Op-Ed: What could come next for Iran after the Islamic Republic?
“This will be the year that Americans decide the future of their country. The future of America.”
The above quote was spoken by President Donald Trump regarding the 2020 election, and in an obvious attempt to galvanize the electorate into deciding on the fate of the United States of America. Yet while it’s clear that the president is trying to sway voters, he may not be able to do so.
Even though there is a wide variety of issues dividing the electorate, there are two that are top of mind — two seemingly unrelated, yet very important, issues for Americans to decide: trade and race.
But while these are the two major issues Americans face today, it is certainly possible that they could all be addressed in one sweep.
Indeed, a strong economy can solve both of the above issues. While there may be areas of the country that are economically better, there are also areas that are already economically better because of the government’s policies.
Trump has been attacking the Affordable Care Act in order to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But many economists and commentators argue that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would actually benefit the economy in the long run.
Likewise, Trump has been attacking the Affordable Care Act to secure massive tax cuts, but the fact that the economy would benefit in the long run from tax reform is something that is widely argued.
It is highly unlikely that the country will see dramatic change in the economy in the short run. However, it is possible that even the short run disruption of major trade deals could force Americans — whether they support the president or not — to make a choice between the economy and their country.
Furthermore, the issue of race is also going to play a role in the 2020 presidential election. The United States is currently in the middle of a national conversation surrounding racism and the “Black Lives Matter” movement.