- Politics and Social Issues
Trudeau Clinton Name Recognition
Voting For A Name
Who are we going to vote for the next U.S. president in November 2016 honey?
Some people find voting tedious. They don't know or care about issues that will make them watch news channels or study statistics about the economy so they take a short route and vote for a name they know, like in Canada.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau won the 2015 general election, partly because some voters remembered his father Pierre Trudeau, who was the Prime Minister for many years. It worked for Justin Trudeau. Hilary Clinton must be hoping it works for her too.
Eddie Murphy's movie The Distinguished Gentleman is comedy but it gives a rough idea of how lazy voters vote. Name recognition is one of them.
Hilary Rodham Clinton Privileged Past
What does she have in common with Victoria Woodhull Martin? Victoria who?
Victoria Woodhull Martin was the first woman to attempt to live in the White House, as president of the United States. This was 1872 and she ran under the umbrella of the Equal Rights Party.
Rodham Clinton is looking for a double entry into history books, as the first woman to run for America’s highest political office, twice. She is lobbying for a page in U.S. history books as the first female president, and not a footnote as the wife of former president Bill Clinton.
She cannot however avoid that footnote because it is working in her favour. She is not starting from scratch, like the sitting U.S. President Obama who had no family name to prop him. That same footnote made it possible for Rodham Clinton to successfully run for the New York Senate seat in 2000.
Canada Name Recognition
In keeping with the Canada Elections Act, the country is going to vote in the general election on the 19th of October 2015. Justin Pierre James Trudeau hopes to be the next Prime Minister of Canada, like his father Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
This is legal because there is no law in Canada and elsewhere that prevents kids from being presidents and prime ministers like their parents.
The Canadian election will be another test for name recognition in politics and perceived political entitlement, where certain families believe that they are the only ones that can run countries. Omar Bongo, was President of Gabon for 41 years. His son Ali Ben Bongo is the current president.
Ali Ben Bongo
François Duvalier ‘Papa Doc’
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, she was assassinated
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi, he was assassinated.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(daughter) Benazir Bhutto
Sir Seretse Khama
Media and Name Recognition
Reporters were called newshounds before they were upstaged by Twitter, the new platform for breaking news. They want to give the public as much information as they want. Some people like it that Debbie Dingell wants to maintain family tradition.
Canadians of the Liberal Party persuasion are pleased as punch that Justin Trudeau is following in his father‘s footsteps. New immigrants voting for the first time might use this information when casting their votes.
Some might not like the idea of a political dynasty especially if they come from countries ruled by self-appointed dictators. Whichever way, the media inadvertently contributes to name recognition
How Political Dynasties Are Formed
It is upbringing or exposure. Children who are used to playing with mummy‘s stethoscope are most likely to be doctors. Yes, there are those who might hate it and denounce mummy as a capitalist bourgeois on the Dr. Phil TV show but they are not in the majority.
Little Justin Trudeau, together with his mother Margaret Sinclair Trudeau, and his brothers Alexandre and Michel, lived in 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa because his father Pierre Trudeau was the Prime Minister of Canada. It is quite understandable that he would like to live in that house again.
Children of politicians grow up in the limelight. They see the adoration when voters look at their parents. They love waving at the camera. They love the campaign trail. They might doze on in the campaign bus but that is fine. The media will think it is too cute.
They enjoy the perks of office. They end up knowing the country better than Geography majors. They also see foreign countries, dine with kings and presidents.
Hollywood likes movies where Sean is a cop because his father was a cop. Name recognition makes it possible for children of prime ministers and presidents to be prime ministers and presidents.
Family Pedigree Might Be A Disadvantage
Justin Trudeau is running for Canada’s highest political office, to be prime minister. Hilary Rodham Clinton wants to be the first female president of the country next door, the United States of America. They have one thing in common though, political privilege.
They know the road to be taken, its potholes and how to avoid them because of their spouses, in the case of Rodham Clinton, and parents in Justin Trudeau’s case.
That does not matter anymore. It is not business as usual. Voters are more sophisticated now. It is issues that count. That is how Barack Obama won the White House tenancy.