The world is relishing the fanfare of the U.S. Presidential Election.
It has been going on for more than 15 months now, and I thought the world will get bored with the time-consuming process of finding a suitable President for the U.S.
But that is not to be.
It will be very hard to select either one of the final contestants. I had earlier supported Donald Trump in this blog, but like some of his own partymen, I had to withdraw my support after last week’s revelations on Mr Trump’s not-too-secret views on women and how he has violated married women.
But do we have a better choice in Hillary Clinton?
The answer is NO.
Hillary Clinton appears to be not so straight with all the scandal on her email server and handling of top secret government emails originating from her server. She was always cosy with Wall Street and now there is recent revelation by WikiLeaks that she indeed said things which surely will not be palatable to be uttered in her Campaign Shows.
Unfortunately, the American people are left with no choice – they appear to be struggling to make a choice, and it is not at all surprising given the fact that the vetting process to be elected in the Primaries and then get elected as the nominee of a major U.S. Party is not all that thorough. When candidates refuse to share their Income Tax Returns, or their Government emails, then there is something seriously wrong with the process and also the understanding of most Americans as to the gravity of a presidential job in determining where the world goes, not just America.
Hillary will fight with Russia, may not be with China. There is a real possibility of an armed conflict with Russia, given both sides’ aggressive postures on world matters of late. China will support Russia, and the world will again get heavily polarized.
However, Hillary may be good for Americans and their jobs. She has repeatedly said that she wants to support middle-class Americans (despite her cry for “open borders” and “open regulations” and coziness with big banks), and so might tighten immigration (though not shut it off like what Trump wants). She may not sign the Trans Pacific Trade deal, as she has gone against it in recent months. She will probably force American companies to bring back their vast profits to the U.S. She will continue with the Asia pivot against Chinese interests by strengthening relationships with India and South East Asia.
On the other hand, Trump might be very unpredictable. He might schmooze with Putin of Russia, and ram China. He might not support old allies like Japan and South Korea. He might launch attacks on North Korea. And so on, and so forth. It will be a movie worth watching however.
While foreigners cannot be involved in the U.S. Elections, they should be obviously concerned given the criticality of these elections to the health of the rest of the world.
Who becomes the next President of the U.S. is extremely important to the world and its denizens. No one disputes that. But what everyone apparently knows now is that whichever candidate gets finally elected on 8th November, there is going to be chaos and the real possibility that the loser may not concede the elections to the winner.
So, it will be fun to watch.
Stay tuned. Watch the upcoming second debate between Trump and Hillary and enjoy the show of the world’s most powerful democracy and its ways.
9th October 2016