With the American Democratic vs. Republican presidential race in full-blown speed, I can’t help but wonder about the follow-up effects of the upcoming election. Cause truth be told, the American elections are not just an American issue. You can say or think about the US what you want.. the fact remains that the global American footprint is a big one. What happens in America does not only affect Americans. It affects the world.
Cast your vote for the US elections and see which candidate would win if the elections were Global.
If I’m honest.. It’s not terrorism that scares me, or extremist presidential candidates. It’s the public shift from the regular right and left-wing supporters to a general acceptance of racism and bigotry. Our general threshold of what is acceptable has shifted over the years and seems to have reached a tipping point. When I was little, I remember looking at the Dutch Parliament on television and thinking these are the smart people. These people look at facts and studies, discuss results and make decisions which are good for our country. To me, it was a given that any government, of any country, worked like this. Clever people who were given the trust of their nation to make well-considered decisions. Of course, as I grew older, I learned that democracy is not as normal as I thought it was. Not to mention the ‘normality’ of a good democracy. But even though bad decisions have been made by governments throughout history.. I dare to say that the morals and standards of politicians have shifted.
I don’t believe that politicians are making more extreme statements because the general public is becoming more extreme. Even if that were the case, aren’t politicians supposed to be the ones who give the right example and remind us to think things through before we act? I think when politicians lower their standards and start making racist comments, they show the public that it’s okay to favor one human being over the other. They show us that Westerners are superior and that minorities exist to give the majority a sense of power. Which of course is total nonsense.
The only job and responsibility a politician has is ensuring the world becomes better and safer for the generations to come. Or at least remains as it is. But never make it worse. With this in mind, there is no argument in the world that can convince me that politicians focusing on dividing people with racist statements and by spreading fear have that goal in mind.
What’s the greater good of a politician (Wilders) suggesting that women who wear the hijab have to pay extra taxes because they pollute the general streetscape? Or that of a presidential candidate (Trump) who suggests that Muslims must carry a special identification that notes their religion? And what motivates a politician (Le Pen) to say that a multicultural society is a society in conflict? Isn’t it true that those who are against multiculturalism are against the world in general? I have never heard of a non-multicultural country.. do they even exist? Now imagine politicians making suggestions like these in the WWII aftermath years. People would have jumped on their hind legs immediately. Whatever happened to “Never Again”?
It won’t come as a surprise to you when I say that I am all for Hillary Clinton during this election. Sure, Hillary isn’t perfect. But honestly, no-one is. Especially not when you have a magnifying glass on your every move. But ask yourself this, has Hillary or the Democratic party done anything that justifies electing a candidate who trusts on getting elected merely by dividing his voters? Dividing a countries people with the soul purpose of creating a means to his end. Now that doesn’t sound very presidential to me.
It sounds like the first stone dropping in a downwards domino game.
Also read: My Inner Post USA Election Debate on President-Elect Donald Trump.
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Great comments, Mechteld. I wish most Americans agreed with you, but I’m not sure that they do. Racism and bigotry aren’t simply accepted in some circles now: they’re encouraged. And while Trump’s definitely made the problem worse, I don’t think he started it. Bigotry has always been a problem in the US, and Trump’s exploited it and made it the base of his platform: with unprecedented success.
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Hej Josh. Thanks for your comment! I’m happy to see that you are still following my blog after such a long silence! It’s so true what you are saying about bigotry being a continuous problem. Unfortunately, it’s something that (I think) will always be a part of life… It remains a mystery to me but for some reason the great unknown seems to be a scary thing for many people. If only they would understand the concept of creating self-fulfilling prophecies.
But I have to say, I do get the feeling that, for the first time in my lifetime and surroundings, it is becoming an acceptable thing to make racist comments. I don’t know if it’s the same in the US, but in the Netherlands (or Europe) the effect of WWII carried weight for a long time… so racism was often associated with neo-nazi ideas and therefore a big no go… But this seems to be wearing off… which I think is a scary thing. Racism should always be unacceptable… no matter the real life or 2nd/3rd generation experiences you have with it.. But well… I’m staying positive and I will keep trusting in the American people to make the smart choice.
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