America is to vote for the oldest president in its history, during a time of re-alignment, at the dawn of the space age, and at the beginning of a new tech powered industrial revolution.
Regardless of what the polls say, it is probable this will be a very close race for neither candidate is quite appealing and both are very faulty.
That that is nonetheless the choice, is yet another indication to this millennial generation of just how far our democracy and our right to representation has fallen.
But that’s the choice, a visionless president either way. The dull slow decline of the past, or a quarreling with allies. A sclerotic civil service, or an even more sclerotic one. Choking regulations, or even more new choking ones.
The Trump presidency has been eventful. The wars in Arabia maybe have ended, but now we have a war against air. Strauss still rules thus.
What has been achieved? Economically, this space has been affected significantly by SEC, which told Americans to their faces “we won’t innovate for you.”
Drain the swamp, he claimed. Had he done so, 2019 would have not opened with symbolic guillotines in the streets of Paris.
Free Hong Kong, revolution of our times, was the cry. What did Trump tell them as the Hong Kong “police” raided the students?
The Holy Site of Jerusalem, which should be a city state like the Vatican, has been politicized under this presidency which demands embassies are opened there.
The scary atmosphere especially around 2018 for non-natives has now subsided, but watching a knee on a neck, what president does not apologize within hours to the American public, for he is ultimately the Commander in Chief.
Watching Russian mercenaries in Libya – as his own administration claims – what did Trump do? Who faulted Scottish Whisky to deserve tariffs?
This year opened with America unveiling 52 stealth fighter jets. That episode closed with the claimed accidental shooting of a civilian plane full of Canadian-Iranians and the Ukrainian crew.
What fool would place themselves in such a situation where we all witness what asymmetric checkmate means?
What fool boasts of sending down the world’s second biggest economy. We’re doing great, China’s economy is in a terrible shape.
Whose economy is crashing now Mr President? Which country is now authoritarianly dictated about masks and when to have a pint?
Was there no thought in the once great American civil service of what such confrontational approach may mean?
Is arrogance not watered with humbleness at all? Free will not considered?
And then you remember Biden was there when Russia took Crimea, and was there for 40 years, twenty of them witnessing America’s decline due to its own Straussian mindwrap.
Russia will pay, he said. How? Of Turkey he suggested effectively ordering them around. How?
More importantly, does he think Europe will just continue witnessing America making a mess in its own neighborhood?
He will increase taxes, and we all know it will be an increase on the middle class, whatever he may say, because the rich don’t increase taxes on themselves.
Of the frontiers, AI, the space race, blockchain tech, tech in general, neither has said much. Neither has really said much at all, full stop. No optimism or vision or promise, or even the usual dull uplands book they write in these occassions.
It’s more a personality show now, celebrities, who is most handsome or presentable on TV, rather than what they want America to be and how they get there.
A circus, where the masses have no say on what they should do, only on whether they prefer a blond billionaire or one with white hair who pretends to not be rich and a career politician.
And thus, what choice? The devil’s choice we were going to call it, but it’s not clear whether he cares.
It’s not clear whether anyone cares if these two are the choice. Was there really no one better, or is this plutocracy the new ‘democracy’?
As far as our space is concerned, both the American left and the right have tried their best to hamper it, and both have failed.
So we won’t make a choice. Had there been something to choose, we would have, but in a system where rationality has given way to the emotions of Strauss, there is no choice.