the US presidential election.

But what a choice!

Much like the recent Brexit vote in the UK, I wonder how it ever got to this in the first place. Today I came across the following via yesware:

As we wait to hear the results of perhaps the biggest decision in election history, I find it extremely worrying that the whole US political system has been reduced to just this: pantsuit aficionado v. trump...

Tonight, of course, the tension is rising across the Atlantic, but also across the world: this election result has profound implications for our future. In parallel, the events at Standing Rock symbolise the hope of those who do want a peaceful existence - I am drawn to the courage of the protestors and protectors of our future.

I just wonder whether either of the candidates - pantsuit or trump - or indeed anyone in their billion dollar entourage for that matter, have ever read or remember the following words? If government institutions will not bring peace, concerned citizens will. 

 

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?

In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.

Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.

Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.

Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt “In Our Hands” speech delivered on the tenth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1958).