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America goes to the polls

  • Published at 12:00 am November 9th, 2016
America goes to the polls

This is it.

By the time you read this, the United States will most likely already have chosen a new president.

The whole world has watched anxiously for the past few months -- Washington’s policies have repercussions for every country in the world, and so who the next president is matters not just to the Americans, but for billions across the globe.

To say this has been an eventful election would be an understatement. Scandals and controversies have plagued both candidates.

We have seen accusations of leaked e-mails, of sexual assault, of underhanded moves.

On the one hand, we have a former secretary of state, a political veteran. Though she has not revealed much about how she will go on to deal with the rest of the world once she takes office, she brings with her experience and knowledge of the American political system.

One the other, we have Donald Trump. Even if we are to ignore the slate of accusations which have piled up against Trump throughout the campaign, he would, in all likelihood, mean disaster.

Trump has spoken with bigotry and hatred against minorities, has promised to build walls on the borders with America’s neighbours, and has condoned torture.

This is not what a leader should be.

Clinton’s political experience and statesmanship would put America in capable hands, not to mention give the superpower its first -- and long overdue -- female president.

In this globalised world, it is crucial now more than ever that Americans make the right call.

This American election is a turning point, and will change the world as we know it.

By the time the polls end, will we wake up to a better world, or a worse one?