WHEN BUSI­NESS­MEN SEEK POWER

The Africa Report - - LETTERS -

I as­sumed Barack Obama and the Democrats had spawned a new era of lib­er­al­ism and tol­er­ance that had ba­si­cally ren­dered the Re­pub­li­can Party ob­so­lete [‘No room for African ap­a­thy to­wards Trump­ismo’, TAR86 Dec/jan 2017]. I as­sumed that the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers were ra­tio­nal. I as­sumed the ma­jor­ity of women em­braced equal­ity and cared about break­ing the glass ceil­ing. I as­sumed mil­len­ni­als would come to Hil­lary’s res­cue like they did for Obama. I was wrong about ev­ery­thing and I felt ter­ri­ble. Don­ald Trump’s rise came from his rhetoric and boor­ish­ness. The de­mo­graphic that “once sup­ported the Re­pub­li­can Party,” wanted a stronger mes­sage. They had en­dured “eight painful” years of a black man run­ning the show and wanted “their” coun­try back. Mus­lims, im­mi­grants, build­ing the wall, Hil­lary’s emails – these were all smoke­screens; Trump’s rise came about as a re­sult of ha­tred for Barack Obama. In the past, busi­ness peo­ple sim­ply went about their busi­ness, paid their taxes and con­trib­uted to so­ci­ety the best way they could. We are see­ing in our era that money and re­spect is no longer suf­fi­cient for the wealthy and ego­tis­ti­cal – power is the last piece of the puz­zle needed to feel com­plete – all at the ex­pense of our democ­racy. Kwame Abruquah Mary­land, US

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