As a warm supporter and defender of western democracies, including the United States of America, I must confess my severe doubts about own faith for the better of the year about to ebb, mostly due to last summer’s Brexit, as well as the U.S. presidential election and its discouraging outcome – and the rise of European right-wing parties everywhere, as if we have succumbed to a global disease, spreading at staggering pace.
I know I’ve distributed more than my fair share of displeasure with Donald Trump’s 8 November victory, most likely to be confirmed by today’s electoral college assembly, but rest assured that it’s all to do with a growing concern for the world’s collective development, just as much as fear of a fascist setting up house in The white house.
Of course that fear remains intact, but who are we to talk, electing and keeping a government and a PM appointing sexual abusers, racists and homophobes as cabinet ministers, while retracting former years’ critique of China’s human rights violations for the sake of mutual trade, as if our own financial wellbeing somehow trumps (I know …) human rights.
Even more interesting: Norwegian media do not seem to question the ethics of the matter – at all. Which in itself speaks volumes, but comes as no surprise, as, after all, the only future that matters is our own.
Dear American reader, we have no right to point our indignant fingers at you and your future president while acting like crazed far-right extremists ourselves, for which I hereby offer my sincere apologies.
Top illustration: Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Conservative). Blogger’s own drawing.