It seems like Americans are doing everything in their power to elect a president that the rest of the world is really not looking forward to see ruling or even work with in the future. I guess democracy has its flip side. Who really can persuade them to look once more at these hopefuls and see that Donald is ‘Trump-ling’ on their political future.
Such succinct suppport for mediocrity brought me back home as it got me thinking of my best friend’s president, Jacob Zuma. There is no doubt that my own president is nothing of a saint at eighty five and still ruling but allow me to move away from what is now ‘not news’ anymore and focus entirely on these two for the former in this discussion would just still the show.
If Americans would learn anything from South Africans, it would be not to put in power a president that will choke you and disgust you (and not being able to do anything about it) before you can chose someone else, after they have done all the harm and showed no progress.
For the past months, the South African public has been experiencing a gloomy spell under their current president, running the country as if it were a bordello while every effort to remove him from power have been futile. I can only imagine, how it will be like under Donald Trump. The same democracy that affords him the opportunity to rule, will make it hard for the same voters to lay him off, if ever he is to fail.
From where I stand, more people see him bringing the country to a grinding halt and that his rigmarole persona, will spark off more than just debate and scrutiny but even worse.
Now, I judge myself to be the worst politician by far and this is by no means a lobby or partition for anything or anyone; but I can only speculate the stock market reactions, the foes that will be made and bi-lateral relations broken by Trump’s loose toungue. The amount of rage that is most definately going to be cultivated if he gets to assume the hot seat, it all looks far detached from anything meaningful and like a soapie to me.
I keep thinking that Donald Trump, is simply going to wake up one morning and withdraw from the race! Apologise to everyone for ‘trying his luck’ which he will confess got the better of him. His supporters will hate him for wasting his time but there are just a drop in the ocean, compared to the many that will breathe a sigh of relief to hear such news all around the globe.
To Africa, Jacob Zuma is our Donald Trump. There were far too many issues going around before our neighbours cast their vote but they paid no heed of it and chose their son, their comrade. They soldiered on and till now, never being apologetic, swallow the shame and disappointment they have had to witness from their number 1. They simply cannot wait for his time to step down as they seemingly have had to support and defend him from the word go.
While Zuma’s issues have just been regionally, with the exception that the country is falling behind other developing nations and is ranked third in Africa, now after Egypt, a year more with Zuma could see South Africans crying just like their neighbours have been doing for years now.
With Donald Trump’s entry, he promises to be more dangerous, that I suppose we have to wait and see.