posted on Nov, 9 2016 @ 04:09 PM
I'm posting this from over here in Scotland, so I hope you Americans can forgive my input. But the way I see it, the USA is the most powerful country
in the world, so last night's results affect everyone around the globe - so I followed the process very closely. Reports coming out seem to indicate
heightened tensions around America right now, understandably.
BUT...... I think we are ignoring a number of massive positives that will emerge from this election process :
1) My country, Scotland, had an independence referendum in 2014. Unfortunately (in my opinion) we chose to stay within the union of the United
Kingdom. However, the politics of my country was changed forever by that process. The electorate are massively more engaged than ever before ; many
more of my countrymen are members of political parties ; voter turnout increased massively. The apathy is gone - replaced by engagement, passion and
The result in America last night is the same - the start of a new era of politics - where engaged citizens believe that by voting they can achieve
significant change in their lives and in their country (I won't comment on whether I believe that this change is good or not at this stage - that
isn't the point I'm making). The electorate, having seized this power, aren't going to just let it slip away. There could be a real engagement in
American politics as a result of this election process.
2) I have seen many commentators compare the Clinton-Trump election to Brexit. In my opinion, its much more like the referendum on Scottish
independence. During the process for Scottish independence, the media coverage of the English controlled media overwhelmingly negative towards
Scottish independence. There were daily scare stories and personal attacks on prominent politicians on the side of independence. It really was
I feel that the coverage over in the USA during this election process has been similar - perhaps even more so. Bordering on hysteria at points. Trump
is a rapist ; Bill Clinton is a rapist ; Hillary is a crook who keeps the company of paedophiles, etc, etc..... What I am delighted about is that,
whether you like it or not, last night's result showed that the people overwhelmingly ignored the relentless media spin and scare stories. They just
weren't as ignorant and gullible as many within the media seemed to believe. This has to be a positive thing - whether you liked the result or not.
Even now, a media which has lost much credibility over the previous months have the arrogance to tell us what to make of this outcome (ie, blame angry
white men). Once again, they are trying to spin this against the population - refusing to place the blame on the politicians who were rejected by the
I get a sense of optimism, though, from the obvious fact that voters simply aren't gullible enough to fall for this nonsense any more. Traditional
media is dying. New media (online news websites ; social media) are making it impossible for biased news stations like CNN (pro-democrat) or Fox
(pro-republican) to get away with their blatant lies any more. We are seeing an electorate massively more informed and aware - a huge positive for the
future of American politics.
Thanks to wikileaks, much of the filth and corruption of American (and international) politics has been completely exposed - making it almost
inevitable that change has to happen within America's system of government.