As the autumn edition of this website goes to press, we find ourselves in the final weeks of the United States presidential election — surely one of the weirder presidential elections in American history, and one that is being closely watched around the world for its domestic and international ramifications.
Although five people are actually running in this U.S. election campaign, only the two wealthiest persons are being focused upon by the American corporate-dominated news media as a possible future U.S. president. But the problem is, neither of those two people are really trusted by most of the American public, according to surveys. Neither of them seems to be in touch with the needs of the majority of working-class people. And neither one inspires much-needed hope for the future. Which brings us to the question: Then, why bother voting at all?
In this website edition’s BLOG page, I have something to say on the politics of fear being used widely in this particular election campaign as a weapon by those two presidential candidates to bludgeon the voting public. A fair forewarning: These opinions are not for those of faint heart or apathetic outlook.
Meanwhile, peace is the theme of the REVIEWS page this time, featuring works by and about three different people from three different backgrounds who are actively involved in making the world a more peaceful, socially equitable place. Drop by this page to see who they are.
One of those three persons, coincidentally, helped inspire me to deal with the death last year of a beloved canine member of our family during a period of mourning. The essay I wrote as a result, “One Simple Breath”, has apparently touched the hearts of a number of readers who love animals as much as I do, and it is reprinted once again on the ESSAYS page this time.
And lastly, two old news articles of mine that I have long wanted to dust off and share here — stories relating to human rights in the Japanese court system and legal wrangling over the environment in the U.S. — are now on file on the ARCHIVES page.
By the end of this autumn season, the world will have a new U.S. president, and whoever it is, the next few years ahead are sure to be ones of economic inequality, war, public protest and continued degradation of the Earth due to global warming. In other words, business as usual.
So, get ready for a long, unpredictable ride ahead — but also don’t forget to enjoy all the inherent beauty that this season of autumn brings to us all.