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23rd-Oct-2016

Trump represents businessman`s politics of gain, not politician`s politics of values

By Editorial Desk

Many voters saw it as a historic breach of tradition when Donald J. Trump refused to say this week that he would accept the result of the election if he lost. His view is challenging the very foundation of what America is - its democratic values and decency. He is rightly seen as a person whose politics is based not on ideology, but of winning for gain. This is the thinking of a successful businessman. Mr Trump knows how to gain from business deals without bothering what is right and what is wrong. So, to him, respecting the democratic process of election is no consideration worth having any respect for it.  

Former President Jimmy Carter, whose organization the Carter Center is known worldwide for election monitoring, has gone so far as to assure people that Mr Trump's complaints about the American voting process should not cause worry. "The Carter Center has observed more than 100 elections around the world, some of them quite problematic," he said in a statement released by the organization. "However, allegations of potential rigging of US elections, as well as of widespread voter fraud, are baseless, serving only to undermine confidence in our democratic processes and inflame tensions."

But who exactly is Mr Trump, and how he has so rapidly catapulted up to be the Republican nominee for the President of the US is demeaning for the Republican Party. Although many of them are leaving him. He claims to be a big businessman, and as such a business magnate. He was never known as a politician and values and decency of democratic politics are foreign to him. So it was money power and political desperation among some sections in America that helped Mr Trump to win the nomination.

He can be accepted as a successful businessman, because he is undoubtedly one of the few richest men in America. Evading taxes for eighteen years was for him the right thing to do because he could manipulate the application of tax laws. This is not politics of serving the people and protecting public interest honestly. 

He is using his money power and exploiting the darker side of America in the hope of becoming President of the United States - the most powerful man in the world. He has revealed himself as a man with no sense of dignity and not having any concern for long term interest of America. He is prepared to do and say anything if that helps him to gain the position of American President. Mr Trump had no hesitation in calling his running mate Mrs Hillary Clinton a nasty woman to her face.

With no respect for honesty and high values of politics a person can easily turn himself to be barbaric.

We have faith in the American people and the strength of their democratic institutions to know that a person like Mr Trump, irresponsible and foul demagogue, will be rejected by the people in a determined way. But our fear is that he will remain a menace to the American democracy and American values even after a decisive defeat in the coming election.
 
In Bangladesh, we are also in the grip of businessmen like politicians having no respect for politics of politicians. Competition in business cannot be compared with political competition for serving the people. Democracy has no chance to succeed when politics is a business for personal gains. That is our tragedy. The same tragedy the American people have to deal with and defeat that with all the certainty. American experience will help America and the West to know how to save politics from becoming business of businessmen.