Saturday 10 December 2016

America can only be great again if it heals

Published 09/11/2016 | 02:30

'As the curtain comes down on a uniquely toxic and tawdry duel, it is to be hoped the confrontation and simmering social tension will also be put to rest' REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
'As the curtain comes down on a uniquely toxic and tawdry duel, it is to be hoped the confrontation and simmering social tension will also be put to rest' REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

If it is a given that politics is always about drama, the campaign to be the 45th president of the United States took place in the theatre of the absurd.

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As US commentator Matt Taibbi put it: "In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing; you've always got a puncher's chance."

Now that the votes have been cast, it is no longer about clubbing opponents into the ground, but about healing the wounds and bridging the yawning social chasms exposed in this corrosive contest. Intimidation, insults, innuendo, and the unprecedented mud-slinging made a mockery of both Republican and Democratic claims to appropriate America's "greatness" for their respective corners.

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