The World Anxiously Watches As America Prepares To Vote
As Americans have a tendency to see ourselves as standing alone against the world. In reality, that is not the case. America stands atop the world order. We are, literally, the “king of the hill” and nobody comes close to toppling us from our lofty perch. In spite of our position as the world’s leader, many Americans fear what lies beyond our borders and the inhabitants of those foreign lands. We are a country with the greatest liberties and resources the world has ever known. Yet studies show that many American live their entire lives without ever leaving their own county, that’s county, nor country! This has a created a society with a large swath of its citizens having a myopic view of life, let alone of the world. When your world extends only as far as your county line, you have a tendency to become distrustful, if not fearful, of what lies across that line. Certainly technology has created a platform, through the Internet, that puts the whole world at our fingertips. However, a web browser is a poor substitute for experiencing the real thing. In fact, it can be harmful if you think you “know” about a people or a place because you saw it online. It is also a barrier to understanding how what happens in America impacts the outside world and vice versa. Relying on the Internet for “understanding” the world is simplistic because most people will gravitate to web sites that reinforce their own opinions, or worse, their prejudices. Nothing can take the place of the real experience. I have been very fortunate in my life to be able to travel to more than a dozen countries and over 40 states. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. My world is a much bigger and more interesting and less frightening place because of my travels. I know that not everyone has the ability to travel and experience so many places. But stepping across county lines or state borders can be as rewarding as travelling across oceans.
Why am I bragging about all the places I’ve been to? First, let me say that it is not bragging. I am humbled by the knowledge I’ve gained and the kindness of people wherever I’ve been. I’m writing about foreign lands because we have an election coming up in less than six weeks. As this article from the Washington Post so eloquently explains, what happens on November 8th will have an impact across America and throughout the world. America is the leader of the free world. Our President is seen as the undeniable leader and influencer of world affairs. He is President of the United States and Leader of the Free World. As such, the position requires tremendous strength, wisdom, patience, intelligence, stamina, judgment statesmanship and a host of other rare traits.
As the old saying goes, “When America sneezes, the whole world catches cold”. It matters, really matters, when it comes to the Presidency. The free world takes its cues from the Oval Office. What the President says matters. Every word, every action is parsed and interpreted over and over in world capitals. The position requires an exceptional person. The world demands that an exceptional person hold the position. We have been very fortunate for the past eight years to have such a person in the White House. World leaders have repeatedly said the same things, especially after enduring eight years of Bush/Cheney.
So, on November 8th let’s remember that the decision we make in the voting booth will reverberate not just across, county, state and national borders. It will also ripple across oceans and help determine our position in the world. We are “king of the hill”. In order to maintain our position on he peak, we must make sure that we don’t elect an orange, feces-flinging primate. We must choose the person who is most qualified, Hillary Clinton.