If the United States of America was a country that minded its own business, sorted out its own problems and did not stick its nose in to the internal affairs of other sovereign nations, if it did not remove politicians and governments democratically elected by their own people, November 2016 would be a domestic affair for the citizens of the USA, and them alone. But that is not the case.
If the United States of America had not supported Fasicst and terrorist groups historically, and still today, in Central America, in Latin America, in Southern Africa, in Central Africa, in North Africa, in the Middle East, in the Far East, then the election in November 2016 would be none of our business. But that is not the case.
Today the American taxpayer funds the use of, or running of, US military assets in Afghanistan, Bahrain, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cuba (the torture and concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay), Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Serbia (in the Serbian Province of Kosovo), Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom. These are the tip of the iceberg. There are 154 countries with United States troops, 63 of which with manned military bases.
The American taxpayer funds these bases with one hundred and fifty billion USD annually, each and every year and the collective budget of NATO is one point two thousand billion dollars each and every year, enough to eradicate poverty worldwide three times over.
The reason for this is because the Government of the United States of America is not conducted by American citizens alone, it is conducted by the super-rich elite based both in the USA and also abroad, which kowtow to the lobbies (banking, arms, energy, finance, food, pharmaceuticals), namely the industrial-military complex which perpetuates its wealth through the control of finance and energy flows worldwide. That is why the USA keeps the bases, which are information gathering centers and foci of interference in the internal affairs of the countries where they are located. If it is understood that the hard-earned dollars of US taxpayers should fund terrorist groups to destabilize a country, then so be it. They are always the last to know as the elitists spend their money to feather their nests.
The result of this is that if someone wants healthcare in the USA, they have to bargain for it in a humiliating theatrical cap-in-hand charade with an insurance company. The result is that there is no money for social projects in some States, the result is streets overrun with marauding gangs of drug addicts at night, no-go areas after dark and swarms of immigrants taking American jobs, manning American hospitals and taking over the country. Everyone knows someone in difficulty, the social fabric is breaking down in some places.
Eight years ago, an imposter managed to get himself elected for the first time of two by promising Change. He was soon awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as everyone, including myself, fell for the fraud who turned out to be a huge disappointment with a negative political epitaph, zero success at home and the destruction of societies abroad, the feather in the cap of the Obama/Clinton years being the turning of Libya from the African country with the highest human development index to a failed state crawling with terrorists - that, and the advent of Islamic State which grew up under their noses.
Hillary Clinton was and is part of this industrial-military complex, she was and is part of AIPAC, she was and is part of the US administration which has pushed the world nearer to the worst crisis in international relations since the Second World War and which has forged a wedge between formerly friendly relations with Russia, which today are strained to say the least. She has experience but she is incompetent - just look at her record.
So if the people of the United States of America do not want change, if they want things to continue as they are at home and to worsen abroad to the situation where two blocks of countries are increasingly looking at each other down the barrel of a gun and any flashpoint could spark off a war which will end civilization as we know it, they know who to vote for.
If they want someone different, with his defects, but someone straight, honest, up-front and not devious, not underhanded and not a barefaced liar, if they want someone who can put together a team to handle and deal with issues rather than cronies to keep the Old Boys in power and on the road, if they want someone who has promised dialogue abroad and to use part of that wasted money on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs at home, then they have a candidate.
One last point. Voting for Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman is as invalid and sexist as not voting for Donald Trump just because he isn't.
*Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey has worked as a correspondent, journalist, deputy editor, editor, chief editor, director, project manager, executive director, partner and owner of printed and online daily, weekly, monthly and yearly publications, TV stations and media groups printed, aired and distributed in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe Isles; the Russian Foreign Ministry publication Dialog and the Cuban Foreign Ministry Official Publications. He has spent the last two decades in humanitarian projects, connecting communities, working to document and catalog disappearing languages, cultures, traditions, working to network with the LGBT communities helping to set up shelters for abused or frightened victims and as Media Partner with UN Women, working to foster the UN Women project to fight against gender violence and to strive for an end to sexism, racism and homophobia. A Vegan, he is also a Media Partner of Humane Society International, fighting for animal rights. He is Director and Chief Editor of the Portuguese version of Pravda.Ru.
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