At one such a moment, in which different characters in one of the fiercest showdowns precluding an election; a decider yet to be seem so undecided I write this. And while rather ostensible it is, that the demands of democracy stands high for a polity almost at and still striving to attain an immaculate height, this composition is pertinent. With goose-pimples slightly jutting out every moment of espy and cleverly; ear-prickling attentive observers, commentators and followers of this great event awaits the best and nothing less than that which is what is expected.
Like the 2012 Presidential elections disparate with malange of political commandeering and soul-infesting attention, the gravitational pull to a hurriedly but keenly anticipated 2016 Presidential elections of the United States quakes an attention so undividing across the length and breadth the world over.
For the Democrats, seen as the progressives in the United States, a star-studded nominee list is boasted for their primaries. Favorite amongst them is Hilary Clinton; a trained attorney, former Secretary of State in the Obama’s administration, former Senator from New York and wife to the one time emotion-appealing President of the United States, Bill Clinton and also is Bernie Sanders; a self-professed socialist and a far left Democrat. Sanders represented Vermont in the U.S. House from 1991 to 2007, when he won a seat in the Senate. Both nominees are closely tied in a ferocious but deserving pursuit as the likely party flag-bearer in February 2016 primaries in New Hampshire. Other nominees are; Martin O’ Malley, Lincoln Chafee to mention a few.
On the other hand, the Republicans seen as the conservatives in the US are as well sprinkled with star dust nominees for the Presidential primaries. Renowned and at least leading in debates conducted so far by the press and other news agency is Donald Trump; an American business magnate and a blatant fiery speaker who leaps before looking. Other nominees are: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki and Rick Santorum.
While the topic of the forthcoming US presidential elections in general is a juicy one, it is one of the aspirants for the diadem of presidency that this article focuses on. Thus, it is on Donald Trump’s speech and utterance about Africa that this article converges its rays.
There is always a difference between a politician and one who is a centrist or most probably have an average view of politics but desire to be like one of those politicians who make promises. For the former, promises made to the electorates, sometimes turn out as accomplished enterprise and some other time comes back as a sinking ship. Nonetheless these cross purposed promises determines the measure of the peoples vote and was Obama’s amulet to victory. Obama made so many promises but apparent to Americans and the world, he accomplished less than imagined. The latter on the other hand not having the wax lyrical nature of telling lies in unbroken sequence, one eerie politician; unfortunately turns as a chunk in excess stock.
What baffles and ridicules my reasoning is not the style with which the Republican prospective flag-bearer Donald Trump exudes atrocity in his campaign strategies, but, his manner of approach to it. He was innovating at will and satisfactorily so in one of his campaign tours in Indianapolis when he addressed Africans generally but Kenyans in particular as lazy fools, only concerned about sex, food and thuggery. For the purpose of this article, Mr. Donald Trump is herein after referred to as Mr. Would Perform-Well.
Mr. Would Perform-Well thinks this bold asseveration will only bolster his chances of winning the presidential elections. He proceeded further, and rather audaciously to say that all Africa-Americans in the States will be eradicated off the country if elected president. He posited that Africans can take to the social media and say whatever they think about him after all same technology was America’s innovation. Here is an excerpt of Donald Trump’s statement; ”African-Americans are very lazy. The best they can do is gallivanting around ghettoes, lamenting how they are discriminated. These are the people America does not need. They are the enemies of progress. Look at African countries like Kenya for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries. From the government to opposition, they only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. How do you trust even those who have ran away to hide here at the United States hiding behind education? I hear they abuse me in their blogs but I don’t care because even the internet they are using is ours and we can decide to switch it off from this side. These are people who import everything including matchsticks. In my opinion, most of these African countries ought to be recolonized again for another 100 years because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance”. -(He spoke publicly on 25th October, 2015, when he appeared on CBS’ Sunday morning political interview show Face the Nation).
Unsurprisingly, this can only proceed from the mouth of prater, one aspiring to be a politician who has nothing to lose in the presidential race. After all, he owns one of the largest sky scrapers in America. Mr. Would Perform-Well has taken an extremist view that will liberate him and his party and eventually secure him a wonderful index lose come 2016 presidential election. The adoption of extreme conservatism in a world that’s almost gone so modern, may be Mr. Would Perform-Well’s opener of his Pandorax Box. For a ideal politician especially one that has a magnitudinal interest will go whatever lengths to flower up and reconstruct bad situations with soothing promises if such will help his aspiration. That is not the case of Mr. Would Perform-Well. He has seen reasons to allude that purposely losing a presidential election is more bravery than stupidity .
And besides If history be true, I know Africans to be of a great specie. On the whole, Africa is always on the move. Its voices gets louder and prouder and people gets jealous. A young continent, but every year, it makes the case a little more strongly for being its most vibrant, most innovative and exciting. In the field of Literature, we have produced literary icons like late Prof. Kofi Awoonor, Prof. Wole Soyinka, late Chinua Achebe, Lenrie Peters, John Pepper Clark, Christopher Okigbo, Chinamanda Adichie to mention a few. It probably would have been that Mr. Perform-Well lost sights of thought when he said same technology was an American innovation and controlled thereof, when they stole our dear Engr. Philip Emegweali; the Nigerian who invented the fastest computer in the world. At least he was taken to consolidate their so called technological innovations and hopefully, he is still a lazy fool. How about those young African students who go abroad and displace so called white students even in the same education they acclaim to have brought to us. Did he also forget the six South African-based scientist who represented Africa on a list of the world’s currently most influential scientific minds released by the Intellectual Property and Science Business of Thomas Reuters. As to his outrageous suggestion that Africa should be recolonized for another 100 years, such a statement is a Freudian slip that threatens the continued existence of America’s fundamental principles; the principle of liberty to express ones self in a manner not noxious to others right, freedom to respect the political independence integrity and the upholding of Africa’s non-alignment foreign policy and the pursuit of happiness against the resurgence of neo-colonialism. He must have been sleep talking indeed at least after touring major cities in America what do you expect from a tired being than describe Africans as lazy fools when social security (free money) is not in the agenda of the government of most African countries; we literally work our fingers to the grind stone to earn a living-that is how our lazy-fooled Africans can be. The Americans on the other hand relax comfortably and await expectedly their monthly or even weekly social security package from their government-that is how industrious Americans can be. Flowing from the above, I find it difficult to make out a sequential flow of Mr. Perform-Well’s thought as to who is a lazy fool or lazy fools.
By and large, the American Presidential elections has been and will be precedence for other emerging democracies. From indications, it seem to be a likely contest between Democrat Hilary and Republican Trump. Whichever way it turns out, it is the hope that the demands of democracy be achieved especially from a country of that standard. Nothing more, nothing so less. At the very least, let civility be the watchword for a nation whose principles is deeply rooted in freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Avst. DAVIDSON .I. OBABUEKI