Commentary: U.S. presidential election chaos exposes flawed political system

As the presidential candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties begin the lastsprint toward the general election, U.S. citizens are becoming more and more frustrated bythe political campaign.

WikiLeaks recently promised “significant” disclosures on the U.S. election, war, arms andoil in the coming weeks. It is widely believed that these revelations will add more flames tothe already chaotic political show.

Scandals have dogged the two main candidates throughout the 2016 election, which hasfurther increased dissatisfaction among U.S. citizens. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60percent of registered voters view Donald Trump as the least favorable candidates in 25years, and Hillary Clinton as the second least favorable.

The tax-related questions for Trump, as well as worries over Clinton’s health and her useof a private email server, have all led to the current state of the election. In their firstpresidential debate, the two candidates focused more on personal attacks than policies.The Times commented in an editorial that the candidates have neglected the widening gapbetween the American dream and social reality.

A recent survey showed that voters now perceive the government and congress as thebiggest problems needing to be addressed in American society. These concerns comeahead of issues like the economy, employment and immigration. Of course, that doesn’tmean voters don’t care about economic and social issues, but it does show the great andgrowing concerns that U.S. citizens have about their political system.

Despite protests against money-oriented politics and election scandals, Trump still plansto drop another $140 million on campaign ads. Anticipated to cost as much as $5 billion,most of which comes from special interest groups, the 2016 election is likely to be the mostexpensive one in history.

People are very clear about the sour fruits of money-oriented politics, and the new U.S.president is unlikely to end political confrontation or even do much to ease discontenttoward the government. As British economist Martin Wolf said, growing inequality andslowing productivity have made democracy intolerant and capitalism illegitimate.

For a long time, the U.S. has boasted that its lively election is a sign of its system’ssuperiority. However, the essential purpose of the election is to provide a driving force fordevelopment. The most important task for presidential nominees is not to win theelection, but to eventually govern the country.

It’s time for the U.S. to take a close, honest look at its arrogant democracy and flawedpolitics.


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