Democracy is a pesky business on occasion, and just sometimes when, as a world, we sit at such a huge crossroads of disorder, the idea that the fate of the planet potentially rests in the ballot box of only one country is more than a tad concerning to the rest of us. Call us naive but others might like something of a say over the choice of the most powerful leader in the free (at the moment – one suspects that might change somewhat if certain people enter the WH) world, when one of those choices is a direct threat to international security issues.
I am sure that you have all heard the phrase ‘When America sneezes the world catches cold’? It is true. One just has to look at the financial collapse last decade to see how America’s policies can have a huge effect abroad. If America chooses Trump it won’t be ‘When America sneezes the world catches cold’ it will be ‘When America sneezes the world catches a COLD WAR’ (or worse). For many nativists, isolationists, xenophobes and the general far right whackery who have got theirs so do not give a shit if you have yours, they could care less what impact the choice of President has on the rest of us. Maybe this is a rather splendid reason why it should not just be Americans who determine the outcome of the upcoming election? Making the determination to not give a shit about the impact of such a serious voting decision in a 21st Century global economy and community is not merely faux exceptionalism in the extreme, it is also incredibly dangerous for the rest of us.
When one of the choices presented to the American people for President could lead to any one or all of the following, the rest of the world might not have a right to a say but they sure as hell wish they did:
I could go on, but you get the picture.
This election matters to everyone in the world. Not just America.
If Europeans had a vote, Clinton would win by a landslide: 46% of people polled in seven European countries by YouGov would choose Clinton, compared to only 6% who want to see President Trump sitting in the oval office. Elmar Brok, a veteran German MEP, who chairs the European parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said: “He is not predictable and this unpredictability is a danger. And therefore it is not in the common interest, nor in the interest of the west, that we have President Donald Trump.”
We may not get to have a vote, and in the real world of course the choice of President needs to be the choice of the American people, however this election season I do not think it wrong to wish the rest of us got a say too!