I remember the American presidential election where Hillary came up against Obama in 2008. I was really gunning for Hillary. Even though it was not an election in my country I was excited and stayed up all night. I was horrified after about 1.00 am Obama was wining large chunks of states across the map of America. By 3.00 am it became clear Obama would win. See! I remember it so well after eight years!
I liked Obama too. But the name Clinton meant a lot to me. Bill Clinton is seen as the most important American president in history in North South Irish politics, or the Troubles as the situation was known as. When Bill decided to really get involved things changed rapidly and now there is peace in Northern Ireland. Of course many others were involved but Bill Clinton was the only American president who had some understanding and had the right policies to help the Peace Process. I felt that Hillary might do the same in other countries because she would be backed by Bill. Also she is a highly intelligent woman, able to stand up for herself when she needs to and I think America, along with other countries, needs firm leadership now in a rapidly changing world. I understand the appeal Obama had. A black American president, charismatic with an ability to motivate people. When he was voted in there was a sense of America moving away from the old thinking of African American racism.
I also admired Hillary in 2008 as the media was clearly set against her and she had to deal with a biased media as well as a charismatic opponent. I remember the media rarely used her name when referring to her saying she, her or Obama`s opponent. I note her name is used now and the media seems to have warmed to her a bit more now. I was going through great challenges in 2008. My manager was trying to fire me and I wanted to keep my job. I didn`t realize the resistance I would come up against and it really was a difficult time. And there was Hillary up against it too but fighting for what she wanted every step of the way. We both lost. I lost my job after a long struggle and she lost her campaign for the presidency. I admired her strength and she inspired me to fight for what I wanted. I still admire her. She was defeated in 2008, now she is returning to try again. That is what inner strength is about, never giving up on your dream even in the face of great opposition. If I was an American I don`t know if I`d vote for her. I`m don`t have enough information on the subject, but I like her as a person.
What do I have to say about Donald Trump? I understand some of the issues in America and I see how he appeals to some. Some people like his policies because he`s responding to their needs. Personally he seems to be full of hate. I would like to be able to describe this man in a more positive way. I don`t think hate or a leader having such hate for others is helpful in any country. Hate is damaging for individuals toward others. Hate has been the driving force for many evils in history. World War one and two, civil war, colonialism. Trump talks about building high, thick walls. I feel sorry for him really. Maybe he needs to break down the walls he has built around himself against minority groups and in his behavior has toward others. He might become a happier man.
America needs a leader who can make the tough decisions. A leader who is not afraid of being unpopular when needing to do what`s right. A leader who will try to avoid unnecessary confrontation and build bridges instead of walls.
I`ve realized that I too, every day, have a choice to inspire people in a positive way through my actions and words or give way to my ego and lash out at people when I want to, be abusive towards others when I feel like it. I choose to try to inspire people and to be good to others.
What choice would you like to make as to how you treat others?