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szdaily -> Opinion -> 
The upside-down world
    2016-11-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Wu Guangqiang

    jw368@163.com

    IT will take some time for much of the world to come around from the shock of the super bombshell of Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the U.S.

    It will take a longer time to evaluate the complications of the new development and to come out with corresponding responses.

    In the eyes of millions, especially the social elite, the real estate tycoon is nothing but a racist, sexist, misogynist and a bull in a china shop. It’s totally unacceptable for them that a boorish and flatulent man without any political experience and against the establishment should lead what they regard as the greatest country in the world.

    Given what he said and did before and throughout his election campaign, Trump did impress the public as an obnoxious guy.

    The question, however, is, “Why did the nasty man win a landslide victory?”

    The even more perplexing phenomenon is that Trump not only won the presidency, but helped his Republican Party win the majority of the Senate and the House as well, completely smashing the myth of the mechanism of democracy to automatically maintain the balance of powers.

    It’s not an overstatement that Trump’s election has overturned the world that had formed and developed in the past 70 years and that had been seen as normal as the earth itself.

    The impact is nothing less than the moment when geocentric theory believers were told that it was the earth that goes around the sun.

    My major concerns include: Why was the old order, or the establishment, shattered? What will the new order look like and how will it run and work?

    One of the most thought-provoking things about the Trump Shock is the shameful fiasco on the part of mainstream media in the U.S. and other Western countries. They had repeatedly professed themselves to be “objective,” “professional” and “impartial,” but it has turned out to be sheer nonsense.

    Despite their strenuous denials, they can’t deny the fact that they are just a puppet of powerful interest groups and act at the will of capital. They know nothing about the real situation of society and needs of the grass-roots masses.

    

    Trump’s win has brought another paradox: Is it a victory or setback for the democratic system? Most conventional democracy followers regard it as a shame for democracy.

    Well, if it is a failure for democracy, it is the result of the great democracy said to be perfectly designed to prevent the wrong people from coming into power. What’s wrong with the “perfect” system?

    If it is a victory for democracy, then the victory may pose genuine threats to the U.S. and the world. With the complete control of presidency and the Congress, Donald Trump can do anything he wants, he can simply ignore constitutional restraints on him, and govern like the kind of despot he so obviously admires.

    In the past, democracy advocates would laugh off the fear that democracy could produce a maniac just as it did with the election of Hitler. In theory, at least, Trump could be another Hitler.

    As Trump has vowed to do a litany of crazy things as a president such as deporting illegal immigrants, constructing a wall alongside the U.S.-Mexican border at Mexico’s expense, imposing exorbitant tariffs on Chinese products and giving up America’s role as the world police, the stock and financial markets around the world initially responded in panic to his election.

    However, I don’t worry much about his alarming rhetoric. There is a long distance between a politician’s campaign rhetoric and his actual behavior as a formal official and between what he wants to do and what he can actually do.

    The cost of screening and deporting millions of illegal immigrants will be too heavy to be practical. Sanctioning China will bring more harm to America than to China. Alienating itself from its allies will leave America isolated in the world.

    As a declining power now, the U.S. will be unable to sustain the consequences of Trump’s impenetrable propositions if they are implemented.

    America does need changes, but not ones against the trend of times. Only working with the rest of the world on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, can Trump succeed as a president.

    (The author is an English tutor and freelance writer.)

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