This is based on my observation only, but I’ve noticed a difference between the style of news reporting in the UK and the US, and it might explain why America thinks it’s not so great and needs Trump.
In the UK the BBC, in particular, is very fond of comparative reporting. Headlines are made when reports comparing EU countries, or global statistics, are released. For instance ‘Brits are more obese than the French’ or ‘The Scots are in more personal debt than the Germans’ are commonly seen (by the way I’ve no idea if these are true, I’ve just made them up for illustration). The result is that we Brits are pretty clear about where we stand in the world, what we’re good at (healthcare) and what we’re bad at (obesity, say).
In the US however, this style of reporting seems nonexistent. There are no headlines about how the US compares to different countries; most Americans I’ve met seem to think every country has a gun problem! Perhaps more peculiarly, headlines aren’t made either about how different states compare to each other.
Could this go some way to explain why America doesn’t think it’s so great when actually it is (except for guns and healthcare, obesity, oops there’s more than I thought) and hence why Trump makes such traction with his promise to ‘Make America great again’. America is actually great in many ways. What precisely is Trump on about? And what do Americans feel they’re not great at?
It is International Women’s Day and a plethora of articles have appeared bemoaning the lack of equality that there is among men and women in America. See Cancel the Party: Here’s a Killjoy Memo for U.S. Women.
American women get a raw deal, be it maternity leave, maternity pay or healthcare, almost all other countries provide more for mothers.
And who has been opposing the introduction of these benefits the most? The Republican party, who simultaneously claim to be adamantly against abortion.
Surely though, these benefits would strongly encourage women to keep their babies and not abort them. The feminist movement, so long seen by the Republican party as incompatible with their aims, may in fact hold the key to preventing abortion. The Republican party needs to look beyond just closing down Planned Parenthood facilities and consider why women are seeking abortions in the first place and how the women can best be supported. Currently conservatives demand that women keep their unborn children, then deny them health coverage when they are born. They make the decision tougher for women, rather than offer any incentive to women to keep their babies.
It doesn’t add up.
I’m an Evangelical Christian, but I’m British, so please don’t think I’m a Republican.
However, I am surrounded by countless Republicans who seem utterly shocked and surprised that someone like Trump could rise up to be the Republican candidate. They, like me, find him abhorrent.
Let’s not forget though, that the Republican party has been the nasty party for quite sometime. It is well known that it has received millions from the gun lobby so that gun controls remain impotent. Likewise the party has stymied every effort by Obama to expand health coverage. Most Europeans view healthcare as a human right and find the American attitude to it pretty disgusting.
As with Trump, the Republican party is already mired in contradictory positions. Pro-life but also pro-gun, pro-life but anti-healthcare.
Frankly, I am tired of republican voters, who claim to be Christian, acting surprised that Trump looks likely to represent them. For too long they have turned a blind eye to the nastiness of the Republican party and now they are getting the candidate they deserve. Stop acting surprised and wake up.