Why Other Nations Are Terrified of American Politics

Why Other Nations Are Terrified of American Politics

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As much as it pains me to admit it, the United States is a world leader. The power this country exerts not only in wealth, the armed forces, or its politics demands  presence on the world stage that cannot be ignored. It’s really a shame that for as much publicity as the U.S. takes up in foreign media coverage,  Americans are kept in the dark about foreign affairs that perhaps do not directly affect them but are momentous accomplishments or atrocities for other nations. Their government may not change our daily lives but our actions have the means to  greatly impact theirs.When Barack Obama was elected into office the United States had a revolutionary moment in history. Internationally there was a celebration in developed countries that the United States was about to take a stance towards reform on all accounts signified with the administration of the first black President. The tumultuous presidency of George W. Bush was bewildering and the United States still has not fully recuperated from those eight long years. Friends abroad described him as father-like: the father who is laughed at social gatherings, embarrasses you any chance he can get, and assures that he knows best when he doesn’t have an idea what the best course of action is. Watching the first African American in office was thrilling as was watching how conservative Republicans would react to his tenure in return.Obama’s presidency has been so progressive that up until now the fact that the American public elected him to stand as their representative made me proud of the country where I was born. When the 2012 presidential election was broadcast live at an open pub at 2am, I swore if Mitt Romney took office that I would go out back and burn my passport in rebellion. I never had to, but the fact that the race ran that close up until the last moment was indication enough that it was not safe to  trust the average American to make sound judgments or choices for the nation. The whole world watched as Obama took affirmative action against sexism, racism, implemented a revolutionary healthcare initiative and grieved with millions when he was frustrated past the point of words that the public had still not found common ground when it came to the right to bear arms as tragedy repeatedly took lives. He made everyone believe that with his inauguration change was possible and with every turn he kept eyes on reform while the world waited for civilians reaction to his ideologies. Obama wanted to use his term in office to enact the policies he had promised, even when faced against resistance from Congress, and grounded his politics in approaching all Americans under the same demographic: people who care about their country who need security and a leader to not only protect but defend them against adversaries to salvage their best interests.Anyone could take a wild stab at exacting that Donald Trump has been the final nail in the coffin of taking American politics seriously. If I hadn’t felt ashamed of being an American before, I’ve been dropped into a new level of hell. Trump bombards the press as he continues to rampage with his hateful aggression while his supporters make ignorant claims to defend their vote. There can be nothing more depressing than watching stadiums fill to watch Donald Trump speak along his road to the White House. Most Americans are sure that he will not win the overall election, but have no idea how to impact a fight against even this slight possibility from becoming a reality.

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