Normally I don’t write political articles. I prefer roasting in random comment sections instead. But I recently deleted all of my social media accounts including my original Medium account. So, I am here writing an article that has a slight political undertone. However, I believe it fits into the larger scheme of things I love to write about.
US presidential election is over (sort off). What is left is to wait for a smooth transition to the next administration. Keeping all the disarray off the window, I am hoping for Biden to be the next US president. That must be quite a change from Donald Trump’s extremely America-centric, only transactional policies to more modern, human rights, and common values-based policies.
But I am not writing this to foretell good about Biden’s US or vilify Trump’s America. There is a lot of difference between them. One is a billionaire businessman, other is a seasoned politician. One is a very centric personality and the other is a centrist.
It is no secret that America’s reputation has taken a beating under the rule of Trump. Wherever he opens his mouth, he creates some sort of negative impact. He has said so many false facts and lies even in his international visits that it has set the tone for the global image of the United States. And that is a pretty negative one.
So is Donald Trump to blame for America’s tarnished image? I genuinely don’t agree. In the words of the popular game Among Us, Donald Trump was not an impostor. He only did what he told he will do in his campaign. The impostors are the people that elected him even when he openly and transparently said all the stupid things he was planning to do with their country.
There is another impostor in this whole mess. And that is America’s election system. Donald Trump did not win the popular vote either of the time. But somehow he managed to be the president once. That is awfully wrong to select the person that was less preferred by the country. Therefore, the electoral college is also an impostor. And orange was never faking tasks.
But why? Why would America vote for someone like Donald Trump? Because of Hilary Clinton? No that cannot be true. Although Biden won the election, Donald Trump’s votes actually increased compared to the previous election. There was overall greater participation which Biden was able to tap in and take advantage of. If covid-19 might not have happened, there is a chance that Trump could have his second term. Donald Trump’s loss doesn’t mean America isn’t on the track of electing another stupid nationalist leader soon.
So the question remains very prevalent. Why do dumb leaders get elected in a democracy? The answer is simple. And it is not only happening in the United States. Around the globe, there is a surge of right-wing nationalist politicians seizing power. Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, British prime minister Boris Johnson, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi are only a few examples. I think the simple version of the explanation should be the rise in anti-globalism.
Economic wise, the world has seen its recent worst (before covid-19) in the 2008 financial crisis. Almost all countries across the globe got affected and many lost their job, savings, and wealth. Ever since the global recession, an idea has spread around the world that mutual dependence is a bad thing. Everyone blames everyone else for their lost job and unpaid bills. Years since then, the idea of retaining individualistic power (cough Brexit) and independence has surfaced.
Over the ensuing years, it has materialized into an actual political standing in multiple democracies across the globe. On a parallel with the same political change is the rise in anti-Islamic views. This has started to significantly affect democracies with Muslim minorities with ultra-right-wing politicians gaining ground by demonizing them. A lot of them publically or privately dislike Muslims which has started to appeal to the masses. American president Donald Trump and Indian leader Narendra Modi might be the prime example of this change. Donald Trump even has a heck lot of fans in India just because he is perceived as hating on Muslims. That’s ironic because he is probably not fond of brown people either and probably can’t tell the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim.
France is another great example although the French case is a bit different. France has a different idea of secularism where a lot of these conflicts arise. I am not supporting or opposing it at this moment, that is a topic for a different day. What is to be noted is that this anti-Islamic wave has reached its shores just like elsewhere in the world.
The combination of these anti-Islamic views and anti-globalism has made the perfect breeding ground for right-wing politicians. Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson, Jair Bolsonaro, and to some extend French president Emmanual Macron (Although I would call him a centrist than a right-winger. He is originally a left-wing politician. French issues are a little complicated to be generalized over the global phenomenon. It deserves its own title.) rose as result.
Again, the “impostors” aren’t these leaders that got elected. There is a global phenomenon that is still on the upswing. It is caused by people like you and me that leads decisions by emotions and trend than being intellectually driven and powered by knowledge. So we are the impostors here. Global democracies act the way we decide. And right now, the world is in a stage that it using anti-globalism and anti-Islamism as an antidepressant. So it is no wonder that Donald Trump came to power. And, whilst sometime in the future, he may be out of the office, somewhere out there, another Donald Trump is in the making.