Global opinions upon this next election


HANDSHAKES AT THE END — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spoke during their second presidential debate held at Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo: WSIU)

In the midst of such a controversial election season, it makes sense to view each candidate from the perspective of an American. However, the question that often goes overlooked from this perspective is what exactly does it mean to be an American?

Many citizens want to say their opinions to the effect of upholding the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that Thomas Jefferson coined in the Constitution that grounds the nation. Yet, the question can be begged again, what does that mean? All views need to be taken into account; although America is a global superpower, still to many people’s surprise, the rest of the world has quite wide opinions about who controls these political values.

For example, Donald Trump’s wall proposition caused enough controversy within the U.S. borders, but what does the other side of the wall have to say? Should Americans care? An article written by Mexican academic, Sergio Aguayo says, “must answer again and again Donald Trump, and make the U.S. government understand that we’re not willing to continue being pointed out as the only ones responsible for problems that are also caused by the United States.” Whether the wall is a valid solution or not, looking at the country influenced equally or more by a border-separating wall adds insight to either opinion.

For someone agreeing with Trump’s immigration policy, he or she may see this insight as validity that the wall will separate problems occurring between Mexico and the U.S. as entirely separate entities. One sees this idea that will allow each country to deal with their own economic and social issues. On the other hand, someone in disagreement with Trump’s policy may see Aguyo’s point as a greater reason to feel the way he or she does. Looking past one view to see broader global perspectives allows citizens in the U.S. to see how their own opinions affect the rest of the world and what this means for the future.

In addition, looking at global perspectives adds new insight for either candidate as future president that would cause the rest of the world to react.

In a recent article by Matt Pearce of the LA Times, he explains the world’s reaction to America’s praise of Hillary becoming the first women to seal a nomination. However, much of the world sees this as no immense accomplishment considering other superpowers, Britain and Germany to name two, have had women leaders for years.

Is it really such an accomplishment when deemed minuscule in retrospect? Or is any step a good step? How far is too far? Should women vote for Hillary to promote further gender equality? Looking at a global perspective allows people to question and questioning leads to more informed voting.

With the November deadline coming soon, many feel torn on who their ballot should be cast to. CNN journalist Elliott C. Mclaughlan and several citizens deem this election as the most controversial to date. This political debate and all of life’s morals remain parallel to each other. When things get blurry, take a step back. In other words, considering different perspectives can only lead to more educated citizen and, therefore, voters.

Sophia Vander Kooy ('20) is a political science and international studies major with an unofficial passion for taking creative writing classes. She was the Production Manager at the Anchor during the spring semester of 2020, and previously served as the Editor-in-Chief. She is also a member of the Women's Track and Cross Country teams at Hope, the STEP Community Outreach Student Director and the Co-President of Hope Yoga. Sophia loves writing, being outside, cooking, running and connecting with all kinds of people. She has found the space to be herself at The Anchor and knows that she is not alone in that.

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