|Joe Biden(L), Karderinis Isidoros(M) And Donald Trump(R)|
The November 3, 2020, presidential election was
arguably the most important election in USA postwar history.
In these elections, moreover, the participation of American
voters was the largest since 1900, demonstrating the
resurgence of their political interest and the strongly
polarizing climate that prevailed in the country. Αt the same
time Joe Biden may have won the popular vote (4.5 million
more votes than Trump) and the necessary electors, but
Donald Trump has shown great resilience, having in fact
against him almost all the media, the vast majority of
Hollywood and the whole established.
These elections showed the deep division in the United
States, which in many places led to extremely marginal
election results. The intense confrontation between the two
sides and the extreme rhetoric and practice is not an isolated
event and may deepen even further, having a negative impact
on the country.
The reasons for Trump's electoral resilience are due to
the fact that President Trump had adopted an anti-systemic
rhetoric of complaint of the elites, to which he however
belongs, as well as an aggressive tactic against the forces of
globalization, aspects that touched strongly large sections of
the middle class and of course the working class.
So, to the unemployed, to the people who feel they have
no voice, to the provincials who are ridiculed for their manners
and customs by arrogant metropolitan residents, even to
citizens belonging to minorities but also to all large
communities, such as African Americans. and Latins, Donald
Trump's speech has found and continues to find great
resonance. And this is despite the fact that all the movements
for the protection of rights (black lives matter, etc.) were
clearly against him.
And if the coronavirus pandemic had not occurred and
the second wave had not broken out, which is hitting the
United States as violently as the first, Donald Trump would
have easily won the elections. Thus, after the first three years
of positive economic performances of the Trump
administration, the March lockdown caused the closure of
many small and medium-sized enterprises, while more than 20
million Americans were suddenly left without a job.
And Donald Trump would certainly have won the
presidential election without the health crisis as Joe Biden,
who expresses the neoliberal internationalism, the related
globalization process and the "open society" of NGOs and the
very powerful economic institutions such as George Soros and
Bill Gates foundations etc., clearly seemed to have run out of
forces, proposals and slogans before it even entered the finish
Trump's political opponents and most analysts and
pollsters had focused on the arrogant and selfish traits of his
personality, an eccentric and highly impulsive no doubt
billionaire, and of course they were wrong in believing that he
would be defeated with a big difference. Trumpism as an
ideological and social phenomenon is certain, therefore, that it
has not left, is present and will continue to exist. Trump is not
just a parenthesis in US political history but expresses
specific distinct trends in American society and the
The Americans citizens want to prosper economically in
a country where social peace, order and security will prevail.
Due to globalization, many industrial units have left for poor
countries where there is a cheap labor force. So, the US
working class was greatly hurt. Trump was the one who
demanded the return of the factories to his country, putting
the USA and the American people first, in the context of the
ideological tendency of ethnocentric conservatism.
And to other countries, especially the powerful ones,
may not like the politics of "America First", but the same is not
the case with the average American citizen, notably in deep
America and the central states.
On January 20, Joe Biden will sit in his chair at the Oval
Office with Kamala Harris, in the position of Vice President, for
the first time in office, a woman of African, Jamaican and
Indian descent. During his term and based on what he said the
United States will return to the Paris Climate Treaty,
according to which the minimum goal of the states is to keep
the temperature at plus 2 degrees Celsius (+2 C), and that will
be a positive development, as the climate change is not a
"myth". And this can be easily seen if one takes a look at the
extreme weather phenomena that occur on the planet. Let us
not forget that the United States is the second largest polluter
in the world after China.
Also, multilateral organisms, such as e.g. NATO, the UN
and its offshoots, which have been strongly challenged by
outgoing President Trump, will likely be treated differently by
Joe Biden's administration, but US relations with its European
allies may move in other directions.
It should be noted at this point that Donald Trump had
repeatedly threatened to withdraw the United States from
NATO and reduce its contribution if other members showed no
willingness to increase their spending on the organization.
Germany-US relations have also been strained for the past four
years, with Trump threatening the German car industry and
the European Union as a whole several times with duties.
Washington's relations with Brussels were also frozen after its
decision to withdraw the United States from international
climate agreements and Iran over its nuclear program.
However, if the Republicans eventually win control of the
Senate, it will cause many deep problems for the new
President Joe Biden, as he will block most of his legislative
In closing, I would like to emphasize that the
predominance of Joe Biden, who has also starred in all the
pathogenic characteristics that led America to its current
decline - that is, widespread social inequalities, the
problematic welfare state, the favor to the strong economic
elites, international lawlessness etc.-is not going to lead the
US on bright paths. Besides, he did not present an inspiring,
comprehensive and convincing program plan for the social,
economic and political reorganization of the society and the
Isidoros Karderinis was born in Athens in 1967. He is a
novelist, poet and columnist. He has studied economics and
has completed postgraduate studies in tourism economics. His
articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and
sites around the world. His poems have been translated into
English, French and Spanish and published in poetry
anthologies, literary magazines and literary columns of
newspapers. He has published eight poetry books and three
novels in Greece. His books have been translated and
published in the USA, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.
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