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Donald Trump to the White House — One More Autocrat to World Power

4/26/2016 Anant Goel & Alan Kyle Goel

Politicians, both Democratic and Republicans, are leading the US, a great nation, into a disastrous path to financial implosion. We have become a nation of weaklings that apologize to groups and nations that drug our youth, kill our citizens, take away our jobs, compromise our value system, take advantage of our laws of freedom of speech and human rights, and abuse our immigration laws.

And Donald Trump is the only man in this political arena today that has what it take to shake things up and break the barriers to doing what needs to be done to Make America Great Again.

Politicians from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, are completely mystified with the direction that the United States appears to be taking or signaling with the Trump surge. The answer is quite simple. Trumpism is not a uniquely American phenomenon; the rest of the world had gone down this path long before; America is simply catching up.

This is the “new abnormal”...

When the “new normal” isn’t working for you, a new abnormal — no matter how abnormal — can have strong appeal: Recall that the 20th century had closed mostly on a note of many promises. The internet! Emerging markets! Globalization! End of poverty! The first stretch of this century has revealed that making progress on these promised trajectories is so much more complicated. Much of what seemed like a hockey stick growth— or even a linear upward trajectory — has taken a U-turn when measured in terms of how life feels closer to the ground.

Real change can only come from those with few incentives entangled in the status quo... this means that a true outsider is needed. In a digitally enhanced, media-saturated age, it is possible for outsiders with an eye-catching and easy-to-transmit message to gather momentum. Encapsulated in 140 characters, such messages travel faster and go further. Such viral spread of unseemly virility would have been impossible in the old days, where the prevailing establishment could block access to competitive stimuli.

Consensus-building is perceived as a doorway to corruption… gaining agreement from many stakeholders means making many compromises, aligning with the interests of others, forging coalitions, buying buy-in through offering compensation or incentives. Alternatively, a self-assured, autocratic leader, who is a solo act and projects an oversize personality appears “clean” — and is, in effect, working directly for the people, as opposed to a multitude of special interests. Such clarity makes the insurgent’s message [like Donald Trump’s] even sharper and helps carry it even further.

Trump, much like all the other self-assured leaders who have preceded him, is a product of the democratic process in action. Democracy gives the electorate the right to elect anyone it chooses, even if it is someone who is anti-democratic. This equality of opportunity is the ultimate — albeit ironic — beauty of the process. Of course, whether Trump can make it to the finish line, as Modi of India did, is still very much in question. To my mind, the endgame is less relevant than what his seemingly counter-intuitive rise reveals about the American voter. It has shown us that the American voter is closer to the Indian voter or to the Polish or the Nigerian voter, than you would think.

In the latest development Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Plot thickens at the Republican party primary elections... 

Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy -- something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks -- is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.

The extraordinary moves reflect the national strength Trump has shown and the inability of Republicans who oppose the New York billionaire to come together to stop him. Dividing up some of the remaining primary states by putting forward one strong alternative to Trump in each could be enough to take away delegates and curb Trump's run to the nomination.

However, Trump is the only candidate who can realistically get a first-ballot victory -- there's no mathematical path for Cruz or Kasich to clinch the nomination heading into the convention. The billionaire is poised for a strong performance Tuesday, when Republicans in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island head to the polls.

Donald Trump to the White House… yes, why not. It’s not as far-fetched as it used to sound a few months ago.

[This represents our view of how we see the presidential candidate(s) and their election campaigns to gain the political party nomination for Presidential Election of 2016]

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