Sunday, September 18, 2016

Two Unpopular Hopefuls

It is pretty common to witness acrimonious moments during election time, but this year’s bid to the most powerful office in the world has sunk to unprecedented lows.
 
Already, vast swathes of the citizenry are disheartened, dissatisfied, and by degrees, detached from the political system. The major parties’ primary processes have yielded a nightmare of a general election, featuring two very unpopular candidates. Yup, I am talking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
 
As the American presidential election staggers towards voting day – and with less than two months to go – sober policy discussion has been drowned out by personal put-downs and opprobrious offensives.
 
Trump adopted nicknames for his rival. He calls her "Crooked Hillary" implying she is corrupt. He has played on Rodham, her maiden name, to call her Hillary Rotten Clinton. Also, Trump peppers in “guilty as hell”, a “total disgrace” and “incompetent” among others in the long list of insults he dishes out about her.
 
Clinton, on the other hand, had called him temperamentally unfit, too dangerous for the Oval Office and ignorant about foreign policy. She had also used a tagline from Trump's show The Apprentice to attack him on the economy: "we shouldn't expect better from someone whose most famous words are, 'You're fired'.".

And she didn't just go after Trump. She decided to call half of Trump's supporters "a basket of deplorables". She labelled them racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and Islamophobic. And that he’s built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. 
 
The blistering negativity has bruised both candidates, with polls now showing that the two pensioners are the most hated presidential hopefuls in American history! 











A Newsweek article last week made damning allegations about Trump and his sprawling global business empire. The report described him as “the most conflicted president in American history,” and said that his business interests in India, South Korea, Turkey, the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey were of deep concern. Trump’s links to Russia have become a political hot potato – with the billionaire businessman praising Vladimir Putin. He has also been shown to have done business with Felix Sater, a man convicted of crimes linked to the Russian mob.
 
Clinton, on the other hand, is increasingly perceived as adapting her values and policy beliefs according to what is politically expedient. I reckon she is weak-willed too.
 
Many Americans are left asking in dismay a phrase now frequently repeated on the 24-hour news channels: “We’re a country of 300 million – and this is the best we can do?”
 
And yet now one of them must win.
 
Now, that’s scary!
 
On Saturday, at the Area J1 Speech Evaluation contest, I emerged champion from a field of eight hopefuls from four Toastmasters clubs, namely KL Advanced, Bangsar, MII and HELP University.

 

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