Hillary Versus Trump: Hope America Scripts the History Correctly
Hope wisdom prevails & the voters in US go for the one who stands for the spirit of America, writes Ayushman Jamwal.
The debates are over, the punches delivered and the cards on the table before the American people. With just over two weeks to go, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are headed for a Presidential election like no other, where voters will deliver a crucial decision and make history. November may see the first female President of the United States or the first openly racist, misogynist; conspiracy theorist enter the hallowed White House and become the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation in the world.
Trump Exposes GOP’s Bankruptcy
The Republicans have endorsed or have been forced to endorse a man who embodies the racism and sexism that has disenfranchised minorities and women for decades in the United States. Not only has his endorsement exposed the utter bankruptcy of the GOP; he is the creation of an 8-year long Republican campaign of feeding the most extremist socio-economic views to voters in the red states as a counter to Obama’s liberal politics. In 2012, Mitt Romney was too clean a candidate to attract such a voter base, while Trump has become the poster boy, as well as the loudest candidate.
Trump has lied, abused and dared American institutions with minor political consequences. He continues to remain a contender. Such behaviour is no longer a deal breaker in American politics. Trump supporters have made it evident that they live in a fact-free bubble, eat-up his fact-free assessment of the United States, the problems facing it, as well as his constitutionally impossible solutions.
Trump and His Theatrics
Imagine a US Presidential candidate who attracts thousands of supporters with his greatest hits like he will kill the children of terrorists with drones, throw out 12 million Mexicans, ban Muslims, give nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia, run a scam university, cheat veterans of charity money, not pay taxes, pick Putin as his favourite leader, abuse the handicapped, say climate change is a hoax created by China, make lewd remarks about women, brag about sexual assault and be accused of sexual assault by over 10 women.
Hillary Clinton faced attacks for calling Trump supporters ‘deplorable’. Yet, what other word can one use for someone who supports a candidate who believes and spouts such venom?
Why Voting for Hillary Makes Sense?
Ever since the ‘Hot Mic’ incident, support for Trump has dropped in many Republican states namely Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Florida, which have turned from ‘Red’ to ‘Battleground’ or ‘Democrat-leaning’ states. The polls show that Clinton is set to clinch 307 of 438 Electoral College votes with Trump trailing at 170. Yet, it’s interesting to see that in the 21st century America, ‘sexism’ was the breaking point, which turned the tide against Trump. Up until then the racism and hatred was just fine, and continued to place him in a dead heat against Hillary. Nonetheless, Trump supporters continue to rally around him, cheer when he says that the system is rigged, and that his loss in the polls will be proof of that.
Hillary may not be the ideal candidate for Democratic supporters after Obama, yet voting for her in November is not only the right thing, it is the adult thing to do. The Republican voter base has reared its angry head, as a divisive political force in America and the GOP leadership has to mull whether in the future, a slicker version of Trump may anchor their party in the wrong direction, disenfranchise it from pan-America.
Reality vs Alternate Reality
Charles II once said that “Democracy is the power of equal votes for unequal minds”. The views of voters are not gospel, they can be misinformed. Just look at the Brexit vote, where the victorious ‘exit’ camp launched a misleading campaign about the benefits of leaving the European Union, and now the value of the Pound continues to fall.
The world sees that the US Presidential election is no longer a battle of ideologies, but a battle of reality versus alternate reality, a baffling state of American politics in the era of information explosion and liberation. Trump’s ascendancy has raised the stakes of the elections, where the battle is for the soul of the most powerful democracy in the world, a nation of immigrants, a legacy secularism and strength fought and achieved over 200 years.
America cannot afford to empower a leader who has developed his political strength through division, denigration and advocating violence, and sully the memory of the great reformers who have sat in the Oval office or repeat the consequences of handing the reins of power to lesser men. Come November, the power is with the American voters and they must teach a lesson to Trump and his supporters; show them the consequences of trying to poison the American spirit.
(The writer is a senior news editor at CNN-News18. He can be reached at @Jamwalthefirst. This is a personal blog and the views expressed above are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for the same.)
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