This will be the last post about the upcoming presidential election in the USA, I promise! A few days from now, we will finally know who will be the next president and what will happen from January it’s anybody’s guess.
The starting point of this post is about what happens a minute after the definitive results will be known. In a normal democratic competition, the loser will recognize the outcome and proceed to congratulate with his/her competitor. This should happen at any level, from the bottom to the top. About a week ago, we got a presidential candidate that denied such recognization if he doesn’t get elected.
It is not the first time, I’m also sure it will be the last, but here-and-now is quite dangerous to have such attitude. This is the most mediatic campaign ever and it comes in a very difficult time for many Americans. In a situation where common people don’t trust anymore the two main parties, refusing to accept the outcome of an election round is not just plain wrong, it’s a crime.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, we have this simple definition of sedition.
: the crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government.
Does this definition apply to the Trump‘s statement? It’s up to you to decide, of course. Today, after eight years of economic turmoil and with an ongoing hate campaign against the current president, the risk of having riots or violent acts against federal officers is higher than ever. There’s so much hate-oriented stuff going ’round that we will need a helicopter to stay clear.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives us another definition, this time is about treason.
: the crime of trying to overthrow your country’s government or of helping your country’s enemies during war.
We already got militias, social frictions all around the country, a growing problem of the militarization of the police corps, a lot of not-so-little groups that are acting against the federal government in a number of states. Do we need more heat in this competition? Is there anybody who thinks that the day after presidential election will be an easy one?
Note: I’m not an American citizen. But I’m really worried about what’s going on. The political, economic and military influence of the USA can’t be denied or surmised.