time in America, today, as several swing states have gone for Biden and Harris, giving Joe the number of electoral college votes he needed to win the election. As one of the newscasters noted, democracy and decency still exist in America. As for why so many people voted for Trump, Girard, I suspect there are many reasons. The American public being bombarded by right-wing propaganda for decades is a big one. Why people believe it is beyond me, but obviously a lot of people do. Then there are the single issue voters who don’t care about anything else. Gun ownership advocates and anti abortion fundamentalists come to mind. I think the fundamentalists might vote for the Devil if he promised to support their issues. There are also the racists out there, who cheered when mothers were separated from their children down on the border. The list goes on. –Curt

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  5. rangewriter Says:

    We are still under the rule of a fake leader. Two months and counting. Hoping someone straps his fingers down.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Dani Says:

    You pose some great questions, Gerard. For me, The United States that now is, is not the same country in which I was born. Whether due to my own naïveté or because things really were that way, I never saw what I now see so clearly: complete and utter division, heavily peppered with ill repute, intolerance, immorality and irresponsibility at the highest levels.

    From what I’ve both seen and heard, Trump supporters have 2 main camps: those who would ride or die for him and those who consider him morally repugnant, but have a higher allegiance to Party and/or are one-issue voters. I have people from both camps in my orbit and it is both heartrending and rage inducing because, most simply put, I cannot unknow what I know.

    I recently read an article that speaks to your question of how so many “rational” people could vote for such a human imposter. I will put the link here and, if you feel so inclined, let me know your thoughts once you’ve read it.

    https://www.dcreport.org/2020/11/05/what-is-wrong-with-68-million-americans/?fbclid=IwAR2O1iOq_7RKsYoZ4Ki0b8pX4qy9f7Ta6_YKTaWIlbdpViv1XN1Y9t9Ym-I

    I am both heartsick and hopeful. One day, perhaps saying the words “I’m American” won’t bring about the soul-searing emotions they now do.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Dani. I can understand your plight. It is such a conundrum. I am totally in agreement of what your link is telling us. There is a kind of societal madness that Trump seems an expert in exploiting.

      The denial of his madness by millions of people is a pathological fault line that perhaps, like a virus, remains hidden till conditions are ripe.

      A few years ago, Australia became obsessed with boat people who tried to find a safe place to live away from wars and carnage. Instead of welcoming the refugees, the Government of the day managed to persuade its citizens, that the refugees were illegal people. They were painted as wife beaters, criminals and child killers. Till this day there are still a few hundred of those refugees locked up on Manus and Nauru.

      The UNHCR, has rebuked Australia on many occasions, all to no avail. I so wished Australia was a bit more more like Holland, but that was the choice my parents made back in 1956.

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