US ELECTIONS: TRUMP TRUMP OR DUMP TRUMP?
| Steffi Singh Coordinator, Global Security Data Center, Ireland - 02 Nov 2020

EXCLUSIVE FOR INDIAN OBSERVER POST 

US Election 2020: 

Today is Nov 3, 2020. The day of World’s most important US presidential election in recent history! Held in the middle of a devastating pandemic that has claimed more than 220,000 American lives, aside from a series of civil rights protests and a fallen economy, the US election this year is deemed to define the future course of America and will also affect the democracies in the world.

Everyone around the globe will be sitting at the edge of their seats, watching it with great anticipation. No one knows who will win. The Republican president is being challenged by Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden. Counting of votes will begin at 7 PM EST on November 3 with the closing of the last polls.

BY STEFFI SINGH FROM IRELAND  

The precarious and utterly polarized US election is upon us. Trumps day of reckoning is near completion. Will he survive? And if he does not will he pack up his bags full to the brim with “Make America Great Again” red caps and leave with integrity and grace? Its unlikely.This poses a problem not just for the US but for every ‘democratic’ institution across the globe. 

The notion of democracy has long been a myth in the western hemisphere and as the most corrosive and embattled election in US history takes place one thing is becoming abundantly clear. Democracy must evolve quickly if it is to survive at all.

The term democracy is derived from the Greek word ‘demos’ meaning, people and ‘kratos’ meaning power (to govern oneself). The foundations of democracy can be traced back to 500 bc in Athens. Of worthy note was that government administrative and judicial offices were allocated by ‘random selection’ and while all those ‘eligible citizens’ were entitled to vote in the general assembly, which decided the laws of the state, women, foreigners and men under 20 were excluded. Voting in this manner was tied to notions of citizenship, that were based on the obligations to fight war campaigns on behalf of the state.

Many versions of democracy, by forms of citizens assemblies began to emerge throughout the medieval period. However, one single defining factor that most proponentsof democratic institutions fail to mention to the masses are how the wheels of power continuously turn in favour of the roads already paved by the powerful.

In most modern states some form of democracy was a direct response to the collapse of monarchies across most of the western world. The parliaments that emerged were not derived from some random selection of all vested interests, rather the first parliaments were full to the brim with the gentrylanded classes (usually with high links to the previous monarchy ruling class) As a result, this notion of power to the people is an absolute myth.

The foundering fathers of the US were not some random selection of representatives of the peoples of America. They were extraordinarily wealthy white, landowners derived from the UK for the most part. The US war of independence itself was only to emancipate 13 British colonies on the East coast of America. The US constitution proclaimed that all men were born free and equal. Well in an age of slavery and the absence of women from the vote that could not possible have been further from the truth. While amendments to most constitutions have emerged over time they are not without prolonged legal battles and often times they still tend to favour the interest of few not all of the people of a state.

Democracy in its purest form should be power to the people but the longstanding electoral college voting system in the US in fact- dismisses the results of the popular vote, and instead a small, vested interest group, long established institutions with little to no interest in the majority of the peoples woes will decide the future leadership of the US. Bearing in mind a little publicized fact that Hillary Clinton received 2.87 million more votes than Trump in the 2016 election. He on the other hand received 304 to her 227 in the electoral vote. While the electoral college system allocates votes per capita of state in a strange system of proportional representation by state not person it still seems to be one way of manipulating power, hardly democratic.

To look back to the not so ancient past it is easy to establish just how frail modern democracies are. After the collapse of monarchies across Europe, the age of rapid industrialization and the establishment of trade unions. People became enthralled with a sense of empowerment of true possibility of freedom from oppression and poverty.

A few opportunistic leaders seized the moment, a moment they knew would come to pass quickly and alas the powerful dictators of Europe, strong men with black or brown or blue shirts. They had a common cause a common purpose, most importantly many had a consistent salary after years of struggle and poverty. Governments started to invest in their people, giving them a sense of purpose. Freedom and lots of responsibilities. (Unless their people were, women, foreigners or children).  Which brings us full circle to the establishment of democracy in Greece, once again citizenship had created men who were ready to wage war… in the name of freedom?

Then came the wars WW1 and WW2 in there most primitive sense were direct reactions for the inability of world leaders to act divisively and inclusively to the problems of the modern world.

A sorry sight it is to witness history in real time. Too many parallels to be drawn between the 1920s and 2020 for a historian to lay claim to and all of the warning signs of history are once again being ignored, until it’s too late.

Across Europe, Democracy is in deep decline and far right nationalism is a sweeping movement now gaining real momentum across the globe. Xenophobia has been exploited in its entirety by the global pandemic that has resulted from Covid 19 or the ‘China Virus’ as Trumps expert diplomatic skills have put it.

Democracy in its purest sense, embodies a number of key features; freedom of speech, freedom of press, zero censorship, equality and freedom of assembly. Covid 19 has offered many governments of the world a unique opportunity to curtail so many freedoms at one time. Furthermore, the mass collection of citizens identities and movements via means of electronic devices is staggering. Our very DNA is been collected on a mass scale and ‘emergency’ legislation is being drafted left, right and centre in governments across the world.

This presents an enormous impending threat that very few seem to recognize. In age of mass surveillance, we are being watched, propaganda and fake news is shoved in our faces with daily dopamine hits across all social media platforms and the very fabrics of our societies are becoming entirely eroded at an utterly alarming rate. Mass protest are occurring across large parts of the world as people resist changes being made by undemocratic means by a few vested interests in centralized versions of democratic parliaments.

Democracy is dying before our very eyes and the US elections once hailed as a visionary in the free world, the epitome of capitalism, signals perhaps the greatest threat to democracy thus far. If Biden by some miracle wins the US election, Trump has on multiple occasions indicated that we will have to ‘wait and see’ if he accepts the result!

Image Courtesy - FB Pages of Donald Trump / FB Page and Twitter Handle of Joe Biden 

STEFFI SINGH, IRELAND

An author, speaker, educator and entrepreneur; Global Expert on digitalization and global education reform; An expert Advisor to the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) in implementing the UN SDGs in relation to health and wellbeing across the world; Regularly writes in Irish national newspapers; Has worked as a consultant with many companies across Ireland, the US and India. Ldn - https://bit.ly/2Ejp17a 


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