Bill Clinton’s eight years and Obama’s eight years brought the greatest prosperity to America. But, NOT to Americans.
The profits went to Japan and the Gulf countries and the jobs went to China and India. What America got was immigrants, legal and illegal.
Uncle Sam is naturally unhappy, frustrated and angry. Partly, he has only himself to blame. Past thirty years or so he has been very indulgent, neglected studies and skills and generally languished – characteristics antithetical to the original American spirit.
The rich became richer and the poor, poorer. The income differential of America which was around 1:4 became 1: 400.
“I would now, however, more strongly emphasize, and especially as to the United States, the inequality in income and that it is getting worse—that the poor remain poor and the command of income by those in the top income brackets is increasing egregiously. So is the political eloquence and power by which that income is defended. This I did not foresee.”
― John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society
To rub it in further, Clinton was a middle class upstart and Obama was a colored. And there is a possibility that a lady, that too of a doubtful nature, might be the next Commander in Chief.
Uncle Sam’s ego is terribly wounded. He is not only poor and sidelined. He is ruled by un-Americans.
Now Uncle Sam wants a change but knows he does not have the numbers or the power.
He has a difficult choice before him. Hillary, like always, is driven only by her ambition to become the first lady boss of America. She will make any compromise as long as it gets her there. If she loses, she does not lose anything; for she has already had it all.
Trump is a typical, original American businessman who makes new acquisitions by sheer instinct. Only this time what he is trying to acquire happens to be the United States government. If he loses he will just shrug his shoulders and write off the loses.
But this election is not about Hillary or Trump. It is not between the Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats. Those lines have long been blurred.
It is about America and its future; and the future of the world too. The American invincibility is no more taken seriously. America cannot continue to pretend as world leader when its own citizens are jobless and homeless.
America may cease to be the World Policeman. But the world needs America as the World Mediator.
Globally, the American-China relationship has become stale and even counter -productive. Realignment is needed. A Trump-Putin-Modi axis might be better answer to face terrorisms which is the uppermost concern in the US and Europe.
This election is all about how Americans come to terms with their reality and seriously think and plan about their future.
Hillary can at best only maintain status-quo. Trump might at least rouse again the American spirit, though the process will be long and stressful.
Where does the Indians stand?
The Indians have been the biggest beneficiaries of Clinton-Obama regime. Both the genuine and the phony have benefitted. Naturally, they are polarized and targeted by Uncle Sam.
A Hillary win will only make it worse and harmful to the long term interest of Indians.
A Trump win might help the Indian community to integrate better with America. His anti-immigration talk might just be another ‘locker-room talk’, after all.
American problem is not growth. It is equity. American rich were known for their charity. May be Trump will make it the government policy.
Kotagiri, The Nilgiris