I was sharing a meal with a number of people, and the discussion turned to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the US. It was clear that this outcome didn’t meet with favour amongst some of our number – but the discussion went further: it was said that a system that allows a person such as Trump to be elected is “wrong”.
Now I guess that, even in Australia, we’re entitled to our views about Trump. However, to suggest that the system is “broken” because this outcome occurred? I don’t think so.
Perhaps indeed we struggle to understand the system of primaries and the way in which the electoral college works – but to suggest that because it’s “different” and has produced a result that at least some of us don’t favour, the US system is “all wrong” seems a lot like “shooting the messenger”.