Eight years ago, it was an honour to cover a US Presidential general election between two good men.
The candidacy of then Senator Barack Obama inspired comparisons to the baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first man to break the colour barrier for America’s past time. His opponent was an honourable US Senator and former Prisoner of War, John McCain. Both men fought the other hammer and tongs and it was the combination of the historic nature of Candidate Obama and the unfortunate selection by Senator McCain of a completely unqualified mess in Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate, that was his eventual undoing.
The bottom line was one could support either candidate knowing they had the capability and temperament to serve as the Commander in Chief as President of the United States. And when the people spoke on Election Day selecting Senator Obama by a wide margin, the two men congratulated each other on a well fought race and history was made.
There are no such election night guarantees of professional, dignified behaviour with this current candidacy.
History is being made this year as well. The United States could elect its first woman president. While flawed in several respects, former Secretary of State, United States Senator representing New York after 9-11, former First Lady of the United States, dedicated Senate staff lawyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton, would be the most qualified occupant to ever set foot in the Oval Office on Day One.
Her opponent, on the other hand, is a larger mess than Sarah Palin ever was. Donald Trump has exposed himself as a pathological liar, serial sexual abuser of women, failed businessman who lost $1 billion dollars in one year’s time, a man of questionable tax payment ethics and begs the question daily, how can anyone with any intelligence support him?
We have watched him over the last 18 months turn the election process into a reality television car crash programme. He has grossly abused the process. He has abused the media. He has abused the intelligence of the USA with his word salad of lies and hate everywhere. He has incited racial disharmony, reached out to white supremacists and, in violation of the law, suggested Mrs. Clinton’s Secret Service detail should just lay down their weapons, told supporters to follow second amendment remedies (assassinate her) and his supporters should intimidate voters in African American cities to ensure their election is not ‘stolen.’
We have frankly run out of adjectives to describe this man’s loathsome behaviour. The diminution and loss of his brand are just desserts for his disgusting campaign. The only consolation would be for him to spend time in prison for his sexual attacks and cheating of those without money at every level through one failed venture after another.
Mrs. Clinton should be proud of ‘going and staying high’ throughout this campaign, despite having every right to haul off and punch Donald Trump squarely in the nose.
We endorse Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and hope she has great success in healing the deep divide in America and thus setting an example the politicians here in the UK can follow.
Simply, we cannot tolerate any more of Donald Trump or Nigel Farage’s hateful, hurtful, racist rhetoric.
Denis G. Campbell
Founder and Editor