Divisive Politics in the U.S: Could the rest of the world catch on?
Apr 29 2016
In many ways, being the President of the United States is a thankless task. According to online roulette’s roulette in numbers, the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents any incumbent from undertaking any more than two terms in office, making it extremely difficult to create a long-term legacy.
The disparate nature of U.S voters and the divides that exist between the North and the South also make it hard for incumbents (or hopeful Presidents) to thrive, with democrats often loathed along the Southern state belt line and conservative Republicans mocked by Northern dwellers.
This all amounts to a diverse and fractured political landscape, and one that has become increasingly divisive during the current electoral campaigns.
Divisive Politics in the U.S: Why Donald Trump is not to blame
Make no mistake, the divisive and popularist politics that are taking place in the U.S at present are the result of a broken democratic system. So while many have blamed maverick Republican candidate Donald Trump and his unorthodox methods for the rising levels of segregation and angst in America, he is more the manifestation of years of broken promises, economic decline and an underlying sense that the U.S has lost its status as a global influencer and powerhouse.
Even Trump's slogan, 'Make America Great Again', has struck a chord with disaffected voters, suggesting that every aspect of his unique, aggressive and at times controversial campaign has been coordinated to use such negative energy to his advantage. So rather than being a tactless opportunist who is creating civil unrest through his own ignorance, he is pandering to the insecurities of the masses and establishing himself as an anti-establishment Messiah.
Why Trump's Brand of Divisive Politics may catch on
In many respects, Trump's campaign has pitted the New Yorker in direct opposition to his rival Republican candidates and the Democrat alternatives, offering salvation from the type of political failings that have blighted a once great nation. While this is unlikely to be enough for Trump to become President or even secure a Republican majority, his unusual brand of campaigning has highlighted a broken democratic system and potentially created a style of politics that may catch on around the world.
Singapore may be the next nation to see divisive and popularist politics, for example, with the nation's citizens having expressed concerns about their leadership and a lack of representation on core social issues. All that is required is a Trump-like anti-establishment figure who can highlight the frailties of an elected government, while also creating a tidal wave of emotive support and initiate debates based on personal jibes and personality