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Observations of an ex pat: Mobilising anger

Anger is a powerful mobiliser. It is also dangerous to control when turned loose on the body politic.

At the moment this raw rage is being drawn out of the American spleen by both the left and right, by Democrats and Republicans.

It is the mid-term elections.  It is the first opportunity US voters have had for passing their  verdict on the Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. It is a chance to elect national legislators who will block the president and more.

If, as expected, the Democrats, gain control of the House of Representatives, Donald Trump’s hopes for new legislation to further his right-wing, anti-immigrant, unilateralist agenda will be dashed against a Congressional brick wall.

Furthermore, the president can expect a flurry of fresh investigations to be initiated by the lower house.  They will demand to see his tax returns; investigate the conflicts of interest between the White House and his business interests; probe the president’s  environmental and immigration policies; demand inquiries into the multiple sexual harassment claims that he has successfully stalled and breathe new life into the Mueller Inquiry.

It is little wonder that Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have been criss-crossing the country to attend rallies in support of right-wing Republican candidates.  It is no surprise that the presidential rhetoric has become shriller and more extreme as the first Tuesday in November approaches.

Five thousand American troops are needed to protect US citizens from the Central American immigrant “invasion force” infected with “Middle East terrorists”.  The President promises to override the constitution and decree the end of citizenship for those born in the US of foreign parents. The pipe bombs sent to Democrats was a plot by Democrats.  And the divisive atmosphere of vitriolic hate that led to the death of 11 Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh had nothing to do with Trump. It was the fault of the Democrats and their allies in the fake news media.

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  • User AvatarChristine Headley 26th Jan - 5:32pm
    We held many of these seats less than ten years ago, on the same boundaries. Equally, we have never held six of the top eighteen....
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 26th Jan - 5:27pm
    V for vendetta masks. And why is my email getting put in the website thing?
  • User AvatarJames Fowler 26th Jan - 5:21pm
    @innocent bystander - spot on with all your comments.
  • User AvatarRichard Malim 26th Jan - 5:18pm
    The important point is that only in 15 seats was the winning majority under 5000, and in 11 under 10,000, with 2 SNP and 2...
  • User AvatarPaul 26th Jan - 5:16pm
    Here is a better list: http://www.electionpolling.co.uk/battleground/targets/liberal-democrat
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 26th Jan - 5:12pm
    It would be a lot more helpful (although more complicated) if you would work out the percentage of the majority rather than the absolute number.