pageant of the bizarre
"Hillary Clinton has honoured the rules of civic duty and met the prerequisites for a candidate" Barbara Kingsolver
While Clinton holds her head high, why are we not exploding with anger at Donald Trump’s bullying?
By Barbara Kingsolver

Hillary Clinton has honoured the rules of civic duty and met the prerequisites for a candidate, bringing a lifetime of pertinent experience, an inquiring mind, a record of compassionate service and a sound grasp of our nation’s every challenge, from international relations to climate change; her stated desire is to work hard for our country and its future.

Her opponent has no political experience, a famously childish temperament, no interest in educating himself on any subject, a manifest record of shortchanging employees, bankrupting businesses, cheating on wives, dodging taxes and serving absolutely no one but himself. His mission is to elevate the self-regard of some Americans by degrading many others, including Muslims, Mexican immigrants, people with disabilities, residents of African-American communities,women he finds beautiful and women he does not.

I’m horrified to watch the bizarre pageant of my nation pretending these two contenders are equivalent. No one really imagines Donald Trump applying himself to the disciplines of the presidency, staying up late reading reams of legislation, instead of firing off juvenile tweets. It’s even harder to imagine Clinton indulging in the boorish self-aggrandisement, intellectual laziness, racism and vulgar contempt for the opposite gender that characterise her opponent. If anyone still doubts that the inexperienced man gets promoted ahead of the qualified woman, you can wake up now.


It’s never gonna be 
Normal, you and me 
What you’re signing on for
Is a storm at sea 

So if you think you’re tough 
Give me all your love 
And I’ll give you every little piece of me 

Catch a falling star you’ll go far 
In the pageant of the bizarre 
And tonight I give you my heart