Thursday, November 10, 2016

How and Why Donald Trump Won!

November 10, 2016
By Saeed Qureshi

The paramount wonder is that how Donald Trump a non-political entrant in the arena of politics triumphed over the seasoned power holders and captured the presidency of the United States. The victory of Donald Trump as is as mystifying as it is interesting. 
First of all, this is the pattern of American politics throwing surprises and Donlad Trump’s advent into the presidency is certainly one of those wonders. The other in the recent history was, that of Obama returning as president of the United States for the second time despite belonging to a minority ethnic community.
Presumably, with two terms of power in the hands of the Democrats, a kind of fatigue had dawned on the vast swath of Americans for change at the helm. The most potent catalyst in this gubernatorial change is the overwhelming role from the white segments who form 74 per cent of the entire population.
It was this part of the society that decidedly voted for Mr. Trump for his various slogans which looked on the face ethnic and racial, but appealed to the white communities who live in a world of their own. Despite America being an inclusive society still the white Americans maintain a distance from other ethnic communities like blacks and Hispanics not to speak of Muslims.
But the most overwhelming slogan of Trump was against the Muslims who were pouring in America. While Hillary was eulogizing Muslims for a variety of good things, Donald was branding them as terrorists and pledging to root out the Islamic terrorism in big way. Even in her last speech Hillary didn’t miss mentioning Mr. Khizar Khan and the death of his son for the sake of America.
Ostensibly, it was aimed at winning the Muslims votes and reinforcing the plea that Muslims were as patriotic as natives Americans.  That sacrifice of Mr. Khan’s son was certainly heroic. But to blow it out of proportion enticed the Muslims towards Hillary but detracted the anti-Muslims lobbies against her and get closer towards Donlad. While predominant majority have voted for Trump not all the African-American or Latinos and even Muslims might have voted in favor Hillary. This time it was a game of demographics that played major part in determining the results of the 2016 American elections. It might also be a demonstration of a reaction to Obama who had been perceived to be pro-Muslims president.
The back-breaking insinuation of emails scandal was consistently and effectively played up against Hillary by the Republicans and supporters of Donlad to be a kind of grave violation of official position that could not be condoned. Donald Trump’s misdeeds such as flirting with females and indulging in wayward sex, making money by right and wrong means and avoiding paying federal taxes was treated as a private or unofficial misconduct.
The voters inferred that Trump a financial maverick would apply the same skill and tactics in creating domestic jobs and bringing back offshore jobs and spurring prosperity. It is perceived of Trump that he might dictate the hostile or unfriendly states and establish the American writ as the dominant world power. It is another matter that Trump may not be able to translate all his pledges into reality and assessing him on that plank is still far away.   
Donlad Trump the 45th president of USA never had any official portfolio like Hillary Clinton who was senator and also the secretary of state during President Obama first term. He is a nonchalant person with tons of money that he earned through his ingenuity and business acumen. He didn’t pay the federal taxes yet no one can touch him. He has a harsh, stinging and retaliatory temperament. He is not in the habit of mincing words. He reacts with the pungency and venom that disables the opponents.
He bluntness to call Hillary a nasty woman was on the wrong side of the established ethical norms. He is boorish, sentimental and aggressive. He has been womanizing to his heart’s fill and married three time on the strength of his wealth and pelf. All these good or bad traits are common to the VIPS, elites and influential in the society. So, honestly we cannot single out Donald for doing things that might be irksome to the people demanding or stepping out of the established ethical standards.
The American political culture has been in place for over two hundred years. The founding fathers established democracy as fundamental to the system of governance. That political culture based upon the peoples’ franchise has been in vogue all along. Through that franchise Donlad has been successful in grabbing the highest office in the United States. So, no questions asked.
He won the elections of 2016 because of non-conventional strategy. He has less polished and rather rough jargon. He lacks in bureaucratic or diplomatic style of conversation or sophisticated behavior. People looked at him to be a person as different from the establishment. His brutish utterances and anti-immigrants’ pledges resonated with the aspirations of the most of the Americans. The pacification policy of Obama especially with Iran was distasteful to hardliners from among the political and evangelical circles as well as the people who perceived such decisions being made at the cost of the American national interests.
Although Donald has been harping on the theme of the rigged elections but it is the same system that hoisted him to power and capture the presidency in a thumping way. His name calling of Hillary such as most corrupt and nasty woman were taking lightly by the people and may be that the Republicans enjoyed it thoroughly. Donald managed to paint Hillary in lurid colors, deride her and prevail.
As pointed out earlier it might have been a kind of fatigue of the people with 8-year long tenure of the Democrats. In the first term Obama attained brilliant milestones by overcoming the worst recession and halt an economic meltdown that was a spillover from the Bush ear. He was hailed as a redeemer and his pacifications at the international arena were also admired.
Yet during his second term, he persistently came under a backlash from his detractors for his various decisions including Obamacare. He was also criticized by his Republican opponents for lessening America’s military involvements in conflicts areas the globe. He was bitterly opposed for brokering a deal with Iran.
The FBI’s role in reviving the Email saga just ten days before the culmination of the 2016 presidential elections may be questioned at a later stage. It proved to be a stunning and destructive ploy to halt the surge of Hillary in early voting. There was a sudden downturn in pro- Hillary voting. That one move dimmed the strong chances of Hillary winning the 2016 presidential elections.
It appears that 2016 elections have been overtaken more by rumors and conspiracies and innuendoes than charting out a grand roadmap for the future of the state. It was a show of competing in denigration, insults abuses, condemnations, insinuations and name-calling. All these tactics and instruments were used mostly by the Republican camp that really made a difference and facilitated the victory of Donlad Trump.
Let us watch what comes ahead and how the future unfolds itself. FBI’s role in reigniting the emails probe just ten days before conclusion of the electioneering campaign could be viewed as a studied tactic to discredit Hillary. It is also to be seen if Donlad would in fact erect a wall between USA and Mexico and whether the cross-border infiltration and undocumented immigration of the Latinos and South Americans could be stopped. We have to also watch how Donald Trump is going to implement his agenda aimed at creating jobs, changing balance of trade in favor of America, nabbing the international terrorism with focus on Muslims and building a cohesive society.
It is to be seen how he would abolish Obamacare and replace it with a health system that he deems right. What is going to be his policy relating to social security and other welfare inputs.  With a hold on the House and Senate he is certainly in a comfortable position to get the bills and laws passed.
Let us watch how America shapes up under the Republican administration and with a strong-willed president. It seems unlikely that like Bill Clinton he might face impeachment for his sexual waywardness.




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