What Does The World Say About Us?

Posted on November 2, 2016 by

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Now that we are on the final stretch of our election, the outcome seems to be more complex from the beginning, due to the bashing of scandals, lewd comments, and corrupted organizations. It is still possible that it is anyone’s game at this moment, but I can’t say the same for Independent Party Gary Johnson. Where all the other candidates are above 40%, but Gary Johnson is still in the single digits in between 4 to 7%. Now that we are finally here, I am most interested on how the world views this election. This matter is truly important to me, because for 2 and a half years, I was in Bangladesh. While I was there, in my senior year of high school, I heard about Donald Trump running for President and that thought was just absurd at that time, but now that we are here it could be possible that he may be our next President of the United States. I remember me and my other international classmates talking about hearing him becoming President, while hearing all of this all the American students that felt embarrassed about his comments (for Bangladesh is an Islamic country).

Either way, those students that were my classmates weren’t the only ones that felt that the elections this year is a joke, for instance Johnathan Kay, an editor for The Walrus, which is a general interest magazine with an international outlook. Mr. Kay had something to say about the elections.

“In fact, the sense of intimidation that we once felt has been turned on its head: Many Canadians now observe America’s political spectacle with a sense of smugness. The unhinged rhetorical fusillades and open conspiracism of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, in particular, have become a form of ironic reality show entertainment. “I would build a great wall” and all the rest are laugh lines in the Canadian media.
But it is nervous laughter they elicit. We wonder: How could this great nation to our south — a beacon of liberty, and the West’s great protector — have become a place where popular presidential candidates jabber about banning Muslims, or casually propose “carpet bombing” Middle Eastern population centers?”
But our neighbors from the north aren’t the only ones talking about our elections. Other countries from the other side of the world are also making comments of our election. Countries such as: Turkey, Pakistan, India, Algeria, Lebanon, South Africa, Israel, Russia, Japan, Iran, Venezuela, and Britain. Now from looking at this list, almost half of these countries have even worst problems than the situations here in the US, but they are still able to comment about our election. Here is a comment from a Russian newspaper called The Moscow Times, here they talk about why they want Trump instead of Hilary.
“President Putin likely knows he will never be regarded as a legitimate partner by any mainstream president of the United States. So it’s now all about Trump, who challenges not a political camp, but the core of the U.S. system itself. It was not by accident that Putin endorsed him last December, and the official Russian media has taken the same line since then…And from this perspective, Vladimir Putin looks at Mr. Trump — a populist who seems willing to throw the usual values to the wind — as his natural ally, and a potential vehicle for his own global interests. If Trump secures the Republican nomination, Russian officialdom can be expected to celebrate his victory much like Napoleon celebrated his triumph in the battle of three emperors at Austerlitz two centuries ago.”
Another comment, but this time Iran discuss on why they would like the United States to stay as a Democrat and why they do are not conforming with the Republic party and their nominee.
“Iranians are hoping to see relations improve based on recent diplomatic achievements, while theimplementation of the nuclear deal and the recent prisoner swap raised hopes that a Democratic president will follow in President Barack Obama’s footsteps.

As a result, many Iranians see conservative Republicans much like they do extremists in Iran — as determined to shatter current progress if they take power. One need only look at the disdain they have shown for the nuclear deal — and the threats by some to tear up the agreement.

But there is a certain irony in the tough line being taken by the Republican candidates — electing a conservative Republican could also have an impact on the next presidential election in Iran, and not in the way they might be hoping. The fact is that extreme talk fuels animosity in Iran — and increases the chances of Tehran’s hardliners seizing power. And that is presumably not what they intend.”
It feels nice that other parts of the world will miss President Barack Obama, just like most millennials and other generations before us. It already seems that most countries, are already picking sides, but yet there are some countries that aren’t discern by the politicians that are chosen, but mostly with the comments and dramatics that they put into the citizens of the US. For instance, Koya Ozeki who is The Washington correspondent for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest newspaper.

“I’m not going to argue with this diagnosis — plenty of people already have. But what is troubling is the way Trump and other candidates have tried to stoke people’s fears about other nations and their people as a way of collecting votes. Trump may be the most explicit and controversial in doing so, but he is by no means the only one, at either end of the political spectrum, to suggest that America should be scared.

If I am back in Iowa in another 25 years, I am pretty confident that many of the fears expressed by the public — and being preyed upon by candidates — will seem like a distant memory. But in the meantime, I wonder how much damage is being done.
We can finally say that the whole world has their eyes on the United States. Because people are just waiting for the outcome, and I am not discussing about the outcome of the election. I am insinuating that the decision that the US makes, will bring a negative outcome to the US, because even from social media, television shows, and campaign rallies, people are getting frustrated with one another due to their political values and what they deem is the right thing to do for the United States. Not only that, but trust  between one another has been broken and racism has progress aggressively damaging families, friendships, and communities. Even though I am discourage about the outcome, I still believe that the US will make the right choice, because it is the home of the brave and the land of the free.
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