Many thought that the US has what it takes and much to offer as far as democracy and accountability are concerned. However, considering the quandaries it is in, there is nothing to offer. It is the right time for others to teach the US democracy.
US president Donald Trump has thrown a moggy to the pigeons. After vote counting indicated that he was likely to lose the elections, Trump became pugnacious and vitriolic to the extent of starting to call the entire exercise fraud.
The US and the West in general used to send electoral observers globally. Is it time for those who used to be on the receiving end to reciprocate by sending their observers whenever the US conducts its elections? As things stand, it seems, to me, that what used to be an archetypal democracy isn't really.
The US seems to have quickly lost its thump and brio. Who’d think that the president of the self-appointed leader of the free is not free? Neither does the president of the US trust his own democratic institutions. Many are dazed to see how chaotic elections in the US have become.
Despite one of the tenets of democracy revolving around winning and losing, for Trump and the like, democracy becomes fraud and deceit when he loses. That is why he is ready to destabilize the country in pursuit of his interests.
As a former president and businessman, Trump knows the results of his greed. Stock markets are likely to respond negatively as they always do amidst instability. Trump should underscore the dangers this imbroglio poses to the economy of the US and the world in general.
Trump has set the country against almost everybody except Israel and Russia and some dictators in the Middle East and North Korea. He turned America into his private estate. He is known for hating non-whites. Refer to how he called African countries shitholes and Mexicans drug pushers and rapists.
Trump seems hellbent to stay in office illegally because since he was born, he has lived in his own bubble or realities instead of living in real realities almost in every matter.
The US that used to teach other democracy now needs to be taught about the same. The country that used to take pride in its institutions needs to be taught how to create and respect healthy institutions. Is it true that the elections in the US were a fraud and its democracy a white elephant? Who knows?
Although people may blame Trump for his stinking corruption and mischiefs, they need to blame themselves for creating and empowering him.
Will Joe Biden expiate the peccadillos the US has always suffered so as democratically become yet another third world? Will the US keep its snide behaviour about teaching others democracy? Will it have the guts and gist of calling the likes of China and Russia dictatorships? Time will tell.
By Nkwazi Mhango
Lifetime member of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) and author of over 20 books among which are Africa Reunite or Perish, 'Is It Global War on Terrorism' or Global War over Terra Africana? How Africa Developed Europe. He has contributed many chapters in scholarly works.