The US Media and Donald Trump's rise
|Donal Trump ||
This red haired billionaire, however, couldn't afford the luxury of praise. While his intelligence got a 'fool', social skills a 'hatemonger' and facial anatomy an 'ugly', his faith that remained also did not get spared. So, when the faith supremo, Pope, forgot the Vatican's future dealings with the world leader, as a Vicar of Rome he indirectly suggested that Trump wasn't a Christian. Forget personality, God or faith, even him as 'talk of the town' got brushed off as a 'media creation'. Him reigning over a billion mattered less and him reigning over the Capital Hill was a no, even from Ted Cruz.
The only thing that came out of this for Trump was '..any advertisement is a good advertisement'. It seems that Trump has only a small chance of winning the US presidential election 2016?
Can Donald Trump win the election?
|Ted Cruz ||
The promise for a better future:
Election is all about 'It's bad now, we will make it better in the future'. And if rightly done, especially after Obama, one can even hope for a premature Nobel Prize. But then, the present doesn't seem to change, for the future generally matches the present. Even if predicting the future is difficult, Churchill, at least, facilitates the promise with 'A leader predicts what will happen in the future and explain why it didn't happen'.
Promise gives hope alone but slogan gives the drive. When promise gets elevated to slogans, effects are very different. While many offered promises, the drive like 'yes we can' not only made the Afro-American Obama president of the US but brought him a Nobel prize as well.
Looks matter and in a competitive glamorised world, even men use cosmetics. Politics is no different. It aided Tony Blair against in his rival Ms Becket in the Labour party leadership election and it pushed JFK almost to the level of Elvis.
Irrespective of slogan and promise, oratory skill alone can draw people. But when they together do a 3 in 1, history is made. Obama could not match JFK in looks, but his coherent oratory skills mesmerised people, and after listening to his speech even the intelligent ones wanted to vote for him.
Of course, intelligence helps tremendously, but with the campaign being a team effort, it isn't essential. Even if we were to forget the ones without much intelligence in history, the elected president George Bush glitters as an example. Strangely, it even finds a matching pair with voters. No wonder, a UK tabloid once screamed in its headline 'How could millions of Americans be so stupid to elect George Bush?
|The Pope ||
But then, it is encroached from both the sides - atheism and Islam. Like the atheists, there is rise and rise of the Muslims (migrants & converts). Yet they amount to only a few million and deaths from gun, lobby's guns, is more frequent. But fear invoked by Islam after 9/11, is much higher.
With many Caucasian Americans finding comfort in Islam, Muslims do not make a race. However, the fear of being labelled as a racist makes Americans say less in public. But voting is a private matter. So, although it is said, 'things done in private doesn't matter', this private act matters - for it elects a president. That too a global leader!!
|Election data ||
When billions are at stake, media doesn't shy away but actually does the staging - a la wrestling match. While it brings people to its gadgets full of election drama, mesmerises them and invokes interest on elections, party advertisements direct the curious to the parties. Suddenly, while the voters get the entertainment and hope, and media gets the money, the spending parties get the hope for votes. Getting something, it looks like a party time for everybody. Even weather takes the second place in initiating a talk! And when the social media walks in, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc. don't frown. Even the neglected psychologists feel 'even a dog has its day'. Suddenly media circus emerges. And when words speak louder than action like when the Noble Committee got fooled, its use makes Obama become the comeback kid when he won for the 2nd time.
American glory and the decline:
|The United Nations Headquarters, New York ||
But then, almost tracing 'what goes up must come down,' and reminding the fall part of the 'Rise and fall of the Roman Empire', while meddling in the affairs of Central America, paradoxically supporting dictators and unethically invading Iraq decreased its prestige, 9/11 hit it hard in every way. And then, while collateral damage in Afghanistan and civil liberties damage back home gave it a bad name, Guantanamo Bay made people laugh behind its back.
Yes, printing globally accepted green dollars has helped its commerce. And creating a money based civilisation, its arms industry brings huge cash from nasty governments. But then, almost like jobs getting outsourced to the East, that inbound cash gets 'insourced' to the rich alone.
And when the Internet gets the good of social behaviour town centre shrinkage takes the middle class with it, only to inflate the rich-poor gap. In the process, debt climbed to trillions.
With STDs, divorces, abortions and single parenthood skyrocketing, and missionaries even blaming Hollywood's influence on women when getting retorts from not converting immigrant heathens, its social structure isn't ideal either. With some trusted faith orators airing sexual scandals and many faith leaders showing enormous dosh, its religion isn't seen in the right state either.
Almost like a 35-year-old child seeking spinster, America certainly is desperately seeking the right man.
In this melee, suddenly Donald Trump emerges from nowhere. And that too, when his looks, vision, smoothness, charm and oration are criticised all over. But then, while Obama's 'yes we can' was for a change, his 'back to glory' even has a proud climax. While all love to bring back the lost glory of America, media add 'business is booming' in his crassness. His voice, although, was for a temporary restriction on Muslim refugees, it spoke in the language of crude Islamophobia that is ubiquitous in all States of America - yet unspoken. While the formed Mohamed Ali vs. Cooper drama was already an excitement, media generated stories out of this unique man's crash statements spiced it up. Despite him thus becoming the 'darling' of the unhealthy media, the criticisms had the resonance of 'any publicity is good publicity'. And when his protest against the Pope reached the Vatican, it added spice to both the media and the Protestant America. Suddenly, his media presence is matching Obama's second term media use. In addition, while his billions add to his power, him being a self-made billionaire adds more.
In any case, even if he is a buffoon, George Bush wasn't bright either. And if what a British tabloid said is true, American voters are no better. Seriously, however, as if out of fun, democracy is known to elect strange people, even prostitutes,
Can Mr Donald Trump be a good president?
|The Whitehouse ||
These are enough for Cruz to say that his victory would be a grave mistake. No wonder, 110 Republican foreign policy veterans think that he will undermine US security.
But then, is he daft or is he scary?
Well, one thing is for sure, he is not a dumb inheritor of billions but a self-made billionaire and a director of several companies. One who has achieved that level of success - an American dream - in a competitive world, cannot be daft. He or his team can design those as rhetoric targeting at the voting audience - till the Election Day of course.
|Obama hugging PM Modi of India ||