Republican presidential quagmire

JAMSHORO: The selection of Donald Trump by the Republican Party and his success so far for the forthcoming elections, seems paradoxical. The man is so littered with complexities and ambivalence that one cannot help to think over the strategic failure on the part of Republican policymakers.

Donald Trump is no exception in being a businessman nominated for the US presidency. In 1992, Ross Perot contested for the White House, albeit as an independent candidate. Perot had much more political decency and maturity than Trump. Perot was moderate in his views and avoided arousing sensitivities in racial, gender, religious and immigration issues. In retrospect, Perot could have been a far more agreeable candidate than Trump if fielded by the Republicans.

Trump’s nomination is the silliest thing ever done by the Republican Convention. By taking such a political decision, the Republican Party has dragged itself into a quagmire, which could lead to the first-ever female occupancy of the White House. Oddly enough, one wonders about the Republican Party’s policymakers and their farsightedness and capabilities, especially when one realises that this is the party that has produced so many capable presidents in the past, like Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Lincoln is rated even greater than Washington, being an emancipator who laboriously cemented gaps between races. Nixon, though tarnished by Watergate, is still considered a foreign policy giant and Reagan was an innovator who pioneered the strategic defence initiative, which led to the unique idea of Star Wars. Many historians believe that he was the precursor to the dissolution of the USSR.

In the shadow of such presidents, one can only wonder where Trump fits in. Essentially, a novice on the foreign policy front and a promoter of racial hatred, Trump is a colossal mistake on the part of the Republican Party, and now it is too late to repair the damage as the November elections are not far off.

The American populace must decide whether they want someone who will integrate the American dream into the political and social fabric, or someone who aims to shatter that dream whereby the ‘city upon the hill’ could be dislocated to the deepest valley of hatred and bigotry.

The world is watching and history is in the making.

Sajjad H. Channar

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