A democratic elected President is and should be a President for all national citizens. Is not an asset, although under this extravagant situation that US is going trough, it becomes a relevant fact to highlight. Mr. Trump promised to be a President for “All Americans”, however racism, xenophobia, anti-globalisation, anti-climate change and anti-European messages seems not to be inclusive enough to welcome “All Americans”.
In a bipartisanship political system there is always one party that resigns power, although on strategies and policies not on principles and values.
A change of political focus doesn´t means a loss of focus.
There are 3.3 millions of Muslims nationalized Americans in addition to native Mexicans and people of diverse nationalities from all over the world. Multiculturalism has not only been a constant for success in America but also a factor for being respected and admired. The own Republican Party has historically furthered this strategy and even if there is a change they ought to keep the balance of “what has been done”. If it´s true that Trump is ideological coherent with his party, is it clear that this fact cannot be avoided. President Ronald Reagan´s Administration is the best strategy model to see how Republicans has moved towards integration and freedom particularly with immigrants and illegal immigrants.
In current world of global dimension -and after all this decades- is not possible to switch into an anti-global structure but only reshape the model. If not, we would only find destruction with benefit to private interests. Therefore, is not about “anti-establishment” but building a new anti-global establishment. “Buy and hire Americans” is not only an archaic way to address crises but also the best way to sum up the short-termism of an anti-global focus.
A truly diplomatic and international political crisis ensues by isolating America. Proposals based on bilateral agreements will fail because, at political international level it is not possible to move only through personal relations among leaders. In fact there is not a clear project in case of reshaping international relations towards bilateralism. Mainly because there is not a infrastructure that allows it. The current global interconnection forces to make changes and establish positions in line with this structure. The crisis of a global model is not an excuse to put a far-right agenda above. Solutions will not come from cancel international agreements; destroy global institutions or making alliance only with far-right leaders, but from a reshape of current structure.
Even under the idea that isolationism and bilateral agreements will bring prosperity, surprisingly there is not political will for changing effectively military presence around the World. Which reflects diversity of views, however from the same political focus.
There is nothing wrong to be populist what is unacceptable is to assign responsibility to globalisation for national political duties, like unemployment rates. It´s good to remember that financial global crisis started in America and spread like a turmoil all over the world “destroying European jobs” without taken responsibility. Globalisation was not the root cause for this crisis but corruption and lack of transparency and accountability of the financial American system.
Being a President to all Americans also includes Media and a guaranteed right for freedom of speech as part of a democratic system. Quite often we see conflictive situations in which journalists are not accepted or not been answered to their questions if there are no supportive enough of the leader´s views. A fact with no precedents in American history coming from a democratic elected leader.
A campaign leader is different from a State leader and the switch from one figure to the other should be done immediately as the only way to real govern to “All Americans” not just their voters. A State leader means also to fulfill global duties acquired before campaign and to accept that other leaders (Republicans, Democrats, Europeans, etc.) are there to negotiate and dialogue on a joint action basis. Conciliation and Negotiation are an essential part of a Democracy and a main task for a leader.
One of the first steps that must be taken is the recovery of faith and trust in the American political system, this goes further than one more election result but a loss of hope that is resulting in fear and hate. That is also the responsibility of the winner: make the Nation safe inside not only from outside. Citizen’s aggression comes from a loss of faith in the system and the best way to assure and “make America safe again” is by transmitting your opponents the correct point of balance. For doing that is important no to erase what has been done but to adapt and complement policies at national and global level. This is part of a leadership visionary focus. If not, is a dictator with a short-term view of 4 years ahead of biased interests.
Make America great again Mr. Trump, by giving the hope of multiculturalism, solidarity and inclusiveness that current stage of multiples crises demands for U.S. and the rest of the world. Isolating U.S. from a global world is a clumsy political move that only fits within a campaign populist speech never on a smart, long-term strategy with vision and adaptation for the new challenges.
*Gigant table and chair by Giancarlo Neri