EDITORIAL: Does the US Presidential Election matter to Anguilla?

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By anguillian November 14, 2016 12:09

 

 

 

Anguilla, like the rest of the world is paying a keen interest in the United States Presidential elections. It seems that more attention is paid to who becomes President of the United States than what happens in our own country – and those immediately surrounding us. Some may think that the US elections have little to do with us and, in some respects, they may be right because many of those voicing their opinions have no power to cast a vote. However, given the significance of the United States on the world stage there is no escaping that what happens there has a spin-off effect on the well-being of the vulnerable economies of small island developing states such as Anguilla and the rest of the region.

The United States of America is a world leader in many respects. It is considered a bastion of democracy, a protector of human rights and fundamental freedoms, a driver of the world economy and a necessary ally in international trade. Many countries depend on the United States to be the stabilizing force in a world torn apart by conflict and uprising of terrorism.

Yet, the United States is not without its own internal issues. Some would even claim that it has double standards, for while the United States may be considered the world police, some of the very same atrocities it is fighting all over the world are happening right at home without so much as a murmur. For example, the United States has not made a single effort to eradicate one of the oldest terrorist organisations in the world and which exists right on its soil – the Klu Klux Klan. In fact Klan leaders no longer feel the need to conceal their identities – and the head of the organization is a well-known figure.

The inequalities in the United States justice system have resulted in the mass incarceration of minorities, particularly African Americans, at an alarming rate – and keep them behind bars for a much longer period than other persons who have committed similar offences. The advent of digital technology has also brought increased awareness of the ongoing murder of African Americans by law enforcement officers for simply being black. This has given rise to, and fueled, the “black lives matter” movement. We must bear in mind that the Civil Rights Movement in America is just over fifty years old. That is how long it took for the United States to recognize that African Americans were people who deserved equal rights. Further, even with all the emphasis on women’s rights, it has taken this long for the United States to come close to electing a female President.

However, while legislative progress has been made in many respects, the United States, which is a country of immigrants built by immigrants, is still burdened by a mentality that fosters stereotypical negative views of minorities, prejudice, intolerance, fear and hate of persons who are non-Christian and immigrants, and an old-fashioned view of the role of women relative to men in the home, society and government. These hidden characteristics of American society have been prominent during the Presidential campaign, as it is on these latent biases that Republican candidate Donald Trump has preyed to stir up a wave of support for his radical, irresponsible and narcissistic persona. Trump has promoted a myopic America focused on anti-immigration policies and vague promises of greatness and, as shocking as this may be to the rest of the world, it has led to his success.

The election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States is a reflection of the values of the American people. This choice therefore impacts how the rest of world views America – and will determine America’s relationship with the international community, the level of investor confidence in its economy and its role in keeping the world safe. All of these issues affect Anguilla and the rest of the Caribbean. It has been said that when America sneezes we catch a cold. With many of our economies tied to the US economy, we cannot escape any potential impacts from this election. Does the US presidential election matter to Anguilla? There is no doubt that it does.

anguillian
By anguillian November 14, 2016 12:09
  • Fara Thomas

    Update: 8/14/2017
    Yes so in Charlotte North Carolina. The emergence of white supremacy has been in the news, but no mention of the opposing agitators (possibly a George Soros operation), who are equally to blame and from early accounts began the fracas which lead to multiple injuries and one death. It was reported these KKK white supremacist have been imported from other states… the question is why? Typical of operations funded by the elusive globalist to further the lefts agenda in the united states.
    Just wanted to update the readers to this development of a KKK event, as the editorial had described this as a regular occurence

  • Farah Thomas

    For example, the United States has not made a single effort to eradicate one of the oldest terrorist organisations in the world and which exists right on its soil – the Klu Klux Klan. In fact Klan leaders no longer feel the need to conceal their identities – and the head of the organization is a well-known figure.

    Question for you editor: Please let us your audience know when the last KKK terror plot occurred and where. And I will tell you where the last islamic muslim terrorist plot occurred and how many were killed. Fair deal? It seems like you are equating some racist evi,l old, b*s*a*ds, with some dangerous, murderous, and equally if not more so evil ones, who are currently in the ascendancy, whilst the former is in decline or have largely morphed into a “has been” group feeding on nostalgia. After all the USA elected an outwards appearing biracial( black) man twice. Imagine that, TWICE. Yes racisms exists white on black and black on white as well, and there is still the residue of KKK there, but seriously when last you heard of a terror plot by them?

  • Farah Thomas

    Hello Editor: Check this out….. More Terror AGAIN!!!! Can you guess the perpetrators? Go on, have a guess….???
    12/22/2016
    ‘Self-radicalised’
    Australian Police foil a Christmas day Islamic Terror plot aimed at Melbourne
    He claimed they were “self-radicalised” but inspired by propaganda of the so-called Islamic State.
    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the alleged plans “were not acts of faith”.
    “They were in their planning, acts of evil,” he said.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described terrorism as a challenge that affected everyone.
    ‘Self-radicalised’
    Four of the suspects were Australian-born men in their 20s of a Lebanese background, while the fifth was an Australian of Egyptian origin, Mr Ashton said.
    He claimed they were “self-radicalised” but inspired by propaganda of the so-called Islamic State.
    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the alleged plans “were not acts of faith”.
    “They were in their planning, acts of evil,” he said.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described terrorism as a challenge that affected everyone.

  • Farah Thomas

    Editor [12/20/2016]
    What sayest thou now? Truck attack in Berlin yesterday, 12+ dead loads wounded……..No it was not Rastafarians. Guess again. No it was not hindus either. Guess again. No editor it was not Buddhists. Tired yet? Guess again. No it was not practitioners of Voodoo, not satanist either (altho” I concede it could be argued that they are satanists in a form). Tired yet? Guess again. No it was not Bahai faith practitioners. Guess again. No it was not Roman Catholics, or Mormons, or Jehova witnesses. Guess again. No not members of Judaism faith either. guess again. What did you say, Santaferians? No, not them either, they are more centered in Cuba, and possibly central america, guess again. Shintoist you say? No editor not them either…..keep guessing

  • Farah Thomas

    fear and hate of persons who are non-Christian and immigrants
    Yes and they have every right to fear muslims immigrating into their country and why not? It was Muslims who flew planes into the twin towers. not Buddhist, is there a wonder they don’t fear buddhist in the USA? It was muslims who hatched and executed terror plots and continue to do so. Please revisit San Bernardino massacre, and Orlando night club massacre; the NY subway bomb plots, time square bomb plot, Oregon Christmas tree lighting terror plot ….all muslims, is it any wonder why no one in the usa fears Hindus? These are just a few of the many such plots that have been carried out by muslims in the usa, and if by hunch you think it was just a simple fluke or coincidence, please revisit France… again….muslims, visit Germany….rapes and all sorts of bad things…. again muslims, visit the UK, underground bombings in July 7 2005, and beheading of a man on the streets of london in full view….muslims! Is it any wonder than Shintoist, Rastafarians etc, are not feared in the western countries but muslims are?
    Why do you think that is? Could it be that the so called “moderate’ muslims by their silence, give their blessings to such atrocities? There is a quotation attributed to marco polo which reads; “The militant (or radical) muslim is the person who beheads the infidel, whilst the ‘moderate’ muslim (or “peaceful muslim) holds the feet of the victim”. Not all muslims are evil wretched terrorists obviously, but the potential is there for them to self radicalize and do terror to their host country as the western world’s experience has shown. He who is in the kitchen feels the heat. Trump therefore is correct in scrutinizing them to the max , and to be assured that they are okay before letting them in. He never said, as liberal minded pundits like yourself have claimed, that he wants to ban all muslims permanently etc, and never let them in….

    • Charlie Adams

      yeah I got you, they just shot and killed a moderate muslim student at a university in the us, who rammed his car into a crowd and got out and stabbed just about everyone within reach. Cops shot him dead

      • Sally Webster

        Nonsense! He wasn’t no moderate muslim, he was a peaceful muslim. This is what they do, they read their book which commands them to kill all and every non-muslim….the problem is their book/religion/prohpet/god

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