…History has it’s eyes on you…

It’s Election Day in America!

I can’t seem to remember the last time an election has caused so much anxiety in the world as this one.

Never has an election’s choices been so stark as this one. We here in Canada and I suspect around the world, are observing with a sort of morbid curiosity. And a sense of helpless trepidation.

It is safe to say that the previous four years of Donald Trump as president has been an unmitigated disaster. Racial divisions, increased inequality, a death toll from COVID-19 that could rival any of America’s wars, and of course the insults and damage done to it’s relationships with it’s allies.

That last part I want to focus on. Mostly as it’s the only thing we as Canadians or any other nation on the planet can control. Today, America is grappling with the sort of nation it wishes to be in the 21st century. The rest of the world, like it or not has seemingly moved on. For the previous four years, every major ally of America has received some form of humiliation from Donald Trump. Here in Canada, we’ve had trade tariffs imposed on our national industries because of…reasons I suppose. Trump has ridiculed French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel numerous times over perceived NATO transgressions.

The world shook the hand of the buffoon named Trump. They were caught on tape laughing behind his back:

By the way, that was only 10 months ago…my how much has happened in this year!

I wish I could say that the outcome of the American election is predictable. I wish I could point at polling numbers and show with mathematical certainty that the American people have learned their mistake and going to correct it today. I can’t however. Polls still show that Donald Trump has 40% at the very minimum in some states. Closer to 50% in others. This goes to show that Donald Trump isn’t the problem. He’s a symptom.

Joe Biden, is a good decent man. I believe that he will act and conduct himself as we’d all expect a president of the United States should. However, that won’t be enough. It is clear that American society has fallen from grace. A product of economic inequality, and a hollowing out of their public education system. Donald Trump’s administration has confirmed to the world that America is a hollow shell of what it once was.

To drive that point home, let me ask you this. Right now, what of American society would you wish we could import to our own tomorrow? I’m betting that you’re shaking your head no at that concept. At the very least you’re puzzled trying to think of something. And that is the rub of the argument. The rest of the world is waking up to the idea that perhaps we have all outgrown America.

At the very least, we can no longer assume America will be the shining beacon of democracy to lead the way in the world. No matter what, the developed nations of the world will need to think long and hard about restructuring the world order to preserve our sovereignty and democracy. Russia and China have shown a capability and willingness to infiltrate and manipulate our economies and societies for their own benefit. This cannot stand. Furthermore, we cannot stand by subject to the whims of an uneducated and easily manipulated populace, whose loyalty can be cast aside every four years.

I truly hope that America elects Joe Biden tomorrow. For their sake, to begin to heal after the travesty of Trump these last four years. However, for the rest of us, it’s time to consider moving on. Restructuring our alliances and economies to better deal with the threats of the 21st century. Climate change, cyber warfare, as well as social and economic inequality are the international threats we need to prepare for. New ideas and new policies are going to be needed. An America that basks in an imagined memory of Cold War greatness isn’t going to cut it any more.

I want to believe that the world is waking up to this realisation. I’m also wanting to believe that America will do. Today will be the test to find out if that is true.

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