House of Cards – Trumps win

My 18 yr old daughter recently gave me a run down on how she voted in the last Australian federal election (her first) which was different to how I voted and she knew it. She had a mix of excitement, anger, frustration and determination – everything necessary for voting.

Tonight my 14 yr old daughter decided to research Donald Trump’s policies, critically analysing the policy points one by one, adding at one point, “build a wall? – geez this guy must have a lot of money”.

Asked to characterise him, she responded, “he has views that some would agree with, but he is not a leader – he is a fraud and a person that should not be given power to.” She finished with this, “what is the term ‘alien’ in regard to immigrants?”. When I explained, she was horrified, “that is not a way to talk about people.”

As the heading suggests, I think Trump will win the US election. Hillary Clinton is in trouble and Brexit (UK), Hanson, and Hinch (AU) shows that society wants to mix up establishment politics, and who can blame them (you). Like climate change, I guess our kids will sort out what we couldn’t, but they’ll need to go all in…..

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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