Let’s face it, Joe Biden is not a particularly strong presidential candidate. In fact, in normal times, his chances might be slim and none. But these are not normal times and this is not a business as usual U.S. election. Because this years race has less to do with two opponents vying for the presidency of the United States and more to do with a showing of allegiance. A, for or against one candidate. — A vote for Trump or No Trump!
A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE
Admittedly, as a Canadian, I’m no expert on American politics nor the American electoral process. Further more, I don’t even have a vote on the upcoming election. I do however have an interest, seeing how closely tied our countries are, both in trade (1.9 billion) and the trickle down effects it can have on our economies.
And, as a caring human being, I have concerns over what seems to be a uncontrolled and runaway Covid-19 in America. Breaking new records for infection almost daily and with seemingly lack of concern. Then there’s the injustice of the long ongoing racial issues that have long plagued the country. Now again with civil unrest.
I also worry, when I see Americans pulling away from science and replacing it instead with opinionated misinformation, political misdirection, and downright ‘down the rabbit hole’ conspiracies.
There’s the rise of hate groups, the fall of concern for the environment, climate change and America’s disconnect on the world stage. And the people themselves, more divided than ever?
Yes of course this concerns me, both as a humanitarian and as a close neighbor.
But what concerns me most of all, is that all these things that currently plague our neighboring country are not easily fixable. They didn’t happen overnight and cannot be turned in direction overnight no matter who won the election. The dissension, the division, the political misrepresentation, perhaps today at a raging peak, but the fallout has long been in progress.
Yet, as a Canadian, why should I care?
I care because the world needs a strong America. It misses its long withstanding leadership, its global democratic might, both in representation and in protective military muscle.
America on the world stage long stood for freedom, justice, human rights and opposed political corruption, oppression and fanatical dictatorship. And held those accountable for their disregard.
Today, with America not even able to get its own house in order, the world itself is already becoming less safe, less just, and less accountable. New undemocratic nations are filling the void and other, no longer reluctant nations, are turning without fear of reprisal.
The word is out — America cares not about uniting the rest of the world anymore! Cannot in fact, unite its own!
So, can America ever again be that country? Will it ever one day rule the global stage representing all that is good and all that is right as it did once before? And what about the results of the election? Will this start America’s about face back to respectability? Turn America around once again, facing in the right direction?
Can America be Great Again!
I Don’t Know… It seems an impossible task?
What Do You Think?