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US Presidential Race and Global Affairs    

By Barry Pittman
21112 Views | 246 Comments | 4/17/2016 8:01:37 PM

The race for the US Presidency is on.  Discussions about this and other important world affairs have been made in the comments to my last article, “Perceptions of China – Part 3”.  Rather than muddying the waters however of a discussion about aspects of China that was the original intention of the "Perceptions" article, it’s become apparent that the US election and other crucial political and economic issues should have a blog all their own.


One person asked though, “Outside of America and its neighbour (Canada), do we really care about the US election? If so, why?”


My answer to this is as follows.


We should care because like it or not, the USA is the world's greatest superpower. If the Presidency is run by an aggressive hawk or an overmoderate dove, the whole world will feel the effects, one way or another.  

This includes all of our Chinese friends. The US has a great effect on Sino politics, because the two countries are inextricably linked. Thus any men contemplating marrying a Chinese lady, working in China or even visiting the place could potentially be affected by who wins the Presidency. 


Did you know that China is in fact extremely concerned about the way the Presidential race is shaping up so far?  China's finance minister, Lou Jiwei, told the "Wall St Journal" as recently as 17 April that Donald Trump is considered an "irrational type".  He warned Trump's plans would run afoul of international rules established by the World Trade Organization, a potentially serious matter indeed.  Trade between the two countries is astronomical and anything to disturb this fiscal balance could affect the entire global trading system.


""If the U.S. were to do what Mr Trump has proposed, then the U.S. would not be entitled to its position as the world's major power"  Mr Lou admonished to the Journal, "The U.S. needs to recognize that the U.S. and China are mutually dependent on each other. ... We have more in common than sets us apart."


Trump has said if elected he would consider imposing tariffs as high as 45% on any goods imported from China into the United States. This could in turn lead to a devastating trade war between the two countrries, with China retaliating by similarly punishing imported US goods into China with huge duties.


Let's not forget that China is also the world's biggest stakeholder as far as US debt is concerned.  What would happen if major Chinese financial institutions suddenly decided to call in that debt as quickly as contractually allowed? Or if these same institutions refused to finance or refinance any further US debt?


Events such as these are no idle threat.  It's scary. They could provide the catalyst for the long mooted severe global economic downturn that many leading economists have been predicting.  Millions of families across the globe will likely lose their livelihoods and homes, as unemployment in many countries reaches record levels.  Bankruptcies, internal dissent and suicides in every developed nation will skyrocket. 


Then what about the humanitarian crises currently spreading across parts of the Middle East and Europe?  Extremely complex geopolitical events will likely transform the looming world economic downtown into even more of a shocker, with millions of refugees being caught in the crosshairs of global economic upheaval and often irrrationally dangerous nationalism.  What are the  nightmarish global scenarios potentially arising from this?


But enough. Whole books could be written on what's happening right now.  This isn't the purpose of this brief blog.  Suffice to say we can see now that whoever wins the Presidency will have a critical bearing on the global economy.  Like it or not, it concerns us all, regardless of our nationality.  Everyone will be affected by it.  I don't mean that they may be affected.  I say they will be affected.





Reproduced below are excerpts from comments that’ve already been made in the comments area of “Perceptions of China – Part 3”.  They’re reproduced here to give you a taste of the discussion so far.  Further thoughts upon any aspect of the above by thinking members are welcome.


“Western economies have either, in the best case scenario been incredibly badly managed, or in the worst case scenario been deliberately raped and pillaged by the billionaire class and our own governments. Either way, within the remaining years of our baby-boomer generation a total collapse is going to occur in my opinion” (@JohnAbbot)


“My all-time favourite book is called 'Rich-Dad, Poor-Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki. This book has sold over 27 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 51 languages in over 100 countries. Kiyosaki has been one of my most favourite authors for many, many years. Kiyosaki has also predicted the forthcoming financial crisis and says that it will make the 2008 GFC look like a picnic” (@paulfox1)


“History is beginning to repeat itself. Lessons learnt in the aftermath of 2008 are now being either forgotten or deliberately ignored by some leading financial institutions. Add to this the increasingly volatile political situation occurring around Syria, Iraq and Europe with mass displacement of refugees, where the worst effects and ramifications of this are yet to come.” (@Barry1)


“Unmitigated greed rules the world. Corruption is everywhere, not just in the undeveloped countries, but the "blue chip" ones as well. Another global financial crisis is not just a possibility, but a certainty. It's only a question of time.”  (@Barrry1)


“The money behind the Panama Papers, and behind a lot of other highly questionable attacks on people who still believe in a free world and a strong middle class, belongs to a man of vast wealth and no other redeeming qualities by the name of George Soros. Spend some time reading or viewing youtube videos on him and you'll quickly discover what an evil son-of-a-bitch the man is.” (@JohnAbbot)


“it's scary that ONE MAN and his management team can have such a catastrophic effect on a country's currency simply for fun and profit” (@paulfox1)


“Hilary Clinton should be whiling away her time in a prison somewhere for the number of crimes she's committed, and unfortunately hubby Bill should be in there with her, but thanks to Soros and others of his ilk, she is within reach of being the next President of the United States. Should she succeed, I would like to bet you a lot of money that America will be plunged into darkness from which it will never recover.” (@JohnAbbot)


“Enter George Soros. The man has the ethics of a starving rattlesnake and not only does he have more money than he could possibly spend in a thousand lifetimes, he continues to tread on as many people as possible in order to grow his empire even further. Why? .......Power!  The man is as power-mad as the likes of Hitler, Marcos, Mussolini and Franco, and the more money he gets, the more powerful he becomes”  (@paulfox1)


“The "Daily Mail" has also reported on some wild claims that Hilary Clinton may end up in jail due to her involvement in an FBI investigation into a sever she secretly kept at her New York home that housed her emails when she was Secretary of State. Clinton called those statements 'ridiculous' during an interview that aired on Today and said there's no chance she'll end up in the big house. "There is not even the remotest chance that is going to happen”  (@Barry1)


“Could it possibly be because some "clever businessman" worth 30 Billion or so has assured them (the lawyers who leaked the Panama Papers) they have nothing to worry about, he's got their back. Could it possibly be that they aren't too worried because they are part of the leak, and were well prepared for what was to come? Is it possible, as has been alleged by some, that when a guy named Soros made them an offer they couldn't refuse, the 11.5 million documents that were somehow leaked actually just up and walked out the door?” (@JohnAbbot)


“Many people will be surprised to learn that in fact, Mr Soros is running for the Presidency. Those in the know believe that as a leading dark horse underdog, he'll win the prize in an unexpected landslide. Some wags have joked that he'll be "donating" a lazy billion bucks to both Donald and Hilary should they each decide to drop out of the race at the last minute. Reports though that Donald was holding out for five billion can't be confirmed. It's rumoured though that Hilary is mighty tempted at the mere one billion mark.” (@Barry1)


“I am going to try now to respond to your last comment to me as if you actually said anything that wasn't drivel”  (@JohnAbbot)


“Puts your guns back in their holsters, shake hands”  (@anonymous14757)


“Get ready for the pending financial pestilence, people. Soul destroying aridity and disenchantment will reign supreme amongst all nations. A hemorrhagic nightmare that will bleed tears of blood for a long time, causing a world of hurt.”  (Barry1)


“Your thoughts and those of like minded individuals will assume far more impact and market penetration if you start a specific, pertinent website devoted entirely to these undeniably crucial issues” (@Barry1)


“Global financial security is on the brink of total collapse and will collapse in a way that probably won't see a recovery during our lifetime - yet in the meantime, Trump and Clinton continue to argue and debate who is capable of sucking the biggest dick instead of showing that they are capable of running the most powerful country in the world. “  (@paulfox1)


“Reading the Panama Papers is like your parents telling you that the Easter Bunny is not real - merely confirmation of something you have already suspected for a long time.” (@paulfox1)


“What's wrong with countries distancing themselves from other, more troubled parts of the world? What's wrong with a nation saying "Enough of this bleeding heart bullshit!" and closing its borders? What's wrong with people who want to worry about their own significant problems first, without being saddled with massive troubles elsewhere?”  (@Barry1)


“And now CHINA is being swept up in the repercussions from leaking of the Panama Papers.  The latest chapter in this bizarre situation is that authorities there have been censoring online forums and media to try to prevent the names of relatives close to the leadership from circulating. What an unhumorous joke.”(@Barry1)


“You mentioned I should start a website that is more along the lines of a venue on which these types of comments are on point. Well the reason I have so little time to comment these days is because that's what we are doing. It isn't so much about politics like the US Election. But it is about how Big Money is taking over the world”  (@JohnAbbot)


“Zuckerberg (and people like him) should stick to what they are good at and not involve themselves in the admonitions of the impenitent American, lucre-driven politicians.” (@paulfox1)


“Hilary Clinton's wins and USA goes down the shitter worse than what Obama or Bush x2 ever did, she wants war with Russia and China which would be crazy, not they couldn't win it would be plain insanity. The CIA controls President, Wall Street controls CIA, who do you think controls Wall Street?”  (@anonymous14778)


“The supposedly democratic system in the US has not managed to put a truly patriotic American President in the White House since JFK - only puppets serving foreign powers and individuals. JFK didn't dance. He had to go, violently.”  (@Imi5922)


“Multiple brooding humanitarian and geopolitical crises reign unfettered across the globe. These volatile hot pots could erupt at any time, further fueling the incandescent fires of enmity and violence endemic within such smouldering cauldrons of parochialism and ethnocentric bigotry.”  (@Barry1)


“Democrat front runner Bernie Cruz earned just of $200,000, whilst Hilary Clinton earned over $28 million. In fact, Clinton's customary $250,000 fee for every speech she gave was more than what Sanders' earnt in the entire year! How can someone who pleads disparity and unfairness for the poor be so clearly hypocritical in her own unashamedly greedy and self serving actions?”  (@Barry1)


“If Hilary Clinton becomes the First Woman President, when her incredible ongoing betrayal of the country she is leading eventually comes to light, it will hopefully be to the unending shame of those ultra feminists who would choose to have a woman elected, even a lying, devious sham, at the expense of their country, all in the name of womanhood.”  (@JohnAbbot)


"Donating huge sums of money to political parties should be illegal. As you say, if they win they are going to be beholden to the people who helped them get into office and of course, they will expect 'favours'  Is that not 'corruption' essentially 'hiding in plain sight'?"  (@paulfox1)


"Hilary Clinton as President of the USA is the biggest mistake the American people could ever make. The amount of people that have gone by wayside at the hands of this moron is astounding, she needed go to jail for her email sham, she should be in jail for having objectors to her "eliminated""  (@anonymous14805)


"For what it's worth, I'm sure the Chinese women are getting a whole new perspective on the recent changes to Western Democracy."  (@JohnAbbot)





"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."  (H. Mencken)


"Democracy is a misleading falsehood, best served to those few who have money, for most certainly, it fails those many who have none." (B. Pittman)


"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." (Winston Churchill)


"Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking."   (Clement Atlee)


"Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right."  ( W. White)


"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.   (George Bernard Shaw)


"Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%"  (Thomas Jefferson)


"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time."  (E. White)


Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.   (H. Fosdick)


Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.   (George Bernard Shaw)


"Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president."  (Johnny Carson)


"Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame."  (Bertrand Russell)


"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."   (E. Mencken)





“Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.”   (Gore Vidal)


"“The president is the high priest of what sociologist Robert Bellah calls the 'American civil religion."  ( J. Haidt)


"“Presidents are selected, not elected.”   (Franklin D. Roosevelt)


"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."  (George W. Bush)


"You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."  (George W.  Bush)


"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."  (Ronald Reagan)


"When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat."  (Ronald Reagan)


"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits."  (Richard Nixon)


"Now, as a nation, we don't promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed."  (Barack Obama)


"Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"  (Barack Obama)



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#2016-04-19 13:59:19 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

Barry, you've started something good here that I hope people will take seriously. I hope you'll take it seriously. This coming US election, and the shenanigans that lead up to it, promise to have a profound effect on whether the US goes into the tank for many years to come, or makes a serious comeback to being the reigning superpower.

Unfortunately, it seems readily apparent that the two candidates supported by the Republican and Democratic oligarchies respectively, have no interest in doing what is best for America. Cruz for the Republicans seems to be entirely motivated by self interest with no concern whatsoever about what is good for America nor for Americans. Clinton is worse and appears to be almost determined to throw the US under the bus for the sake of ensuring her own position among the world's elite.

That leaves the far left wing wildcard Bernie Sanders for the Democrats and the equally far right wing wildcard Trump for the Republicans. While I actually like Sanders as a person, I am afraid he is a monument to Political Correctness (I'd love to be wrong BTW) in his philosophies. Since that seems to me to be the tool that everyone has used up to now to drive the US specifically, and the West generally, into financial chaos, I can't support adding further to it via the next US President.

That leaves Trump. More on him next comment...

Goodnight for now! Good blog Barry! Chinese dating at its finest.

#2016-04-19 15:32:18 by anonymous14815 @anonymous14815

Well done Barry!

Hopefully, all the comments about the U.S election will now be confined to this blog.

Supporters of opposIng sporting teams often have inane arguments but come U.S. election time banter about sport looks almost intellectual by comparison to arguments between Republicans and Democrats.(P.S. great photos!)

#2016-04-19 18:27:07 by Barry1 @Barry1

"This coming US election, and the shenanigans that lead up to it, promise to have a profound effect on whether the US goes into the tank for many years to come, or makes a serious comeback to being the reigning superpower."

Thanks for the comments, John.

My personal feeling is that Trump will win the Presidency. But I believe his more controversial ideas such as huge tariffs on imported Chinese goods or building the Great Wall of Mexico will be defeated, unable to pass through either the Senate or the House of Representatives.

But the thing is that these extravagent claims by Trump give great headlines. The media loves him. Mention Trump's name to any broadcaster or network cable or TV station and they'd fall over backwards to get a chance to interview the guy.

Trump equals RATINGS.

So he's in a no-lose situation. He can attract huge amounts of free publicity and make the most outrageous claims and promises - knowing full well that in the event that he does win, only his more moderate promises will ever be legislated. Congress will block the rest.

Mr Trump didn't become a billionaire by being stupid. The guy is as cunning as they come. A self-made man. Good luck to him. I admire the go-getter and secretly hope that in fact he does win, even though if this occurs, the Chinese government will likely suffer from apoplectic fits of mass hysteria. (rofl)(rofl)

In the meantime,the "New York Times" has reported that the US Supreme Court on Monday was sharply divided during an extended argument over a challenge to President Obama’s plan that would shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the country legally.

It said that a loss for Mr. Obama would vindicate Republican accusations that he has acted lawlessly in exceeding the limits of presidential power and has not done enough to secure the nation’s borders. A victory for him would uphold one of the central legacies of his presidency and affect the lives of countless immigrants.

Immigration policy has been an important plank of Trump's policy platform. Is he a disguised xenophobic or does he truly care about the purity and integrity of the American people? Is he an over-the-top anti-Islamist as some have reported or does he simply want greater control over what he views as "higher risk" sections of society?

These and a thousand other questions remain to be fully answered.

No matter what happens, be assured that this blog and in fact this whole website is a no spin zone for fools, drunks or bleeding heart socialists. These people have other places, other people that they can annoy. :^)

#2016-04-19 22:52:33 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


Firstly let me say that in order to put together such a long blog leads me to believe that you have more time on your hands than a part-time prison officer in Alcatraz.

Secondly, I feel I would be failing in my duty both to CLM and to you as a friend if I didn't comment.

Therefore I wish to make a comment ON your blog.....

Clear and concise but with perhaps too much verbiage. Grammar and punctuation seem to be pretty much in order but I would have liked to have seen a little more information when it came to your citations.

Oh sh*t............I forgot that I am supposed to comment on the CONTENT of your blog.........

Ah......OK, well here goes.......

It's a huge secret (don't tell anyone), but there is a late contender for the American presidency

I know him personally and I reckon he would make the PERFECT president. In fact, I am so CERTAIN that he would make the BEST president in recent history that I would URGE all American citizens (who are members of CLM) to vote for him without hesitation.

When I say that I know him personally, I mean that I REALLY know him personally (did I mention that?), and I strongly urge everyone who is eligible to vote to do so in favour of this guy.

His name is Jack Schitt, and when it comes to American politics, you can rest assured that I know Jack Schitt !

#2016-04-20 11:22:43 by Barry1 @Barry1

The "Washington Post" has reported that Hilary Clinton had a big win in New York this week, establishing an almost unassailable lead over Bernie Sanders.

"Victory is in sight," Clinton said in her victory speech Tuesday night. She's right.

Sanders needed to win in New York if he wanted to have any realistic hope of catching Clinton in pledged delegates by the time the primary season ends on June 7.

On the Republican front, it was reported Trump had engaged a new set of advisors, that explained the more moderate tone he used in the speech he gave after comfortably surging ahead over rival Ted Cruz in the New York primaries. Bear in mind that New York is Trump's home state so a win for him there was expected.

The "Post" reported that the convincing win for Trump brings him closer to securing an outright majority of Republican delegates — an outcome that remains in jeopardy however and has prompted Ted Cruz to mount a spirited, methodical campaign to force a contested convention. Republicans in disarray? Democrats more united?

The bottom line?

It looks like Clinton will gain the Democratic nomination. But a battle still remains between Trump and Cruz for the Republican one.

#2016-04-20 16:16:45 by Barry1 @Barry1


" I wish to make a comment ON your blog..... Clear and concise but with perhaps too much verbiage."

I had to laugh, Paul.

You commented on the structure of my blog in a head masterly fashion which is no problem, but then rather comically, you made an unfortunate blunder yourself.

How can an article that is "concise" contain "too much verbiage"? (rofl)(giggle)(rofl)

#2016-04-20 16:18:39 by Barry1 @Barry1


"Supporters of opposIng sporting teams often have inane arguments but come U.S. election time banter about sport looks almost intellectual by comparison"

Very funny stuff, thanks Anonymous14815. (clap)(beer)

#2016-04-20 17:30:34 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

'The "Washington Post" has reported that Hilary Clinton had a big win in New York this week, establishing an almost unassailable lead over Bernie Sanders"

Meanwhile other media outlets (such as MSN) run a story that's longer than this blog on the fact that Trump's Cessna airplane has an expired 'rego' .

This is the equivalent to the little 'tax-disc' or registration sticker that you put on your car windscreen. Apparently it costs $5 and Trump's expired in January this year and flew his Cessna as recently as Monday April 18th.

You know, the guy's been kinda 'busy' lately and may have overlooked it (how VERY DARE he?), but once again it goes to show how pathetic 'democratic' politics has become of late.
Especially, as I said, considering the sheer length of the story - is this the best they can do to try and discredit him ? Jeez !

#2016-04-21 14:06:18 by Barry1 @Barry1

Donald Trump's campaign advisers believe the billionaire mogul is emerging as the "prohibitive favorite" in the Republican presidential race. He'll likely accumulate more than 1,400 delegates to secure the nomination on the first round of balloting at the party's Cleveland convention, according to an internal campaign memorandum published in the "Washington Post" today.

The projections come in a memo distributed to Trump surrogates late Tuesday night containing talking points for use in media interviews this week. The memo describes Trump's commanding win in the New York primary and encourages his supporters to speak out about what Trump has described as a "rigged" process of selecting delegates for the Republican National Convention in July.

Candidates need at least 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. Trump has 845 delegates, with Cruz at 559. Trump hopes to pass the threshold by winning primaries between now and June and by courting the roughly 200 or so convention delegates who are unbound.

As each week passes, it seems clearer that the Presidential race will ultimately be between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. A battle of the titans. Great stuff.

#2016-04-21 17:13:19 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


I guess my smartass comment deserved a smartass remark in return lol

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