With due respect, it is quite disturbing to hear US President-elect Joe Biden boldly roar that “America is back and ready to lead the world again!” He was explaining the role of the team that he has selected to formulate his administration’s foreign policy.
And he is saying this without even feeling the slightest discomfort at any probable arrogance, utter boisterousness and disrespect that it might echo to the more than eight billion other humans in their own countries, who will be affected by his foreign policy decisions.
While such words sound like coming straight from the centuries of empire and colonialism, psychologist might find the same undiagnosed attitude being behind the disproportionately high number of disturbing incidents of police brutality against Blacks and people of colour in the US.
It possibly finds fertile ground in a certain patriarchal or patronising view regarding one’s role in society or in the world vis-a-vis “others”.
I thought democracy meant that we the people choose our leaders and our destiny. But the people of the world did not elect Mr Biden or America to lead them, did they? Mr Biden was elected by the vibrant and enterprising American people whom I love and respect. So it is fair to say let him preside over them, not the rest of us.
Clearly, the globalists over-reach is back. And they are confirming the worst fears of many in all corners of the world by immediately and unashamedly asserting claim to the planet.
If I may speak on behalf of those around the world who did not have their say in the US election, for the last four years, we were told not to interfere. Therefore, we did not choose Biden or anyone from his country to lead us, or make decisions on our behalf.
Therefore, we kindly ask him (or any other aspiring globalist) to respect not only their clearly stipulated constitutional mandate toward their people and their country, but also have the utmost consideration and respect for the will of our own people and their sovereignty over their own countries.
In this day and age, already a fifth of the new millenium passed, one should not feel comfortable thinking it is okay to tell almost eight billion sovereign human beings in the world that he or she is now ready to lead them with or without their consent.
What I know about people in Africa, the Middle East, South America, Asia and even millions across Europe, is that while we all appreciate advice, assistance, partnerships and pragmatic cooperation, we need every leader regardless of their nations financial or military might, to be humble enough to focus themselves into their constitutional mandate, within their jurisdiction. They should leave the rest of us to our self-chosen destinies and human dignity.
This should remain so unless we are called upon respectfully, diplomatically and in good faith to work together on matters like climate change, Covid-19, trade, corruption, human rights, women’s emancipation, terrorism, education, refugees, peace-keeping, conflict resolution, and/or economic development, among others.
God bless us all!
Hussein Lumumba Amin, firstname.lastname@example.org