Trump, Duterte…Whoever Next?


2016 is rapidly proving the year that we, the human species, elect the most inappropriate, and in some cases the most dangerous of individuals, to be our leaders.

As Donald Trump bullies and lies his way towards the U.S. White House, an even more repulsive member of our species is about to become the next president of the Philippines.

There is nothing good that can be said about Rodrigo Duterte. It’s possible even Adolf Hitler could have learned something from this man on how to become a more ruthless tyrant. His attitude to women draws forth the urge to spit profusely in his face. Commenting on the rape and killing of an Australian female missionary, while he was mayor of Davao, he said:

“I saw her face and I thought, son of a bitch. what a pity… I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first.”[1]

As president, Duterte intends to reimpose the death penalty (abolished in the Philippines in 2006), give police powers to ‘shoot to kill’ criminals without trial, and enact a law to give him and his buddies immunity from prosecution when he leaves office. As president he will hold power for six years. He’ll undoubtedly need that immunity.

The begged question is why anyone would vote this man into office, or Donald Trump into the White House? The views and ideas of the human race swing like a pendulum. Is this a reaction to the corruption and degradation of the political elite throughout the world? Has the pendulum swung too far in the opposite direction, and we are choosing our leaders from anyone who can shout his mouth off the loudest?

Perhaps it’s time we took heed of that old adage, “Moderation in all things.” Otherwise, we may live to regret our choices.

[1] “Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty” BBC, May 16th 2016