By Amal El Habib
By Amal El Habib
Rabat – I was recently once again confronted with a new occasion for philosophical contemplation, a vocation I was formerly compelled to leave behind, following so-called ‘Super Tuesday’ in the United States.
Par excellence, Super Tuesday provided many absurdities to question. Marvin Gaye once asked, “what’s going on?” during a decade of unprecedented and incomprehensible changes. Another interrogative that comes to mind is “How come?”, or just the affirmative “I don’t get it.”
Recently in the United States, we witnessed how Donald Trump’s eccentric campaign has led to several significant incidents. The most significant feature in these incidents is how seriously this candidate is being viewed. As a matter of fact, they are completely wrong. Their perception emanates from lousy deductions, and even history proves it. In a country where power is shared, a president cannot run an office using certain predispositions.
Former Trump-like candidates all over the world have galvanized rednecks and activated their sleeper cells. After a campaign of sweeping commitments, the promised measures just linger on once the candidate is in office. Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, was elected after a period spent in the Interior Department, where he fought against minorities. Immediately after his election, and against all odds, he appointed an unexpected minister to promote diversity.
What the masses are apparently unable to grasp is that the campaign phase is not always a good indicator of how a candidate will govern, and that’s why it might be more useful to reflect more on candidates’ supporters rather than on their candidates. Candidates reveal peoples’ inner thinking, their aspirations, their attitudes, and their readiness for conflict.
It is often believed that the people are likely to opt for the absurd at times of desperation. In our context, things transcend this simple rule. Trump used social stimuli instead, as he focused on issues relating to diversity, religion, gender, and all the tools instigating tensions in the American society.
Many people completely forget that the only time an American president is allowed to go so far is prior to his election. Once he is elected, he immediately is in the middle of an institutional system that meticulously manipulates each detail. In history, we have seen Clinton flirting with resignation for ignoring oath. We have seen Nixon resign for a scandal.
Unlike what some Trump’s supporters think, the incarceration of the Japanese during a world war was not something President Roosevelt promised his fellow citizens in his election campaign. It was the outcome of an administration at work in a time of an open world war.
It is awfully sarcastic to see how some Americans are exposing their own ignorance. In a country that invented a concept known as “The American Dream” to attract those who would contribute from around the world, some still swim against the tide of wisdom. It would probably be useless to make them see how Trump might not even be serious in running for the presidency. A lot of candidates have previously demonstrated that their sole aim was to just be part of a flamboyant campaign and get to the political spotlight. As for the presidency, it would entail more commitments than bare talk. Indeed, with all his surreal promises, Trump is simply in the process of biting off more than he can chew. There are actually two scenarios left in the future. If, against all odds, he is elected, he would ignore all his gibberish, and promote himself as the best president in fooling voters. If he is not elected, he will go down in history as the least serious candidate in the history of American presidential elections.
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