The world is watching with trepidation as America votes today.
#VoteHimOut the slogan popularized by the candidate who lost to Trump in 2016 Hilary Clinton is trending. I notice on Twitter Republicans for Biden accounts too.
As I write I’m bombarded with text messages from friends who would argue with me over Boris Johnson last year being good for Britain. The UK is going into a 2nd lockdown after months of obvious wrong by the Tories. From dragging their feet on bringing in the 1st Lockdown to frontline staff struggling with poor quality personal protection to the disastrous Eat out to help out campaign Corona has not only killed the economy but also crushed the convincing win of Boris Johnson as PM last year.
The Corona crunch isn’t the only thing destroying future economic prospects for Britons. It’s Brexit too.
Brexiteer accounts are being renamed to “Remainer Now” Twitter handles. I can’t bring myself to say what many are saying “serves them right for voting Boris in”.
Across the Atlantic, it’s not the erratic tweets or the mysterious hairdo of the President that most people have had enough of. A British political strategist who didn’t want to be named here in the UK terms it a “referendum on Trump” rather than General Elections. According to him, it could be “Joe Bloggs” instead of Joe Biden they just want Trump out.
My son seems to think it’s only a referendum in Florida. He elaborates that not all votes are equal alluding to the fact that it’s only the swing states that will change their mind. Trump never had a popular vote. That’s a very convincing argument. If Trump loses he will be the first incumbent US president to not get a second term since George H.W. Bush in 1992. And here comes the science bit.
American Historian Allan Lichtman in his book, “The Keys to the White House” written in 1996 with Russian scientist Vladimir Keilis-Borok explains a prediction system for determining the outcome of presidential elections.
Professor Lichtman describes a foolproof system to accurately predict the outcome of the Elections. Apparently, he has never made a mistake since 1984 except 2000. The Keys are based on the theory that presidential election results are decided by the performance of the incumbent President & not by the election campaigning.
Professor explains the 13 Keys needed to the White House. If a President loses up to six keys he cannot retain his residency in the White House.
Trump has lost 7 of the crucial 13 Keys. No surprises that two of the crucial keys that Trump lost were the simple fact that he came up with no short term or long term economic plan. Corona added to the economic woes. Scandal kills most careers & Trump is no stranger to scandal.
Trump might have survived the impeachment blow but he did suffer bruising. The most interesting key for me was that while people in other countries might like the fact that Trump did not start a war in his time. However according to the Professor nothing like a foreign military success to boost the American vote bank.
To rub in the fact that Trump just could bring presidential charisma despite the rather glamorous Melania by his side, Obama made phone calls to voters showing off his Hollywood charisma & his natural wit. It was always going to be a hard act to follow.
The warmth of the Michelle & Obama pairing was just non-existent in this blonde couple. The potential First Lady is a former teacher who is described as Biden’s most trusted political advisor despite keeping a low profile. A working professional Jill Biden has a doctorate in Education and continued working as a Professor of English while Biden was Buce President.
She comes across as a typical conservatively dressed older lady who fits into what the American voters expect a First Lady to look like. None of the loud designers wears that Melania treated us too Not only does the couple appear to have a rather friendly marriage but Mrs Biden is said to share as close a bond with Michelle Obama as their husbands did with each other. Again this appeals to an American sensibility.
Biden himself fits the accepted look of a US President. Not only graceful mop of silver hair & good teeth but the compassionate demeanour when mingling with the voters. A video has been made viral in Pakistani groups where Biden is seen talking to Pakistani Muslim children who appear completely engaged with what he is saying to them.
But perhaps most importantly for Pakistani origin voters is this very clear message by the Presidential candidate to the Pakistani people that Biden wants to give a “democracy dividend” of a billion dollars a year “to help the economy going again”.
He stresses that this would be an “unconditional economic aid”. In very categorical terms & perhaps for the first time we in Pakistan here the words which we feel we deserve to hear “we are no longer going to support you merely based on a single thing we want. We are going to support you just like we support other nations that are our allies who have difficulties”.
A visionary woman who has never capitulated on matters that are against basic human rights and morality. She is a strong proponent of sustainable improvement in Pakistan through education, engagement, inspiration, innovation and empowerment opportunities for all (especially the youth).
Reham Khan an internationally recognised personality within the Media, Journalism & Broadcasting industry (particularly in Pakistan, United Kingdom, and India) Reham Khan is a single parent & a human rights activist who is considered a leading voice against child abuse & early marriage. Khan is also a film producer with her debut film “Janaan” a box office hit in Pakistan & the first Pakistani Film to make it to the top ten films in the UK.
She is also the author of the most controversial book coming out of Pakistan in recent years in which she took on the incoming government head-on & faced death threats for her brave expose of Pakistani elite society & politics. She is an odd case of One Right versus the Many Wrongs happening in our society today. She is described as the survivor with a smile.