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Donald Trump a danger like no other

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 8:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

It is, therefore, surprising - and then again perhaps not so surprising - that the likes of a Donald Trump has captured the Republican Party's nomination for president. Mr Trump's ascendancy seemed to have been spurred on by a kind of populism that some have argued represents a retrograde step. Against this background, and on the assumption that Mr Trump is victorious in the popular vote come November, the Electoral College may have no alternative but to act strictly in accordance with its original purpose.

In their wisdom, the founding fathers of America saw it fit to create an Electoral College whereby a presidential candidate who received the popular vote would still have to gain the majority of the votes of the members of the Electoral College in order to occupy the position of president of the United States. A large part of the rationale of the founding fathers was the fear of a direct election to the presidency; they feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power.

While it can be argued that the Electoral College is an anachronism because it flies in the face of democracy, Mr Trump's winning the popular vote may just be the case in point needed to prove that the founding fathers of America were correct in their concept of what democracy was and ought to be.

FAR-REACHINGEFFECTS

The reality is that the result of any American presidential election is bound to be far-reaching and will affect many countries, including Jamaica. The foreign policy of any American president oftentimes defines and dictates our own destiny as developing countries within this hemisphere. Against this background, it behoves us to pay close attention to the upcoming American presidential elections.

A Donald Trump presidency will have far-reaching consequences for the future of many countries, including our own, and may well trump anything that we have been accustomed to in the past.

PETER CHAMPAGNIE

Attorney-at-Law

peter.champagnie@gmail.com