With the WASHINGTON POST declaring Donald Trump winner in a flash news on my iPad just minutes ago – 7:34 a.m. [GMT], I’m putting this essay finished two hours ago, up. TOLA.
This has never been a news site; this morning’s post, therefore, is no breaking news because the whole world already knows that Trump, a low-ethics, divisive, racist … know-nothing misogynist has just become the next president of the USA. This, too, is not a what-would have been IF … because none really can though many would in effort at cathartic pursuit.
For a country that this blogger also calls home through choice, and love, like millions the world over for what the country has represented to the world, I see today as a very humbling and sad day for America. I look at Donald Trump’s rise to the top in a federal system that has served America very well despite challenges – slavery, welding together of disparate people after the Civil War, et cetera, and see a system designed by America’s Founding Fathers as finally caving in to a problem that inheres in a federal system. Any reservation that people may have about such a large democracy operating federalism could often be dismissed as uninformed because it worked.
The land of my birth – Nigeria – which adopted the same presidential system has had on her hand since the inception a system that has unfortunately continued to be at the root of her instability. While the strong center and loose federating units seem like a perfect fit for a country with such diverse people for whom America has become a country of great schism, especially in the last few years, a Donald Trump would never rise to the top of the political heap in the Westminster system they hated, naturally, when the Union came together at the beginning.
While the two-party system was always able to overcome the challenges, globalization, which had been devastating to poorer countries and created powerless hordes of impoverished masses, finally neutralized the cushioning effect that the massive wealth of America and the prosperity of Western countries provided as cushion: deficit spending which allowed their citizens, particularly the United States to enjoy.
Credit enabled people with the same level of education in other countries would not be able to own homes, cars and basic luxuries which people with much higher education in poorer countries and even middle-level countries could only dream of. Once the cushy living disappeared due to harsh economic development in the West, workers’ loss turned to anger as the lives of .self-entitlement was over. Not being prepared for what, in fact, is a reality the world over, the masses turned to look for straws to cling to unlike those in poor countries who either try to improvise at home just to stay alive or look for ways to get to the West to partake what they knew would, at least, be better living even if not comfortable.
Now, for Donald Trump who has promised to “make America great again” even though y throughout the long tortuous campaign, he was never able to lay out exactly how he would get this done, the job of –
*building immense wall of hundreds of miles across the USA-Mexican border;
*bringing back jobs lost to China, Mexico … through the greed of people of his class not only in America but in the whole of the West while pursuing cheap labor to make huge profits; Trump manufactures items in China for US sales; *
*discarding European allies while “working with” only those who will pay to play;
*fashioning an America in the image of Putin’s Russia, no thanks to the Republican Party that encouraged and pushed divisiveness – as I’ve written here – from Day One of the Obama Presidency.
*Donald Trump was admired by millions for a business savvy that made him very wealthy until he started to open his mouth and showed he possesses nothing up-there to enable him run a country unlike the billionaire-status that the run for president exposed as mostly fake, is who the majority of Americans want -and are now getting.
I will not be offering an idea that has not been expressed one way or another by many during this improbable season of resurgence of racism, violence-in-politics and hatred actively encouraged by Trump when I say that good old USA is being taken down a path that the masses hailing him as a savior of the “cultural values” – read White Americans – of the country will soon realize that he cannot deliver on his promises. And the Republican Party members whose action and inaction, including the denigration of the presidency by encouraging/giving room to utter disrespect, hatred and villification of Obama, created the deep schism in America today will look back and wonder at their lack of real patriotism that led America down a path they could not undo. No matter what, I hope America will recover from this seismic shift that can benefit only one person: Donald Trump who sees money-making opportunities in everything for him and his famlly, and creating opportunities for his cronies like the spineless Guillianis of the US political world … and, of course Putin and Russia.
The new Trump Tower, whose building Trump LEASED from the US government against the protest of other bidders in the hospitality business because of the outrageously-high amount they believed could not be profitable, is within listening distance to guests from The U.S. Capitol!
Trump Towers must now be getting tons of booking this morning for inauguration day and beyond even at over $750/night.
Are the Russians, whom US intelligence agencies link not only to the hacking of the Democratic Party computers but also to hacking attempts into the election computers, are already here?
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016. 7:39 a.m. [GMT]