A Mockery of America's Status

Even though most Americans and students are reluctant about voting, I’m glad I voted. I am especially content that I voted this time because I feel like I made a difference in the state of our powerful union.

For all of you who did not vote, I hope you feel that next time you really should do it. You can make a significant difference. Voting is the way we do things. The process of voting has discrepancies, but it is highly reliable in determining the will of the people. Voting is one of the only privileges a simple citizen has. We should be exercising that privilege at all times.

The important issue at hand here is the presidency of the United States. I voted for the next commander in chief of the United States armed forces. I give a lot of respect to the office of the president. I consider the United States to be a modern Roman Empire. Voting for the next president is like voting for the next Caesar.

For example, I voted for the guy who will have the power to nuke any country he pleases. I voted for the single guy who can veto any legislative bill that hundreds of Congressmen put together. I had a say in the quality and standards of life for the next four years. I voted for the guy who can use the Oval Office for sexual pleasure. I voted for the guy who gets to own Air Force One and whom Harrison Ford portrayed. I voted for the most powerful man in the world.

Who ever expected this election crap to happen? I thought we had a systematic, flawless process of electing a president. The election process that we have become accustomed to seems to have come to a standstill. None of us ever expected a close race to be determined by courts or by overseas absentee ballots. Who ever thought that the people determining the next president would be the people who were fed up with the country and had moved away?

We are all used to a race being determined by a huge sum of votes. But look what happened: We still do not know who the next president is. The presidential transition process needs to be credible, and at this moment it is not as credible as before. In the eyes of foreign nations, our election process is not as worthy as it was before. Credibility in political affairs is like the value of the dollar. We want both to be considered the world standard.

During the last couple of days, other nations such as Russia and Cuba have offered to bring diplomats over to our country to ensure the election process in the United States is fairly conducted. They have some nerve to dare to set foot into the American democratic process.

The British have ostracized the American democratic process. British comedians suggest jokingly that the U.S. Declaration of Independence be repealed and that the British should appoint a foreign minister of affairs in America.

This is bad. These invitations and jokes have highlighted how the American democratic system is now less credible than before. We are supposed to be the advocators of a fair democracy. In the eyes of the people of other nations, however, our democracy is not as perfect as before because of this election.

The good things: Other countries are not sanctioning America. Americans are not in a civil war over the issue.

The bad things: Russia and Cuba think our democracy is less credible, and can use that in their favor in diplomatic relations. The British are also making a mockery of American politics.

I hope the transition to the next president preserves American credibility. I hope Americans remain the incontested world power for many years to come. I am proud of the democratic process. I am proud of voting, but I am worried about our credibility.