Donald Trump is the greatest!Thursday, November 17, 2016
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a mile; Donald Trump is president-elect. We are pissed off, but their system works.
The history of both candidates was troubling — they deserved each other; America deserved better. Trump, a neophyte, poured vitriol on the veteran. Clinton, a political savant with a veneer of correctness, used ridicule to parry his thrusts.
Politicians misread voters in Brexit, in our elections, and now this. Do they listen? Voters want to escape career politicians and the outlier is change. Trump’s victory says you may be misogynist, malign Muslims, use migrants as scapegoats, make outrageous promises, yet voters will support if you are not from the establishment and have star quality. Voters hid their true views from exit polls to avoid the tyranny of politically correct liberals. Can we still trust polls?
Wage stagnation for years makes Trump a messiah to the masses. He is the greatest salesman.
I avoided Trump since my May 6 column when I wrote: "Donald Trump is the most exciting politician of this generation." I affirmed the power of his candidacy and was criticised. Our mis-educated confuse what they like or hate with evidence — "I hate him so he can’t win!"
We now know people from business may be better at political strategy than politicians. Trump survived bankruptcy, is a billionaire as he sells himself well, and the presidency is his magnum opus. He is an extraordinary salesman and may scoop the Kotler Prize for marketing since Obama — a wonderful guy — copped the Nobel Prize for nothing.
Jamaicans were for Clinton, as we like softies who support aid and freeness; but if you aver hard work and posit self-reliance we don’t like you. We know nothing of right, centrist or left wing thought, so many cuss the Republicans, but the party was formed a century and a half ago to fight slavery; they won and Abraham Lincoln freed slaves. When did blacks defect to Democrats? Clinton pitched to the minorities — Latinos, blacks; Trump to the majority — whites. Portia Simpson Miller and Andrew Holness always pitch to a black majority. Are they racist? No! Slice it or dice it, Clinton paid the price of taking the majority for granted.
Values is the big casualty of this election as Clinton used the smooth hypocritical jargon of the political beltway, Trump the harsh argot of the working man to woo voters. People are not binary — zeros or ones — so when a taxi cuts in, forcing me to brake sharply, I felt for an AK 47, but I cooled off. We can be good, bad and in-between, but to some goodness is core, to others it’s a pitch to win the sale.
Michael Manley taught us about the left, but Edward Seaga, brains of the JLP, did not delineate the right wing. Our education is flawed, defaults left — as all needy poor people — and kids are not taught to think, analyse, synthesise or decide. University students don’t know the philosophical basis of right or left. If you redact Trump’s misogyny, hype, xenophobia, lechery, you have Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialist plan without such cuddly stuff as the environment.
Melania’s speech was pastiche too, so we know Trump copied. He promised the masses what they wanted and went for "crooked Hillary’s" jugular; she did not excite, so they suspended disbelief, voted for his dramatic promises and rejected her humdrum continuity. We have been there.
Trump is amoral, relentless, takes no prisoners; he becomes what you need him to be in order to win you over — a peerless strategist. He pitched to whites — poor, evangelicals, women, workers, the rich — "make America great again"; no abortions on demand, drop income tax to 10 per cent, tax firms that export jobs, deport migrants, waste no more money on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, let the European Union defend itself; reduce company taxes from 35 to 15 per cent — sweets for everyone! If you track the lumpen, reverse-engineer their needs and affirm them, you win — they are voiceless, ignored by career politicians, browbeaten by politically correct liberals for having another view and voted for Trump. He knows jobs were lost to technology and to China (steel), India (ICT), Jamaica (BPO), Haiti (assembly line), but they believe migrants took their jobs and it did not suit his purposes to make them any wiser.
Trump may be one-dimensional, bumper sticker wisdom, clichÃ©d, a tweet may be his literary masterwork; but he is inventive, intuitive, sees angles on a straight line — is he autistic? He is no fool. America is in for a wild ride, but the founding fathers put checks and balances in the American Constitution to deal with Trump — like sociopaths.
Did you watch Trump or Clinton? He a feisty Labrador; in your face. She’s quite boring; about feminism, refugees, environment — a domestic pussy vs a feral cat in a cage fight. Democrats were crazy to select a woman candidate to succeed a black president in white America. Two minorities before the majority get one of theirs? Death wish!
That 53 per cent of degreed, white women chose "private parts grab Trump" over Clinton means she must be bad, bad! Clinton, like Trump, is unworthy. But the white man always wins over the white woman. Michelle in 2020?
Clinton messed up and Bill, hanging around like a foul smell, did not help her. Obama is a conviction politician — thinks with his heart, went out on a limb for Clinton (unusual for a president). He said Britain would be last to get US trade benefits if they left the European Union, but Trump says "not so!" Slowly but surely Trump will eviscerate Obama’s legacy.
Trump is Machiavelli incarnate. He did whatever it took to win, but the moral hazard is that his campaign may infect the world. He is the only outsider to win the presidency — omit Eisenhower from the military. He was a cunning candidate; played Americans, dissed GOP worthies; so with Steve Bannon, proto fascist, white supremacist as his chief strategist, be wary.
Republicans control the House, Senate, soon the judiciary; but they don’t truly control the executive or Donald Trump. The man who was to "drain the swamp" is now fighting to get his son-in-law an inside job, and the last man to require a group to register tattooed numbers on their wrists — the rest is history.
Trump, head of the free world, said many things and unsaid many; which ones are the truth? We are in unknown territory. Pray for America. Stay conscious!
Franklin Johnston, D Phil (Oxon), is a strategist and project manager. Send comments to the Observer or
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