April 19, 2019

Hobson’s choice – The American Presidential Elections

Over the weekend I was skimming through my twitter fed when I saw a tweet from the handle @realDonaldTrump (the official twitter handle of Donald Trump – American presidential candidate of the Republican Party). He was blowing fire on some of US allies – on how America has to provide security for them while they take a small portion of the financial liability for it. Some of his statements were pretty outrageous like and I quote – The will be busy watching Sony TV if US is attacked.

It seems Mr. Trump has not been able to get out of the “nomination phase” else he would have stuck a more conciliatory note. He should realize he is no longer fighting Ted Cruz- he does not need to create new enemies. It’s the phase where victory is ensured only if you are able to win new allies and preserve the existing ones. Sadly either he is too naïve or has a bad set of advisers. On second thoughts advisors may be mediocre but what happened to good old Common Sense. Mr. Trump is behaving like the KRK ( KamaalRKhan – guess we all know him in India)  of the American politics.

Well you may say that what’s new in Trump verbal vitriol and how does it make a Hobson’s choice for the American electorate?

As reported in the “Telegraph” and I quote-

Former nurse Mary Anne Noland of Richmond, Virginia, died aged 68 last week.

Her obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch read: “Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose instead to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15.”

Clinton is also not very popular with the electorate for the controversy surrounding the use of private family server for sending out official emails while she was US Secretary of State, one also doesn’t forget the “Watergate controversy”, or the allegations of exchange of kickbacks with Clinton Foundation. The most damaging of all was the handling of Benghazi, which led to the death of 4 American soldiers. It seems for electoral gains she is going soft on jehadi terror.

One is surely filled with distress that the most vibrant democracy of the world cannot put two candidates which had good credentials and are popular with the electorate- it’s a sad commentary for democracy


About the Author

Vijaya is a cloud architect who loves to dabble in emerging technologies. President Kalam is her role model and like him she too would love to see that India becomes part of the league of developed nations before I die.

She is an avid blogger. Loves to read whenever she gets a chance. She likes to meet people and explore different culture. Like many others I am not averse to politics as if we leave it to lesser deserving ones we cannot complain for any mess that our country or society may be in

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