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We’re back with a new round of Panda Style Tacos. This time I will talk about today’s hottest topic, which is also a topic I previously wrote: Presidential elections in the USA.
We’re a few days away from knowing who will be the new president of what’s still the number one country in the world. The names of the candidates, unless you live in a desert island with no internet, probably are known by everybody.
Outside the United States, the general opinion has been quite clear: it would be madness if Trump wins the presidency, due to his xenophobia, crazy speech and lack of politics will take the United States to an inevitable economic and political crisis, and along them the rest of the world. Only a few outside the country supports him. I was on that list, even wrote a column where I said I would vote for Trump. I take the opportunity to clear out why I wrote it. It’s not because I agree with the way of thinking of this orange-skin Neanderthal, but because the unavoidable crisis that he will bring to USA would impact so hard in Mexico, that maybe… just maybe… that will be the attention call so people, businessmen and government of Mexico would stop looking up at that country and start realizing that there’s a world beyond USA with whom we need to learn, participate and cooperate.
Cleared up (and hopefully revendicated) my “support” for Trump, lets quickly recap the two real presidential candidates of this election (we won’t stop to talk on the other two candidates that we don’t even know their first names).
Donald Trump is a multimillionaire that as a businessman had great results and also spectacular failures. He has been through terrible bankruptcy, get back on his feet and bring back up his businesses (this last thing, personally I think is something to admire). The true size of his fortune (that can go from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars) is unclear, since for years he hasn’t allowed outsiders to see the numbers of his companies. His greatest success has been his reality show “The Apprentice”, which allowed to unleash his narcissistic nature and become an expert in manipulating the audience. These abilities learned from his reality show allow him to win against the other Republican candidates. Truth is they didn’t stand up a chance against this showman. His campaign has been spotted (more like largely spilled) by some of the worst comments in his speeches, that went from racist, to illogical, to statements with no data to back them up.
Hillary Clinton is probably one of the women with more years of experience in the politics and public life of the United Sates. She dedicated her whole career to this profession and her time in the White House as the First Lady is barely one of the many titles she had in her political career. She has rights and wrongs during this time, and the media has been up to showing her mistakes, among them her participation in questionable military operations and the mishandling of confidential information. This last one brought a mediatic scandal that cost her image and now is considered as a liar and with a broken moral compass. Compared to Trump’s political speech, hers sound eloquent and down to earth, although the drawing book of a 4-year-old would be more eloquent and down to earth than Trump’s speech. We could leave it as Clinton’s proposal is the really viable of the two options.
This political career has been a real circus, rather than a career where you evaluate with data which horse and which jockey has the best chance to win. To be honest, Clinton had very few chances to win. Her vast political experience wasn’t helping against Trump’s ability to handle media and how he emotionally connected with the low middle class American, who is resented with their government, misinformed about the economy and how immigration affects their country. It wasn’t but until “casually” the video with Trump’s chauvinistic comments was leaked, shook his image and allowed 10 women to come open and accuse him of sexual harassment. This ace under the sleeve is the one inclining the balance in favor of Clinton and that, in spite the fact the people of USA is not ready for a female president, will win many votes just because “she’s not Trump” and/or because she would be the viable option for “not taking the country into a crisis”.
Said this, we can confidently say that Clinton will be the winner of the next elections. Evidently it won’t be easy, according to poles the balance is in her favor by barely 10% (poles tend to be more optimistic than reality). Besides, the media -and Trump- have created an environment of tension never seen before in the elections of this country. They’re even using the term “electoral fatigue” to describe how exhausted a person can be for being up to date about the elections. As they will say in the race track, this ending will be decided by a picture, and the winner will win by a nose. I can almost see it: November 9th Trump at his apartment with golden doors, making a tantrum of a lifetime because he lost the elections, after being on the lead with his horse almost all the race.
China is ready to take action and work with whoever comes out as winner. Nevertheless, I suppose they prefer someone predictable and with experience in the international politics arena, rather than a multimillionaire that wants to fix things with a telephone call or placing walls between him and his problems.
What does this result will bring to Latin America? For starters, peace of mind. Peace of mind that Trump didn’t win. Clinton is the promise that things will stay more or less in the present course of action. We will have an experienced jockey riding a famous horse and not a 70-year-old teenager that wants to take his horse to the limit regardless it dies in the middle of the race. This makes people happy, because they don’t have to worry of what will happen tomorrow nor if there will be new ways of doing things. We will be back to “more of the same”, because nobody likes to be taken out of their comfort zones, both for the ones that give the orders and the ones who obey. Unfortunately for all of them, that era is long gone in the rest of the world and this attitude is only slowing down their entrance to a new era of economics and society, but that topic, will be a totally different Panda Style Tacos.
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