Let’s face it, what’s not to hate about Donald Trump? He is a master misogynist, male chauvinist pig; bigot and he has money! It really couldn’t get cockier than that. Plenty to hate there.
The American presidential race has provided the world with more intrigue than experienced in many years. The last time US politics suffered the Clown Syndrome was during former president George W. Bush II’s tenure and understandably, the nation vowed not to make similar mistakes in future.
They’ve done it again, nevertheless. Judging by the public outrage we’ve witnessed in the past couple of weeks, those on the ground aren’t too happy about the newly inaugurated POTUS.
The legacy of the Trump administration is being written every day. While the global community was shocked by the man’s meteoric rise to the most powerful office in the land, it looks like those who didn’t vote for him will have plenty of sleepless nights -or rather doing their best to make sure he suffers the same fate.
If Trump’s record is anything to go by, one doubts that he will lose any sleep over any of it. For now, he is more concerned about being perceived as “real” and setting the record straight with media. So, it will be interesting how media will operate under his administration because it looks like uncle Donald has some serious scores to settle.
The most pivotal lesson of democracy, however, as the South African political dispensation has recently come to learn is that anything is possible. The local government elections served as a critical reminder that the majority rule principle isn’t set in stone. If those in power represent the majority lose credibility and aren’t solid, the minority may come out stronger. So, Trump isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but neither was Obama.
But the new POTUS suffers a fundamental flaw. He lacks diplomacy and discipline. Moreover, he has proven that money can’t buy class or sensibility. He has also proven that power in the hands of a fool can be deadly (in this case: potential). The feasibility of democracy as a governance system has been widely debated and one of the reasons is that “[Democracy] can allow those who gain control of the legislative process to pass laws that erode or even repeal the rights of property, free expression and free movement” .
In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Despite his inauguration speech being underpinned by a call to restore the American promise; to be more patriotic and leave no space for prejudice – The Trump era has brought with it a substantial level of uncertainty. It is more divisive than it is unifying.
Yet, history has proven many times that even the best leaders aren’t infallible. We’ve also learnt that major rhetoric doesn’t necessarily translate into action.
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