Submitted by Puyloubier
There can be no question that we live in an inter-connected world where finance, economics, culture, and the means of production are increasingly globalized through technological advances and a common media platform. Boundaries and cultural differences between nations are being washed away on a daily basis, and that undoubtedly represents progress because that is how peace is ensured. Ever since man first walked on this earth, tribal differences and boundaries have brought war and bloodshed. For this reason, we find that President-Elect Trump’s stated desire to build a wall to separate Mexico and the United States is a ‘Great Leap Backwards’ to paraphrase Chairman Mao.
We cannot turn back the clock 24 hours on Trump’s regrettable election but we can put right the clear deficiencies that exist in the American election process so that a deeply racist and sexist man is not elected again. A modern election demands that all interested stakeholders have a say. Today, America’s president is elected by the people across 50 states; in reality, however, there are 195 other countries who should also have a say in electing the most powerful person in the world. By way of a small example, the well-being of a factory worker in China is utterly dependent on the fruits of his labors being bought by the US consumer. How can it be right then that he or she could lose his job and become destitute on the whim of a rogue US president? We can all think of countless examples where the decision of one person in the United States can affect so many others around the globe. A future US president will think twice before imposing harmful sanctions on another country if he/she is counting on the same country’s people for re-election!
In the interest of peace, the US presidential election must be modernized and open to others. How exactly other stakeholders are to be involved is no easy question; this is why the United Nations must deliberate and propose a lasting solution.