Feverish Elections

10 Aug

Both the US and Canada are gripped in an election fever.
The Canadian election is on October 19, 2015. In the US the elections will be held November 8, 2016.
Trump is dominating the US scene now by insulting everything and anything that he sees – except the American flag. The election, just in its Primaries in effect, is already hot and heavy with insults, accusations and nastiness. It is great theater.
By contrast, the Canadian elections are a mild affair. The debates, held the same day as the Republican debates, were a calm affair where the leaders just attempted to tell the viewers that they are alive and definitely human. Some did this better than others. But whatever happened at these debates will be forgotten, if they have not been already forgotten.
In effect the Canadian election will not start until the end of Labour day. August is just a moth to get the troops organized and a battle plan ready. There is no sense of needing to do anything of consequence – It will all be passed over by the time the real election campaign starts.
Things said in the Republican debate are reverberating around the world and will be remembered and commented on for many years. Most of what was said and will be talked about is inconsequential in the running of a country and speaks more to character than policy. But it is grand theater after all.
The US election cycle has become a real reality show – the consequences of which have not been contemplated yet.

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