Ringside Seats At the American Political Circus

What could be more amusing and entertaining these days than following the shenanigans of the American political campaign circus. All that is missing are the peanuts and popcorn.

The only good thing about it is the attention it takes away from reading our Israeli press and the discouraging news of more investigations for fraud and corruption on the alleged part of some of our leading politicians.

In one arena stand the three elephants of the Republican party. Billionaire Donald Trump, brash, egoistic, lacking no knowledge of security or international relations. An expert on business and financial affairs. Thrives on name-calling and humiliation of his opponents. Puts women in an inferior position. Will build a wall against the long U.S.-Mexican border and will demand that the Mexican government pays all the costs. Will keep Muslims out of America and will deport eleven million undocumented aliens.

Next to him is his running “mate”, his political nemesis, Senator Ted Cruz, Canadian born of Cuban descent. A U.S. Senator who is disliked and disrespected by most of his colleagues in the Senate for being too arrogant. A brilliant Harvard trained lawyer who served as Clerk to a Supreme Court Justice, he is well-trained in Constitutional history and law. Many political leaders support him only because they do not want Donald Trump to win the nomination. They dislike Cruz but see him as the lesser of two evils.

And then there is John Kasich, a Governor from the state of Ohio. A low-key politician, a successful governor in his home state, very likeable, good sense, avoids name-calling and acts as the most mature among his immature fellow candidates. His numbers are the lowest of the three candidates, yet he would be preferable to both of them.

All three Republican candidates have made promises, most of which cannot be fulfilled. Perhaps it may be possible to abolish Obama health care, but it will be impossible for any president to tear up the agreement made with Iran and to re-introduce sanctions. The international community which had lifted sanctions and is presently doing a fine business with Iran will not permit America to abrogate its agreement.

All three candidates express their admiration for Israel, pledge to help it to maintain its security, and vow to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

That unfulfilled promise had been made by many previous presidents but it was impossible to fulfill it. America needs the goodwill of Arab and Muslim countries who will unanimously object to such a proposal.

So promises made by the Republican candidates are feathers in the wind.

In the next arena of the circus tent are two candidates, one more highly experienced than the other and is projected to be the nominee of the donkey Democratic party.

Hillary Clinton has served as an American Senator, a defeated candidate for the presidency won by Barack Hussein Obama, and who served as the American Secretary of State. She is respected by world leaders but is currently under a shadow of investigation by the FBI for her alleged violations of use of private e-mails concerning the Libyan affair, the Benghazi catastrophe of which she claimed no prior knowledge and several other violations which are under investigation.

Running against her closely is a Vermont Senator, a Jew named Bernie Sanders. He lacks any political relations on the international screen, praises his socialist ideals to a non-socialist country, exaggerates Israel’s “criminal warfare” against innocent Palestinians. Wants to see settlers removed from settlements in order to enhance peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Promises free education in public universities to American students. All dreams which could become nightmares.

The American political circus grows more amusing day by day. It is probably the worst campaign in the history of American presidential candidacy.

Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton are probably reciting a silent kaddish from their resting places. Abraham Lincoln has turned 180 degrees in his grave.

I think the best solution would be to invite Vladimir Putin to accept American citizenship and run on an independent ballot. A strong and forceful leader who is known to keep promises he makes, whether good or less than good, America could use him.

The problem is that an American president has to be born in the United States or if overseas, born to American citizen parents. But knowing Putin, he could probably create an American birth certificate in order to qualify.

If that is the case, Americans will have to learn to speak Russian.

“Amerikantsy….nachnite govorit po-russki pryamo seychos”.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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