America at ‘Risk’

March 17, 2016

statue-of-liberty-crying315Clear-bright sunshine this Thursday morning on California’s north coast as we smooth through a way-nice weather spell — supposedly (and looks it!), we’re to get some way-warm temperatures today along with maybe some gentle breezes.
Might be sort of ‘hot‘ this afternoon…in the realm of relatively speaking.

Maybe parallel, too, or worse (via the BBC): ‘Donald Trump winning the US presidency is considered one of the top 10 risks facing the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The research firm warns he could disrupt the global economy and heighten political and security risks in the US.’

(Illustration found here).

First time ever US politics on the top-10 list of shitty threats facing the whole-wide world — sixth down, even beating out number seven: ‘The rising threat jihadi terrorism destabilizes the global economy.’
More from the Guardian this morning:

“In the event of a Trump victory, his hostile attitude to free trade, and alienation of Mexico and China in particular, could escalate rapidly into a trade war – and at the least scupper the Trans-Pacific Partnership between the US and 11 other American and Asian states signed in February 2016.”
It added: “His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East [and ban on all Muslim travel to the US] would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond.”

And then creates some ugly scenarios as impacts off a Trump presidency. Although the report offers some joy, most of it not of the cute-puppy variety:

“Although we do not expect Mr Trump to defeat his most likely Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, there are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on US soil or a sudden economic downturn,” it said.
“It is worth noting that the innate hostility within the Republican hierarchy towards Mr Trump, combined with the inevitable virulent Democratic opposition, will see many of his more radical policies blocked in Congress – albeit such internal bickering will also undermine the coherence of domestic and foreign policymaking.”

Sad state of America, whichever she is…
And sadly, too, ‘most likely Democratic contender‘ offering as the blockade against The Donald doesn’t exactly thrill the future. After Tuesday’s bullshit, Hillary apparently is the contender.
Bad for the Bern, bad for the country. But it could get beyond worse if The Donald snags the Oval Office.

Best nutshell-summation I’ve seen yet of the precarious situation of Hillary vs Trump rat-cage match came via Karen Garcia at Sardonicky on Wednesday:

And let me be blunt: clothespins are not an option for my face.
This “contest” is truly one for the ages.
The nose-holding and greater vs. lesser evil platitudes won’t fly.
Our choices are between greater evil and humongous evil.
Never have two candidates ostensibly chosen by The People been more loathed by The People.

Sometimes life feels like a really well-made science fiction movie with seemingly obtuse sub-titles…

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