Trump And Clinton – America’s Socio

America is a concoction of the sublime and the ridiculous. A country filled with both the smartest and the most ignorant, a nation soaked in corporate wealth but besieged by individual poverty. America is a country with socio-cultural schizophrenia. Perhaps nowhere is this conspicuous dichotomy more evident than in the current run for the White House. On the one hand we have one of the most qualified individuals to ever run for President. Hilary Clinton has been both Senator for New York and a Secretary of State whilst at the opposite end of the spectrum her opponent is completely devoid of any political experience.

The current Presidential campaign epitomises an ultimate clash of American actualities, realities and perceived realities. A clash of individuals, a clash of skills, a clash of experience and a clash of ideas. This aetiology is due in part to America’s unique history but a ramification of this extreme form of polarity is the questioning of the sacred beliefs of western liberal democracy. On the Clinton side is the appeal to universal cultural tolerance and open borders, an emphasis on humanity and a marriage of the individual and the collective not population sizes or isolated cultures. At the other extreme, the spectrum is occupied by the proposition of closed borders, the vetting of Muslim immigrants and even the construction of a wall to physically stop illegal immigrants from Mexico. Although arguably this can be perceived as a fundamentally reductive racist and discriminating idea, this policy proposal illustrates a salient perceptual division between the two sides. Vetting migrants, constructing walls and profiling are crude practical approaches to the problems of illegal immigration and potential terror threats. Trump supporters have no time for liberal-progressive ideas. Time is short and they want or even need pragmatic approaches. What is more physically pragmatic in keeping Mexicans out than constructing an actual wall? Though ironically actually building it and funding it is impractical in itself. This rather frivolous approach highlights the dichotomy between the two political approaches of Clinton and Trump which by now has come to reflect two opposing perpetual frameworks of reality in America. The philosophical approach of human equality and non-bias does not practically work for the Trump legion. Contemporary problems faced by America can no longer be dressed up or obscured by what is perceived by them as liberal propaganda and jargon. For this surfeited crowd, some Muslims and Mexicans pose a threat so it is best to deal with them pragmatically; therefore there is no time to spare in potentially treating all Mexicans and Muslims the same.

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