Trump is Time’s person of the year in landmark time for Divided States

EDITORIAL

All hail the Donald. Being named as Time Magazine’s person of the year rounds out an amazing year for the president-elect of the United States in which he has confounded experts of every stripe in his totally unpredicted rise to the position of leader of the free world.

In naming Trump as its 90th person of the year the magazine says it is hard to measure the scale of his disruption. His election was a rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant ruling class.

The reason for the award says it all. Trump is named person of the year “for reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live streaming its fears and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s”.

That about says it all as we draw towards the end of a year that will be remembered as one of the hallmarks in the history of what Time is accurately describing as the Divided States of America.

It is worth remembering that being the magazine’s choice is not a recognition of a person’s worth. Previous winners include Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin who were rightly recognised for their impact and not their moral character.

Trump does not fit into that category despite the havoc that the former casino owner and self-promoter has wrought.

Just what impact he will have in the coming four years during which he will occupy the Oval office has aroused trepidation not only in America but throughout the world.

Some of the early choices for his Cabinet, including former marine general James N Mattis known as “Mad Dog” as secretary of defence, have done little to allay people’s anxieties. He still has to make the key appointment of secretary of state.

It is a sad footnote that the runner-up for person of the year was Hillary Clinton, another disappointing sign of what might have been for her as she came so close to being the United States’ first female president.

All hail the Donald. Being named as Time Magazine’s person of the year rounds out an amazing year for the president-elect of the United States in which he has confounded experts of every stripe in his totally unpredicted rise to the position of leader of the free world.

In naming Trump as its 90th person of the year the magazine says it is hard to measure the scale of his disruption. His election was a rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant ruling class.

The reason for the award says it all. Trump is named person of the year “for reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live streaming its fears and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s”.

That about says it all as we draw towards the end of a year that will be remembered as one of the hallmarks in the history of what Time is accurately describing as the Divided States of America.

It is worth remembering that being the magazine’s choice is not a recognition of a person’s worth. Previous winners include Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin who were rightly recognised for their impact and not their moral character.

Trump does not fit into that category despite the havoc that the former casino owner and self-promoter has wrought.

Just what impact he will have in the coming four years during which he will occupy the Oval office has aroused trepidation not only in America but throughout the world.

Some of the early choices for his Cabinet, including former marine general James N Mattis known as “Mad Dog” as secretary of defence, have done little to allay people’s anxieties. He still has to make the key appointment of secretary of state.

It is a sad footnote that the runner-up for person of the year was Hillary Clinton, another disappointing sign of what might have been for her as she came so close to being the United States’ first female president.

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lloyd gretton - 2 years ago
The Donald looks back to an earlier era when generals like Patton fought like mad dogs. But were also bookish intellectuals. Mad dog Mattis apparently goes into battle quoting Marcus Aurelius and the Chinese sage who both wrote of the evil of war and as last resort. I am entertaining a slender hope the Donald aims to consolidate the American Empire and put America first. The heart of the American electorate, same in NZ, had become politically inert. The Donald aims to represent it as I hope Judith Collins will also.

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