Elio Delgado Legón

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

HAVANA TIMES — Over the past few years, certain developments in the United States reveal that the country’s electorate is disillusioned with traditional politicians, be these Republican or Democrat, and that support for candidates who offer true change is growing.

Change, as expressed by the slogan “Yes, we can,” was the key word of the political campaign of Barack Obama, who many analysts felt stood a slim chance of winning the 2008 elections (given the fact he was black and running in a profoundly racist country).

Obama, however, came out victorious in the primaries, defeating Hillary Clinton, and went on to win the elections against his Republican adversary by a wide margin. Even though he didn’t keep any of his campaign promises during his first term, he was reelected for a second term (perhaps in the hopes he would do so then).

Without a doubt, the US electorate is looking for something new, something that will bring change to their lives. This is demonstrated by the support offered during the primaries to Donald Trump, a man who is neither a politician nor behaves like one, who has had plenty of slip-ups during his public appearances and who has offered no coherent political program (but has rather criticized the country’s existing policies and both insulted and offended ethnic minorities, immigrants and even women in general).

Despite this, Donald Trump remains ahead in Republican Party polls. I still don’t believe he will be the presidential candidate, as he would never win an election against the Democrats, but the support he’s been shown to date is proof of how tired the country’s electorate is of traditional candidates.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

Another curious case which confirms this impression is that of Bernard (“Bernie”) Sanders, a man who has always described himself as a democratic socialist and still managed to be elected senator in 2007, as an independent candidate in the State of Vermont. In his campaign for a Democrat nomination, he has been gaining ground in polls. While Hillary Clinton has lost ground, she is still ahead by a wide margin.

Hillary Clinton’s approval is being affected by an FBI investiation into the use of a private server for official matters during her time as Secretary of State, something which is prohibited by law. In the event Clinton had to withdraw from the race, Sanders and current Vice-President Joe Biden would contend for the nomination. In such a case, Sanders would stand a good chance of winning, as suggested by the many people (mostly young) who attend his meetings and listen to his speeches and the far from insignificant 3.6 million followers on Facebook, where Hillary Clinton has only 1.4 million.

Should Sanders win the Democrat nomination, he would stand a good chance of being elected president of the United States, even though he describes himself as a democratic socialist and calls for a radical change of US politics, particularly foreign policy, something unthinkable in a country where, a few years ago, the word “socialist” was considered a curse. The times are changing, however, and minds, particularly those of the young, are more open, expecting nothing from traditional parties and instead supporting those who bring something new to the table, no matter what names people give it.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

23 thoughts on “The Case of Trump and Sanders

  • In other words you made your version up. No one else agrees with you John.

  • Cubans have been prevented from being made aware of all the facts except those that the Castros wanted them to know. Once aware of the facts, Cubans will make up their own minds.

  • At times, the Examiner offers an alternative perspective. That’s exactly what is missing in Cuba. There’s only one official opinion. Glad to see that you support a free press.

  • The antidote to the NYT is the New York Times Examiner website which tears apart the lies and inaccuracies in America’s leading newspaper.

  • Maybe the Cubans aren’t as enamored of the US as they might be because Fidel told them the real unexpurgated version of US foreign policy history .
    I would challenge anyone who believes that the government of the United States is about doing good in the world to read just the INTRODUCTION to “Killing Hope” available free at the “Killing Hope” website.
    I recently lent my copy to one of those who so believes and she could not finish it.
    This is not at all uncommon among those to whom I’ve suggested this
    29 page read.

  • That epithet was from an old SNL routine but if the shoe fits…….
    You failed to deal with the very many points I included with the ad hominem especially about that socialist Obama’s method of introducing single-payer healthcare .
    My definition of socialism comes from Marx and a host of other writers who themselves were socialists. .
    I’ve suggested you go to an institution of higher learning and ask THEM how they define socialism but I know , for a fact, that you are afraid to do so.
    Go watch Fox News and feel safe.

  • The Democrats are not going to win the White House. The corrupt & incompetent Hillary Clinton is crashing & burning. She’s more likely to end up in prison than in the White House. Bernie Sanders is a self-declared socialist, which makes him the darling of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, but a large majority of US voters will never elect a socialist. Joe Biden will jump into the circus after Hillary self-destructs, but Joe is more of a punchline than a serious candidate.

    Despite the best efforts of the liberal media to pump up the Donald Trump clown show, he’s not going to win the primaries where real GOP members vote.

    That will leave the field clear for the serious contenders like Mario Rubio, Ted Cruz, & Carly Fiorina to hash it out. My prediction is Rubio/Fiorina all be the Republican ticket & they will win the election.

    I know many here will froth at the mouth over the prospect of a Cuban-American in the White House. The best thing about it is the “embolio” it will cause a pair of superannuated revolutionaries in Havana.

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