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Keep your fingers crossed

 
いよいよ来週に迫った米国大統領選挙。雑誌Economistも最後の最後にクリントン支持を表明しました。政治に興味がない方は今週の表紙のイディオムぐらいはチェックしてみてください。



(オックスフォード)
cross your fingers
to hope that your plans will be successful (sometimes putting one finger across another as a sign of hoping for good luck)
I'm crossing my fingers that my proposal will be accepted.
Keep your fingers crossed!


盛り返してきているトランプで「まさか」が起きないように願っているのでこの表紙になったのでしょうか。

The presidential election
America’s best hope
Why we would cast our hypothetical vote for Hillary Clinton

Nov 5th 2016 | From the print edition

とても共感出来る部分があったので紹介させてもらいます。

In one sense Mrs Clinton is revolutionary. She would be America’s first female president in the 240 years since independence. This is not a clinching reason to vote for her. But it would be a genuine achievement. In every other sense, however, Mrs Clinton is a self-confessed incrementalist. She believes in the power of small changes compounded over time to bring about larger ones. An inability to sound as if she is offering an overnight transformation is one of the things that makes her a bad campaigner. Presidential nominees are now expected to inspire. Mrs Clinton would have been better-suited to the first half-century of presidential campaigns, when the candidates did not even give public speeches.

However, a prosaic style combined with gradualism and hard work could make for a more successful presidency than her critics allow. In foreign policy, where the president’s power is greatest, Mrs Clinton would look out from the Resolute desk at a world that has inherited some of the risks of the cold war but not its stability. China’s rise and Russia’s decline call for both flexibility and toughness. International institutions, such as the UN, are weak; terrorism is transnational.


サンダースやトランプ、第3の政党候補であるリバタリアン党のゲーリー・ジョンソンや緑の党のジル・ スタインなどに惹かれるのは何か新しいことをしてくれるかもという期待感があり、クリントンは逆に退屈に思えるのでしょう。Economistはコツコツタイプのクリントンの実績を評価しています。

Mrs Clinton is a self-confessed incrementalist. She believes in the power of small changes compounded over time to bring about larger ones. An inability to sound as if she is offering an overnight transformation is one of the things that makes her a bad campaigner.
(クリントン女史はコツコツタイプを自認している。小さな変化が長い間積み重なり大きな変化を引き起こすことを信じているのだ。一夜で変革を起こせるように思わせることができないことが苦戦している原因の一つとなっている)

ワシントン政治の機能不全からpolitical revivalを求めたくなる気持ちを理解しつつも、だからといってトランプ支持に回るのはnarcissistic belief that compromise in politics is a dirty word and a foolhardy confidence that, after a spell of chaos and demolition, you can magically unite the nation and fix what is wrongと退けています。

The harder question is how Mrs Clinton would govern at home. It is surely no coincidence that voters whose political consciousness dawned in the years between the attempted impeachment of Bill Clinton and the tawdriness of Mr Trump have such a low opinion of their political system. Over the past two decades political deadlock and mud-slinging have become normalised. Recent sessions of Congress have shut the government down, flirted with a sovereign default and enacted little substantive legislation. Even those conservatives inclined to mistake inaction for limited government are fed up.

The best that can be said of Mr Trump is that his candidacy is a symptom of the popular desire for a political revival. Every outrage and every broken taboo is taken as evidence that he would break the system in order that, overseen by a properly conservative Supreme Court, those who come after him might put something better in its place.

This presidential election matters more than most because of the sheer recklessness of that scheme. It draws upon the belief that the complexity of Washington is smoke and mirrors designed to bamboozle the ordinary citizen; and that the more you know, the less you can be trusted. To hope that any good can come from Mr Trump’s wrecking job reflects a narcissistic belief that compromise in politics is a dirty word and a foolhardy confidence that, after a spell of chaos and demolition, you can magically unite the nation and fix what is wrong.


このあたりは英語学習とも似ていますね。話題になるはどうしても「革命的方法」だったりしますが、真面目に英語学習に取り組んでいるとそんなのはまやかしでやっぱりコツコツやるしかないと分かりますから。。。
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