Trump May Just Lose An Election. What About America?

Trump May Just Lose An Election. What About America?

by V Anantha Nageswaran - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 02:48 PM IST
Trump May Just Lose An Election. What About America?Republican nominee Donald Trump (R) watches Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Hillary Clinton is being presented as a saviour of the world from the menace of Donald Trump. This does not augur well for America and the rest of the world.

    Checks and balances are critical to hold authorities accountable, but if Hillary is made to sit on the high throne, that may not happen.

(This was written on 7 October 2016, before the revelations of Donald J Trump’s (DJT) remarks on women, his apology, his press conference with some of the women who have had an association with Bill Clinton, the second presidential debate and the so-called distancing of Republican party member and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan from DJT. None of these factors have a bearing on the analysis given below and its conclusions.)

The momentum that the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (HRC) has wrested from DJT after the first presidential debate seems to be staying with her. This is notwithstanding the supposedly better performance of DJT’s vice presidential running mate Mike Pence over hers (Tim Kaine). From here on, it appears that it is her election to lose. Here are eight things that I’d like to bring your attention to.

1) The tax returns of DJT are not the real issue. Most of the corporate backers of HRC, like Google and Apple, have their own tax issues to deal with. Tax avoidance within the scope provided by the law is staple practice for individuals and institutions.

2) The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) columnist Peggy Noonan writes:

The first was Mr. Trump’s 3 a.m. tweet on Alicia Machado. Actually, that happened a week and a half ago, but this week the thought really settled in: He’s going to do that as president. Once he tweeted crazy things a lot and then he sort of slowed and then he was sort of winning and then the mad 3 a.m. tweet told you: No, it will happen as president, only it will be more serious then. This is the week his friends, staff and supporters realized it will never stop.

We do seem to have a clownish, loutish candidate with little self-discipline. Never mind that the other candidate is a little too disciplined in her own undisciplined ways.

3) This article on WSJ describes how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled HRC and all her witnesses (immunising all of them) in contrast to how it handled Bob McDonnell, displaying an “obvious” double standard.

4) This piece on The Washington Times talks about the treatment HRC had meted out to the 'Clinton ladies' and, more importantly, how the media covered her. In addition to the other issues raised in this article, these statements stand out for me:

People cut a lot of corners when covering the Clintons, eh Carl?
I guess having a porn queen representing Hillary’s campaign is just one more sign of the Clintons’ debasement of America. Apparently, the MSM does not mind being part of this debasement.

5) Read what Noonan writes on Bill Clinton’s critique of Obamacare:

The second was Bill Clinton’s admission that ObamaCare is a mess, “the craziest thing in the world.” At a rally in Michigan he said “you’ve got this crazy system” in which millions more people have insurance, but “the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.” Later he tried to walk it back but you can never walk back an obvious truth… In another world, what he said would be front-page news every day.

6) Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of the WSJ Editorial Board, writes on 29 September that only HRC stood between the American nation and the reign of the most unstable, proudly uninformed, psychologically unfit President ever to enter the White House.

7) Seventeen of the top 100 newspapers in the United States have publicly endorsed HRC. None for Trump yet.

8) Jack Hellner writes in The American Thinker on 8 October, the day after the Trump tapes were revealed:

I have never seen a media so in the tank. The media show every day their bias by what they report, how they report, and especially what they choose not to report. Our freedoms are in danger, and since they have no actual accomplishments to tout for their chosen candidate, they have to destroy the other.

Under normal circumstances, there is scope and room for discussion on the good (few) and bad traits (surfeit) of both the candidates and their bearing on the country’s governance. On policy issues, it could be easily divided into two categories, namely domestic – security, social and economic – and foreign – trade, diplomacy and geopolitics, and their positions analysed threadbare. If choices were made consequently, they would be understandable even if not agreeable.

I’m not naïve enough to think that all commentators, all news outlets and all journalists would engage in such an exercise. Some revel in polemics and trivia and some others like personality weaknesses. Some like them all. But never has there been an overwhelming outpouring of commentary on the weakness of the other than on the strengths of the favoured. In that sense, the analyses reflect the decay in America.

9) New York University development expert William Easterly has analysed the coverage in The New York Times between 1960 and 2008 and found that the paper ran some 63,000 stories on autocratic governments, a staggering 40,000 on their successes, and just 6,000 on their failures. The head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley, Ruchir Sharma, has recorded this in his book, The Rise and Fall of Nations.

Now, think of the above from the systemic risk perspective.

If DJT won the election, almost all of the so-called intelligentsia and the media would be ranged against him and not just in the United States. Media in most of the rest of the advanced economies and the English-language press in the developing world would also be against him. That is a natural check-and-balance.

On the other hand, if HRC won the election, what would be the check-and-balance on her? After all, they have presented her as the saviour of the world from the menace of DJT.

The extraordinary presidential impunity that HRC would wield because of the immunity that large sections of the intelligentsia and almost all of the media have pre-emptively granted her bode ill for the Republic.

The staff at Daily Bell summarised the situation well:

This is part of a larger destruction of Western culture and values and it is ongoing. What’s taking place is not happenstance, not in Europe, nor in the US. Freedom is being destroyed, but in a deliberate manner, to send a message and increase polarization. Many currents are swirling beneath the surface that make this presidential campaign an epochal one.
‘Mainstream Media Implodes Over Trump Sex Comments’, The Daily Bell

The world is drifting along somewhat thoughtlessly into deep waters or unchartered territory.

Whoever wins, the law of unintended consequences will play out. To reiterate, it appears that it is HRC's election to lose. But the manner in which she is being placed on the throne and the crown placed on her head would haunt America and the world for a long time to come. The elites who are engineering this outcome will ensure that all of us are extinguished by their egregious conduct.

It is in this world that my children will grow up and turn adults. God bless them!

V. Anantha Nageswaran has jointly authored, ‘Can India grow?’ and ‘The Rise of Finance:Causes, Consequences and Cures’

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