Election of Donald Trump and Democracy
I have two observations to make for the election of Donald Trump to the president’s office in he United States. First there is a certain sense of bewilderment in general public as well as the intelligentsia, they ask this question: “How can this possibly happen?”, “This is the doom of America” among other things. The arguments that are generally given are he is white-supremacist etc. And one of the major reasons for people to not expect him to win was that major media houses were against him. They portrayed a very peculiar negative picture of him through and through the last few months of campaign. Anything he said was scrutinized and all kinds of people were supposed to be against him. But how did we know this all? It was through the very same media houses that were biased against him. Can you really expect the media houses to give us an accurate description of ground reality when their entire aim was to derail his campaign. So what happened is that the entire rhetoric that was built upon against him didn’t stand actually reflect what the pulse on the ground was. People had different moods and different agendas on mind. And they were frustrated with the nexus that they thought was reason behind their miseries. So all this so called appeal to the “logic” or “reason” of the people to see Trump stood for (according to the media houses) and not vote for him had no takers. All those attempts by his followers were seen as hollow and shallow attempts to demean and demonify Trump. And in the final days to the election the shrillness only increased. Each attempt by a new group or a new person to vilify Trump was seen as desperate attempts to keep him out of power. He was the one who could do something, who promised to do something. He was the hero America needed to be great again. In contrast to this Hillary Clinton’s campaign can be seen as an ass saving campaign. She was caught in many hiccups, but managed to balance the possible derailment of her campaign, be it her emails or other things. The very fact that she managed to come to finals bating Sanders, in spite of so many problems itself reeked of crookedness for many. The entire anti-Trump rhetoric, instead of helping her, hurt her. So for his supporters there was no appeal to reason against him as they were already convinced beyond doubt that he is the person, and at the same time attempts to stop him were seen as conspiracies of the old system. The intelligentsia rhetoric was hollow and appeal to reason was a treason.
The Indian Election of 2014 had a similar trend. In this Narendra Modi was the candidate (also right wing). In this case also we see that the appeal to reason seen as a treason. Though he did not promise a wall, but tall promises were nonetheless made. The entire image was manipulated as if he will deliver all the things in a jiffy, when elected. We see similar bashing of the intelligentsia in this case also, the rhetoric also went overboard by calling anyone not agreeing with their tag line as anti-national, which continues till day.
For those particularly in intelligentsia lament at Trump’s victory as “Democracy has lost”, they are missing a very crucial aspect. The election of Trump actually shows the true nature of democracy. It is literally the rule of the people. And if more people think a particular candidate is good for them they will choose him. To claim it as a “Dark day” is to question the democratic process itself. These same people would have been perhaps happy if Hillary Clinton was selected. But then this for me is just changing of the goalposts when you have lost an argument. If you cannot convince people to vote for someone, it is not loss for democracy, rather it is the way it operates. The democratic process cannot remain correct if some candidate wins and problematic when someone else wins, of course under the assumption that these are fair elections, not rigged ones. This for me reflects obliviousness for the obviousness of democracy.
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Election of Donald Trump and Democracy
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Democracy surely has its limitations. I hear lots of illiterate people in America vote without knowing who stands for what. They know that leaders are men. How can a woman be wanting to lead. They see someone looking huge and imposing. They believe he will lead well. They hear about someone who controls half (exaggeration) the world’s wealth. They know such a person will spread money around, create jobs for everybody and America will be a land of milk and honey. It looks like for now democracy does not have van answer to this. All votes count, whether the vote caster knows what they are doing or not. Democracy seems to run the risk of signing its own death warrant some day if it has not already done it.
So you mean to say when other candidates (lets say Clinton in this case) was elected that people (illiterate?) do know what they are voting for? Just because people are illiterate does it mean that they should not have right to vote? Democracy never had answer for this, and perhaps never will. It is wrong to expect such a thing, for the true nature of democracy is determined by the majority. If majority of people don’t want it, it wont happen. You say democracy is signing its own death warrant, but I say it was always like that. Perhaps some people realise this problem only after their expectations are not fulfilled and are in shock and awe of the results.
You make very good points. Mind you there has never been rioting to the best of my knowledge as is the case now. Mind you I have not blamed it on the winner. I clearly attribute this to the imperfections of democracy. I do not say the illiterate population should not vote as they understand. I say a limitation of democracy is people vote when they do not even know what is at stake. I may be wrong to think this way but this is what I think. I do not say the results of the elections should not be respected because some voters vote without understanding all the stakes. I only say democracy needs to be perfected. I say if the potholes in democracy are not filled one day it will sign its death warrant.