America: Where Demagogues Win?


Aside from the blatant fact of observing the suppression of freedom of speech in a presidential election campaign – something that America forbids in many  democratic  nations of the world, the great irony is that demagogues are now a  part of the natural life cycle of democracy in America.

And even the staunchest of Donald J. Trump supporters who chose to argue for populism in favor of demagoguery, now agree, that demagoguery has violated the principled edicts of deliberative democracy.

Hence, we must begin by recognizing what is new about the demagoguery that is creating  a new breed of winners in America.

Despite the contention of critics, that “Donald J. Trump has won the demagoguery wing of the Republican Party that’s been feasting off far-right obstructionism in Washington,”  and his  actions  are “the end result of the scathing vitriols of right-wing talk radio hosts that thrive on their listeners’ distaste for immigration;” it  cannot be denied, that Trump’s ad hominem attacks seduces misrepresentation and misunderstanding in the democratic process.

More to the point, the Guardian US asserts, that “it is a gulf that has created a microcosm perfect for demagoguery, especially one steeped in racism.”

Albeit, there is no question that Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump  is using demagoguery as a weapon in the raging battle for the political soul of  America, and is manipulating the stereotypes and insecurities that already existed  in the democratic discourse.

Even though historians and political scientists alike approve that democracy is also  capable of birthing tyranny through demagoguery, and that democracy in Athens was also synonymous with demagoguery, corruption, inefficiency, injustice and unscrupulousness in every aspect of public affairs; and Plutonian reasoning further  confirms that “the vulnerability to demagoguery is a fatal flaw in democratic political systems,” attention must also be directed at the way in which the prejudices and emotions of the populace have been provoked in our new  technological  age.

It is true that it is the power of the Constitution that resolves the threat of  demagoguery,  and for this, the  First  Amendment   comes into full force in light  of  presidential  campaign undertakings. It is the Constitution that enforces order   and ensures  civility, but if Americans continue to suppress constitutional ideals that  short  trail  demagogues  like  Donald  J. Trump,  and use the power of the First Amendment only when it suits their purpose, then effectively they are helping to make  demagogues  win.

For it  is  not the words written  in the  Constitution,  but the power of the people  that  prevents the rise of demagogues.

It follows that America’s political institutions and  the electoral college must now make every effort to foil demagoguery from becoming a winner, and to thwart the successful seizure of them by demagogues and mob rule.

Moreover, if  “bigotry is  an opportunistic infection that always attacks when the   body politic is in a weakened state,” and political theory in America continue to    show that democracy is about material wealth,  or the ad populism arguments of  Donald J. Trump, then demagoguery will also curb the  progression of humanity’s  task to obtain freedom for all of it citizenry.

Elaborating further, Donald J. Trump’s new demagoguery have awakened the old paradigms of Americas’ shameful past. Its favoured currency is not only the incomprehensible sobriquet  that  flows from the lips of billionaires and worthy  elites, but the disgraceful resurrection of a discourse that surged from the Jim Crow laws of the 1800’s   and  1960’s.

It requires us, in short, to see demagoguery as a weapon in the uncontrolled battle of who will speak for minorities and the marginalized among us. Will it be demagogues who expound ethnic isolationism or those disciples of hate who through decades have maliciously deepened the divisions between the races and those of different socio economic class and status?


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