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The US Midterms: A beacon of what’s to come?

Only days passed since the Midterm Elections of the United States of America, while President Donald Trump calls it a “tremendous success”.


Americans stepped out and voted, and the dusts settled upon US air were coursed on direction, leaving a beacon of what would it become in the country’s future.

As per reports, the final figure is not yet on a confirmation, but some estimates emphasize at 114 million. The figure is obviously far greater than that of 2014, which had the lowest turnout since the World War II at a count of 83 million, just over 36%.

The turnout—in which many female and young voters significantly took part in—may have emphasized what the citizens have to say about their President on a wider perspective. According to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million US citizens cast their vote early ahead of this election, compared with that of 2014, 27.4 million, and on his remarks it is a significant improvement.

So what are the iconic significances emerged in the US Midterms that might have been a beacon of what the country is turning into?

Falling of Democrats

Beto O’ Rourke from Texas States was hoping to become their first Democrat Senator since 1988, and had pulled in campaign funds beyond millions of US Dollars, apart from touring all 254 Texas counties. However, he was beaten by Ted Cruz by around 2.5 percentage points. He might be back, with his comments in regard to a possible Presidential nomination in 2020.

In Florida, Andrew Gillium, running for the state’s first black Governor, lost to Ron DeSantis, a Republican, by less than one point. Stacey Abrams’ bid to make it as the nation’s first black female Governor also looked over, as she trailed in Georgia with nearly all the votes that were counted. Early on Wednesday, she was refusing to concede and is hoping for a run-off contest.

So apparently, three of the Democratic Party’s most high profile candidates were beaten.

A Record breaking account of female representation, and more..

The account of female representation is unique. Nearly 100 female candidates were set to make up the House of Representatives. This is considered a record number, beating the previous number of 84 electives. Ayanna Pressley is Massachusetts’ first black woman elected to the Congress, while the Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia become the first Hispanic women to represent Texas. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman women ever elected to the Congress, is only 29 years old. Somali refugee Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, are Muslim women elected for the first time in history.

The Midterm elections have also been knotted with the record for most Governor Seats held by women, 9, which has previously been recorded only in 2004 and 2007.

Also, coming before all others, Jared Polis, America’s first openly gay male Governor, takes charge in Colorado.

Political analysts long predicted that the Democrats would take over the House of Representatives, in keeping with acquiring the power to look into Trump Administration to inquire their affairs and issue subpoenas, while the Republicans would be keeping control of the Congress, which both have turned out to be right. Accordingly, nothing seemed to have been seismic this time. However, the President’s party suffers losses in the first Midterms.

The President is stuck on traffic

Now the Democrats have seized the majority in the House, President Donald Trump may find difficult to initiate his plans through approval to set them into law. His highly debatable plans, such as the wall in Mexico, or ending birth-right for children of illegal immigrants, or very recent derogatory attempt to define Gender ‘immutable’, will likely be blocked.

Had the Midterms been a beacon, nevertheless, Mr. Trump struggled prior to these elections, even when the Republicans controlled the House, most alarmingly when his attempt to fully repeal ‘Obamacare’ failed to reach up to his expectation. Obviously he will be forced to change the bureaucratic arrangements set upon the House and modify the agenda now. He will be steered to work with the Democrats causing long delays in the Congress.

At the brink of failure, if President Trump pushes himself to use a stroke of his pen to sign an executive order—for instance his recent threatening with the birth-right issues of the immigrants—the whole America will be watching.

 

What does the beacon teach us Sri Lankans?

Not very long ago Sri Lanka was despised before a whole international community with the sudden change of its political climate, having rather unconstitutional and illegitimate decisions made by President Maithreepala Sirisena. Our wish is not to demonstrate the bitter crisis right now, for it has already been reached too much into your sensors through previous articles published on our site. But need we remind you—the strings that are attached into their very existence are being held on your very palm—that the game of thrones played by these arbitrary rulers can only be broken by a vote only you cast in. That is the lesson the US Midterms beacons upon you.



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