Originally posted by sh76
===Now we are lumped with Trump. For FOUR YEARS. ===
Your language brings up an interesting point....Why do non-Americans worry so much about who the President of the US is? ......Is it because of the US' outsized influence on the global economy or its ability to maintain or not maintain world peace? Or is it a cultural thing; i.e., that people get so much of their media from the US that US politics become a global phenomenon?.....
Its a bit of both but its mainly about the money.
Even though you are a citizen of the world's hegemonic superpower, you probably don't have a worldview that includes a consciousness of that reality. I would venture to say that you probably feel that the US should leave the world alone and your view of America's place in the world, is probably informed by an aggregate consensus of a much older generation, where from their perspective America had no business in meddling in affairs of nations outside of its borders.
Unfortunately for you America has meddled, and America has done well out of that meddling. America is the worlds remaining superpower. America has the worlds reserve currency. America control's the world's oil trade and by association the world's energy trade. America outspends the rest of the world combined, each year on its military.
The problem with all of those sound bites is that you've heard it all before, so in many ways the impact of what is being said is lost on you. From what can be ascertained the problem is embedded in your education system, where much of what you have learned is focused predominantly on America's exceptionalism and not much in terms of how America's actions especially over the last 60 years has changed the world in ways that can never be undone. When you are on top of the heap you probably are not required to know too much about the world. But when your country acts as an imperial power sitting astride the globe with an impressive armada of overwhelmingly superior fighting force, your sense of history is not overly concerned with how you have exploited the planets resources in your favor, nor do your educators or news media pay too much attention to the way that your country exacts its quid pro quo from the world by keeping its allies safe and protected.
Given that citizens of any given nation are primarily focused on the internal machinations of their own country, before they show an interest in any other, it is therefore no mystery as to why American's are relatively unaware of their place in the world, or the impact their internal decisions have on other countries. So the truism often repeated outside of America, that when the US sniffles the world gets a cold, its not a characteristic component of your lived experience to understand the import of that statement. Though as the world becomes more globalised and as America becomes more connected to global trade, the converse statement also rings true, that as the world remains sick, America's cold can worsen to become a fully blown chest infection.
So why are we concerned? Only because the impact your policies have on our bottom line are felt more in our backyard than in yours. Also by not following certain broad strategies, like a wholehearted embrace of renewable energies, America in tying its imperial presence to fossil fuels and the protection of allies and esteemed partners under that fossil fuel energy umbrella, inordinately influences the pace at which fossil fuel is disbanded, with all the regional instability the fight over oil can bring.
Now you who live inside of the States are always going to be hard pressed to see yourselves from our perspective. If Trump disturbs trade with China, Australia as a loyal partner of the US may have to forgo a profitable ongoing arrangement with China because of its loyalty to its former Allied partner. When America decides to go to war, Australia has followed and will continue to follow, because in the end, that's what friends are for. So yes while we will follow, it would always be preferable for America to adopt a foreign policy that allows for more country's to win. Having a buffoon who thinks it awesome to be a bull in a China shop may be titillating twitter news inside of the States but could signal a serious downturn across multiple industries in a nation like Australia.
So before I get lost, we who live outside of America are very concerned about the caliber and nature of the politicians you choose for the top job in your land. For you guys its a minor inconvenience that can be changed in 4 years. For us its usually a lot more serious in terms of adverse economic and political outcomes.