The Donald Trump victory in Tuesday’s Presidential elections in the United States has implications for a number of ruling parties in the Caribbean who are about to face the electorate within the next year.
A rookie politician with no ties to the political establishment in Washington has defied the polls and scored a convincing win against the Democratic Candidate, Hilary Clinton who was favoured to become the first female U.S President on November 8.
Considered a “lose cannon”, Trump was able to appeal to rural folks in America with his campaign theme, “We will make America great again”.
His rhetoric resonated with many of them who have blamed Washington for thousands of American jobs being lost to China and Mexico in particular.
The world is now looking on anxiously to see if Trump will keep to his limited specific campaign promises like “Building A Wall” on the Mexican boundary, getting rid of ISIS, negotiating new trade deals and re-arranging existing defense pacts with traditional U.S Allies in Europe and South East Asia.
The Democratic Presidential Candidate was rejected by mainstream America, which blamed Washington for virtually all of the nation’s ills.
The Republicans are now fully in control of every facet of the U.S government and are in a very good position to make very far-reaching changes on the way forward in U.S relations around the world.
Trump will have to govern in a new global order in which China and not Russia is the other major world power not only in terms of economic activities but also as a military might.
And the sad irony for the U.S President-elect is that Washington is heavily indebted to China for billions borrowed over the years.
As some Americans have jokingly said over the years: “We are now owned by China”.
THE NEW TODAY sees many comparisons between the emergence of President-elect Trump and the massive 2013 victory in Grenada by the ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell against the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Tillman Thomas.
The NNP campaigned on the promise of “We will deliver” which is similar to Trump’s mantra of making “America Strong again” especially in terms of job creation.
The two were targeted at specific groups in the community for electoral purposes.
There now appears to be concerns within the NNP Camp with general elections looming based on recent comments made by political activist, Kennedy Budhlall who is known to be associated with the ruling party, despite a brief switch over to Congress for the 2008 general elections.
Budhlall has been calling for NNP to engage in some form of rebranding – similar to what NDC did recently as it prepares itself for the upcoming national election.
The political activist dropped hints that the ruling party needs to introduce to the electorate some new and fresh faces on the political landscape.
Should this be interpreted as an attack on the old guards like PM Mitchell, along with Gregory Bowen (St. George South-east) and Elvin Nimrod (Carriacou & Petite Martinique)?
Is Budhlall saying to his political party that the electorate might become “tired and fed-up” with the old guards who have been around in leadership positions for the past 21 years?
This question is very important in light of the fact that the NNP has been in power for most of these years and the country was forced in 2014 to impose a number of austerity measures as part of a Structural Adjustment Programme to deal with a massive national debt and other fiscal related issues.
Budhlall also dropped hints that the NNP might be guilty of not “grooming” the new batch of leaders to take over the party in the near future.
The evidence is clear for anyone to see. PM Mitchell is nearing 70 and his deputy (Nimrod) is much older than him and the other top leader (Bowen) is also getting on in age.
Budhlall has also pointed a direct finger at St. David, as a constituency that the NNP could lose in the next election to Congress due to what he said was internal bickering.
A smart Congress party will not only look at this message coming from a strong NNP political activist but also try to figure out what else he might have left out at the moment.
NDC should not focus on the character of the messenger but on the message that is being delivered with elections to be held most likely within the next 12 months.