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Some Filipinos had been rightly on tenterhooks above the United States of America’s 2020 presidential elections, but for the wrong reasons. Some were rooting for Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and some others for Donald Trump. Whilst it does issue, it is not so substantially who prevails in that contest, but how the most contentious US elections in a long time are solved that must truly most problem the men and women of this nation and all those of the relaxation of the environment. Simply because of Trump and the Republican Party, a disaster could create in the US in the coming months that could have considerably-achieving implications on the overall earth.

Previous Vice-President Biden of the Democratic Occasion, and with him his running mate Kamala D. Harris, who will be the to start with ever Asian and female Vice-President of the US, handily won the common and US Electoral College vote. But a tranquil transfer of electricity is however iffy, with Trump’s refusal to concede defeat as of yesterday, Nov. 12, evidently due to the fact dropping the Presidency will raise his immunity from prosecution for tax fraud among other offenses he allegedly fully commited while in office environment.

Political analysts and media pundits in the US are hence declaring that getting President-elect Biden into the White Home might acquire for a longer period than common. Trump is filing various lawsuits that, if they prosper, can lead to recounts in some states. Doomsayers are also predicting that his refusal through a person of very last October’s presidential debates to declare that he will vacate the White Dwelling if he loses — he promises that the only way he can fail to gain a second phrase is if the Democrats steal the elections — suggests that he won’t take defeat. He could induce a prolonged dispute, or even worse, even civil war ought to his hardcore foundation assist with force his clinging to electrical power.

That base has turned out to be much larger than a lot of believed it to be. In addition to Christian fundamentalists, it is composed of, between other individuals, greatly armed white supremacists like the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other outrightly fascist teams that applaud his racist, authoritarian, and anti-immigration procedures, who believe that he is “making The united states excellent again” and who are organized to use their guns to hold him in the White Residence.

If Trump refuses to give up the Presidency he would be in violation of the US Constitution and a “trespasser” who could be forcibly evicted. The assumption is that not only the Secret Service but also the US navy will protect the Structure by assuring the transfer of electric power even with the presence in the armed services and in the law enforcement of racists and white supremacist sympathizers.

Trump calls himself a conservative but even some conservatives, among them the relatives of the late Republican Senator John McCain who ran in opposition to Barack Obama in 2012, but who quickly conceded defeat when he misplaced, and the outstanding conservative political commentator George Will, have denied him that title. Will has even reported in a person of his columns in the Washington Put up that the Republicans less than Trump are no longer a legitimate celebration but a right wing, anti-democratic “insurgency.”

The wonder of it is that in spite of Trump’s having liberties with females and the info, and his outright lies since he came to electrical power in 2016 despite losing the preferred vote to Hillary Clinton by three million (he has lied thousands of situations, in accordance to the Washington Put up) despite his misogyny his blatant racism his simple ignorance and worst of all his mishandling (or more specifically, his “unhandling”) of the COVID-19 contagion which has infected more than seven million People in america, killed some 300,000, and is afflicting 120,000 each day — even with it all, approximately 50{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} of the US voters apparently still voted for him.

What is even a lot more astonishing is that among the that quantity ended up Hispanics and women of all ages. But it was not surprising for some 34{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} of Filipino Us residents, a lot of of whom are Republicans, to vote for him as very well. They did so even in these predominantly Democratic Social gathering bulwarks as New York, California, and Hawaii, in a person a lot more sign of how conservative, factually challenged, even racist and far more white mannish than whites is a major number of that two million-strong group.

In any function, what all these are demonstrating is how dysfunctional US democracy is — or, as the a lot less charitable have set it, how undemocratic is the US electoral approach. They cite how the well-liked vote can be overridden by the electors of the Electoral College or university as was demonstrated by Trump’s profitable around Clinton in 2016, and how the University is among the the dregs of the southern states’ slave-proudly owning previous. What is even extra obvious is that any political process in which any clueless, narcissistic, abusive scoundrel can lie his way to its highest post, who can declare that its elections — the most basic of all democratic physical exercises — are fraud-ridden, and who can provoke an overall country into a extended disaster and even civil war ought to be deeply flawed. That used to be believed of as legitimate only of 3rd Planet nations around the world like the Philippines. But as modern events in both the US and other nations are demonstrating, the “developed” pieces of the world and their peoples can be, and frequently are, no significantly less benighted.

Those people who dismiss the US elections as of no important consequence to the Philippines are mistaken. Political chaos and conflict in the only remaining superpower can plunge the relaxation of the planet into even even worse disorder as sure nations around the world keen to just take the US’ spot as world-wide overlord acquire advantage of its predicament by even extra aggressively expanding their spheres of influence and dominance in Asia, Africa, and Latin The united states.

It is genuine ample that the success of the US elections will not make substantially of a variation in US-Philippine relations. International plan was rarely an concern among Trump and Biden rather merely since its fundamentals — keeping US “full spectrum dominance” on land, sea, air, and area made up of the rise of another superpower keeping subject nations in line as a result of gentle energy, but with muscle diplomacy and even power if needed — have in no way been contested by either the Democratic or Republican Celebration. In spite of his meant dedication to democracy and human legal rights, Barack Obama fundamentally adopted from 2008 to 2016 the exact same international plan as that of his Republican predecessors’, and proved thus that US global passions are earlier mentioned every thing else. What is as a result most crucial is how the rivalry between these US parties is solved or stays unresolved — and at what price tag.

This is not to argue in support of US world-wide dominance, but to point out that any disruption in the stability of electric power could stoke even more problem on a world wide scale as US rivals Russia and China contend for supremacy in a environment they can both wrongly or properly interpret to be within just their potential to dominate. But disaster or no crisis, the US however has the signifies to militarily interact any challenge to its hegemonic pursuits. The resulting confrontation can direct to nuclear war, and, as Noam Chomsky warns, the stop of “the human experiment” — of humanity itself.

Not staying a significant or even medium ability, the Philippines could possibly close up among the the common prizes of the winner in an additional global conflict, or, in scenario of a nuclear disaster, as just a further target of intra-imperialist rivalry. The upcoming couple months in the US ought to have extra than the world’s passing desire. 


Luis V. Teodoro is on Facebook and Twitter (@luisteodoro).