Trumped Out of $20: Psycho Candidate Takes My Money

I lost $20 on the outcome of the recent US election. I had boasted to an acquaintance in a bar, that I would bet money on Hillary Clinton defeating Donald Trump in the upcoming Presidential race. He took my bet and I felt smug in the knowledge that nobody in their sane mind would elect that windbag to public office. I even thought to myself that I would not bother collecting my winnings, but would be magnanimous and take more satisfaction in being right. All the pundits in the media agreed with me; they were sure that the first woman President was a shoe in.

Trumped Out of $20: Psycho Candidate Takes My Money

Watching the ABC’s pre-coverage of the event, Antony Green and his colleagues were equally confident of the outcome. So, I went off and did whatever I had to do that day, and looked forward to returning to the coverage and watching the predicted outcome. Of course, when I got back, hell’s bells were ringing the death knell for Hilary and the Democrats. Trump was only a few electoral votes from taking the Presidency and gob smacked media commentators were doing backflips and rationalising the unthinkable. How could we have all got it so wrong? This question was repeatedly raised by the tired ABC presenters.

Fronting up at the bar the next day my victorious pro-Trump betting adversary, immediately hailed me and demanded his money. Conservatives are not quite so magnanimous when it comes to hard earned cash, I discovered. Blowing his own trumpet loudly, he crowed it was a great victory for the US and the world. I gave him his money, but challenged him on what the cost to the whole world may ultimately be. Mad man in the oval office. A buffoon with his fingers on the nuclear first strike capabilities of the world’s largest arsenal.

Poor old Hillary Clinton had been defeated for the second time. Firstly by Barak Obama, and now, by bloody Donald Trump. How could the Americans vote in such a divisive President? My faith in the common sense of humanity has been badly dented. My wallet was missing $20. My pride around my political awareness had taken a beating. The US has gone from African American to white corn bread. The political agenda is retreating behind an isolationist wall to keep all the Mexicans out, apparently. A psycho candidate has taken my money. What price will we all have to ultimately pay?

 

 

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About sudhahamilton

Sudha Hamilton is the publisher of Eco Living Magazine http://www.ecolivingmagazine.com.au He loves writing and reading about the things that matter. Working predominantly as natural health writer, he has been published in WellBeing, Conscious Living, and Eco Living Magazines. Having spent many years on a spiritual path, originally in the company of Osho, he has an abiding interest in the human condition. From the micro to the macro he seeks to understand the truth that lies beneath the artifice and constructs, which daily delude us all.

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