Everything is turned on its head in this election in the United States. Somehow Billionaire Donald Trump has large numbers of voters convinced he is the man of the people while mere millionaire Hilary Clinton is the elitist candidate. By any measure Hilary won the last debate on points, but it probably doesn’t matter, nor does his tweeting of comments about the weight gain of a long-ago Miss Universe contestant or any other of his irrational outbursts. It is a measure of the degree to which Americans have become disconnected with the political system. The world of Howard Beale in the old movie Network has finally come to pass. The voters are truly “mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more.” A narrative of dishonesty has attached itself to Hilary Clinton and she can’t shake it. Part of the problem is self-inflicted and partly it is that she is trying the difficult task of extending the normal eight year cycle of one party in the White House. George Bush Sr. managed to do it after the Reagan years but nobody else has accomplished it since Harry Truman in 1948. It’s a similar situation in Ontario, where after 13 years of the Liberals in office, there is a natural, not necessarily partisan desire for change, but a hesitancy about the alternatives.
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