The political world is being turned upside down. The consummate politician who has claimed that “experience” is the critical element in any political campaign is being told differently time after time. The consummate politician who has claimed that continuing to follow the status quo is the proper road to stability and is always best for the electorate is being challenged. This so called new normal is sweeping across the world. This movement Is not being reported by the news media in the United States. Consequently the American public is not aware that the movement that swept Donald Trump to victory in November of 2016 is sweeping the world.
We can and should discuss whether or not this movement is occurring because of the ineptitude of the politicians along with their narcissism, or is the reason because of an uninformed, uninvolved, and unknowledgeable electorate. I would surmise that it is a combination of both.
Recent happenings such as the Brexit vote in the UK, the election of anti-immigration and anti-European Union advocates in members of the European Union, the election of an individual who had never held public office to the presidency of the United States, and now a complete and total novice elected in Ukraine. The recent election in Ukraine is stunning and amazing especially because of the situation in which Ukraine finds itself today. Perhaps that is the reason for this stunning happening. Here is an article that describes what happened. This appears to be a continuation of the repudiation of the pollical elite who are telling us that collectivism and globalism is the way to peace and prosperity because under these perverted systems the political elite will control all happenings. Of course, just as Obama and Clinton claimed, their control will be in the best interest of the “people”, the same claim made by Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Chavez, and all collectivist and globalist aspiring tyrants.
The repudiation of the collectivist and globalist elitism has proven to be beneficial to the public in the individual states of the European Union and the United States. Because the politicians have delayed Brexit, the jury is still out in the UK, but more and more we are hearing that a no deal Brexit is and should be the way the UK exits, we hope to see final results sooner rather than later. All should watch the results in the Ukraine carefully.
The World Just Witnessed the First Entirely Virtual Presidential Campaign
Ukraine’s new president-elect made no public speeches, held no rallies and gave no press conferences. And now he’s about to be in charge of a geopolitical hotspot. What could go wrong?
By ADRIAN KARATNYCKY April 24, 2019
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected president of Ukraine by a landslide on Sunday, is probably the least prepared individual to head a democracy in world history.
Until this weekend, his main experience in politics was playing a schoolteacher who becomes the president in a satirical television program. He ran with no party affiliation. Until two days before voting began, he had no clear team of expert advisers—not even on foreign policy and national security, the president’s key constitutional responsibilities. And, remarkably, Ukraine’s nearly four-month-long election campaign did little to provide answers as to who Zelenskiy is and what he truly thinks.
This is because Zelenskiy ran the world’s first successful presidential campaign that was entirely virtual. He not only traded on the image of a complete outsider, he also did no face-to-face campaigning, made no speeches, held no rallies, eschewed travel across the country, gave no press conferences, avoided in-depth interviews with independent journalists and, until the last day of campaigning, did not debate.
And now this virtual candidate is about to become the president of a country at the epicenter of a hybrid war that could easily ignite into a major European conflict.
Before he ran for office, Zelenskiy was omnipresent on Ukraine’s most popular TV network, 1+1, filling hours of weekly programming with his variety shows, comedy talent contests and his series about an outsider elected president, “Servant of the People.” When he announced his candidacy in a New Years’ 2019 video greeting, after opinion polls showed him to be among the favorites, many assumed he would run a typical celebrity campaign—full of public appearances and stump speeches.
He didn’t. Unlike President Donald Trump, who staged regular rallies and appeared in town halls and in televised debates, Zelenskiy avoided human contact with his electorate. He addressed voters through short YouTube and Instagram posts and appearances on TV. (One of his online videos, calling for a debate he postponed until the last minute, garnered 14 million views.) Instead of preparing for the presidency and holding substantive public meetings, he traveled with his comedy troupe and performed in variety shows. He also spent much of the first month of the campaign producing the next three episodes of his TV series.
After winning a first-round election that required a runoff—Zelenskiy played table tennis at his campaign headquarters with a reporter, made a vague one-minute statement laced with platitudes and followed by just three minutes of Q and A. As the election continued, a 15-minute interview on his home TV station, and a softball interview of his wife and him at home, were the most detailed press scrutiny he faced.
Zelenskiy’s virtual-first strategy allowed him to run his campaign on general themes and vague promises and to avoid issuing detailed positions on policy issues. His political messaging focused on discontent with the way things are—and lambasting Ukraine’s business and political elites for making them that way. Some voters even appear to have conflated him with his TV persona, a high school teacher whose viral Youtube rant against corruption and government incompetence gets him elected Ukraine’s president.
Those searching for detailed policy positions searched in vain. While he solicited advice from voters on a campaign website, his platform published online contains only a few anodyne sentences each on key issues of security, the economy, health care, education and the fight against corruption. Throughout the campaign, short video blogs showed Zelenskiy interacting with a range of informal advisers, usually well-regarded reformers or nongovernmental organization leaders who over the course of three months explained to the public what they thought the candidate might believe. But many had no official status in his campaign until three days before voters went to the polls. His inner circle seems to be mainly made up of longtime colleagues from show business, partners in his comedy troupe, and a handful of lawyers linked to his main backer, the Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskiy, who is accused by the Ukrainian government with defrauding Ukraine’s banking system of $5.6 billion.
When outsider celebrities, sports heroes and entertainers typically run for office, they usually try to allay fear about their inexperience by showing a command of the issues. Zelenskiy did the exact opposite. While trading on his celebrity, he also embraced his inexperience, suggesting this meant he was open to fundamentally new approaches. He called on the public to help him devise his platform virtually and, scarily, preached plebiscitary direct democracy.
Zelenskiy won. In the end, the Ukrainian public proved so tired of the status quo, characterized by slow growth, widespread poverty and significant corruption, that the voters of a country partly under Russian occupation and subject to regular military attacks rejected an experienced incumbent—President Petro Poroshenko, who had rebuilt Ukraine’s military and competently marshaled international aid and diplomatic support—and took a chance on a political novice.
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