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Americans never have chosen a female to lead them

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]lmost entire world is at unrest with some or the other issues, with changing powers in respective countries. Around the USA from New York to Chicago to California, in red as well as blue states, hundreds of protesters trudged through streets, many for the third straight night though in somewhat smaller numbers. USA is undergoing turmoil from coast to coast post election. The situation in USA is like Egypt. If you remember, Egyptian ex-President Mohamed Morsi was an elected President. People moved against him. Signature drive was carried out and people were protesting against him on the streets against him. Security of the country was at stake. Now, he is in jail.

Anyway, USA may talk about equality and modernisation but the nation is much more mean and conservative towards women. Female workers in USA are not offered equal pay as their male counterpart. Women receive 79 cents to a dollar against man earns. It is a myth that USA has gender equality. Companies are reluctant to employ mothers with small babies or women in child bearing years. US President is also commander-in-chief implying masculine role. The world has had some 70 women leaders, but none hails from USA despite the fact that Hillary tried hard to establish herself as a worthy female candidate –and failed to shatter the glass ceiling– with no suitable female candidate on the distant horizon. Americans never choose a female to lead them. It is the bitter truth against whatever gender equality they speak. The results were startling to Clinton and her aides, who had ended their campaign with a tumultuous tour of battlefield states and had projected optimism that she would maintain the diverse coalition assembled by President Barack Obama in the past two elections.

Everywhere, politicians lie for coming to power and to stay there. A clear mandate has been given by the US electorate for Donald Trump as President. In fact, the Republicans have a clear lead in the House Senate and Electoral College. Such protests are unfortunate in the second largest democracy and most powerful nation in the world. These demonstrations will help enemies of the USA. Hillary Clinton has accepted election results with grace. Her followers also must respect the advice of their leader and the Constitution of America, which gives due weightage to each state through electoral system. If they are against this system, they should try to change it through constitution method. Even during the aftermath of emergency Indira Gandhi and her supporters made way for Janata Party and Morarji Desai became Prime Minister here in India. People cherishing democracy and values need to gracefully accept the will of mandate given by American people. The verdict should be respected without creating any trouble for the new president. In fact, it is the first time in the history of American presidential elections that such unrest has been visible. This division is easy to create but difficult to heal. The three protagonists of this election season — President Barack Obama, President-elect Trump and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton — appealed for unity and calm, but protests broke out in many parts of the country. Motherland’s fragrance never goes stale for her true daughters and sons! What a feeling it truly is, to live in one’s own homeland- where one’s ancestors too had toiled, loved, lived and gone! Can riches – however enticing they are – of so-called “promised-lands” come any closer to the intoxicating fragrance of one’s motherland?

At least, in 25 cities across the country, protesters chanted ‘not my President’ and lit candles while numerous social media initiatives sought support to ensure that Trump is a one-term President. The protesters marched against Trump in several cities. Muslims, Hispanics and Blacks, three communities that felt particularly at the receiving end of Trump’s campaign, are more anxious. The most unsettling prospect for minority communities is the potential repealing of Obamacare, which Trump has promised to do. The programme ensured health insurance for 20 million people who were not previously covered, a large number of them from minority communities.

Amid the atmosphere of distrust and discontent between their supporters, Obama received Trump at the White House. The rivalry between Obama and Trump is the subtext to the current state of racial politics in the country. Trump supported Clinton in her run against Obama in 2008. When Obama became President, Trump led the nationality movement that alleged he was not born in America. Obama and wife Michelle cornered Trump throughout the campaign, and told African-Americans that all their progress is at stake in the event of a Trump presidency. Some 4,000 protesters surged into the downtown area late Thursday night with chants like “we reject the president—elect!”. Officers began physically pushing back against the crowd that at times threw objects at them as midnight approached, arresting several people and using flash-bang devices and types of smoke or tear gas to force people to disperse. As expected, the demonstrations prompted some social media blowback from Trump supporters accusing protesters of sour grapes or worse, though there were no significant counter-protests.

Anyway, this protest may not change the fate of Trump. He will anyhow continue as President of USA for next four years. He has received a huge and clear mandate. As Trump has promised, it will be dreams of Americans and after that dreams of others if at all! That is how it should be and will be. Let’s see, where and how USA gets led by Donald Trump.

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Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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