Spanish – The images that came in only a few weeks ago from Los Angeles, as well as from so many other places in the United States, were fitting for La Matanza, province of Buenos Aires. The looting and destruction of public and private property following the Black Lives Matter movement’s protests were worse than what we saw during the 2001 crisis when Fernando de la Rúa crashed in Argentina.
But in addition to the vandalism aspect of their actions, the common denominator to highlight is the political use and manipulation produced by various interest groups, which take advantage of certain situations to generate chaos and political destabilization. Those of us from the South, much more accustomed to these excesses, were beginning to understand the process of institutional degradation of the power of the North.
Of course, the political class has a lot to do with this disaster, and we don’t know where it is on the curve. The Republican Party had to line up behind an ill-mannered president who throws journalists out of press conferences as if it were his famous reality show, while the Democrats, to contrast profile, succumbed to the crudest and most dangerous populism.
The alarming advance of the left in the opposition party is not new. Bernie Sanders, who fought to the end of the Democratic nomination last election, claims to be a “democratic socialist.” The current democratic ticket, far from representing a modern social democracy, has an old man who does not know where he stands and a vice president who is too ideological for the U.S. institutions.
The uncertainty of a candidate for the executive, who does not know if he will be able to exercise his position, and a problematic vice presidential candidate, are some of the many analogies that arise in comparison to Argentine politics. The arguments of the Biden-Harris duo in favor of increasing certain taxes and the minimum wage only confirmed that the rottenness was positioned at the top of U.S. politics.
But if something was missing from this film, it is the uncertain result of a choice plagued by suspicion. Cross-reports, accusations of fraud, and a long-overdue result. Not in the province of Tucumán, but states like Nevada.
The situation is worrisome. If the United States falls, it falls harder than any other country. The lighthouse of the free world succumbs. So far, unfortunately, the planet has no other power that can replace it. The Brussels bureaucracy and the statism of the European Union are also undermining a project that began very well but ended up being perverted. The Brexit (rather justified) must be the great call of attention to the plan that achieved a period of peace and prosperity unheard of in the old world, but that has to be corrected.
For now, the only thing left to hope for is that the result, whatever it may be, will clear up all doubts. We should imitate them, not the other way around.