By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton
In today’s Socio-cultural World of culture-in-flux, changing life-styles, cultural diversity, people or population movement and urbanization; Political-Economic World of industrial development, cut-throat competition, excessive consumption; and the Global world characterized by excessive desire for wealth and political power, personality-cult, jealousy, rivalry, lies, deceit, desire/demand for money, bribery, graft & greed, lacking basic principles and beliefs of moral rectitude.
In such a world, the newspaper - of professional writers, free thinkers, independent, aggressive investigators, truthful and fair, committed to inform, educate and entertain as the eyes and ears of political power and society -is said to be indispensable to a functioning democracy.
Given the history of the past 50 or 60 years of the United States – socio- cultural, economic and political - The TIMES’Endorsement of a US Presidential Candidatestands not only as an indication of a latent reservoir of basic fundamental values, but also as a call for return to such values – honor, honesty, truth, justice, equality of treatment, courage, principles, beliefs, progressive, democratic liberalism “in the cause of the people”, the citizens – irrespective of race, color, gender and national origin, a refreshing encouragement for renewal, for the future of humankind.
To bring home, into focus, the reasoning, motivation, indeed, the foundation of The New York Times Editorial Board’s Endorsement, it is necessary to quote the text:
“The case to be made for Hillary Clinton is NOT that she is NOT Donald Trump (her opponent), it is that Hillary Clinton has the ability to meet the many challenges of modern politics the United States faces (as the leader of the world’s Global community).
“President Obama’s successor will take office as tribalist movements pick up steam (with particular respect to the local, racial hate, USA) throughout the world and various issues – from terrorism to the pressures of globalization – test the democratic values and ideals of tolerance. Over 40 years in public life, Hillary Clinton has studied these forces and weighed responses to these problems.
“Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena (dominated by men) from first lady to secretary of state revealed a determined leader who has fought to create opportunities for struggling Americans and to ensure that the nation remains a force for good in the world,
“Her record is defined by incremental successes rather than transformational change, and her occasional missteps, with frequent attacks, have led to misperceptions about her character. She is one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship”.
We concur and take the moral, courageous, political lesson. Hopefully, the overwhelming majority of the Liberian Body Politic is with us in commending and support of the NYTIMES’ informed, courageous and timely decision, by the Endorsement of Mrs. Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America.