United States 2020 Election

November 5, 2020

United States 2020 Election 

Padmini Arhant

The battle for power dependent on battleground states in the 2020 general election is déjà vu in many respects with reverse factions being the difference. The current developments reminiscent of timeline 2000, 2004 and 2008 in particular.

In 2008 Presidential election, then republican Presidential contender John McCain was viewed not electable predominantly on the age factor among many other assumptions by the opposite side. Simultaneously, the former Vice President at that time – then Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was mocked as inexperienced rookie contestant fielded to fill in the place of serious highly responsible post waiting second in line to then elderly Senior Presidential candidate John McCain.

Interestingly, these norms are discarded to their own camp on the democratic aisle in the 2020 election although the uncanny resemblance repeating 2008 Republican party scenario in the democrat Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates hardly escape attention.

As such the deep attachment to power prominent among septuagenarians and octogenarians in politics seeking re-elections over several terms in office leaves no hope or opportunity for younger generation in leadership role to shape their future and change the stagnant political landscape. 

Now on the contemporary Presidential race 2020, the conflicting actions such as calling states regardless of the narrow lead with at least 15- 25% vote counts remaining indicative of bias and special favors to preferred candidate in the Presidential race.

At the same time, the significant margin despite near complete vote count unnecessarily withheld in the hope of altering the outcome is anything but fair.

The practice justified in the name of maintaining voter integrity flagrantly default in applying across the board again creating disparity in electorate rights on their choices in the democratic process.

Setting aside candidacies claims being personable or not in the tunnel vision, the reasonable mind would be impersonal in following the empirical methods unlike the present wavering standards causing speculations and doubts in accepting the decision.

The other aspect is the financial cost of running for the highest office escalating each term with no limit is no surprise. The approximate figure $14 billion between two candidacies alone is an extraordinary investment. The legitimate question being the funding source behind the political campaigns considering the investors stake and interests overriding ordinary voter rights in a democracy.

In the absence of transparency and accountability, the billionaires from either side investing in political candidacy for vested interests cannot be ruled out though the cash inflow metamorphosing into targeted economic deals and seismic shift in trade policy with foreign counterparts is consistent and paradoxical in comparison.

The news reports in public domain on Silicon Valley billionaires financing democratic party Presidential candidate aimed at profitable ventures in China, the long established manufacturing base and global warehouse amid 2020 election fought highlighting COVID19 pandemic mismanagement and loss of lives in the United States is self-contradictory and violation of electorate trust especially the position ignoring COVID19 origin viz. Wuhan, China – the epicenter unleashing contentious and contagious virus including insurmountable economic impact in the United States and worldwide.

Does this mean the 2020 election is directly or indirectly influenced by major foreign power – not Russia or Iran instead China via local stakeholders in the tech and other economic sectors protecting corporate relations with China regardless of the political campaign rhetoric on COVID19 mishandling consuming lives and paralyzing economy?

The essence of this was evident in the recent congressional hearing on anti-trust investigation against major tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and more… conspicuously evading specific response to congressional query on their economic ties with China in the open alarming COVID 19 environment. 

On the issue of at least 15 states in the union passing resolution removing electoral votes paving way for national popular votes to decide on the Presidential race winner is welcome.

However, similar requirement in the democratic party primary election granting the so-called Super delegates comprising elite members invalidating the democratic base choices within party leading to Presidential candidate nominee who in turn choosing the running mate exercising personal preference rather than ballot cast voters’ election of Vice Presidential nominee expected to assume critical role in the office of Presidency upon any unpredictable situation is fundamental in democratizing the system.

Finally. meritocracy and performance in political career determining election of members to public office would truly reflect people mandate to form the government of the people, by the people and for the people in a real democracy. 

Thank you. 

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter 
















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