Coming Out Alive

How American Democracy can survive the 2020 presidential election

At this moment, the election is too close to call; I have scheduled this post to Wednesday, November 4th, knowing that it may take days for the election to be completed.
A few things are certain. Americans cannot trust the polls; they couldn’t trust after 2016; they cannot now; this may be because the method does not take into consideration the vast rural republican dominion and concentrate call sin larger urban areas. Whatever it is, a poll has become a reason for suspicion and not a valid argument for decision-making and strategy in the US and many other countries.

The United States is a country of division and only can understand itself. In the rest of the world, we cannot judge. Still, we look mesmerized by how absolute values Americans exported to our cultures and democracies are no longer significant. What happened?. I am referring to political decency, diplomacy, the strict observation of the rule of law. President Trump claiming victory and looking for a stop in the ballot count is nothing else than a step back on the rationale to let the democratic process occur. He threatens the results putting at risk the Union, if not of the states for sure of the people.
We can also be sure that the way America counts votes, the mail-in ballot, and the early vote suffer tremendous stress. Especially in a year when a crucial election for the country’s direction is mixed with a pandemic that has made voting options widely adopted beyond the turnout of the election day. It is like the democratic process is by design unprepared to handle high participation in some states.

But America can survive this moment if the votes are counted, all of them, and there is no doubt these were legal. It may take for state supreme courts to validate the ballots, as I am sure the Republicans will look for a ruling to eliminate the absentee ballots. For what we know now, these may very well favour President Trump.
America should also let the lawyers bring forth cases and for the judges to apply the law. I am optimistic that the judiciary can provide sanity to the situation even if it takes us to Christmas to know who won.
After the election is called, a process or reconciliation should start and avoid the oversimplification of why a person may choose to vote for a Democrat or a Republican to just the leaders’ character. There are reasons to vote for President Trump that have to do with the policies, not the name. The same for VP Biden. If Americans oversimplify the narrative, they will let the conspiracy theories fill the void that only detailed and valid information should occupy. The consequence can be disastrous.

In a nutshell, America can survive this moment by letting the process take place. Neither candidate can do anything about it. Let the judiciary play a role if it has to; evaluating evidence is very important. It may be a way to validate the process and not to put it at risk. Ultimately, America can initiate a conversation on how and why they have gotten to this point with careful analysis. Instead of hiding each American into their cocoon, embrace the discussion, see that polarization exists and try to find common ground. The state of the Union is fragile, but it can be stronger after this dark hour.

How American Democracy can survive the 2020 presidential election

At this moment, the election is too close to call; I have scheduled this post to Wednesday, November 4th, knowing that it may take days for the election to be completed.
A few things are certain. Americans cannot trust the polls; they couldn’t trust after 2016; they cannot now; this may be because the method does not take into consideration the vast rural republican dominion and concentrate call sin larger urban areas. Whatever it is, a poll has become a reason for suspicion and not a valid argument for decision-making and strategy in the US and many other countries.

The United States is a country of division and only can understand itself. In the rest of the world, we cannot judge. Still, we look mesmerized by how absolute values Americans exported to our cultures and democracies are no longer significant. What happened?. I am referring to political decency, diplomacy, the strict observation of the rule of law. President Trump claiming victory and looking for a stop in the ballot count is nothing else than a step back on the rationale to let the democratic process occur. He threatens the results putting at risk the Union, if not of the states for sure of the people.
We can also be sure that the way America counts votes, the mail-in ballot, and the early vote suffer tremendous stress. Especially in a year when a crucial election for the country’s direction is mixed with a pandemic that has made voting options widely adopted beyond the turnout of the election day. It is like the democratic process is by design unprepared to handle high participation in some states.

But America can survive this moment if the votes are counted, all of them, and there is no doubt these were legal. It may take for state supreme courts to validate the ballots, as I am sure the Republicans will look for a ruling to eliminate the absentee ballots. For what we know now, these may very well favour President Trump.
America should also let the lawyers bring forth cases and for the judges to apply the law. I am optimistic that the judiciary can provide sanity to the situation even if it takes us to Christmas to know who won.
After the election is called, a process or reconciliation should start and avoid the oversimplification of why a person may choose to vote for a Democrat or a Republican to just the leaders’ character. There are reasons to vote for President Trump that have to do with the policies, not the name. The same for VP Biden. If Americans oversimplify the narrative, they will let the conspiracy theories fill the void that only detailed and valid information should occupy. The consequence can be disastrous.

In a nutshell, America can survive this moment by letting the process take place. Neither candidate can do anything about it. Let the judiciary play a role if it has to; evaluating evidence is very important. It may be a way to validate the process and not to put it at risk. Ultimately, America can initiate a conversation on how and why they have gotten to this point with careful analysis. Instead of hiding each American into their cocoon, embrace the discussion, see that polarization exists and try to find common ground. The state of the Union is fragile, but it can be stronger after this dark hour.

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