Saturday, August 27, 2016
Events and Narratives in American Presidential Campaigns: Are Americans listening to either of the Presidential candidate for 2016 White House?
KEYWORDS OR TERMS: Campaigns; Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump; Undocumented Immigrants; Conflict of Interest; Clinton Foundation; America Voters’ Priorities; Gun Violence; Safe Borders; Safe Communities; Job Creation; Illusory; Marginalized; US Congress; President of the United States; America Life; Nationhood; Race and Economic Divisions; Mudslinging; and, Harmonious Society
Are American voters listening to 2016 Presidential Candidates – are they paying particular attention to statistics, mudslinging and or narratives coming out of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton campaigns regarding issues of unemployment, immigration, race relations, globalization and reckless gun violence in America? Does Donald Trump sound credible with the message of deportation of “millions” of undocumented immigrants in the first hypothetical hundred days of his administration; or, his two-pronged message on what he intends to do with undocumented immigrants if he had his choice? Are Americans now forgiving of Ms. Clinton’s email scandal or murky waters of what Clinton Charity Foundation has been unto or is currently involved regarding funds changing hands between donors and the foundation? Is the issue of conflict of interest surrounding the Clinton Foundation bemoaning the chances of Hillary Clinton for the White House oval office?
Further, Can Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton mitigate the unprecedented criticisms against their candidacy for whatever reason by critics or independent observers? Are American voters poorly served, over several decades, with ineffective policies on unemployment, justice, trade pacts, gun violence, loose national borders and sometimes inconceivable promises of either of the major political party candidates, to deliver to America whatever may alleviate the stress of life when either candidates get into the White House? Are American voters’ priorities in many realms, economic, social and political, including the burning issues of safe communities, gun violence and jobs creation, being watched or paid closer attention by either of the 2016 White House candidates? With some American firms and companies closing shops and moving overseas, are the doors to economic opportunities permanently being shot against Americans, while their choice to replacing outgoing President of the United States, President Barack Obama, inauspiciously being limited to two candidates with too much personal or political luggage, that Americans would rather prefer other candidates that are not members of the two major American Political Parties; and or, prefer a redo of the 2016 political party’s primaries and caucuses?
Regardless of how either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump crafts their campaign messages, there is this apprehension among some voters that both candidates are probably not the best of choices at this time in American Politics. Further, there are some firm convictions in some quarters that Donald Trump is race baiting while at the same time, peddling fears and discontent among Americans in the public arena. Corollary, there are fears as well in some quarters that the issue of trust in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the White House oval office, is probably lost with her State Department email issues and most recently, the difficult and unprecedented circumstances that she may have played in furthering the goals of the Clinton Foundation, while Ms. Clinton was the US Secretary of State. In addition, there is the notion that both 2016 White House candidates are hardly discussing or presenting better ways out of the malaise that continue to hold Americans back on the bread and butter issues; with critics of either candidates claiming that for the most part, Donald Trump has been playing political football on the campaign trail, hoping to get back his campaign on the right course after three reorganizations because of many inflicted comments and or tweets from him. Albeit, Hillary Clinton’s proposed policies in some realm of nation building, continue to be patronizing at best; and, almost anything else that her campaign is currently advertising is failing to meet the needs and urgency of some of the national problems.
American voters are weary of difficult pronouncements from the Republican Candidate for 2016 White House that appear not attainable. They are worried that the safe community campaign messaging from Donald Trump’s campaign is nothing but a spin to give hope to an issue that can hardly be resolved, without more proactive and reflective legislation on second amendment rights and gun ownership in America. We understand that for decades the nation has been confronted with gun violence issues; and on many occasions in the past, neither the US Congress or the sitting President of the United States, has been able to actualize legislation that satisfies the biases of the extreme opposition groups to the debate on gun violence and second amendment.
In fact, the issue of gun violence in recent memory has ultimately been perplexing not only to American voters; but also, to the current occupant of the White House, who once acknowledged that the national issue of gun violence has been one of the failures of his presidency. Former and current American political party leaders have failed to address the issues of gun violence and crime in the street from gangs and ruffians, because of some competing priorities, which if you ask many sane minds, would poo-poo any of their biases to stay on the extreme end of solution to this national problem. Prioritized and patronized legislation by Democrats in US Congress to address the issue of gun violence and second amendments were fought actively and aggressively by Republicans in the past seven years and any message of finding a permanent solution to the problem, immediately after a reported gun violence in America, including mass killings of first graders, has always been derailed and somehow illusory. Marginal and sometimes robust opportunities to find a practical and permanent solution to the problem of gun violence through enactment of common sense gun control laws have either received lukewarm response or collapsed in US Congress floor debates, many times over.
A better approach or alternative means of reaching middle ground reconciliations on some very important national issues, have remained unattainable, not because America does not know what to do, but because of the continuous ideological fight between the far right and left and the ever present pandering of lobbyist groups and institutions. Our legislatures have refused to define the goals of having reasonable gun control laws, not just in terms of what solace and or peace it can offer public safety, but also the desirability of such laws in the course of reality of enervated gun violence in our various communities. Turf survival on second amendment issues from opposing debate spectrum appears to be the order of the day. There are many subtle ways that opposition groups have played on the immediate strains and grief brought upon America by gun violence; however, it appears no one must expect immediate solution to resolving the gun violence issues on American streets because of the skittishness of some legislators to do what is right and in the better interest of the public. Americans must not put their hopes on any presidential candidate promising change on issue of gun violence unless a resolution on what reasonable second amendment rights actually entails in current day parlance of American life and nationhood, are thoroughly interpreted and elucidated, and compromise on many grounds accepted as the best option forward, in tempering the constant hostilities between the opposing groups to the debate.
If you think no promise could be enough to assail the challenges of inner city gun violence; or spoon long enough to permit America to sup with the devil regarding correction to inner city gun violence, you probably need not look further than recent gun-related violence, especially in either cases where an innocent citizen was shot while pushing a baby stroller in inner city, Chicago, Illinois, and or, the brutal stabbing and killings of two nuns and nurses in one of the most deprived areas in the state of Mississippi? From the onset of increased gun violence in the past two decades, we have ruled out the possibility of any challenge to our second amendment rights to bear arms. The greatest opportunity for compromise on our second amendment right has been lost several times over; and, much as many communities impacted, have sought help to confront the malaise of gun violence, most have been left frustrated by the antagonistic debates over the possibility of limiting the second amendment right of citizens in a bid to confront exacerbated gun violence in many inner cities. The current White House had issued some executive orders just to keep America safe after the failure of US Congress to pass reflective legislation to address this problem on more than three occasions, immediately after heinous mass shooting events across the nation. Can a new presidential candidate sell the nation a promise to do anything about this problem? For now, probably not. All we’ve heard from 2016 Republican flag bearer is that he is going to roll back those executive orders that have kept Americans safe relatively, once he is elected the President of the United States!
How about the new terrifying over dose deaths of Americans seeking to get high, or seeking a greater buzz, in many American communities? Many people say this is now an epidemic and probably a national calamity. Since solution to this calamity, like that of gun violence, can only come through mutual trust and compromise; it is imperative that Americans with opiate or drug dependency issues, understand there is need to seek and accept help to help them kick the habit. The nation also has an obligation to face the reality that this unconventional problem, just like gun violence, is not going to go away except, we actively respond to it with proactive public health policies and laws, that will decriminalize drug use and facilitate behavioral adjustment and treatment for many to get off opiate addiction; or, fashion out a new direction for the distribution of killer opiate drugs in the pharmaceutical network in America. America can confront this epidemic, not by promises from presidential candidates that may not materialize, because of the recalcitrance in US Congress and failure of some of our legislators to support reasonable legislation, that may correct another anomaly, but rather, the absence of a desire to resort to necessary adjustments that will discourage consumption of opiate drugs or drug use dependency in American communities.
Hillary Clinton recently assailed the character of her opponent on racism and bigotry; while her opponent, Donald Trump countered she is just as guilty of the same allegation, she has fashioned against him. Race and Economic divides have paralyzed many aspects of American promise; however, America is now left with a perplexing challenge of bringing up honest discussions of race relations and the increasing economic divides among social and economic strata. The unforeseeable internal cataclysm or racism that have over the decades cannibalize the psychic of some Americans, have left some very dire and menacing situation on how America moves ahead on resolving issues of racial conflict, or bringing about harmony among her peoples. To some people, racial harmony is just another opportunity to violate long held beliefs and privileges that have benefited the largest fraction of Americans – ‘the White Privileged’. While the extreme and radical members of this group have maintained that current stratification of the population and opportunities are sacrosanct and must not be challenged, there are many progressives who maintain that the cherished ideal of equality of persons and races as embodied in America’s Constitution, is the ultimate narrative for a solution to the issue of racism and racial inequality. Neither current White House candidates has shown a strong backbone or valuable credentials to address this burning national issue, except for name calling, no actual policy proposal are concretely in offing; and, unless we address this and other socio-economic and political issues confronting America today, we are less likely to achieve the so-called American Dream; or narrative of a free and equal society.
More broadly, the two presidential candidates for 2016 White House oval office, must acknowledge that we need proactive policies and legislation addressing issues of racism, drug addiction, gun violence, immigration, unemployment and economic disparities, to achieve a more harmonious, just and equal society. The nation need insightful policies and legislation, far beyond what is available on the books today, in order to urgently address these problems and or associated dilemma that have prevented the nation from achieving the promises embodied in her ethos. Current presidential undertaking through executive orders fashioned to address issue of gun violence, inequality and bigotry, are just temporary bridges; and the nation owes it to herself to do better; to confront her fears and to build on her potential to achieve a more equal union among the races and economic classes. The new deal of the thirties, helped the nation transition from extreme poverty to home ownership and better health status with the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid. OBAMACARE has afforded other opportunities for a better pluralized healthcare delivery and system. Failure at a reconciliation between extreme groups in addressing gun violence and second amendment rights or, underestimation of the subliminal effect of racism and the ever ready promise from Republicans to abrogate OBAMACARE, continue to compound economic and social freedom; and are parts and parcels of loss of opportunities that could have corrected for economic disparity, health poverty, judicial system injustices and or racial harmony.
Mutual understanding across races, through more exposures to nuances of each race is a reachable dream, not distant as some demagogues would want Americans to believe. After five decades of the Civil Right laws, it appears that some segments of the population have not made up their minds to accept the reality of equality of races and opportunities under the law. We, as a nation, cannot reduce the contemplation of uncertainties of economic opportunities from legislation facilitating equality of races, sexes, religions, national origin and sexual preferences under the law because of the fear of the unknown; or because of our past preconceived notion that having equality of races, will only erode long standing privileges and opportunities that the greatest fraction or specific majority of American population have longed enjoyed. We must challenge ourselves with the words of Bobby Kennedy: “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” Let us see the goodness in our fellow men and women, no matter our differences; let us help ourselves by expanding opportunities for all Americans, men and women alike, let use learn about the frustrations and pleasures inherent in denied opportunities for peoples of all races, sexes, national origin, religion and sexual preferences; and, accommodate those who are different from us, in whatever realm; and, make America, a better livable space for all God’s children.
Again, old illusions must be discarded. Fatter paychecks and huge and obscene corporate profits through the enslavement of labor may make corporate America richer and plumper; demagoguery may even look fashionable, appealing and appeasing to a singular segment of Americans in current campaign for the White House oval office; however, all these will never make America Great– indeed, they may end up reinforcing a much negative stereotype of individual races in America; and, result in a less harmonious American Society or Culture. Dependence on exploiting racial tension and differences may seem logical to winning votes in a general election cycle; however, they will never eradicate the extreme tension that seem to degenerate the nation to a less hospital environment and livable space. America must reverse the trend and say No, to politicians who continue to divide us for their selfish end; and, work to bring peace among all the peoples of our nation; and continue to work hard to see that America remains that shinning beacon of hope for every man and woman on the globe.
The premise of this essay is that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hardly share the dream of many voters regarding some national issues that continue to hamper our dream of a more equal union and harmonious society, where we can build on the promise of America excellence and narrative of promise. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton appropriately crystallized the needs of the average American in their current campaign efforts. This is why, we are hearing campaign mudslinging similar or in the nature of: 1) Hilary Clinton once called black youths Super Predators; 2) Donald Trump referring to Mexicans as rapists and drug lords; and 3) Some party’s stalwart discontenting the probable negative impact of derogation comments about minorities. We all know better. Minorities in America of whatever classification or stratification have sacrificed for this nation to be as great as it can be; they have and continue to work hard to reap the promise of a more equal union, where one race does not see itself as marginalized, one religion bemoaned; or one segment perceived as unwelcome and not deserving. America deserves accommodation of all peoples of her constituents; and the root of demagoguery must not be allowed to fester any longer.
Truly, we all deserve to live in a more equal society, protected by equal laws that make all of us know and understand that we have a skin in nation building. Are some races privileged than others? Are some groups less likely to be penalized for egregious crimes just because of the color of their skin? Let us now work to correct the abnormality in the system without succumbing to the mischief of politicians seeking to divide us. Our nation still has a lot of work to do to make America a just society. Corporations need to be better citizens, refusing to move opportunities for employment overseas, under the pretext they would not face higher labor cost and so can sell cheaper goods on the market. Cheaper goods, higher corporate profits are not necessarily the end results of better decisions; nor a companies’ decisions to increase corporate profit by shifting production overseas, ever going to completely put these companies ahead of the competition, while, millions of Americans are being thrown under the bus because no one is asking them the accountability question for being member of Corporate America. Globalization issues and trade pacts like NAFTA and other regional trade pacts continue to be bone of contention; however, they do not offer the full story about the challenge ahead of the nation.
Finally, we must now realize or appreciate the fact that, leaders are priceless; however, politicians running on promises are clearly a long shot at delivering on policies that can alleviate the status of poverty and insecurity in America. Let us now resolve only to give the best and most prepared and cautious the mantle of leadership come November 8, 2016.