A country is a piece of land, but what makes a nation? What makes a strong nation?
I believe that every American who cares enough to cast a vote in this November’s election wants to see our country — and the world — become a better place during the next four years. But it doesn’t feel like America has been greatened the last four.
We are being told by our president to doubt and to be suspicious of the process by which we select our leader every four years. But by alleging that widespread voter fraud will occur, Trump is telling the world that America isn’t capable of running a proper election, that he doesn’t trust our democratic process.
This from a country that sends teams of election observers to monitor and help ensure free and fair elections elsewhere in the world. Great P.R.
When you have a leader who says they won’t abide by the results of an election, you usually think of places like Belarus or Venezuela, not the USA.
And the world sees a conflicted and divided superpower that doesn’t trust itself: a weakened America.
Just what Putin wanted to see — not just a USA divided against itself, but also a USA that alienates its friends and allies, and which divides and weakens multilateral institutions all over the world — ones we helped set up.
Of course Putin wanted Trump to win 2016 and of course he wants him to win in 2020. My vote in November is going to the candidate that Putin does not want to see as our next president: Joe Biden.
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