You’d not know it from watching the US media, but there’s a presidential election later this year.
Excuse the sarcasm. The US media is, of course, obsessed by the process. It has been for the last six months. To watch any of the news channels one could be forgiven for assuming US politics has only one party.
It’s the Republican primaries – a series of mini-elections to decide who’ll go against Barack Obama in the ‘big one’ next November. Frankly, Obama must be sleeping well at night despite a dismal presidential record during his first term.
Not to put too fine a point on it, all the Republican candidates stink. There’s isn’t one of them fit to govern Robinson Crusoe’s island, let alone the United States of America.
Some of the craziest have fallen at the first fence: the mad woman from Minnesota, Michelle Bachmann, who would turn this country into a Christian Theocracy, failed to achieve support from Republican voters.
Rick Perry succeeded George W Bush as governor of Texas and now hundreds of schools in that state are patrolled by armed police officers.
According to a report in ‘The Guardian” recently:
Each day, hundreds of schoolchildren appear before courts in Texas charged with offences such as swearing, misbehaving on the school bus or getting in to a punch-up in the playground. Children have been arrested for possessing cigarettes, wearing “inappropriate” clothes and being late for school.
In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 “Class C misdemeanour” tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later.
Thankfully, Perry has now joined Bachmann in the loser’s enclosure.
Those remaining are a sorry bunch, by any standard short of a gathering of rat-arsed skunks each competing to emit the worst odor. There’s not one redeeming feature between them. The front-runner, Romney, grew stinkingly wealthy by buying up ailing companies and throwing people out of work; Gingrich, who’s chasing Romney’s tail, was forced to resign as House Speaker by his Republican colleagues after eighty-four ethics charges were filed against him. Gingrich later referred to his fellow Republicans as ‘cannibals’.
Third place is presently held by Rick Santorum, another Christian Dominionist, whose best claim to fame was taking his stillborn baby home from hospital so he and his wife could spend the night cuddling the corpse in their bed. It takes a special kind of sickness…
Given the opposition, one can only hope Ron Paul will somehow win the day and become the Republican’s nominee for president, for no other reason than it would set the whole Republican machine into self-destruct. An outspoken Libertarian, much of Paul’s doctrine is in direct conflict with true Republican ideals.
Of course, Americans aren’t so stupid as to vote Paul into the White House, but the resultant furor would at least add some entertainment to what is otherwise likely to prove the greatest media bore of 2012.
 “The US schools with their own police” Guardian, January 9th 2012