Thursday, May 22, 2008
Hillary Clinton is pushing harder and harder to convince the DNC to count the votes held in Florida in Michigan. And with reports suggesting that she is just going through the motions of the election, Clinton has apparently decided to ratchet up the rhetoric. During a rally in Florida yesterday, she not only compared the current situation to the 2000 election, she also referenced rigged elections in Zimbabwe:
Desperate to get attention for her cause to seat Florida and Michigan delegates, Hillary Clinton compared the plight of Zimbabweans in their recent fraudulent election to the uncounted votes of Michigan and Florida voters saying it is wrong when "people go through the motions of an election only to have them discarded and disregarded."
"We're seeing that right now in Zimbabwe," Clinton explained. "Tragically, an election was held, the president lost, they refused to abide by the will of the people," Clinton told the crowd of senior citizens at a retirement community in south Florida. (AP)
Though the political system in the US bears the wholemark of a fully developed democratic structure, Hillary has served as a reminder that politics are the same everywhere, that at the core is a desperate quest for power sometimes regardless of the price.
Social harmony and relationships that have developed across class and race over many years are as much at risk in US as in Zimbabwe.
Indeed, Kashikulu can see at little of Mugabe's traits in Hillary Clinton-
i) that failure to percieve a loss of resonance with the majority of voters.
ii) that desperate tenacity to potray self as the only viable candidate.
iii) that annoying chick to paint opponents as weak, as traitors to common values.
And sadly here, as in Zimbabwe, the average citizen alone will bear the long term consequences of the strife and resentment churned out by an individual politician's quest for power at any cost.