In today’s news Analysis, we analyze the present US Political landscape and have an quick overview of the ongoing situation.
The United States of America is the world’s foremost economic and military power. It has the third largest population in the world. Due to its economic, military, technological prowess and cultural sway, it has been the world’s unquestionable super power after the demise of the Soviet Union. But America’s global influence is waning under Trump’s presidency. Although it is one of the world’s oldest democracies, many of the Trump administration’s actions seem to strike at the very root of this vaunted citadel of democracy.
Recently, the U.S. has witnessed a harrowing assault on democracy in the American history after the Civil War. The presidential election in the U.S. was held in November 2020 and the democratic candidate Joe Biden turned out to be the winner giving a jolt to the incumbent president Trump’s desire for a second term. Since the announcement of the result, Mr. Trump has been extremely reluctant to accept defeat. He has been making baseless and wild allegations of electoral fraud through manipulated postal ballot papers. His relentless efforts to upend the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election took a dangerous turn on 6th Jan 2021 when the American Congress convened to formally declare Joe Biden’s victory in the election. Egged on by their President, hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Hill in a bid to stall the result declaration process. The mob managed to get past the guards and entered the historic building by breaching barricades. They roamed through the hall freely and started vandalizing the offices used by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers. But luckily, both houses of the Congress had been evacuated before this shameful incident happened. But the mob went on a rampage and started assaulting even police officers, the press persons etc. Five people died in the incident and dozens more were seriously injured.
After the incident, Trump posted a video on his Twitter account praising the rioters as “great patriots”. The fact that the President himself incited the vandalism, and failed to show even an iota f remorse for the run on the Capitol Hill shook the conscience of most Americans. Following the incident, Twitter banned Mr. Trump permanently due to the risk of further incitement of violence. The incident prompted worldwide condemnation. The world leaders reacted with horror and condemned the disgraceful incident. They also urged Trump and his supporters to accept the defeat and help in peaceful transition of power. The police forces, supported by fresh reinforcements, managed to disperse the crowd by the late evening. The counting of the electoral votes resumed after the hiatus and in the next morning Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared victors.
The U.S. has been the torch-bearer of democratic values, and has intervened both morally and through force when such values are breached by despots. Countries, small and big, worldwide have looked at the U.S. as a model of justice and fair play, the two core principles of democracy. Results of a fair election have been historically accepted with grace and dignity by both the winner and the loser. For such a country, to witness its central legislative building, the Capitol Hill, ransacked by a group of misguided youth trying to reverse the election results through show of muscular power is anything but a blot that will remain etched in history for posterity. Americans will struggle to erase the memory of those four hours of a failed insurrection attempt.
Witten by Sushree Sibani Tripathy, MBA student in IGNOU
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