“Make America Great Again” VS. “Making America Whole Again”

USA sets the tone for political “Pres”-edence in 2016

Since 1788, with the election of George Washington, the first President of the United States, the country has been holding presidential elections.  The highest attribute of Democratic politics, the ability to cast votes for the leader of the free world. 

In 2008, the United States elected its first African American President, President  Barack Obama.  His election was propelled by the massive increase in voter registration and voting, hugely attributed to the influx of African Americans who in many incidents were registering and voting for the first time in their lives.  The election brought about excitement, hopefulness and a new chapter in American politics.  The election was symbolic in more ways than one, the country was watching…the world was watching.

Now 2016, another Presidential election year, the United States is about to do it again.  What exactly…well let’s discuss the perceived frontrunners.   An American businessman and television personality versus a former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and FLOTUS.  This election has Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton. Two names that have resonated worldwide, but for different reasons.  Some may be surprised by this match up, and the way things have played out thus far are much more characteristic of a highly rated reality show then the highly cherished democratic process of election.  But, as in 2008, this election is already invoking intense emotions and reactions.  The frontrunners are running not only on issues but also on emotions, targeting campaign speeches to Americans fears and expectations and asking voters to cast ballots that challenge those fears and expectations. 

America is facing the real possibility that our next President may be either the first female or “THE DONALD”. 

The election of President Obama was historical.  The reasons self evident with any understanding of U.S. History.  The election of 2016 has every opportunity to be historical as well.  But the reason for its historical recognition is still being debated.  This election could bestow the power of the presidency to that of  a successful American business man who has been able to resonate on America’s perceived distrust, disappointment, dissatisfaction and fear of politics as usual and of the world that has grown like no other time amongst the population. Trump’s candidacy has resonated with such promises of change, no matter how destructive such changes could be to the very foundation of America.  Or the election may bestow the power of the presidency to a female American politician who has devoted her life to government work, has fought to gain the trust of the American people and do what is right, taken on the responsibility to protect the American people and has built America to what it is today, whether interpretation is good or bad, while fighting perceived stereotypes because she is a woman. 

The country is watching, the world is watching.  Neither electing a female leader nor is having a business man is new to the world.  This has been done already in many other countries.  But this is the United States we are talking about, and it has not been done here.  But the election of the next President of the United States may be even more historical then that of 2008 and may be more historical than the election of the first female president itself.  This election is playing out on a theme of interpretation of what America stands for versus what American fears and that is why the world is watching.  For if the United States does it, then it becomes a precedent on a global level and may be more than just a distinction between a female and a male. However, the election of a female president amongst this theme of interpretation will make for a very historical mark.

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