The present US Presidential campaign by the candidates and their followers appears to be reaching a new low everyday.
While many Americans may feel sad about the style and standards of the campaign, those abroad who admire the US for it’s freedom and progressive democracy are shocked — and they wonder whether they should reappraise their views.
Donald Trump started the vituperative campaign, which at times has looked like a hate campaign against Asians, Muslims and even women. Many justifiably thought as to how could a person aspiring to be the president of US make such observations and remarks in his speeches, which really looked like that of a lowly-rated politician. Some even suspected that Trump, a successful business man, wasn’t aware of the damage that he could inflict on his reputation by conducting such vicious campaign, and yet he persisted with such methods that drew media attention and ultimately made him the center of the campaign.
In the recent days, Trump appears to have mellowed and has made some speeches that are comparatively softer and more inclusive. However, this cannot undo the damage to the quality of campaign he already caused.
In any case, Trump has successfully defeated his rivals in the Republican party and the Republican convention, has nominated him as the Republican candidate for the Presidency.
Opponents of Trump no better
While Trump has such a record, his opponents in the Republican party and in other spheres conducted themselves no better. Trump was been heavily abused and confronted by sharp comments, liberal use of abusive language and insulted by impolite remarks by his opponents with questionable tactics. Several nicknames were given to him that did not look like healthy jokes, but only reflected hate and enmity.
US media notneutral
Additionally, the US media has not conducted itself as a neutral force, but has taken sides and several of the leading newspapers and journals have willingly, openly and readily lent their support to the hate-Trump campaign. Many newspapers in US today are no more impartial and objective in their observations, while discussing about the merits or otherwise of Presidential candidates.
A new low
A perhaps even a new low to this campaign happened when over one hundred nude women stripped themselves and posed naked with mirrors in Cleveland, answering a photographer’s call to blend art with politics and portray Donald Trump as unfit for the White House. They gathered on the eve of the Republican National Convention that would anoint Trump as party’s nominee for President.
In this light, is it not a surprise that the Republican National Convention was off to a chaotic start as delegates opposed to Donald Trump and pressure from the Republican National Committee resulted in protests, showing that the campaign of the Republican party itself has not been on healthy lines.
Is Hillary Clinton any better?
While the above is the story of Donald Trump, the campaign of Hillary Clinton has been marked by vague views and uncertain observations that have failed to create confidence that she can be a worthy President.
Apart from her lackluster campaign style — that has not created particular enthusiasm even amongst her followers — the allegation that Saudi Arabia is a major funder of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become the next president of the US has caused deep concern for many Americans.
So far, Hillary Clinton has not convincingly denied these allegations.
Both are responsible
What is very obvious is that both Trump and Clinton have not been able to elevate their campaigns for meaningful, productive and knowledgeable discussions and themes. Today, it looks that the entire Presidential campaign is centered only on immigrantion, racism etc.
The latest is that Trump has said that if elected, he will “declare war” on the Islamic State. While there is lot of anger about the ISIS, many people are not sure about the appropriate way of neutralising iSIS. By his rhetoric, many suspect that Trump could even make the terrorist scenario more difficult and more horrendous by handling the issue without care and caution.
U S image hurt
All said and done, the chaotic Presidential campaign has certainly hurt the image of US around the world as a progressive and well-structured democratic country. The fact that the political system in America cannot throw better persons as Presidential candidates is a cause of concern for international observers.
One can only hope that both the Presidential candidates will understand that such a widespread world view about the quality of the campaign has thus far been negative, and as such they will settle down for a more proactive and civilized style in conducting their campaign in the days to come, so that the campaign that was until recently carried out may be overlooked as an aberration that does not reflect the basic conditions in the US.