“the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Winston Churchill.
I have spent most of the past month working on data about people actually changing themselves or desiring to change some element of their life beyond thinking about it that does not entail being forced to change by some circumstance or event. it could be learning new skills, fitness, losing weight, better health, spiritual growth, trying to stop drinking or smoking, etc.
when I combine this data with the reality that every country and place on the planet is a bit different from the native speaker and/or customs and traditions that are instilled in where someone is born, how they learned, family values and social constructs – you realize that while we are all humans, we are all very different in how we see, think and feel the world is.
in having discussions in Switzerland, I really got tired of hearing about how all Americans must like Donald Trump. how could the country vote for him? I did rattle off a bunch of facts as to “how” it happened, I was met with the strangest quote of “here we look at views, facts don’t matter so much.”
that is when a light bulb went off in my head after I commented that eh world is a fairly complicated place and it is very naïve and ignorant to judge a country based on one man. then I discussed what and how Switzerland will be the safest place on the planet, like Singapore or some other small island nations and will give the country far more security under the banner of “neutral” because the super wealthy from all ways, walks, political, religious and social monikers all park their money here. it isn’t that Switzerland had a vibrant self-defense method, or that it was spared destruction in ww2. it is because of the banking system that has been going on with European royalty for generations.
my hat is off to the Swiss with innovating and how they created such a vibrant and powerful country with precision, farming, and banking and used the laws of the country as a marking point version the laws of the country from wherever the money came from.
I think I pissed off some people when I mentioned the fact that when it comes to love and war, it is a good thing to have all the wealthy and powerful people’s money from the world in one space. it will hedge against your country ever getting invaded.
then I got a confused look at how the geopolitical construct I made about the USA, Switzerland, China and the reality of the EU and Switzerland really works. I was getting sound byte answers for how the people got their views. to me this was fascinating and I asked, “where do you get your news and information from? how do you learn about the world?”
“just what I hear on the tv news.”
that is when the Churchill quote came about and I tried again to explain that Trump was one of 16 people on a stage and he got elected and the reality of urban versus rural living was the reason, much like britex, the vote for Scottish secession and it would be interesting to see how Catalonia voted in Spain. there is a big divergence between the urban and rural voters.
“but don’t you like Hillary Clinton?”
“she was the most qualified human we have ever had to run for the office of president of the united states.”
“why didn’t she win?”
“because she probably was too busy trying to be an image to the world versus just honestly saying, “this is what I think we need for the country and how I will do it.” sadly, she is part of the problem where too many games were played and she was sucked into the world of politics, big power, bigger money, and special interests.”
that is when I asked, “did you ever hear of Trump saying he wanted to drain the swamp?”
none of the people had heard the term, and I mentioned that inside the use, there has been a separation or a growing divide between the people who vote and the access to elected officials via special interests, lobbying groups, and other “influencers” of power. I called it legalized corruption, where behind the scenes Smokey backroom deals are made that the average citizen will never realize happened because it is all pushed into various bills, buried in the pages of documents that read like a “term of service” agreement with a software update.
“Trump knows how the swamp works because he had now been on both sides of it…the American people elected him because they sort of knew what they were getting, yet, I don’t think the realized exactly the scope of his social media habits, and seeming lack of diplomacy and/or understanding of the complexity of the planet.” then I should have kept my mouth shut, but I added, “it is easy to generalize and try to blanket over something with a simple idea, but the reality is the world is a very complicated place, despite the ability for one to live a simple life and probably have more happiness than always reaching for more stuff. please don’t think everyone is like Donald Trump, because they aren’t. he is the president of the united states, but there are 300 million people that comprise the united states.”
“half the people voted for him, so I don’t like your country right now!”
“actually it was about 20% of the country voted for him if you actually take into effect the total population and actual perhaps more with eligible voters.”
I won’t bore you with the rest of this brief and somewhat scary interaction I had in a small town in Switzerland, but it could have easily taken place in the USA, Russia or any other town where the average citizen has no idea what really happens with the land where the feed trough of power and the lust for absolute power runs wild. it is probably better they don’t know, as I wager people would have a global freak out that the image of what they think and feel isn’t what the reality behind the sense really is.
it is like a guy I met who worked in the Vatican. he once said, “I believe in god, but I don’t go to church anymore.”
when I asked him, "why?" he replied, “I have seen too much.”
maybe that is my issue with going around the world a bit. I used to think I knew a lot and was smart, but after 9-11 I realized how stupid I was and how little I really knew and/or know.
but that won’t stop me from sitting on my butt staring at a tube and not doing, trying, or working to grow each day. this appears to be abnormal in the developed world sans a small percentage of folks who really want to grow and change and are ok with the ambiguity of new ideas and that most fail.
so..thanks for letting me ramble a bit. I might have gone over 10 minutes, but I really was a bit shocked at the conversations lately and “trump this…trump that…and how could you Americans…”
I think many don’t know the reality of our government, their own government and how each is probably playing the same games in the shadows.
and I probably was off a bit when I said 20% of the usa voted for trump…yes, curiosity got the better of me and I started to do crude ballpark data and had to look at the numbers. 40% of all eligible voters did not vote. 28% of eligible voters cast their vote for the president. and that means that about 20.12% of all Americans voted for trump (total population guess of 320 million)
like I mentioned, the 20% I gave was a guess. it wasn't that far off, yet from a seeming foreign policy standpoint, you get a very different “view.”