WORDS! WORDS! WORDS!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Peter Josie The au­thor served as a min­is­ter in both Labour and UWP ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Words are well-worn tools of pol­i­tics. They can build as well as de­stroy. They can cre­ate a firestorm in a sea of tran­quil­ity. They can also be used to calm trou­bled wa­ters. Prime Min­is­ter Al­lan Louisy’s first na­tional bud­get to par­lia­ment in 1980 was pro­ceed­ing smoothly when sud­denly John Comp­ton, in his new role as leader of the op­po­si­tion, dis­mis­sively interrupted for the umpteenth time: “Words, words, words!” Fi­nally Louisy could take it no more. Abruptly ag­gres­sive, he fired back: “Words, words, words? Words got you where you are to­day!” The cham­ber roared. It may have been Louisy’s best po­lit­i­cal mo­ment.

I’ve read with in­ter­est the sev­eral ar­ti­cles by per­sons crit­i­cal of both can­di­dates in this year’s U.S. presidential elec­tions. There have been more trou­bling ques­tions raised about the Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump than any other in re­cent mem­ory. Trump uses words to in­tim­i­date, threaten and de­stroy his op­po­nents. He also uses words to flat­ter and de­ceive. Of greater con­cern are words thinly dis­guised or un­spo­ken.

From day one Don­ald Trump has used the un­favourable eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the U.S. which, by the way, was cre­ated by the poli­cies of an ear­lier Repub­li­can pres­i­dent: Ge­orge W. Bush. The ex­ces­sive greed of U.S. bankers and real es­tate moguls did the rest. Amer­ica has not fully re­cov­ered from the ra­pa­cious at­tacks on its fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions. The deadly tail­spin into which greed had plunged the U.S. econ­omy has largely been res­cued by Pres­i­dent Obama, the man Repub­li­cans love to hate.

The way Trump and his Trum­peteers tell it, dur­ing his two terms Pres­i­dent Obama had done lit­tle more than prac­tise his im­pres­sions of Al Green. Thanks to other Repub­li­cans, how­ever, the true pic­ture has not been blurred. They have told the world why it would be a ma­jor mis­take on the part of Amer­i­cans if they should make Don­ald Trump Pres­i­dent of the United States. Fore­most among them is Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush, senior. Still, to my knowl­edge, no Repub­li­can or Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist said as clearly as I would like that, as pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump would present a clear and im­mi­nent dan­ger to the world. Why? The an­swer is to be found in his words, in­clud­ing those in his early morn­ing tweets. His words be­tray an un­happy per­son, ill at ease with those who do not think like him or who do not sup­port him.

The per­son who comes to mind when­ever I lis­ten to Trump or read his body lan­guage is Adolph Hitler. Who but a trou­bled and tor­mented per­son wakes up and be­gins his day by tweet­ing nasty words against an op­po­nent? What man­ner of man wakes up each day with mis­chief on his mind?

Trump’s clear sug­ges­tion that the father of one of his Repub­li­can pri­mary op­po­nents was a mur­derer is par for the course - for Trump. Noth­ing is out of bounds!

Fre­quently in­ter­rupt­ing an op­po­nent or a mod­er­a­tor is bad man­ners, at any rate ac­cord­ing to the val­ues of all but the ir­re­vo­ca­bly un­couth. Is Trump’s Amer­ica what the rest of the world looks for­ward to? How many times did Trump try to bully Hil­lary Clin­ton - and the mod­er­a­tor - dur­ing their first de­bate?

His ‘Make Amer­ica great again’ mantra should send chills down the spines of mi­nori­ties in the U.S. Trump clearly im­plies that black Amer­ica should meekly re­turn to the plan­ta­tion and work, as in the old days, and a pres­i­dent Trump would take care of them. How does one ex­am­ine Trump against the de­mands for repa­ra­tions? As if to give his hand away, he sur­rounds him­self with re­tired mil­i­tary gen­er­als. Can I be the only one to have no­ticed the sim­i­lar­ity be­tween Trump’s cam­paign mes­sage and that of Hitler on his way to tak­ing over Ger­many?

It was re­as­sur­ing to hear Hil­lary Clin­ton re­mind­ing fel­low Amer­i­cans dur­ing the de­bate that words mat­ter. Trump’s Ger­man an­ces­try and the words he reg­u­larly uses at his ral­lies make for an in­ter­est­ing co­in­ci­dence. The world can­not af­ford to ig­nore the fact that in the right cir­cum­stances words can prove to be the dead­li­est of weapons!

Don­ald Trump is de­ter­mined to make Amer­ica great again. But what in the mind of the presidential can­di­date does “great” mean?

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