William Shakespeare once said “Expectation is the root of all heartache”, couldn’t agree with him more, but can we resist expectations to prevent heartache? (In answering the question we are again expecting that resisting expectation will prevent heartache). Well except for saints and sages (real ones are really difficult to find) I don’t think anyone can resist expectations, although we resist expectations when it comes to expecting from ourselves but certainly we can’t resist expecting from others (we all expect others to keep our country clean, but didn’t hesitate to spill garbage). When our expectations meet the result we rejoice otherwise we mourn.
But what if something unexpected happens, something that nobody conceived of? Nobody can answer this question more particularly than Americans.
Donald Trump was elected as president on 9th November 2016, and America was shocked because majority Americans didn’t want him to win (although most voted for him…”paradox”). What would have been the reaction of America if Hillary Clinton would have won? SIMILAR! Because nobody wanted her to win either (oh…then what America wanted to be president less this year?). The story of American presidential election started much before “Trump” and “Clinton” was projected as candidates. The Republican and Democratic Party both choose the candidate for the post of president through multiple rounds of intense and rigorous debate among their own members. Among the Reds Donald Trump couldn’t perform better in initial rounds and the views of some Republicans were “he doesn’t even deserve to stand on the podium”. But (this article involves a lot of “but”, but can’t help it, it’s an article on unfulfilled expectation) Trump in later rounds performed so well that he finally emerged as a candidate for the post of President, and with this he unlocked the very first gate on his still long journey to White House.
Among the Blues Hillary Clinton has been a potential candidate in former election but unfortunately lost to Barack Obama, from then on she waited for complete 8 years to get the opportunity once again. But this time to get nominated she had to overcome the biggest hurdle on her way, the mighty “Bernie Sanders” the most veteran politician among the blues. Now, here comes expectation into play, majority Americans wanted Sanders to win and emerge as the nominee, but Mrs. Clinton played it so well that Sanders was sent back to the stands and this was a disaster (at least that’s what Americans thought). Bernie Sanders has outstanding credentials as a politician and every American imagined him as the next president, but unfortunately he was not nominated and this proved to be the first heartache out of many to come. Now undoubtedly President has to be either Trump or Clinton and Americans had to choose one among them (if they had the choice of NOTA they would have picked it).
Then as per election procedure of U.S.A series of debates started in various states of America, showcasing Trump’s hatred towards Muslims, his highly capitalistic views and his agitation towards ISIS and Hillary’s leaked email showed that she takes two positions on policy issues: one for the public and other for her donors, but still most Americans wanted Hillary Clinton to win as first female president in comparison to Donald Trump (another expectation).
But this election shattered all expectations when Trump emerged as a victor. Now America had to ‘accept the unexpected’ and move on with the unexpected President expecting him to create a better America.