Midterms in the US usually don’t catch us. Wake us up when you choose another president.
But these should, and for all the wrong reasons. Anyone who has been exposed to some of them knows that this year they are very different.
The atmosphere in America is gloomy. There is a sense of fear about the future. If Americans are afraid, we should be too. Reverse Vegas rules apply here. What happens in America doesn’t stay in America.
those who think Donald Trump Years are an aberration, shocking. Look at the candidates.
Nearly 300 were endorsed by Mr. Trump. Two hundred of them peddled his anti-democratic lies that he won the last election or that the result was deeply flawed.
Some are Q Anon supporters who have joined a movement that believes a paedophile cabal runs the US government.
Donald Trump is The candidacy is expected to be announced soon after these midterm exams. Judging by the polls, it seems increasingly likely that he will come a second time, which means everything to the world we live in.
atmosphere of fear
The atmosphere in the campaign is one of fear, and among voters, they tell you that this great country, an ally, and inspiration for all that the free world is, frankly, on the edge of.
It’s not just the fear of the other side winning. It’s stronger and more visceral than that.
Democrats fear that American democracy is about to be upended. People who claim the electoral system is rigged are running for key positions that would give them power over the system. Democrats worry they will use that power to distort votes in their favor next time.
A president we know now seriously considering confiscating voting machines and trying to bully officials to overturn the outcome of a free and fair election could be the next front-runner to win back the White House.
think about it.
America divides itself
If he doesn’t do it fairly next time, he will now have allies as governor or state officials who can help him do so in other ways if they seem likely to win this week’s vote.
But Republican voters are equally keen to worry that the country is being led in the wrong direction by elites who have no idea how badly ordinary Americans are being hurt.
Voters from all walks of life are concerned about a recession, inflation, crime and rising costs, and believe the government isn’t doing enough to help.
But fear is more than that. Voters will tell you that America, this country and its ideas, is under threat and is falling apart.
Americans have stopped doing what they have been doing best, talking to themselves and listening. They retreated to opposing camps, lost in echo chambers on the left and right.
‘It’s on the brink of disaster’
A mother in a small town in New York State summed it up this way: “I think it’s divisive, angry, hostile and corrupt, and it’s on the brink of disaster.
“I think it’s incredibly frustrating. People believe what they want to believe and don’t change their minds, and I don’t know how we’re going to go back.”
She’s not a conspiracy theorist, just a middle-class mother picking up pizza for her kids.
Visit the US now and friends will tell you they think violence or unrest is happening.
Sober, reasonable people speak honestly about reckoning, unrest and even civil war.
On better days, the midterm elections were a democratic spree.
From the top governor to the town’s dog catcher, people can choose who lives in a system they’ve been told since childhood is the best form of government in the world.
But this time there was no sense of celebration.
The mood turned sour. In polarized corners, Americans are skeptical of each other’s intentions and full of hunches about what’s coming next. This should worry us all.