Nothing best defines the spirit of the US political space of the past 10 years as the phrase “Scorched Earth”. Here is why the American protests was inevitable:
The two prominent divides have continued towards the extremes of both political ideas that they no longer disagree in their doctrine as much as they agree in their extremism or quoting George Orwell; “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
I do believe that this is what the world sees when it looks at the United States.
It was not the beginning but the Obama days are instructive:
Obama came to power in 2010 and it did ignite some excitement around the world for many reasons; but Obama was a brilliant man, something equally complemented by his oratorical ability. Armed with these, Obama set about preaching his progressive brand, implementing far-reaching socially progressive laws, and persuading his peers by his charm or any means necessary to replicate the same in their countries.
The problem is, and as Obama would soon find out, there are areas of human sociology that cannot simply be legislated without triggering a great entropy in the system.
So, the section of the American public who felt force-fed this Obama notion of progressivism, who felt their way of life and beliefs under severe threat reacted and like a man consumed by a will to live, lashed out at everything and nothing was off-limits for these folks.
Spearheaded by the GOP and its sympathetic media, Obama was misquoted, racial slurs were hurled at the president, his wife, and daughters on social media, he was openly disrespected, outrightly lied against and at some point, the color of the president’s suit was the great subject on Fox News and on one occasion, the head of a foreign government, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, was invited by the republican party to address the house without the knowledge of the president.
This was the wave Donald Trump rode to the White House losing the popular vote but sailed across on the Electoral College vote. What was an animus filled campaign ended in a defeat for the democrats; and It was a most distressing defeat. But if the GOP had thought the democrats would simply roll over, they had indeed miscalculated.
The Democratic Party determined to offer a Roland for an Oliver, made their intentions known to make Trump a one-term president and like the Obama days, a part of the political divide swore to place their ego ahead of the people. No part of “When they go low, we go high” soundbites of Mrs. Obama was going to discourage them from the all-consuming raison d’entre- to see Trump fail; and again, nothing was off-limits.
The democrats have looked willing to sacrifice the American economy, its dignity, its place in the world to see the Trump government fail. They have sided with unfriendly foreign governments to malign and ridicule their government. It is surprising that anything if indeed anything at all works in the United States with the level of antagonism between the two parties.
This does not seek to sanctify Trump; he is, as much as Obama, a flawed man and without the benefit of Obama’s charms. The intention of this piece is to point out that there will be hell to pay on this course American politicians have decided upon.
In the middle of the cat-fighting and stupid politicking, the world is leaving the United States behind, China and Russia are taking over frontiers the United States have abandoned and at home, its infrastructure continues to crumble and getting the presidency and Congress to agree on governance is a mountain and the people of the United States suffer.
American politicians have stripped themselves of decency and dignity to engage in a mud fight to the shock of the world who are nonetheless entertained. It is, however, America’s reputation which has taken a battering. It is also the American public who are worse off for it as would be observed in the handling of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The present ‘politics of COVID-19’ and ‘the politics of civil unrest’ are some of the forms of senseless politicking that has possessed the United States and again it is neither the politicians nor the Hollywood stars in their gated communities that suffer. The human and economic toll in deaths from dishonest handling of the pandemic and destruction of infrastructure by “peaceful protesters” is something ordinary Americans should pause to wonder if whatever end our righteous indignation pushes us towards justifies the present madness.
There is a problem with the United States and it is not Donald Trump. It is the politicians. It is their eagerness to quickly dispense of us in furtherance of their own goals; we, no more than useful idiots, who are unfortunate statistics in their battles; we, who must die needlessly from a disease they denied existed or “too afraid” to make a cheap, safe drug available to the people so they could come around to undertake “victory parade” for not letting us die in sufficient numbers and “flattening the curve”.
Trump has shown that he can and would fight dirty- in fact, it seems like he relishes it. The democrats have mindlessly continued to go headfirst, like battering ram, into a door despite signs that this building is going to come crashing down if it continues.
It is perhaps now poignant the words alluded to Donald Trump – “good people on both sides” but this time we can overwhelmingly see that there are stupid people on either side of the political divide.
There is a problem with the United States and it is not Donald Trump.