America can only be great again if it heals
Published 09/11/2016 | 02:30
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.
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.