So, it’s going to be the biggest electoral d-day of the globe tomorrow when the world’s most powerful and successful democracy, that is also the only superpower, will vote to elect its next president.
Though the world is increasingly becoming multipolar, it is still the US driven geopolitics when it comes to most international issues. And the US president is the most powerful person on the planet and it all depends on him.
Barack Obama, the 44th US President, is a man who is more inclined to focus on his domestic interests, reducing the footprint of active US intervention in global affairs, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria to Libya to Middle East countries. His efforts to mend ties with Iran and Cuba tell us his balanced approach here.
But that would not be the case always – in case a mercurial and controversial person assumes the 45th US Presidency – as no one is writing Donald Trump off – the Republican nominee.
There are very real chances that Donald Trump can win the polls. The final rounds of the pre-poll surveys are in and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, only holds a thin edge over Trump – Hillary’s 44.6 over Trump’s 42.4 – according to the Real Clear Politics index that gives us an average value of many polls.
And that is disturbing – until the final figures start percolating in – that show Hillary Clinton is going to go back to the White House.
Because of the person Donald Trump is – because of a reckless business attitude that he wears – because of a ‘profiteering from everything’ motto that defines his existence – because of a life that has nothing credible to inspire people – because of a lifestyle that has been undoubtedly playboyish – because of a thinking process that reeks of sexism, class discrimination and racial superiority.
And because it all reflects in the Presidential nominee Donald Trump!
So, if indeed Donald Trump wins, it will not be bad only for America but for the whole world. A man who openly endorses use of force, a man who openly reviles Muslims, immigrants and racial minorities and a man who hobnobs with dictators like Vladimir Putin can hardly be a good news – for America and for the world.
Tomorrow will decide that.
Yes, there is always this remote possibility that Trump may emerge as a different, positive person from what he has been so far but we should not forget that it is only a ‘possibility’.