It really shouldn’t have to be explained to people that there is more going on in Scotland than independence. There are other economic, social, and political issues which require our attention. All of these live issues and questions are being addressed by a centrist party in government. The leadership and party apparatchiks of the SNP are setting the agenda on these issues and moving the country in a particular direction, and this is happening because – for the sake of independence – the overwhelming majority of the independence movement has put politics on ice.
Trumpism is many things, but what it is not is an expression of the old Republican Party. Even now the GOP is struggling to catch up with where this movement is taking it, and not every Republican is on-board the Trump train.
At its core Trumpism is a conglomeration of mass movements of ordinary people who, for a multitude of reasons, have been left behind for decades by numerous US Administrations. The heretofore neoliberal political system – the marriage of massive corporatist interests and bought and paid for career politicians – has silenced and impoverished ordinary working Americans.
After decades of the political mainstream and the popular tabloid media pandering to the right’s agenda the majority of voters have been left ill-equipped to see through the neo-fascist rhetoric.
Unless there is some drastic shift in Democratic voting over the next couple of states the most likely presidential showdown will be between Hilary and Trump, which will give Trump some clear advantages on the road to the White House.
As it turns out he is not only rich, but arrogant, obnoxious, and mind-blowingly stupid. He carries his racism on his sleeve, profits for exploitative developing world labour, and publically mocks people with disabilities. What’s not to truly despise about this man?
Trump is merely playing to his supporters; a considerable number of Republican voters in the States are in favour of oppressive measures against their Muslim neighbours.