Poet Carl Sandburg wrote of former US president Abraham Lincoln, “Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, . . . who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect.” “Steel and velvet” described how Lincoln balanced the power of his office with concern for individuals longing for freedom. Can the same be said about DONALD TRUMP?///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA///
It is not common. At least in today’s world politics and power. Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet—who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storms and peace unspeakable and perfect.’ What Carl Sandburg, the prairie poet, said of Abraham Lincoln, the prairie lawyer and politician might just as well apply to the propety, real estate mason; magnet and tycoon born in New York City, from borough of Queens, Donald Trump who has been called in many ways, and justifiably so, the ‘worst’, mysoginistic, self aggrandising, self consuming businessman cum politician – president of his time. Politics is a paradoxical discipline, both absolute and flexible, fixed and evolving. Conservative as precedent, and liberal as compassion, it demands respect for institutions and the governed. Yet it relies upon imperfect individuals to give them life.