Residing on an island far from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta where the central distribution point for international mail is located, I frequently receive publications a week or two late. This is not consistent when Singapore is less than an hour away by ferry from the island. It does not bother me the issues are not current, and it may ultimately be a good thing they are tardy.
The 19 December issue of Time Magazine arrived late with a couple of others. It’s the ‘Man of the Year’ edition with Donald Trump on the cover. I read it with relish.
Immediately I found five letters concerning the overlong campaign and the election on the conversation page. Four of which were highly critical of Trump and the fifth leaned moderately to neural, a sort of a ‘wait and see’ attitude in closing.* The lead letter was the best description of how many of us felt at the end of the campaign and the final outcome of the election. Here it is:
DONALD TRUMP WINS:
What many people around the world feared has happened. How could it be that so many people voted for someone so obviously unfit for any office, let alone for the presidency? It appears that for far too many people, have almost no grasp of history allowed a rerun of Joseph Goebbels’ style of propaganda. Make the lies big enough and repeat them often enough and enough people will believe at least enough to be persuaded. Donald Trump is of course not Goebbels or Hitler. But very familiar to anyone who has seen footage of Benito Mussolini’s speeches. Once more, desperate people are putting their trust in a charlatan who promises to make everything right and persecutes those whom they dislike. In the past such people have bitterly regretted their foolishness. Now it is the turn of Americans, and no one knows how it will turn out. Michael Huber, Lindford, England.
President elect Donald T. ran the most disgraceful campaign in the history of the United States complete with exaggerations, half-truths, demagoguery, buffoonery, and lies. In my humble opinion it proves beyond a doubt he’s not fit to be president, more like a 1930s South American banana republic dictator. Nevertheless Trump had a few good ideas that should have been uttered or enacted decades ago. He readily admitted the Iraq war was a big mistake when GOP Neocons never admitted it or apologized for it. Trump backed off on Planned Parenthood, the complete elimination of Obama Health Care and the forced deportation of illegals other than convicted criminals. Should he fulfill his promise to drain the swamp that has become Washington DC., first by creating term limits before government officials can become corporate lobbyists is commendable. After that sorry to say, it’s pretty much of a no-show, but do enjoy the projected Trump nuclear arms race.
*The fifth letter, critical of the campaign but held off for a wait and see period and cited Ronald Reagan, ‘Who initially was dismissed as a mere movie star prior his election but proved to be one of the best presidents?’
All the Best.