Mark Collins – Der Untergang des Abendlandes, Trump v. Clinton Section

The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente puts matters most succinctly:

…the world’s most powerful nation has become a laughingstock – overcome by groping scandals, e-mail leaks, and the antics of a guy named like a slang word who takes selfies of his crotch. America’s allies are appalled, and its enemies can scarcely believe their luck. Demagogues and authoritarians around the globe are crowing about the obvious deficiencies of democracy. Vladimir Putin is squirming with delight. The Chinese must be concluding that we’ve reached the twilight of the Western age. America has been brought to its knees – not by its enemies, but by itself…

Sigh. Plus a cartoon at the paper:

(Brian Gable/The Globe and Mail)

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


3 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Der Untergang des Abendlandes, Trump v. Clinton Section”

  1. A friend in East Anglia responds:

    “I used to think that the occasional appearance of populist parties and individuals did some good. They raised popular issues, often ignored by the institutional parties who were and are all too often wrapped up in their own spin bubbles and ignorant of what ‘real’ people feel. This was the case of UKIP and its ‘nudging’ effect on Tory policies here in the UK. The same can be said for the politics in other European countries.

    However, when one of these populists, Trump, comes so close to becoming a national leader, then alarm bells should ring, if not toll. US politics has been dragged into the world of reality TV shows–an on-going soap where both sides score by cheap shots, scandal and pandering to the lowest common denominator. We’re watching a Punch and Judy show partly with jaw dropped amusement but also with a horrible sense of foreboding for the aftermath, whoever wins. Putin et al. must be rubbing their hands in glee.”

    Pas de merde, eh?

    Mark Collins

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