Saturday, May 7, 2016

Trump, the Presumptive Nominee

Whether any one likes or not, Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee to contest for the post of the President of the United States.  He will become the official nominee during their convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21, 2016.  All  his opponents have crashed out.

In India, the political parties give “ticket” to the contestants to run for any office. They always give tickets to their friends, sons, daughters, in laws, sons and daughters of their friends, etc. But in USA, those who want to contest must be elected by the people to contest. That is called Primary Election.

In USA, it does not matter if the party leaders are against you. You can get the nomination to contest if the people vote for you. That is what’s happening with Donald Trump. He may be a bad choice. But that is the choice people have made. They have to live with it.

A side note: The President of the United States gets daily morning briefings from the CIA as to what is happening in different parts of the world. Both the candidates (Republican and Democrat) also will get the daily CIA briefing.  The reason: One of them will succeed as the POTUS  (President of the United States). The leadership in both parties hate Donald Trump so much that there is a talk of not giving the daily CIA briefing to him.

Comes to my mind that Mr. Modi was refused a US visa. Once he was elected Prime Minister, USA was practically begging him to visit USA. Same way, if and when Donald Trump is elected as the President of the United States, CIA will be sleeping on his front porch all night to give him daily morning briefing.

18 comments:

  1. Majority of the people seem to like him, and that's an important thing to notice here.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. You are correct. Good or bad, majority of the people like him.

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  2. As an outside observer; Trump's popularity and approval is intriguing. For one; it shows the fear, insecurity, belief and ignorance of people. Two; it shows how there is lack of real statesman to represent people. Its going to be interesting to see if Trump can beat Dubya; in you know what?

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    1. Thanks for your comments Insignia. I appreciate it. Millions of people who voted for him are ignorant? The leaders in both parties hate him because he says what they are unable to say.

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    2. True SG. He can boldly say what others would choke to say. He doesnt lose a thing. Why cant millions of people who voted for him be ignorant? Ignorance is not a rare trait anymore...See whats happening in India. And UK..and in many places. We are becoming less tolerant, narrow minded and cocooned; for the same reasons - fear and insecurity.

      "A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is" - from the book of Proverbs. This is true about our world today

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    3. Thanks again Insignia. "A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is". Agreed.

      Please read Mr. Pradeep Nair's comment below. He said it better than me.

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    4. SG,

      So I dont deny the fact of Trump being bold. Its commendable; given that he is picking on subjects that normally politicians hesitate to talk about. He has an advantage there; he can speak about it without two hoots.

      All I was trying to convey was he could be better off had he done his homework and made all these bold statements. He wouldnt be jeered at or mocked at; he wouldve gathered more respect; not only in the americas but around the world.

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  3. The leadership in both parties hate Donald Trump so much that there is a talk of not giving the daily CIA briefing to him.....Hahahaaaa,,,

    I keep reading many negative reports about Trump! But people have elected him. Some positive points should be there with him then.


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    1. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. He tells what people want to hear.

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  4. I strongly believe that India is only a partly democratic country... Electing the nominees is one thing and selecting the nominees is another thing altogether... In fact thats the only way to trash the system of nominating the kits and kin of affluent politicians... Ans yes, once the power comes, no one can stop the powerful!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Satya. AS you said, the right to contest should be voted by the people.

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  5. Very interestingly, Republicans have a presumptive candidate, but not the Democrats!

    Trump is a political non-conformist. He calls spade a spade. He is taking a track different from others. Since he seems to be taking the bull by the horns, and not cowing to political conveniences or decencies, the establishment doesn't like him. But the party cadre seems to be liking him, going by the votes he is picking up.

    What you said is true. Trump will change, if he becomes POTUS. But I don't think it is all over. Wondering if there will be some rigging or stage-managed coup during the RNC.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Pradeep. You said it better than me. Democracts do not have a presumptive candidate yet because Mr. Sanders is hanging in there.

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  6. Although chances of Trump winning this elections seem bleak but you have made a good point here, if he does, people around the world will be bowing before him even if they like him or not. Obedience follows the Power...

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    1. Thanks for your comments Shesha. You are correct. If Trump wins, everyone will want to be riding on his coattails.

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  7. Good and a healthy discussion...

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  8. I remember you have blogged about him earlier. Truth-uttering tongue usually people don't like.They prefer words garnished with extols only they are aware of the fact though.
    In India dynasty and nepotism hoist their family flags in the government or at least in governance,may it be in National or regional party.(Till the current ruling party is an exception).

    But one thing whosoever,X or Y becomes the POTUS, the US have some general policy matters for their welfare.No POTUS goes against the interest of his/her country.But here the chair and power first and then their own family even if the Country rolls on uneven road.

    Anyway a very interesting topic relevant to the current situation.

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