USA Election: The good/bad and the bad/ugly!
This USA election is like none seen before. Hopefully never again will be!
Goodness, honesty, ethics, civility, honor, truth, decency, freedom, love, acceptance, diversity- all have failed to match the vitriol that has been thrust into this election by the rightist forces. Now not only the USA is burning but the future of the whole world precariously hangs in balance to the result of this election.
This is a complex fight to the finish and yet can be simply put as between two forces which share some common traits and yet are diametrically opposite to each other.
First the Good/Bad: Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton is a lady of strength, a leader who has spent her entire life in public service, a devoted wife to an adulterous husband, a successful leader, a fighter and yet a politician to the core. Like many of her peers in society who reach the very top, she has always held herself high on a pedestal from where she should be insulated from any fingers pointed towards her action.
Her use of a private email server on its own should have been enough to disqualify any person from running any place of office in any government anywhere in the world. She did it because she felt she was privileged enough and only regretted the same for political reasons.
Her handling of Middle East contributed in a major way in creating a vacuum from where the jihadist forces developed a launch pad for their future actions.
She and her husband have used their political success to utmost use for developing a great personal fortune, not uncommon among the leading political figures in the world. What is that makes her a thorough politician is that unlike Obama who stands by his morals and ethics at all times, she has made many compromises to stay relevant in the political context and accordingly would not shy away from stating two different views to two different audiences. At her heart, she is a political survivor and she loves doing that.
Yet, Hillary is good deep inside and it is evident in her persona.
She was the better of the two among the two Clintons but sacrificed her career to be a support base to Bill and contributed in a major way to his successful Governorship and later Presidency. She went beyond being a decorative First Lady and played an active role in developing and giving shape to a more loving, accepting and caring America for Americans. Whether it was in child care or family welfare or race relations, her work is till date a role model for all future leaders.
And when the time came, she was ready to plunge in politics directly. As a Senator for New York her work was outstanding, winning her support from all and sundry even during the period of a Republican President. She was there in the streets supporting the American Public when 9/11 happened and put her heart and soul behind rebuilding the spirit of New York. She lost a well fought battle to Obama for Presidency and yet did not carry any acrimony and worked as his trusting guide as the Secretary of State and developed a respect among the world community not just for herself but for Obama and the policies of USA.
She has always been welcoming diversity at all levels and her ground work with the African/American community, her love for the South Asian community and in fact for people of different race and colour is known to all. She has been a role model for racial and religious freedom and her actions have always shown a truly accepting person with a clean heart. Ask Huma, one of her closest confidante of South Asian origin or any person who truly is color blind and they will speak highly of a climate of acceptance that Hillary provides. Even till date she is mature enough to distinguish between religion and terrorism.
She has faced enough for a lifetime in supporting a husband whose lust knew no bounds. She has been abused for supporting him and not deserting him even though she had personally done no wrong. No women should go through what she has gone through and yet she has remained strong as a rock and dignified in her response. Deep inside, it is clear that her only reason for staying with Bill was love. Something which cannot be explained and in fact needs no words!
Hillary well and truly demonstrates some bad traits of a politician and the distant elite and yet essentially is a good person.
Donald Trump is the Ugly/Bad.
Honestly I tried to think of some good that existed in him but he is a master piece designed and hand crafted by Satan himself. He is able to assemble so much of Ugliness and bad qualities in his frame that, as we can say in his own words, ‘It is brutal!’
But Donald Trump is not a devil who has arisen from a vacuum. He is a product of the rightist forces in the American society fed by the extreme hatred towards a Black President whom they could not stand and who’s every action they opposed howsoever good it was for the people. The tea party and its message of hate brewed the evil spirit that stands in front of the world today. How so ever he may try to act different or the Republicans may try and distance from him now, yet he is a true representative of the right wing Republican.
His supposedly business success which he boasts about as clearly as a con artist, is built on lies, deceit, cons, loop holes in tax systems, cheating, threats and plain and simple bullying. The word ethics does not exist in his dictionary and never will. He can only relate to money and like many business men worldwide who can stoop as low as possible to pick up a dime; he can bleed any person or business to death without remorse to fill his coffins.
He is a demagogue, a racist and a bigot as bad as one can find. His entire life history reflects a deep hate towards the minorities and yet he would not shy away from using them as pawns for his benefit. He has laughed at, rebuked and abused all whom he considers below his level due to his colour, gender or religious preferences. Be it Muslims, Mexicans, Indians, women or gays- all have faced the music from him on any given day.
He knows no civility and can say anything to draw attention to himself. Like a monkey who performs all stupid tricks to entertain, in his narcissism he could go to any length. He does not even bat an eyelid in making the most repulsive comments about people whether it is mocking people for their appearances or their accents. He can go to any length of abuse for any person.
Donald does not understand any concept of truth and in his own fabricated world, lies, rumours and hearsay is the gospel. He could pick up the next false story on twitter and convert that into the Bible by which he swears and shouts. He called Obama as Muslim, as a citizen of alien nation without any base simply because it suited his political ambitions.
He considers women as trophies to be won, a definition of masculinity which goes beyond male chauvinism to male assault and feels that the world is like that.
He has no value for law, public opinion, truth, justice, ……., for anything that does not support him. In his world, either you are with him or you are the enemy and for enemies there is only rebuke, assault and total annihilation. He has clearly demonstrated that he could be a worse dictator than even the people he admires like Putin or Gaddafi.
He has no scientific temperament and considers global warming as a joke and vaccines as harmful for life. For him a policy to develop environmental protection is just plain and simple bad business. He would care the least if the world would go all plastic and choke to death. Who cares as long as Trump is triumphant?
Last but not the least; Donald is evil and dark to the core. It’s as if you can feel it from every single angle of his dark persona. The way he walks, talks, throws fingers at you or even insults anyone at the drop of a hat, even his own support base time and again if they differ!
Donald well and truly is the Ugly/Bad of this election.
The choice exists today between the Good/Bad and the Ugly/Bad.
Donald has come this far because a large section of the society today considers such people as role models. We have lost a sense of direction that our values provided and success at any cost is the mantra of many. Hate, mistrust, anger, division are the new forces that define our thought process and in such a climate anyone who has the ability to even show a match can easily light the fire.
Let’s face it clearly. In today’ world you will not get a pure white and shades of grey would exist. Hillary is no different and does have her own weaknesses. Yet in thirty plus years of active public service she has shown herself to be inherently good and a person who cares for all.
The time is almost here for America to decide the direction the world will take in times to come.
Could we accept some sanity out of the masses? Only time can tell and yet, deep inside I still hope that the world has not gone completely Topsy-turfy! Not as yet. God or perhaps sanity and reason bless America!
Posted in Times of India on 10th October 2016 (the day after the second debate). Link below-