November 8th 2016: The United States of America went to the polls to vote for a new president. The battle between Mrs Clinton (Democratic) and Mr Trump (Republican) has been fiercer and smuttier than ever, with emphasis on personal attacks rather than points of policy.
As I wake up, the outcome of this election is unravelling: Mr Trump is very likely going to be the 45th President of the USA…the leader of the free world.
I have deliberately not blogged about Brexit – a vote which has a lot more direct impact on my personal life in Britain – because I don’t want to write about politics and political standpoints.
But today I feel compelled to share my disbelief in the outcome of these elections. Yet as stated in my previous blog, Perception Deception: how our beliefs can blind us, the underlying personal context that drives and motivates people to vote in one way or another is unknown to us and clearly many people feel compelled by Mr Trump’s messages and promises. It is a huge message, a shout-out, to the established political and economic forces in the USA and indeed the rest of the world that people want a different type of change in their lives.
I have no right to judge…I can only seek to understand….
Before I fell asleep last night, very timely, I read the following passage in the beautiful book I am reading…
On the day Barack Obama became presidential nominee for the Democratic Party […] a black man [at the convention where Obama was speaking] had hoisted his son onto his shoulders, and his son was laughing, his mouth full of milky teeth, one missing from the upper row. The father was looking up, […] stunned by his own faith, stunned to find himself believing in things he did not think he ever would.
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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