How not to end an American presidency

EDITORIAL 21 Jan 2021
How not to end an American presidency

There is no doubt that for about three hundred years since the founding of America as a nation, Americans have hardly relented their efforts to keep the founding principles intact, nor has Uncle Sam’s countrymen compromised their will to keep the torch of democracy burning even in the midst of the windiest weather.
Its founding process of transition from one president to the other has remained a core issue in the entire democratic experience, which has since been respected with the dignity that usually accompanies the goodwill of a people in making democracy work.
It is however unfortunate, that what Americans forgot is that human characters differ from one person to the other and that there are characters that are sometimes not very comfortable with matters of routine or the order in which things are done.
Since the American presidential elections of last November 2020, President Donald Trump seems to represent this character of a person who possesses the flare to change whatever he met in place to suit his agenda, no matter whether or not, it also catered for the overall interest of others. From the very onset, even during his campaign, Donald Trump proved controversial and in most cases contradictory.
The Trump presidency was one that started following its course towards a catastrophic end from the very beginning. Members of his republican party started noticing this long before now and openly predicted that Trump is not likely to win a second mandate for the republicans. Former republican president, George W Bush at one point, was so disappointed with the Trump style of running the country that he could not hide his feelings when he said Trump is the worst president that America has ever had. George Bush was certainly not the only one who felt so bad. The truth about all what even his closest allies felt about his presidency came to light, leaving Trump, the 45th occupant of the White House on record as being the first to be impeached twice within the first of his four-year term in office.
We consider this a shameful expression of how not to end an American presidency. His turbulent exit from office has not only left in shreds the American pride of being the torch-bearer of democracy in the world, but that even the Trump world is equally tumbling down a very sharp slope.
It is obvious that it will continue to baffle many Americans who, over centuries became so attached to a culture of peaceful transition, only for that attachment to be shattered by one person who, having lost elections from all considerations, continued to raise his voice high with accusations of false results or stolen. It has taken Trump close to a month shuttling from one court to the other to justify his claims but to no avail.
If therefore all what Trump expected from every single action of his, relating to his claim of having been cheated in the November elections against Joe Biden, the riot on Capitol Hill, which he is alleged to have sponsored through social media, and which resulted in five dead, will certainly not speak well of the Trump presidency in the annals of the history of the United states as champion of democracy. Nor will his chain of business continue to enjoy the goodwill of, not only the American business community, but also of a global business connection through which he experienced good business relations in the past.
Trump is likely therefore to find himself standing alone and gazing the skies, for his yesterday is gone. All that is hoped is that even as his successor Joe Biden takes over, the tragic end of the Trump presidency should be his guide away from such folly in governance. There is so much to watch out from Trump’s failure, if America should regain what it has lost in the past four years. This is the task that faces Joe Biden.

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