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Letter: A nasty bit of business

As I write this, I’ve just read Pam Frampton’s front-page column “The Great Divide,” in The Telegram’s Oct. 21 edition. It is indeed a good account of the quagmire that is playing out in the election for president of the United States. However, we have to wonder how something of this magnitude and importance has turned into such an ugly portrayal of democracy in action. Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised. Politics by its very nature is a blame game, most often influenced by lobby groups, the press and their fanatical followers.

From this novice’s perspective, the U.S. election is a typical scenario of a two-party system controlled by an inner circle of hacks who will do whatever it takes for their party to win the government, most often fuelled by one’s desire for power and control. A tirade of despicable and disgraceful innuendo is hurled back and fourth over the course of the campaign. In the case of the United States election for president, it’s frightening what lies ahead. Think about it! Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump show contempt toward one another to a point where they hate each other. Whoever wins will be in partial control of a more divided nation not seen since their Civil War.  All for the world to see.  

Scenarios as to how Trump has gotten this far are vast and many. Yet, on a much, much smaller scale we only have to look at our own provincial politics. It’s no different. If you want to lead a government in Newfoundland, you’d best understand full well that your first accomplishment is to suck up to the press. If not they will collectively pounce on you, similar to a hungry lion tracking down his prey for lunch. They won’t let go until you are pummelled into submission. Premiers in our province have always been treated differently by the press. Keep yourself high in the polls and the constant negative reporters will hold off on their assault toward you. It’s the popular thing to do. Lay down your guard and you will know of which I speak.

It’s unfortunate, but from what I’ve seen and read over the years, I do feel bias is a part of reporting. Premiers have always been treated differently by certain reporters.  

Trump doesn’t trust the press either, doesn’t trust his government; not sure if he trusts anyone. Until now he was never a politician. Perhaps that’s why he has such a following. Most people don’t trust politicians. Most people are fed up with the constant rhetoric that flows from the top. One thing that Trump has accomplished is his ability to take the press to task and independently snub the status quo. One thing he won’t accomplish is to become president of the United States.

One thing’s for certain, the sun will rise on Nov. 9, 2016. Whether or not America will be great again remains to be seen.

Ed Ralph

St. John’s

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