‘Donaldsaurus T Rump’

ECONOMICSTDAY-1This week, I wish to offer a perspective on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections and provide some contrast, if not comparison, with our current situation in Barbados.  If one were to break down this race at its core, I conclude that on one hand, it’s a fundamental battle between the sexes that dates back to the pre-World War II (WWII) era when white males were the breadwinners and women were considered homemakers only to produce children.

Since WWII, women have integrated fully into the work place and this has largely driven the greatest expansion of economies across the world. On the other hand, greater racial integration through the Civil Rights Movement, Voting Rights along with affirmative action initiatives to provide greater access to groups other than white males, have been perceived as an affront to their sense of social superiority.

Republicans have always agreed with the free market principles and have pushed that policy for decades. From an economic standpoint, more integrated and inclusive public policy drives development and poverty tends to reduce significantly. Democrats or liberals have always pushed for these policies as a means to deliver greater prosperity and enhance citizen participation whilst Republicans have both overtly and covertly worked to systematically deny much of the rights and privileges white males enjoy from being bestowed to other demographic groups in the population including white women.

Now there is still a large segment of women across the globe who still think a woman’s place is in the home. Republicans took great offence to Hillary Clinton during the 1992 campaign of her husband because of her infamous statement “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life”. That statement brought to the fore the longstanding debate in America about the role of women and the fact that a large portion of women took offence is testimony to the psyche of American society.

To make matters worse, as First Lady, she was not concerned with changing curtains or choosing which china was to be used for state dinners. In fact, she showed little regard for anything that the American electorate had grown accustomed from whoever was in the role of First Lady. To compound matters even more, she was the first “First Lady” to have an office in the West Wing of the White House and was involved in public policy rather than staying in the East Wing doing what perhaps, in her mind, were mundane things which didn’t reflect the capacity she possessed.

She openly fought with Congressional Republicans around the health care debate in the 90s during her husband’s presidency and from then until now, she has been pilloried by those on the political right. It was the first time that a First Lady engaged elected officials in Washington openly on public policy and she has not been forgiven for it.

Jane Elliott, an American former third-grade schoolteacher who is well known for her anti-racism activism, coined the moniker Donaldsaurus T Rump to describe the emergence of the Republican nominee for the 2016 US presidential election. I share her view that Donaldsaurus is a representation of the old guard who still believes that women in the workplace should be engaged exclusively in secretarial duties confined to typing and making tea and coffee for male bosses. In addition, Trump’s slogan of Making America Great Again is a message that caters to the egos of white males in America with every other group considered to be subordinate.

There are still citizens in Barbados who share this view of women and strongly believe that men should lead and that women ought to subordinate themselves to their male counterparts. It is reinforced religiously and used to justify the treatment of women not only in Barbados but across the globe. That aside, having watched all three presidential debates, it is clear for all to see that Secretary Clinton is by far the more competent and sane person to lead the US, given the choice in November.

I would dearly love to see three debates between Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart so that Barbadians can benefit from their vision for Barbados and how to achieve such. I hazard a guess that those of us who watched the US presidential debates, might come to the same conclusion as to the competence of the females versus their male counterparts. The choice of leadership both in the US and right here in Barbados could not be more crystal clear.

Far too often, the talents of women are absent from boardrooms, executive management and other decision making bodies. We must ensure that going forward for the good of the society and certainly the economy, that our public policy framework is predicated on the building of consensus rather than on division. Competence will be the critical element in that process along with a clear sense of purpose to know that the politics of inclusion will make for a better Barbados rather than the divisive nature of our current public policy.  In that we will be striving to build a better future for Barbados rather succumbing to the rhetoric and sentiment similar to that of Donaldsaurus T Rump.

(Ryan Straughn is a UWI Cave Hill and Central Bank of Barbados-trained economist and the endorsed Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church East Central to contest the next general election. Email: straughn.ryan@gmail.com)

3 Responses to ‘Donaldsaurus T Rump’

  1. seagul October 23, 2016 at 5:43 am

    A public lynching or a corporate media coup d’etat? There is no doubt the two major candidates running for the US presidency are deeply flawed. However, the liberal media prefers to spend most of the time attacking Trump, while ignoring Hillary Clinton’s questionable past. The entire mass media completely oppose D. Trump and so is this bias article cheerleading for Clinton.
    Trump threatens the establishment which is controlled by both parties on war, trade and immigration. And those are the three reasons he is utterly unacceptable. This oligarchy circus will get nastier.

  2. jus me October 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I ask myself, can you all not see the wood for the trees.

    Hilary Clinton is a bought and paid for woman, she is owned by those she OWES her entire existence to.

    To whom she owes all, are those people are who run America.
    Who even who run the Western World.
    They will place her where they want her to be .
    She will operate under instructions .
    She is merely the public face of the People who run and own and TOTALLY control this World,they allow us to populate in return for subservience and payment to them of 90% of what we are paid.

    Hilary Clinton is an actor , who follows the script she is given by the impresarios, who actually OWN the theatre, of which is stage she is placed on.
    i.e. This Western World.

    With the Presidency does not go the Power .

    BUT with the Presidency ,for her ,goes PAYOFFS and the guarantee of a completly PRIVILEGED life and wealth,without care till she demises.

    She is an integral part in the Group which functions ONLY for its own advancement ,those are the 1% who have the entire Worlds wealth.
    With regard to Hilary Clinton, WIKI LEAKS has shown she is totally untrustworthy.

    Untrustworthy, to US and with US.

    To those she is controlled by, she will be TOTALLY faithful and trustworthy, in complete detriment of our welfare.

    A farmer does NOT keep a farm and cows for the BENEFIT of the cows, he keeps it for an OWN benefit.

    REMEMBER as in Barbados, is as in the whole WORLD.

    YOU do not count, you are of NO CONSEQUENCE.

    You are simply a STOCK kept by the farmers of the Land , you
    live in and ON.
    BUT ,for the benefit of the FARMER.
    Just stocks like the COWS of a farmer.
    Milked and milked till you are dry.

    HILARY CLINTON will maintain that system.

    Of course the Media attacks Trump, he is not of their Ilk, a threat therefore must be destroyed by any means.
    The media is THEIR MEDIA, operated to feed you with SPIN, half truths and outright lies.

    What you Believe comes from this MEDIA, and yet this same
    MEDIA, is only the propaganda machine for those who will take ALL YOU ARE AS A PERSON.
    Your freedom, your land, your little piece of savings.

    They NEED you destitute , as they know beggars ,dance to any tune.
    SLAVERY in any form is still SLAVERY.

  3. Rose October 24, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Both Seagull and Jus Me are totally uninformed about politics in America. Neither one of you can rely on what you see or hear in the media. Anyone who has lived in the US, particularly metro New York, has known for decades about…Donald Trump. It’s an insult to compare him to Hillary Clinton, who has led a life of public service, fighting to help poor, Black children and ably representing constituents in New York State as a senator and admirably as Secretary of State.


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