By Inna Rogatchi, Rogatchi Foundation—
The last hours before the election day in the USA, not expecting a miracle, I have glanced on the TV screen, almost by chance. I saw a giant crowd of Mannequins at the Clinton’s rally, both literally and metaphorically: celluloid faces with an identical expression of pretending, supporting does-not-matter what as long, as it winding up to their direction. The direction which has damaged their country, morally, but not only, in devastating proportion and brought it to the edge of decency, almost to the point of no return.
In that Mannequins crowd, both young and old enthusiasts had impressed me, yet another time, with their empty eyes and their glued caricature smiles, and their overwhelming arrogance. Not the trade-mark arrogance or their candidate and her team and camp, but the arrogance of a broiler-factory’ products of lies. That was a disappointing picture, and I sighed deeply.
And then, for a far less TV time coverage, of course, I saw the Trump’s rally. I saw there a full house of totally different people. Not dressed that fancy, with faces each expressing something real, questing something each for his or her own, serious, concentrated, attentive. Real people.
I saw the other America. The America I used to know and love. The America which you can trust to because even if those people might do something wrong or would not succeed in something, you know that they did try. I saw real people and I loved the scene. Seeing those serious, quiet, concerned, unpretentious people, I felt for them. I was reflecting on humanitarian ground. I was thinking: what would happen to them and their families if the forces of lies and despise will prevail? They did not deserve it, I thought. America – in which there still are people like those ones – did not deserve it either.
And G-d has heard them.
I do not want to discuss repulsive, except for FOX, American media, or the vast majority of the international ones, for that matter; I do not want to speak about those ridiculous pollsters and all kinds of very funny “experts” both inside the USA and anywhere in the world; I am fed up with the most of Holly- and Shmollywood , all the bunch of profoundly sleazy human nobodies, even if they can sing and dance. It is not just that losers are always pathetic and irrelevant. They proved, once again, to be also irrelevant as human beings, to me, and their dances and songs do no matter, it is a mannequin craft. The second sort all around.
I am very glad for so many reasons. The reasonability will return to the United States of America. The responsibility, too. The natural order of things, in many departments, also. The healthy attitude to life – with mistakes and flops, naturally. Nobody is perfect. But the America I used to know, and felt in camaraderieship with, did say its word, and it will be returning back from the awfully derailed track it was heading on and to for twenty four years, almost a generation, because two terms of the Bush clan did not do any favour to the country and the world.
I have no illusions about imperfections of the president Trump. Those are many, and some of them are serious. But I do have my respect for the man who did show such incredible guts to go through this extraordinary difficult campaign and who did show such resolve, determination and abilities amidst hysterically hateful environment. The man who behave so steadily, calmly and respectfully after his historical win.
All the campaign through, I was educating my various friends in many countries that in the case of Trump, it is his team who is of the most importance. I am beaming of happiness writing now the words ‘vice-president Mike Pence’, because knowing Mike for decade or so, I never saw him changing, except for the better. There are very rare breed, the politicians of Mike Pence’s sort – honest, real, decent, the men of principles and the men of deeds. This kind of man is the Golden Depositary of any nation.
I am beaming of joy writing on Rudy Giuliani and his team who will be back to the action now, for the huge relief of Americans and us all. I am very glad that people like James Woolsey and his team be repairing their country from a colossal damage that it suffered from the years of treason and abuse, from inside and from the top.
I am very hopeful that General Mike Flynn and his people will start to do and implement the real defence, not greedily pushing once great country into the abyss of perversions of all kinds and sorts. And that newt Gingrich and John Bolton will come back with their reason ability, decency, logic, knowledge, understanding – and important experience which essence is astonishingly simple: it recognizes black from white in a natural way.
In my substantially long career, and speaking with many key figures of the modern history, I have got this lesson: when the situation in our societies and in the world is getting dangerously close to the ultimate edge, the salvation is coming in the face of an outsider and against all odds. It is what had happened previously with President Truman and President Regan, closely so with Margaret Thatcher, certainly with Pope John Paul II and President Vaclav Havel.
The pattern is repeated now with the 45th President of the USA Donald Trump and – crucially importantly – his team. The appearance of the people who were able to restore the moral balance at the vital moment under most daring circumstances never comes occasionally. It comes in a form of salvation, indisputably, but responding and reflecting the mass and the condition of energy of the people who are in the utter need of this restoration of balance, people who are in ultimate urge of the return to normality. If the quantity of those people is substantial enough for salvation to happen, it will. This is the pre-condition for their will to be heard and to be transformed in making their lives healthier and their society decent.
The elections of the 45th President of the United States were about the people I saw in the last Trump’s rally, but also before that at many other occasion during that unbelievable campaign all over America – modest, normal, real Americans who did care about their country and their lives.
My biggest joy over this elections result is for them, for the Americans in non-fancy dresses, but with big hearts and a lot of guts, for the Americans who do know the right from wrong without cashing on that. For the America I love.
November 9, 2016
Dr Inna Rogatchi is the writer, scholar and film-maker, the president of The Rogatchi Foundation, and the senior international affairs adviser to the Members of the European Parliament.