There will be the temptation to see Hillary Clinton’s defeat as evidence that a woman can’t rise to the top. If we’re not careful, the dominant gender will whisper in the backroom, let’s not nominate one of them again.
It’s the meaning of 45 words found in the Bill of Rights. Here they are, the entire First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The politics of economic anxiety has now driven the electorates of the United Kingdom and the United States into the hands of populists. If only, so the received wisdom goes, economies could get back to a more “normal” rate of GDP and productivity growth, life would improve for more people, anti-establishment sentiment would wane, and politics would return to “normal” as well. Then, capitalism, globalisation, and democracy could continue their forward march.
Donald Trump’s stunning election victory has pushed the United States – and the world – into uncharted territory. The US has never before had a president with no political or military experience, nor one who so routinely shirks the truth, embraces conspiracy theories and contradicts himself. All of this makes it almost impossible to know how he will govern.
With his shocking victory in the US presidential election, Donald Trump has made history – and made a lot of people very afraid. In fact, his rise threatens to incite a revolution that shakes the foundations not only of American politics, but also of global peace and prosperity. One region that is likely to start feeling tremors soon is Southeast Asia.
Angry American voters who feel slighted by the Washington establishment have had their say. A stunned world must now come to terms with what the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States means for global stability in the years ahead.
Folks are different and different points of view should be tolerated, even when they are profoundly annoying or embarrassingly silly or just plain wacky. So perhaps a degree of tolerance should be shown toward a man who appears, well, utterly bonkers, namely President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines; but then again, perhaps it should not
Despite the serious problems that have rocked the country, including falling rice prices, it is clear the military regime under General Prayut Chan-o-cha remains strong, without real political challenge after almost three years in power.
All indications are that the 2016 US presidential election will be close. National and state polls of varying reliability paint conflicting scenarios, but ultimately two factors will determine the election: Electoral College demographics, and voter turnout.
A crisis of public confidence in civic institutions – including governments, legislatures, courts and the media – is a central factor in the rise of Donald Trump and figures like him around the world. And so long as the crisis persists, such leaders will continue to resonate with voters, regardless of electoral outcomes.