United States Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump, announced on Friday morning that he would reform America’s security, emphasize the “American first” principle and replace “globalism” with “Americanism.”
On July 19, Trump was officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate at the GOP convention. He made a speech on the last day of the convention, saying things that were extreme and unrealistic in order to win the election. For example, he said that on Jan. 20, 2017, the day he takes the presidential oath, “Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced.” This is extremely enticing.
Trump also briefly criticized China, saying that China has committed “outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation.” Nevertheless, he did not mention the divide between Chinese-American politics or the South Sea despite previously claiming that he would act “tougher” on China.
Trump, however, does have a “sincere” side. At least he voiced the many real issues that Americans endure, including poverty, violence, immigration, terrorism, a worrying economy, lack of job opportunities, war and destruction abroad, etc. He claimed that he has the ability to “begin with safety at home” and to thoroughly solve the many problems created by annoying politicians.
When the Republican primaries began, Trump was viewed by many elite American politicians as “irrelevant” or as “comedic effect.” Nevertheless, Trump rose despite the resistance of the entire Republican party solely because he accurately targeted the opinions and demands of the lower-middle class voters better than every other Republican candidate. Trump decided to support this part of the public, demonstrating consistent values and powerful dominance. Trump has benefited from such decisions.
Much of what Trump has said to the voters will likely not be fulfilled; a big country like America has systematic inertia that is difficult to adjust. In addition, America has many developed interest groups that will defend their interests if any adjustment poses harm. Internationally, NATO and statecraft in Asia will not be easily changed either. Some say that Trump “can't tell the cost of food and fuel until he becomes the head of a household”; America is used to being the “world leader” and it will not be willing to start from the bottom again.
Nevertheless, even if Trump does end up losing to Clinton, he has already roused an ardently angry crowd by calling out the real issues in America. Maybe America will not undergo the major adjustment Trump has advocated for, but its power can no longer maintain its current “cosmopolitanism”; America has became so tired from the delay that the idea of “skiving off” may only grow stronger in the country.
Regardless of who becomes the president, the reality in the country and the expectation of civilians for “better work and better life” will slow down the American federal system. The Cold War mindset will still direct the conservative American elite groups; overall, their disregard of the huge benefits of Chinese-American trade and their persistence to push China-area politics to the extreme will greatly limit their political capacity.
As long as China does not provide the excuse for Washington to absurdly attack Chinese politics, the new president cannot use the conflict with China to sway the voters. In truth, even when China is not the main cause of America’s growing economics problem, China is still blamed by Americans.
Some people think that when Trump becomes the president and decides to adjust America’s foreign policy, America will first fight with countries that “took advantage” of it, then fight with the immigrants’ countries and lastly fight with its trading partners. China is categorized as the third kind. If America does decide to fight with China on other areas, it will be exhausted.
America has experienced no big challenges since its independence: Its natural and geographical conditions are especially good, and democracy is developing freely and reaching a peak in America. Now America is facing a real problem, but its system does not carry a policy to solve it. Such a system is created only through painful revolutions, but the most difficult thing for America to start right now is a revolution.
Because of Trump’s big mouth, his criticisms of many problems are straight to the point. In fact, he has brute courage and can even be considered a huge liar. The American system decided that a revolution couldn’t be brought about by the platforms of political candidates, but rather the vote of its people. The responsibility and pain of a revolution is borne by society as a whole, but the American president at this time will not have the hope or courage to lead his or her people into such hardship. Trump will not be an exception.