The 45th President of the USA finally rises in uncontested seniority!
It is said one speech makes not the man, I beg to differ one speech made the 44th President Barack Hussein Obama of the USA and it seems that history will repeat itself for one speech in my assessment has just made the 45th USA President, Hillary Rodham-Clinton.
The race for finalising the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party appears for some still up in air with California to make its voice heard with a tight race between Clinton and Sanders, yet I dare stick my neck out to call it in her favour.
I am not the only one to think that way but will be excused for asserting even Clinton with this speech engaged with her opponent the Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump. She took the game beyond next week when she will be confirmed as the Democratic Party nominee, and fired the first salvo.
Have we just watched the 45th and first female president of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham-Clinton stepped up into her rightful place?
Having followed the unfolding race hitherto one would be forgiven for suggesting though we saw Clinton engage with others in the up-run to today we have never seen her step up in taking the lead to set the tone and establish the narrative for the 45th Presidential Race.
Tonight Clinton in very calm, astute and composed sense defined her campaign in unmasking the androgyny of a Trump campaign for the Whitehouse.
She turned Trumps ‘make America great” campaign on its head, in analysing the campaign, the man and his content in etched sardonic comedy of words. She unveils this campaign as anchored on a diaphragm of the common populist rhetoric of fear. A campaign crutched in makeshift twin pillars of an America that is unsafe and currently badly managed.
She remonstrates the campaign fallacious and undeniably bereft of truth. She argues this campaign in the true sense as of aim to tear America down rendering necessarily it unsafe. She reminds America, Donald Trump will bring more wars and make the USA hostile towards long standing national peace loving neighbours.
Clinton asserts it’s the very campaign of Trump laced with his ignorant blind-hate of Muslims that directly plays into the hands of fundamentalist formations such ISIS rendering them to comfortably garner empathy and support. She lectures Trump that America as a nation imbibes in its founding principles the right to freedom of association of religion and faith. She informs him since he clearly is oblivious to the fact that Muslims citizens serve the USA in all facets of its society even protecting the very borders where Trump wants to erect walls.
In order to understand the content of this campaign she burrows into the man Trump, who despite billionaire status remains a clinging cymbal of ignorance, indolent in pomp and arrogant in lack of knowledge.
She argues he leads a false campaign premised on a myth that the USA is on shaky grounds, it teeters on bad management under an Obama presidency and that it is in bad space on foreign relations praxis with more enemies than under Bush.
Clinton went to the heart of the Trump campaign, which is primarily informed, by ignorance and scaremonger tactics and crowned with what she wraps as reality TV trimmings. She tore through the façade of a claimed America in crisis, remonstrating a denial of the great work unfolding in the USA as led by this Democratic leadership.
She calls Donald Trump to come out of his Trump Reality TV Show and face the pressing challenges of a global context of politics in which real issues are on the table. She cites the naivety, total lack of coherent and systematic thinking or analysis of Trump’s grasp on foreign relations for answers on Syria.
Clinton in measured tone reminds America tonight of more than a decade of Donald Trumps words. She mocks his proverbial ostrich-head-in-hole or coffee-tin views on Syria, in which he devoid of thinking suggests maybe Syria must be made a free zone for ISIS. On another occasion Trump would suggest the deploying of tens of thousands of ground troops in Syria to fix the problem of the centre of the world. Clinton with this shows Americans the man who speaks before he thinks is clearly not having a plan for ISIS.
Rodham-Clinton unpacked the Trump Reality TV show; she unmasks the Trump, the racist, Islamaphobe, Trump the one with scant regard for America’s neighbours. She unveils Trump the chauvinist, who has ill regard for women but one who sees them as objects of pleasure and beauty contests. She calls him thin skinned whom as she delivers this speech is already tweeting.
Her analysis of the Trump Campaign sets the narrative of what a USA presidential contest in November will confirm. Clearly she dishes out, Trump, a lecture on what constitutes a prism or an epistemology of foreign relations for a nation that leads the world not just because it is the biggest economy, or for its military prowess but because Americans work hard to lead in entrepreneurship thus economically.
In a sense what Clinton said was not new, what made it significant is that it was done in precision sense, putting the true Trump in the face of Americans. She calls his ideas not different but dangerously incoherent. Meaning this man poses a threat by every stretch of the imagination.
This she lays before the USA electorate body in saying, this is my opponent somebody clearly inept of visionary outlook as evidenced in utter lack of any constructive policy or plan. However one who strings along nice and easy clichés that is coined devoid of pensive reflection. The 45th President of the USA says America cannot afford incoherent leadership at its helm.
This she takes to another level when she attempts psychoanalysis of the persona of Trump. Which she dovetails in declaring him temperamentally unfit. Clinton effectively says Trump deserves to be on mood control medication because his temperament renders him unstable one that really needs medication. She therefore unequivocally suggests a USA with Trump at its helm who blurts stuff on his twitter account depending on his mood swings attest danger if he has access to the proverbial ‘football’ nuclear controls of America as president.
She cogently asks why America should trust a candidate who since Ronald Reagan never believed in America, for which he is on record.
There will off course be those who will ask why Clinton waited so late to take the lead in setting the narrative of what a great a USA is.
Perhaps the answer lies in the narrative of the 2016 campaign as set by the Republicans. Commentators are in unison that the 2016 presidential nominees for parties’ nominee was not the usual type. It was consistently a campaign evidenced for unorthodox, less structured, and empty of policy debate. The Republican Party nominations process set the tone for this content of the campaign that came to be defined as one of insults, denigration and all forms of sordid theatrics of nominee families being attack. It became what I term a gangster fight in which no rules applied and the rule book was drafted hour by hour of Trump’s media blurts.
While the Republican nominee contests set the tone for this campaign Trump filled it with his own content, which soon became difficult to manage in coherent discourse. He provided the narrative, he developed the content of this insult-ridden campaign in which the size of the male organ became the barometer of sensibility.
We saw how low Trump went as he teetered one from one low to the next. Content immanent in racist attacks against minorities evidenced in African American and Hispanics groups. He spared not women his wrath in calling them pigs. He ventured to opine on foreign nations that has no clue where these were located. He spit his vitriol on African leaders calling them lazy, great when it comes to sex and useless.
Clinton as a much more seasoned politician who has a much better grip on how the world is organised politically, economically if not militarily perhaps never felt at home in the Trump charade of a campaign. She therefore could not have a decent debate because the waters were muddled if not contaminated by the Trump poop.
She tonight wrested the debate of a future America and its choices for leadership from the dung and mud of what has come to define the campaign until now.
I shall concede Trump won the Republican Party mud-fight for party nominee. The key question remains can he contest and debate sensibly in an environment where insults and incoherent thinking is absent? My sense he was never able to and will not be able to, he loves a street brawl, where no rules abide. My guess is Trump is not ready for a boxing heavy weight contest where scientific skills matter. Yes a 15-rounds contest where low blows simply do not gain you an advantage but count against getting into the White House.
Tonight Hillary Rodham-Clinton decided with 5 months to go its time to lead. It is time to place America in global sense at the epicentre of the debate. Yes off course its early days in the contest, yet I hold this one speech has set the tone and I would not be surprised if she as early as June 2, clinched the 45th USA Presidential Campaign and Bill is getting ready to pack his bags to move back to the Whitehouse in making history this time as the First Man.
My unsolicited advice to the Republicans, if you have any hope of saving your party vote with you minds and not your hearts.
Let us wait and see….
Clyde N.S. Ramalaine