The US Elections, By Third World Standards

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Mon 17 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 17 October / Oct 2016. 07:18 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

Presidential Campaigns in the United States of America had never steeped so low. Intense rivalry between candidates, usually maintained an acceptable level of integrity, with a focus on political issues, with very few exceptions.

Generally speaking, debates would revolve around candidate priorities; internal and overseas. And for us here, in the Middle East, the question was always “where do we rank on the candidates agenda”.

This time, however, all that seems to be irrelevant to the media; Donald Trump’s scandalous and tabloid-ish demeanours, next to his unstable persona, now top all other issues.

Over the last two weeks, every single day, the media had a new story for the world, on Trump’s misogynistic adventures. Typically, Trump would not hesitate to bring up the infidelities of Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton’s husband, Bill.

No matter how hard Hillary tried to push the competition back into the circles of politics and economics, the Republican nominee would, without batting an eye, drag the whole thing back into the pits of personal, low-levelled baffle.

However demeaning, it all barely touches on the outrage by Republican allegations of the Democrats having forged the polls, as highlighted by media two days ago!

For the first time, it feels like the US elections are being conducted to the standards of third world countries. Former New York Mayor, Trump’s advisor, Rudy Giuliani, says it would be stupid to think there will be a clean elections in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago. Moreover, he adds, that the Democrats have control over the inner suburbs and neighbourhoods, and accordingly manipulate the polls. That is besides the allegations that media is manipulating public opinion to sway in favour of the Democratic nominee.

Giuliani, who spoke to the CNN, delivered a shocking blow when he said that the dead sometimes vote in US polls. Such violations were always associated to elections in our part of the world. Even Jordan was capable of containing this problem that has deformed our elections and reputation; so, how can this be acceptable for an ancient democracy such as that of the United States of America?!

Perhaps, there is a degree of exaggeration in these allegations, coming from a camp that is about to lose the elections before they even begin. But, to have such allegations stand to de-validate, however marginally, the credibility of the polls, is dangerous by the standards of US democracy.

It wouldn’t be so out of vogue for us here to hear news of a polling centre being burnt in Jordan, and it has indeed happened in the recent elections. But for this sort of thing to happen in the US; it certainly is strange, and it has. An anonymous lot has burnt a Republican elections centre in one of the States just two days ago, scoring fiscal losses, without human casualties.

The Republican nomination of someone like Trump was enough to infer the deterioration in the level of US elections, but never to the point of forgery allegations. What is left then for third world democracies?!