America will still be here… barely.
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
On November 9th, the day after the most mystifying presidential elections in the history of the Uni…ted States, the country and its concept shall still be here… barely.
Assuming that there is no recount of votes and the loser accepts (or concedes) defeat somewhat graciously, the nation will remain more divided than ever before in its history, with the sole exception of the days leading to and involving the Civil War, a domestic conflict responsible for over one million casualties and the death of over 600,000 Americans. The day after the 2016 elections the premise of the nation shall remain, but the actual contention over the course of the country may have just begun.
This presidential campaign could have been yet another chapter in the nearly six decades of gradual transformation of the mindset of the inhabitants of the land called the United States of America; for nearly two centuries the world’s preferred destination for aspiration and redemption. Instead, it turned out to be the pivotal point when the undaunted march of liberalism encountered –aside from the Reagan revolution- the first authentic, organized force of traditional conservatism. What may have made this dramatic set of events more shocking is the initial, almost entertaining-like, even unsuspecting nature of one of its main protagonists, leading to an unprecedented series of occurrences that may ultimately change the American political spectrum forever, regardless of the election outcome.
Donald Trump may have tapped -initially inadvertently- into the dormant patriotic fervor of a still fairly large segment of the US population, who suddenly felt represented by a message and a notion of recovery of all that had made America strong, noble and proud. Hillary Clinton, the de facto establishment candidate and the most recent beneficiary of several decades of social (socialist) engineering, finds herself in the first genuine struggle of her political life, at a junction when it would have appeared that her path to the presidency was more of a coronation, rather than a hard-fought personal mission. For Hillary Clinton, her loss to Barack Obama in 2008 constituted just a temporary setback which was eventually mitigated by a place in the current administration and the promise of a later compensation.
Another entity that has been clearly exposed for its conscious participation in the large scheme of American politics is the intransigent flank of the Republican Party, which has turned its back on the maverick candidate, Donald Trump, in favor of securing its permanent spot in the corrupt infrastructure of the business of government. Whether Trump could represent the termination or transformation of the bureaucracy and the swampy Washington status quo still remains to be seen. In fact, we may never know if Clinton is elected president on or about November 8th of this year. His, however, may remain a breakthrough legacy for other, even more hardcore, candidates to take on the unscrupulous establishment. Future independent candidates advocating on the right side of the issues ultimately could make Trump look just like an eccentric entertainer millionaire who once toyed with the idea of reforming America.
Even If it all concludes as per the expected sequence of events in the tradition of American politics, two forces of upheaval may have already been set in motion and shall begin manifesting shortly after the suffrage. A Trump victory may lead to destructive protests across the nation within hours, in mimic of the well-coordinated left-wing, anti-law enforcement maneuvers of our recent past. A Clinton triumph could possibly fully awake the sleeping giant of American right-wing factions, eventually conducing to serious subterranean social combustions.
America, as we superficially know it, shall still remain after these presidential elections, but the real struggle for the future of the nation may be about to commence.