Slip ups in democracy

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/17/2020 1:29:40 PM IST

 It’s been almost two weeks after counting on the November 3 for the US presidential election which Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden won the required 270 votes to win the race. In normal times, the defeated candidate accepts the poll verdict and begins working on transition with the that is scheduled for January 20,2021. The November 3,2020 US election was not normal. It was held amid the devastating COVID-19 pandemic with reported cases at 1,15,52,671 and fatality due to COVID-19 at 2,52,845. The election was also unusual because it exposed the deep underbelly of extremism on both sides of the political divide. The election was also held amid a deeply divided nation among people who either conservatives values or liberal values. Conservatives stand for a political and social philosophy characterized by respect for American traditions, republicanism, limited government, support for Christian values, moral universalism, pro-business, opposition to trade unions, strong national defence, free trade, anti-communism, pro-individualism. On the other hand, liberals insist that the Government has the definite duty to use all its power and resources to meet new social problems with new social controls-to ensure to the average person the right to his own economic and political life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, support the right of other religions and support right of any individual to refuse to pray or take oath on the Bible. Even the voter turn-out was the highest in many decades. The November 3,2020 election saw a record voter turnout of 66.9 per cent, which is the highest turnout rate since 1900. The 1900 election had recorded 73.7 per cent voter turnout. As Joe Biden is set to enter the White House, outgoing president Donald Trump refuses to concede defeat. Trump has hit out at the results which he deemed as rigged and vowed to fight tooth in courts. However, Trump has not been able to provide any shed of evidence on electoral fraud. For a nation like the USA, which is described as the world’s “oldest” democracy; allegations of voter fraud are certainly not compliments but something that should be a worry for the citizens. Even in 2000 George W.Bush could only claim victory after the Supreme Court stepped in on December 12,2000. In a landmark judgement it rejected Florida's recount and in doing so effectively shut the door on Gore's quest for the presidency. On December 18, Bush is elected the 43rd US president by the electoral college, with 271 of the 270 required votes, although Gore won the popular vote. Even in the 2016 US elections Donald Trump alleged that millions of illegal votes went in favour of Hillary though he could not prove it. Hillary won about two million votes more than Trump in the popular vote. However, Trump surpassed the required 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. This was based on the state-by-state contests. It is not that democracy is a farce in the US but that human errors can come into play. The worst fear today in the US is, that tens of thousands of right wing armed militia are not willing to accept the poll verdict. They believe that Trump was robbed off victory that rightly belonged to him and are willing to make a fight of it. A possible civil war in America will be a disaster for all democracies.

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